Tell me what you think....

  1. The main pre-reqs for the nursing program are that you need to have taken Algebra, Biology and Chemistry in HS or a college equivalent, all with a "C" or higher. I took Biology with a "C" and I am taking Chemistry now.. (I quit HS a few weeks into the 11th grade but received a GED later... I wish someone would have kicked me in the butt)

    Okay here is the situation..... I took Algebra I part I and received a "D" and then I took Algebra I part II and received a "C". I did take a Math 120 when I received my Associates in Office Systems Tech but it was a math that went over algebra, geometry, stats, etc. Not a specific algebra class.

    I do not know how the nursing department is going to look at my average for Algebra since I received a "D" and "C".. Even if they do say that they would average that out to a low "C" and leave it at that, should I take Algebra anyway to give me that extra boost I may need? I know that I will struggle through it and would hate to do that but if it is so important to my ability as a nurse, I would do it anyway.....

    Tell me what you think?

    Thank you so much...

    Lynda
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   sjoe
    "I do not know how the nursing department is going to look at my average for Algebra since I received a "D" and "C".. "

    I would suggest that you simply ASK them--directly, phone, email, snail-mail--whatever.
  4. by   Loubell RN 2B
    I have been in contact with the nursing department... The first time before Thanksgiving and they were busy then after Thanksgiving and they were busy and now they are busy with classes getting started.

    The head of the department did e-mail me back but she thought that I meant I took Algebra I with a "D" and then Algebra II with a "C" but of course that is not what I meant.. She said that I should not have to take an algebra but that I could take a refresher course in math for the allied health that they offer over the summer. I e-mailed her back with the correction and asked if this changes the reply she gave me previously.. I haven't heard anything back yet.

    Basically, I was just wondering if I should take Algebra again because I was on the borderline of a "C/D" and if I should be concerned about struggling with algebra.

    Thanks,

    Lynda
  5. by   NurseWeasel
    (edited) oops I misunderstood what you said too, lol. Now I don't know WHAT to say.... gee....

    Sorry you're having difficulties getting responses from the school. That always sucks.
    Last edit by NurseWeasel on Jan 12, '03
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i would ask to see an advisor or the director at the nursing school in person and i would take my unofficial grades so she can see and then go from there becasue she may be not clear on what is being communicated by email or phone.

    let us know how it goes and much success to you.
  7. by   nessa1982
    This is sort of OT but what level were the classes if they were under the 100 level I would leave them alone unless they prevented you from getting in the program. Math is my worst subject and when I first got to coolege I had to take 3 math classes under the 100 level (did you get the D in algebra 120 or a C sorry I was confused about your post). I took them all and got C's in all of them. They dont count towards my transfer credits and 2 dont even count towards my ADN so i just left tham as C's. I took statistics (math 140 at my school) which counts towards tranfer and I got a B (almost had an A darn it). If you got the D in math 120 I would retake it, but if its a C in a under 100 level class I would leave it (bigger fish to fry)
  8. by   2banurse
    Originally posted by Loubell RN 2B

    Basically, I was just wondering if I should take Algebra again because I was on the borderline of a "C/D" and if I should be concerned about struggling with algebra.

    Thanks,

    Lynda
    Hi Lynda,

    IMHO, I would say YES...for a few different reasons. First, I'm not sure how competitive your nursing program is, but it can mean that anyone with a higher grade may be accepted in front of you. Second, you will be using algebra, particularly with the drug dosage tests which can mean the difference of being a nurse and not being a nurse because it could mean the difference of helping a patient and not helping a patient (in a disasterous way if you know what I mean!). My final reason is that because I know that in my school's ADN program you must have a C or better in College Algebra.

    Good luck with your decision!
    Kris
  9. by   Rock
    YOU MUST HAVE A KNOWLEDGE OF MATH TO BE A NURSE.

    YOU COULD FIND THAT A DOCTOR WROTE AN ORDER THAT
    WAS WAY OUT OF LINE. IT WOULD BE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
    TO BRING IT TO HIS/HER ATTENTION. MISTAKES ARE MADE ALL
    THE TIME. DOCTORS ARE NOT INFALLIBLE

    TAKE A COURSE THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO YOUR GAINING ADMISSION TO A NURSING SCHOOL. NURSING SCHOOLS DO NOT WANT TO TURN OUT PEOPLE WHO CANNOT ADD, SUBTRACT, READ OR WRITE PROPERLY. IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD FOR THE SCHOOL.

    GOOD LUCK !!!

    :kiss
    Last edit by Rock on Jan 12, '03
  10. by   KolkataMomRN
    I would be persistant and try to schedule a meeting with someone in the department. When I wanted to enroll in a local program, I had to call twice a week to finally schedule a meeting. I took my grades in and asked what would help me be accepted into their program......

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