What classes are helpful to take while on waitlist?

  1. Hello! I will be on the priority wait list for at least one year no more than 1.5 years... in the meantime, I am already itching to take more classes. Which classes did you find to be most helpful for you? Please note: I am not allowed to take Pharmacology until I am told to (one semester before being admitted)

    I have all my general ed completed, plus chemistry. I also have my CPR for healthcare providers card.

    I was thinking of Medical terminology, Pathophysiology, Abnormal Psych (for fun) and Spanish for Heathcare workers (not all at the same time, one now, one in summer and 2 in fall)

    Which ones would you take first? What other classes do you feel would help?

    I was also thinking of perhaps getting my AA in psych while I am waiting.

    What did you do when you were on the waiting list? Repeating a class will not work for me, I am already on the priority list. (I have A's in all but one class, B for Physio)

    I thought about applying to another school, but it is a morning program, and I need an evening program. I am ok with waiting on this list.

    thank you!
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  3. by   Mama2girls
    I was just about to post something similar, like "what do you do to keep focused while on the waiting list!!?" lol.. I started my pre-req's last Summer for LPN and was supposed to continue that August until December 2007 when I would of graduated. I had lot's of health issues and then money issues that held me back and now they've added more pre-req's! So I have to wait until this Summer to start where I left off. I am going crazy waiting. Since I am going for LPN there's nothing I can take before because it's all mushed together. I think i'm going to just re-study what I've already learned last year to keep my mind fresh. If I were you i'd take Medical Term first. Good luck!
  4. by   NeosynephRN
    I took my EMT-B class...got certified and all that Jazz...I thought that it would help me get jobs and the education would help me in Nursing school!! It did make it a bit easier..I knew how to do assessments, some meds and just the basic's!! Plus it was tons of fun!!!
  5. by   Jules A
    I'd check out the gen-ed requirements for your BSN because maybe you could take something that you would need anyway if you continue on.
  6. by   aerorunner80
    I'll be taking pathophysiology. I think that would be the most useful. A sociology class could never hurt either since we will be dealing with people from all different types of backgrounds.
  7. by   allthingsbright
    Quote from goingformydream
    Hello! I will be on the priority wait list for at least one year no more than 1.5 years... in the meantime, I am already itching to take more classes. Which classes did you find to be most helpful for you? Please note: I am not allowed to take Pharmacology until I am told to (one semester before being admitted)

    I have all my general ed completed, plus chemistry. I also have my CPR for healthcare providers card.

    I was thinking of Medical terminology, Pathophysiology, Abnormal Psych (for fun) and Spanish for Heathcare workers (not all at the same time, one now, one in summer and 2 in fall)

    Which ones would you take first? What other classes do you feel would help?

    I was also thinking of perhaps getting my AA in psych while I am waiting.

    What did you do when you were on the waiting list? Repeating a class will not work for me, I am already on the priority list. (I have A's in all but one class, B for Physio)

    I thought about applying to another school, but it is a morning program, and I need an evening program. I am ok with waiting on this list.

    thank you!
    Patho and med term would be useful. Any psyche classes would be helpful and spanish is a good idea, too. I think a counseling class would be cool. Like intro to counseling or the like. If you are etting your ADN then why not work on any classes you may need for a BSN (statistics and philosophy come to mind as well and 2 semesters of a foreign language).

    GL!
  8. by   chmiller1229
    Quote from calla2114
    I took my EMT-B class...got certified and all that Jazz...I thought that it would help me get jobs and the education would help me in Nursing school!! It did make it a bit easier..I knew how to do assessments, some meds and just the basic's!! Plus it was tons of fun!!!
    Calla,
    I'm a Basic too! This fall, I'll be getting my EMT-Intermediate! After that, Then My RN! 2009 at the erliest. Haven't registered yet though. Just wanna get more patient care skills in before RN. But for now, I'm in school for phlebotomy.

    Allthingsbright + Aerorunner:

    Most colleges in their program books will say what pre-reqs is needed. You may also find out by calling the college/institution where your going to train. Give those 2 avenues a try.
  9. by   edgwow
    Anatomy and physiology with a lab, pathophysiology, phlebotomy is a great way to go too, If you can get a job in a hospital as a phlebotomist(IV or lab tech), you may be able to get that hospital to pay for at least part of your education to become an RN. Some hospitals ask you to sign a contract that you will work there for a certain amount of time if they pay for you to go to school. That could work.
  10. by   chmiller1229
    Quote from edgwow
    Anatomy and physiology with a lab, pathophysiology, phlebotomy is a great way to go too, If you can get a job in a hospital as a phlebotomist(IV or lab tech), you may be able to get that hospital to pay for at least part of your education to become an RN. Some hospitals ask you to sign a contract that you will work there for a certain amount of time if they pay for you to go to school. That could work.

    I wouldn't mind working at the hospial where I'm getting my RN. That would be nice too! I just don't want to be the pesky person in class that relates everything that I work on, patient care ect. But, I do have a tendency to do so just to get a better grasp of what's why we do that and any other things that goes on. I'm more of an Analyzer if you notice. I always want to get down the the "why is this happening and what causes it, and what can I do to stop it" kinda figure.
  11. by   lainith
    Speech, Composition, a basic Computer class... anything that can help you get ahead in any area is good. You should meet with your adviser. They will help!
  12. by   Soup Turtle
    i took sociology as an elective and it was great. i took it to give myself a break from biology classes, but i ended up getting a lot more out of it than i expected to.
  13. by   goingformydream
    Thanks guys....Keep the answers coming...
    I took sociology during the summer.. great class...

    I asked my counselor if I should take Patho and she said that it was not required, so it was up to me. It would be great if my school made a list of recommended classes to take while waiting.

    I think I will take Spanish I (should be easy for me, I took 3 years in high school) and med. term. I will save Patho for the summer, and then see where I am at in the wait list to determine my fall classes.

    I will also check with the college that I have in mind for my BSN to ensure that the classes I am taking while waiting count (one of the reasons that I switched from medical spanish to pure spanish)

    At least I am fortunate to have only the clinicals left as a requirement to take for my AA. I would hate to have "regular" classes along with clinicals.
  14. by   squee-gee
    Have you thought about becoming a CNA? A few of the people in my class became CNA's the summer before school started (first semester of ADN program), and I wish I had been one of them because they really had a heads up on patient care, which is sooo helpful when you first start clinical. I'm thinking about doing it this coming summer, after my second semester is over, just to keep in practice. I know I can't quit my regular job (couldn't afford to get by on a CNA salary!), but I've heard places will hire you for as little as one shift/week.

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