Retaking undergrad courses vs. taking graduate level courses - page 2

by Jaelle625

My "young and dumb" days are finally catching up to me... :banghead: I'll save you all the gory details and just get to the point: A&PI- B A&PII- C Microbiology- C All were taken 2004-2005ish. There are other... Read More


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    Right now I am half way through my spring semester of two undergrad science courses (also to make up for science blemishes early on my transcript)… For me, as I am sure for many, cost is a huge concern. Nurse Anesthesia school is going to be expensive and when I reviewed the cost of graduate-level classes where I live ($3K per class), versus taking undergraduate classes at a local community college, I was able to take 7 undergraduate credits of sciences for less than half the cost of one graduate level class in my area. I plan to take one graduate level science course this summer after I have finished my undergrad one because for me, this is the most cost-effective route, while still saving for school. I will likely consider taking another grad level class in the fall if I don't yet have any leads on acceptance to a program. For me, it's been almost 10 years since I took these courses, a refresher has really helped boost my confidence and I know I will be better prepared for the demands of school. I've also spoken with a couple of department heads about my early science grades and they have assured me I am on the right path with this plan. There are multiple people here on this forum like us, who didn't go to nursing school with the intent to become Nurse Anesthetists, and didn't understand the importance of some of the first grades we ever achieved during our college experience. I can think of one who will be attending VCU this year, the #1 program in the country after a tremendous amount of hard work to fix her early science grades (woo hoo missnurse01!!!!). It's all about what is best for you, in every aspect. Reach out to the programs you are interested in and hopefully, those of us who are working hard to prove our worthiness as applicants for this amazing profession will gain acceptance letters this year. Good luck!! We can do it!
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    Sicu u remember me! I wasnt fixing grades tho, just taking sciences I hadn't taken since high school!

    I totally agree with cost. Even to audit a grad level class it was massive money. Since I don't need to gix my gpa and I am looking for a review I watch phys on khan academy and am taking phys thru coursera. Still plan on taking vcu's medicinal chem and mammalian phys. Guess I need to get cracking!
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    Quote from missnurse01
    Sicu u remember me! I wasnt fixing grades tho, just taking sciences I hadn't taken since high school!

    I totally agree with cost. Even to audit a grad level class it was massive money. Since I don't need to gix my gpa and I am looking for a review I watch phys on khan academy and am taking phys thru coursera. Still plan on taking vcu's medicinal chem and mammalian phys. Guess I need to get cracking!
    Duly noted missnurse01! Let me rephrase then by saying you are an excellent example of someone who has pursed further science education on top of your undergraduate academic acheivements in order to ultimately pursue and reach your dreams and goals for your nurse anesthesia education! You went above and beyond and did it! You are an inspiration to those of us who are still trying!
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    oh sicu, you have me bowing my head down..I am just a simple person with dreams! lol

    I try to tell people all the time that want to go on that they just need to take that first step, that first class. That time will pass no matter what you do, so you might as well start chipping away at classes and requirements, if you wait till you can take a ton at a time, then you will wait forever.

    continued good luck to you!
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    Missnurse01:

    Coursera? I briefly looked into what it entailed. Care to elaborate? It looks as though its college courses without the college credit? Would you recommend supplementing grad level classes with some courses from coursera? I've been skimming Dr. Najeebs lectures and love them. Thanks for the insight!
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    hey Jaelle,

    I am taking the human phys through them right now. You can get a certificate which means nothing at schools if you wish to by taking their tests. It has been a great review so far. If you are already taking grad level classes, then what they have will probably be too little.

    I have been watching a ton of Dr. Najeeb. I can't imagine that they won't be helpful. I am going through all of the resp lectures, on about the 8th one. I went ahead and paid for the 2 years for 99 bucks cause it sure seemed like a great deal. I laugh as I learn things I never could figure out in the ICU - like why hyperventilation leads to low i-cal. We often couldn't figure out why our i-cal's were low!

    You would probably still enroll in the human phys class if you haven't had one recently, I haven't had one in 8 years. I am still prob going to do med chem and mammalian phys thru vcu at 200 a pop before school starts. Just really busy now.

    me
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    So I'm a graduating senior BSN student (non-RN) and I have the option from my university to have a maximum of 12 semester units/credits of upper division or graduate-level classes taken during the final semester of my senior year before graduation as post-baccalaureate credit since I have accumulated enough credits overshooting the mínimum required amount to graduate.
    I'm still an undergraduate student, but I signed up to take a graduate level pharmacology class (will be my second pharmacology class) and an upper level pathophysiology class (this will be my 3rd pathophysiology class out of my total undergrad education), and I decided to use those 2 classes as post-baccalaureate credit (not to be included in my bachelor's degree but afterwards). Do you think this is an okay idea for CRNA schools or should I include the graduate class and pathophysio class with my BSN?
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    Having the courses as grad level rather than undergrad is probably most important. They seem to like to see that you can handle grad level sciences well before tackling CRNA school.


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