i'm new, and looking for prereq info

  1. hi, i'm a 45 year old mother, with children now grown and very interested in public health nursing...i want to do my rn associates, work with a partnering social agency, and keep myself abreast of all changes, down to the end of the road....old age and continuous schooling.

    but i really want hands on, which is why i want nursing. i am in the massachusetts area, and looking for community college programs, etc.

    question: some schools require pre-admission exams, some do not; is this a state licensing decision? for instance, the nh comm colleges require it - ma does not. what are benefits, disadvantages of taking the exam? can it be retaken, or is it an elimination factor?

    question: can you use CLEP exams for prereq's before formal submission to programs?

    question: what is the best route for refreshing in biology, chem, anatomy, physiology?

    sorry, lot of questions, but will give back any info i find

    but looking forward to it
    mephy
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  3. by   Annabelle57
    I would check with the local community colleges in your area for their requirements. Most have certain prerequisite courses you must take before you can start your clinical nursing courses. It usually involves Microbiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2. I know where I'm taking prereq's, they also need an English class, General Psych, Developmental Psych, Nutrition, and Medical Ethics. Because there are so many people looking to get into the AS Nursing program, you usually have to have finished ALL of these courses before they'll let you start clinicals. Additionally, I have found no information about "CLEPping" out of any prerequisites. Do you have a degree in another field, particularly a science? If so, some credits may transfer. If you're just hoping to shorten the education time, I doubt you could skip on those classes by testing out of them. Most of that information will be helpful to you in the nursing program anyway, and getting an A in a class you know pretty well is a much better idea (and looks better to the admission committee) than trying to wing it on what you know, or what you think you know. Every nurse I know is a smart cookie, and I have no doubt you are, too! Don't take too many shortcuts.

    I'm not informed enough on state requirements for entrance exams... again, a great question for the colleges. Sorry I couldn't be more help there.

    Also, the prerequisite courses I mentioned above will certainly prepare you for nursing classes. If you can take a class in medical terminology, that will certainly give you a boost whether it's a required course or not. You could also get your hands on a copy of Gray's anatomy book - I think they still have a coloring book for that, satisfying your refresher need and your inner child

    Most comm colleges are internet-savvy enough to have their requirements for each program listed online; if not, they'll certainly have an e-mail address or phone number for you to call to get that information.

    Good luck to you! Sounds like you will be an excellent public health advocate.
  4. by   manna
    I agree with the other poster - check your college catalog (or with an advisor) for specific information on the courses they require (and how many, if any, CLEP courses they require).

    I think in some cases a BSN may be required for public health nursing, but I may be mistaken. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on that one.
  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    Agree with the above two posters and welcome to All Nurses!
  6. by   mephy
    anyone with specific information on schools in the northeast that have a program with emphasis on public health/nursing? i'm in nh, but moving to lowell. i hope i can get a part time job at lowell general, or will look into some other options near boston. just know that public is where i want to be finally, (long route to get there, I know).

    have worn many hats; legal secretary, waitress, dairy farm hand, community organic farmer, domestic abuse counsellor and single mom for many years. (to all you younger moms - he's 26 now and doing fine i know in my bones that nursing is where i want to be.

    once my son was very sick with a besor; docs couldn't figure out what was causing the blockage - but it took the long time pediatric nurse to identify the problem on spot. not saying nurses are diagnosticians, but they sure do know alot of something when they see it it is the inspiration of that one woman that made me say, "that's it - on target," that's who i would like to emulate.

    ok, promise not to associate so much under one thread!

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