Nurses, am I crazy for thinking I can do this?

  1. Hey guys! I'm new to this website and this is my first post. I'm just wanting to get your opinion on the matter.

    Basically, when I transferred to my current school, I was pretty much screwed up by the advisor at that time. I have just found out that I was accepted into the nursing program that begins next fall, but I still need to finish 4 classes in the spring semester. Those 4 classes are: pathophysiology, microbiology with lab, anatomy with lab, and physiology with lab. I've been told by advisors and peers that this seems really difficult and unattainable.

    Is it really though? It is only 4 classes. Isn't nursing school going to be just as difficult if not more? I won't be working at all during the semester and will be focusing solely on school. The anatomy and the physiology classes are taught by the same professor. The microbiology class is taught by the same professor I had general biology for.

    Given this information, do you think it's possible to do well in these 4 classes?

    I look foward to your feedback!
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  3. by   FullGlass
    It is possible. How difficult it is depends on you - we don't know what you find easy or difficult. I am curious, though, as to why patho is a prereq. Normally, patho is taught in nursing school.
  4. by   caliotter3
    Well, if it is what you have to do, then it is what you have to do. Assuming that since you are accepted into the program, all you have to do is to pass the classes. If you have to do well, as in at least a B, in each class, that may be another story, but certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Good luck.
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    Welcome to allnurses! I have moved your post to the general student forum to encourage responses. Congratulations on your acceptance and good luck!
  6. by   Aaron.goins3
    At the college I go to, Patho is the first nursing class you are enrolled in. It is after you have you been accepted into the program, but you take it in the spring before the clinical style classes start in the fall.
  7. by   ksisemo
    My A&P class was combined, but I did take A&P together with Micro. Had no issues. Patho is in my nursing program (not a prereq) so I can't speak to that. But considering how I handled the others, I think I would have been fine. I also found Micro and A&P I to be supportive of one another. All depends on your affinity for science and your ability to stay organized. But it also sounds like you don't have a choice...
  8. by   blackboxwarning
    That's a heavy load in my opinion. If your school offers summer classes I would split them up.
  9. by   Summer Days
    I concur with the OP. It sounds easy on paper but the lab portion of those classes will have you spinning rollercoaster style. I'd say you split two classes in the Spring & the other 2 during summer. Good luck
  10. by   AceOfHearts<3
    I wouldn't do it. I also think anatomy and physiology should be a pre-req for pathophysiology. If you don't have a grasp on normal physiology, it will be that much harder to understand the abnormal (which is what pathophysiology is).

    I'm really surprised you got accepted into the program without those 3 core classes- anatomy, physiology, and microbiology.

    Edit: This is also an important lesson do keep up on stuff yourself and not expect somebody else to do it for you- you have a much higher investment then they do. I always figured out my plan for classes and double checked (used my advisor as a second set of eyes) with my advisor.
    Last edit by AceOfHearts<3 on Dec 17, '17
  11. by   hyjung0916
    Im also doing my prereqs for nursing and wow... these subjects would be the ones I tried to not overlap. I dont know how smart you are... but I wouldnt be able to survive...
  12. by   pappa22v
    In my opinion, you cannot be successful in Patho without first having learned anatomy and physiology, and well. It's a very challenging course, and you have to really know the normal function before you start learning the abnormal, that's just how it is. It can potentially be done, but you will have to work much harder and be aware that the courses may not follow the same topic order, so you may find yourself stuggling to understand the patho of a system if you do not know/understand the structure and function of it first.

    Easy example: endocrine, seems basic in theory, but in practicality the amount of hormones and electrolytes involved and the cascade reactions, will make it difficult to understand. For example: T3 and T4 are thyroid hormones, however they also affect Calcium absorption. The signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism, relate to changes in the blood calcium concentrations. It's easier to know that hyperthyroidism creates an increase in heart rate because increased calcium lowers action potentials of the muscle cells of the heart and makes them more excitable, if you already learned in physiology that calcium, potassium, and sodium regulate cell action potentials. Does that make some sense? It's quite possible that getting thrown into the weeds with all this information coming at you at once will seem like a different language. Actually, a lot of students feel like they are always learning a new language and challenged with the material when it is presented to them in the traditional course succession, I cannot imagine how much more that feeling would be trying to learn it all at once.
  13. by   Ruixi13
    Don't want to sound negative or shooting down hopes, but it does sound extremely difficult. As said before, pathology especially should not be taken before or at the same time as the others. At my school its part of the nursing curriculum not a pre-req (as I find appropriate). Whether you take AP1 then AP2, or take anatomy followed by physiology that seems like a 2 semester progression as well. Microbiology can be taken together with any A&P type class, but again should be taken before pathology. The course load of 4 science heavy classes in one semester is difficult as it is, but these classes constantly use the material learned in A&P classes so that would add to your struggle. Is it possible to take even just patho over the summer?? If it's your only choice due to impending deadline then I wish you the best of luck and god speed!
  14. by   elkpark
    Quote from Summer Days
    I concur with the OP. It sounds easy on paper but the lab portion of those classes will have you spinning rollercoaster style. I'd say you split two classes in the Spring & the other 2 during summer. Good luck
    I agree that, if it's possible to take some of the classes in the summer, it would make the most sense to divide them over the two terms. My recommendation, if it were possible, would be to take micro and anatomy first, and then physiology and pathophys (although I also agree with others here that it makes no sense to expect people to take pathophysiology before they've taken "regular" physiology -- how are you supposed to understand what goes wrong with people if you don't already understand how we work in the first place?)

    If you don't have a choice and you're determined enough, you can probably get through all four if you have no other responsibilities during the semester. However, doing it that way probably means that you won't really master the content of any of the courses.

    Best wishes!

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