Chemistry not required for nursing program? - page 2

Hi guys! I applied to a school and found out that chemistry is not a pre req for their nursing program and you don't have to take it at all. Is that normal?... Read More

  1. by   ImDaMan11
    yeah I assume this is for an ADN program? chemistry is needed for all BSN programs I have come across.
  2. by   ImDaMan11
    Quote from RN2BE93
    I just looked at all my pre reqs for the rest of my nursing courses and there are no signs of chemistry anywhere. I already took A&P at my community college, as for micro and pharmacology chem isn't a pre req. But Im taking micro at my community college too. The school I will be attending is a BSN.Thank you for everyone's replies! I thought I was being cheated and having chemistry as a requirement was a must. But I'm glad it's not for this school. Chemistry was gonna whoop my butt and I was already dreading taking it lol
    oh wow well then I stand corrected! you should at least take an intro Chem class though in my opinion
  3. by   SopranoKris
    Quote from RN2BE93
    I just looked at all my pre reqs for the rest of my nursing courses and there are no signs of chemistry anywhere. I already took A&P at my community college, as for micro and pharmacology chem isn't a pre req. But Im taking micro at my community college too. The school I will be attending is a BSN.
    Thank you for everyone's replies! I thought I was being cheated and having chemistry as a requirement was a must. But I'm glad it's not for this school. Chemistry was gonna whoop my butt and I was already dreading taking it lol
    Are you absolutely sure of this? I don't know of any BSN programs that don't require both Gen. Chem & Organic Chem. I can't imagine taking Pharmacology and not having a background in Chemistry, either. You need to be strong in both Physiology & Chem to survive Pharmacology.
  4. by   meeep
    There are plenty of BSN programs that don't require any Chem at all. (E.g. Mercer University, Georgia State in my area). It seems strange to me that there would be such a disparity amongst the educating of nurses, but they definitely exist.
  5. by   x_factor
    My ADN program I am applying to at my CC does not require Chemistry at all. However, the BSN program I plan to bridge to (and is also my back-up if I don't get accepted into my ADN program), does require Chemistry.
  6. by   HammockBound
    The cc here doesnt list Chemistry as a prereq but it is a requirement to register for Microbiology. My BSN track requires it.
  7. by   ßåߥ
    Consider yourself lucky.
  8. by   ßåߥ
    Quote from SopranoKris
    You need to be strong in both Physiology & Chem to survive Pharmacology.
    I was strong in neither, but I got pharmacology like it was nothin'.

    Side note: It's always good to have basic science courses on your transcript for nursing.
  9. by   nurseprnRN
    Seriously, does somebody actually think that knowledge of basic chemistry is of no value in nursing and something to be avoided if at all possible? Good grief, you're scaring me here. I'm getting afraid to get old and risk hospitalization if that's really true. ::shudder::

    (We took one full year of chemistry plus one semester of organic chemistry....and yes, I did use it at work.)
  10. by   brenay
    Quote from SUNFL0WER
    I was strong in neither, but I got pharmacology like it was nothin'. Side note: It's always good to have basic science courses on your transcript for nursing.
    Yes!! Good to know that I will survive Pharmacology!!!
  11. by   Esme12
    Quote from GrnTea
    Seriously, does somebody actually think that knowledge of basic chemistry is of no value in nursing and something to be avoided if at all possible? Good grief, you're scaring me here. I'm getting afraid to get old and risk hospitalization if that's really true. ::shudder::

    (We took one full year of chemistry plus one semester of organic chemistry....and yes, I did use it at work.)
    So did I....plus 1 semester microbiology. Then Micro 1 semester and Biochem ....2 semesters was BSN. More proof about dumbing down the programs.
  12. by   SopranoKris
    Quote from SUNFL0WER
    I was strong in neither, but I got pharmacology like it was nothin'.

    Side note: It's always good to have basic science courses on your transcript for nursing.
    Our Pharmacology courses must be completely different then. We had to know the chemical structure & physiological effects of the drugs as well as the nursing implications, side effects, contraindications, etc. If I didn't have a solid foundation in Chem before taking it, I would have been lost.

    Seems like there is some disparity amongst programs...
  13. by   Bubbly26
    The program I am applying for requires chemistry. I remember taking it in high school and it wasn't my strong suit.

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