Chemistry for nursing students

  1. My school offers two different Chemistry courses--a regular one and a separate one for pre-nursing. If anyone else has taken a special Chemistry course for nursing, how is it different than regular Chem? I'm starting class on Monday so I guess I'll find out then.
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  3. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from ChayaN
    My school offers two different Chemistry courses--a regular one and a separate one for pre-nursing. If anyone else has taken a special Chemistry course for nursing, how is it different than regular Chem? I'm starting class on Monday so I guess I'll find out then.
    I took a Chem class that was designed for Allied Health professions and nursing. It dealt more with learning about the metric system, moles, conversions, the pH scale, gas laws,balancing chemical reactions, etc. In lab most experiments dealt with measuring fluids and temperatures acurately in metric and Celsius. There was a lot to it and it wasn't easy but it benefited me later in my Micro and both A&P classes Good luck.
    Last edit by stpauligirl on Jan 26, '07
  4. by   morte
    25 years ago when i was in NS, it was commonly accepted that the "nursing chemistry class" was a dumbed down version.....good luck
  5. by   medhead
    Chemistry for allied health professionals is typically an introductory course lasting one semester only and covering basic elementary principles.

    General chemistry is typically two semesters (gen chem I and gen chem II) and is more comprehensive.

    I personally chose to go the gen chem I route (I'm taking it now). One, I wanted the extra challenge and two, I wanted to open myself up to the possibility of pursuing future education that would involve more chemistry. By setting myself up this way, I won't be using up precious time and money on a chemistry class that won't really count toward that future education.

    That being said, chemistry for allied health is certainly no walk in the park either, so if you don't feel comfortable with chemistry and/or are not planning on continuing on with more chemistry, set yourself up for success by taking the allied health version!
  6. by   JeanettePNP
    Oh, I'm disappointed that Chemistry for nurses is a dumbed down version. If I had known that I would have taken regular Chem. I thought I would learn more in this class, not less.
  7. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from ChayaN
    Oh, I'm disappointed that Chemistry for nurses is a dumbed down version. If I had known that I would have taken regular Chem. I thought I would learn more in this class, not less.
    The class we took was less dumbed down than it was condensed. It was a survey course of Gen Chem, Organic Chem and BioChem. It focused on the chemistry we'd need to know to understand Physiology and Microbiology. By the end of it, we were learning about protein structures and DNA.

    Peace,
    Cathie
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from ChayaN
    Oh, I'm disappointed that Chemistry for nurses is a dumbed down version. If I had known that I would have taken regular Chem. I thought I would learn more in this class, not less.
    Don't be fooled, because one person claims that the class is dumbed down doesn't make it so....it wasn't dumbed down at all at my school, it was actually harder than a generic Chem class because so much "special" stuff was incorporated. It was just like with all the other prerequisites: Only a handful walked away with competitive grades, very few A's, some B's and the rest barely passed. My class was designed to be another way to weed out prospective applicants to our ADN program....only the smart people get the top grades and into the program.
  9. by   JaxiaKiley
    Those weed out courses are killer. Was it a chem major who said it was a 'dumbed down' version? heh
  10. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    Those weed out courses are killer. Was it a chem major who said it was a 'dumbed down' version? heh
    Well, the poster said it to have been a dumbed down version 25 years ago....a pre-historic Chem class :roll
  11. by   orcagrrrl2003
    One of our chemistry classes is Gen Organic and Bio in one term, the other, the one I am taking, was one term Gen Chemistry, now we are in organic, and next term is bio. The 3 term class is for students who want to transfer to a 4 year college, but they said either will work for the ADN.
  12. by   JeanettePNP
    Classes started this week and it definitely is a dumbed down course. It probably has more to do with where I'm taking the class than the fact that it's for nurses, but it's not nearly as rigorous as I would have expected. Even the book is not a regular textbook but a special condensed edition produced by the school. I ordered the regular edition and I plan on filling myself in with whatever the course doesn't cover. The main thing is I get the credits, right?

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