I'm confused about prerequisties.
Since it seems every program has different prerequists, my question is......
Do you apply to a program, take their entrance test (if they have one), do all the other requirements, get accepted THEN do the prerequits or do you have to have them BEFORE you apply? I simply don't know how it works.
Mar 18, '09
The only dumb question is the one that isn't asked.
Unfortunately, there isn't a one-size fits all answer. It depends on the individual school. Different schools have different pre-reqs. Also, some schools require that you complete those pre-reqs before you start the core nursing classes while others will let you take the pre-reqs as co-reqs (possible to do, but not recommended).
As for the specific classes, I suggest finding out what each school you're planning on applying to wants for pre-reqs, then tailor your plan around that. F'rinstance, all schools will want A&P I/II (must be the 4 credit w/lab classes), that's a given. Chem and micro differ from school to school. Then there are the other classes, like psych, soc, english and other humanities/electives which may also differ from school to school.
Hope this helps and good luck.
Mar 18, '09
I would say most associate programs require that the pre-reqs be done first. I just finish my ADN from Passaic county college and they require most pre-reqs be done before you apply. So do sussex and bergen community colleges. Hospital based programs my have a different method.
Mar 19, '09
Thanks for the info folks. It seem for me the LPN route is the way I have to go,then brigde to RN. Simply a matter of time. I'm an old guy (54) and I think I have to get into the field ASAP. I'm in Jersey and most of the RN programs have a wait list, so along with the prerequits I'm looking at a long time before I even start school.
Mar 22, '09
I would definately do the LPN. That way, you can work while you do your pre-reqs. At 54, you may be 58 before you graduate and then start working as an RN. If you do the LPN, you can work as a nurse for several years before becomming an RN. If you decide not to do the RN, you still have a profession that you can make good money in. You can also explore online LPN-RN programs and work at your own pace. Being an LPN can open many doors for you.
Mar 22, '09
Yup - That's the way I see it, but to tell the truth I'm really up in the air right now.....like so many things it's all about time and money. I know I will have to work full time right now and will probalbly have to for the next year or so, SO do I get into an LPN program knowing full well it's going to be hell, also risk the worst - falling behind and dropping out OR find a program with relatively few prerequits do them at night and go straight to the RN? I just donno!