Well, I'm registered for my first class

  1. I'm all registered for my first (pre-req) class and ready to go for classes to start on Monday. I have to start with General Biology since I haven't had any Biology type class since 1987(?). I was hoping to take A&P I in July, and A&P II and Micro in the fall, which would let me start nursing school in January, granted I'm accepted.

    All sounds good, until I found out that A&P I is already booked for Summer II, which would mean I would have to wait until the Fall, which obviously throws a wrench in my plans.

    In your experience, how many students ended up being dropped, or withdrew, before the first day of class for one reason or the other? The admissions lady told me to try that option. Is it realistic at all? I will try, I just wish I knew the odds. :uhoh21:
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Momto2monsters
    Talk to the professor that will be teaching the class! Many times they will be generous and open a slot for you because of the withdrawal rate. One of my friends did that this past spring for micro and got in. I took A & P II this spring and had several drop before the first class and several more drop after the first class. You never know until you try!
    Melissa in Alabama:chuckle
  4. by   nursejws
    Thanks Melissa! I'm going to look that up right now!
  5. by   tonicareer
    If you know what classroom it is stand outside the door on the first day. Ask teacher if you can sit in on class so as not to miss anything, then if someone doesn't show up you can tell admissions that you haven't missed a class and can you take the available space. They don't want to lose money! Chance are good they'll let you in.
  6. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    A&P is a tough subject to pull a grade and learn during the regular length semester.

    One more year before you can get into the nursing program may just be a blessing in disguise. You can fulfill credits for future pursuits if you don't get in now.

    I would have to agree though that they don't intend for even one seat to go unfilled. The worst that could happen is that the instructor will let you sit in and review it for the next semester.

    I know how you feel just wanting to get into nursing classes NOW but just think what preparations you could make for your nursing future if you took the time to learn the material at a reasonable pace and added a few credits for future degrees.

    These courses will build on eachother and you'll be expected to have a working knowledge of previouse material to understand topis in APII and Microbiology.

    Hey,if your a 4.0 just ignore me but I am and I wouldn't do that.

    What ever you decide good luck to you. You sound very motivated. All I'm saying is slow down and think about it a little and consider the advantages of building your foundation a little broader before you put up a building.
  7. by   nursejws
    Thanks for the advice. I'm still going to try and get in to the class, but if I can't, I'm going to go the CNA route until I can get the classes I need. If I'm not sitting in class, I need to have a job, so I'll do the co-op thing...it can't hurt, right?

    I just recently changed my major from Telecommunications Management, with a year left to graduate with a BS, to Nursing. I was missing something, and the TCOM program wasn't doing it for me. I'm very happy with the choice I have made...wish I realized this before I ran up the financial aid bill. :chuckle

    My plans for now are to do the ADN-RN program. All of my credits will transfer, with the exception of the TCOM courses, Thank God, I was just starting with those classes. I do plan on getting a bachelors, and maybe even a masters...but not right now. As far as my gpa goes...it's not a 4.0, as I was losing interest in my TCOM classes, my gpa was slipping. I had a 3.38.

    Something I do wonder...since my TCOM classes do not apply to any nursing degree, will they not count those grades in figuring out my gpa?
  8. by   colleen10
    Hi Nursejws,

    I'm like you in that I'm working on my pre-req's right now.

    Isn't it a great feeling to register for that first class? Like, "stand back, I'm on my way, now!".

    I am currently going into my 3rd week of Anatomy and Physiology I. It is a 10 week summer session. It meets two times a week for 4 hours each night. We have covered a lot of information and are having our first exam this coming Monday. I have spent a lot of time reading, studying and doing labs but it is well worth it. Do not be discouraged in the short amount of time that you have to learn everything. If your heart is in it I'm sure you will do well. I actually think it is better for me to do it in 10 weeks because you learn something, then a week or day later get tested on it. You also don't have any time to slack off, and before you know it your 10 weeks is up and you're done.

    If I were you I would call the registration office every day and ask if someone has dropped it yet. I would also go to the teacher and ask him if it is allright for you to sit through the first couple classes in case another student drops the course and you can get in.

    I say this because on the first day of my class the room was absolutely packed with people. Come the second day of class there were less people and then the third day of class I would doubt that even half of the people remained.

    I think people signed up for the class but when it came time to actually go and do the work it was too easy to drop out because the weather is so nice and there is so much work that needs to be done in the class.

    Don't give up just yet!

    Take care and best of luck to you!

    Colleen
  9. by   Forevermomof5
    This is what I've done when I couldn't get into the class that I wanted.....

    Look for the date that is the last day for payment before classes are dropped. On the next, very next, day that you can register run down to Admissions and Records and sign up. There will forsure be people who are dropped for lack of payment.

    When this has happened to me, there have been many openings.

    Good Luck! Try this because I know this will work.
  10. by   colleen10
    Forever Mom of 5,

    Excellent idea!

    I actually sit next to a girl who got into the class that way because our school will automatically drop you from the class if you do not pay by the specified date. No exceptions!

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