I plan to apply for accelerated nursing programs that begin in 2014 here in nyc. One of the programs starts in the summer and has pathophysiology in the first summer session, pretty condensed for that time frame. I hear it's better to take pathophysiology or pharmacology before the program starts and get credit to get out of the class. I was wondering what are the downsides to this and if people have actually done this. If i were to take a pharmacology or pathophysio course in another institution, will it honestly help my nursing foundation? If i get credit for the course, is my grade factored or do I just get the credit? I want to be able to learn the classes in which they are meant to be learned for nursing but I'm just a bit anxious about how they are taught in accelerated programs and if taking one these two classes before the program begins will be advantageous or not.
Starting the ABSN program in the summer is like merging with traffic on the Autobahn, if you don't get up to speed quickly, you get left in the dust. It caused me to get organized about tests and papers very quickly. Two classes were 4 weeks long, those 2 ended and started another one that was 5 weeks, and the pharm. is 11 weeks (entire summer). Now that I am down to only pharm. class you would think it would be easier but I have a test tomorrow, paper due Monday, dosage calculation final next Wednesday, another test next Friday and final the following Wednesday. So far with 2 weeks to go I am still maintaining an A in the class, then it will be 1 semester down and 3 to go. Can't wait until Aug. 1, three week break before Fall semester.
If you are doing Pharm and Patho during a regular semester then it is very doable. If I can do it during the summer (Pharm and Patho are a combined class) with 1-2 additional classes, it can be done in a regular semester.
My ABSN program is Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer. Our program is 4 semesters and the traditional program is 5 semesters without summer classes (only ABSN students during summer). A traditional program started last January (we started in May) and we have 2 classes with them in Fall and 1 class with them in Spring. We finish in August 2014 and they finish May 2015.
Last edit by Guy in Babyland on Jul 16, '13