Nursing school prerequisites

  1. This is my very first post...so my apologies in advance for any mistakes in format or in posting this in the wrong place, etc.!

    I am making the transition to nursing after 10 years of editing and administrative work. I am taking prereqs now -- just finished A&P I and II (got A's in both) and will be starting microbiology in January.

    A&P covered *SO MUCH* information , I'm wondering how much of that is stuff you absolutely have to know as you enter nursing school. I mean, I know all of it is important to know, but when you get to school, are you expected to remember every single term you learned in A&P right off the bat or do they generally offer a little bit of review as they go along?

    I guess what I'm looking for is a little help in focusing on the most important things in my prereq classes. Any help/advice is appreciated. Thanks!
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  3. by   KITTYLADY
    you got a's in both - very good! are you already beginning to stress too much?? i think so!! i worked w/ a nurse practitioner who had been a nurse over 20 years who told me one day "a&p is the most valuable class you will take as a nursing student" i am about to graduate in may - and i believe she knew what she was talking about!! it's not what you memorize but what you know and understand that will really help you out the most ---- you will see the kidneys, the heart, the colon and all the stuff you learned about again -- but it will be addressed in a way specific to nursing roles - and if you understand the function of the body, i believe you will definitely have a good jump start on many ! good luck!
  4. by   KITTYLADY
    if your college is anything like mine... a&p will seem like a pleasant memory compared to the nursing core cirriculum - so take a deep breath and relax while you can!
  5. by   Katnip
    It depends on the schools. When I started pathophysiology in nursing school, a lot of it was review for me, but for others who came from different schools, it was all new.

    You won't need to know every single little detail when you get to nursing school, but it helps to know at least general terminology. Sometimes a prof will start rattling off words you've never heard of. That's where a medical dictionary comes in. Do learn the concepts that you're taught. That will be very important later.

    You WILL be expected to know where body parts and organs are. It's not a bad idea to hang on to your old books.

    You'll be surprised at how much you remember when you get into nursing classes.

    Good luck, and have fun.
  6. by   KarenAR
    Thanks for the tips! I'm actually doing pretty well with the stress aspect so far...mostly I'm just impatient and ready to start school full time. It's taken me 10+ years since earning my first bachelor's to figure out what I really want to do with my life, as they say. Now that I know it's nursing, I'm ready to start school - but I'm still waiting to hear whether I'm accepted! So for now, I'm still working full time as an editor and taking prereqs at night. I'm just ready to focus on nursing school!!! Wish I were in school right now, but for now the best I can do is work on getting that jump start. Thanks for the tips. I understand the concepts I've been taught so far, and I'll hang on to the books so I can look the little things up again as I need to.

  7. by   USA987
    Karen,
    You will actually be surprised how much you remember re: A&P once you start the nursing program, especially when you're in Med/Surg. It will all start to come together for you!

    Best Wishes,
    Christine

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