Chemistry not required for nursing program? - page 2

by RN2BE93 | 8,421 Views | 56 Comments

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


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    All I have to say is LUCKY!! I have it this semester and am not very excited about it Especially after I cruised on over to the nursing student forum a couple days ago and someone asked the worst class and almost all said Chemistry as their pre-req.
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    This is my last semester! I refuse to let Chemistry stop me from starting nursing school!
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    Quote from SopranoKris

    It depends on your program. However, take a close look at your course pre-requisites. While the nursing program may not require Chem as a pre-req, it might be a pre-req for other courses, such as Physiology, Microbiology or Pharmacology. Our program doesn't require it as a pre-req, but you can't take Physiology or Micro without having had Chem first.

    Also, if you're going to pursue your BSN later, many of those programs require both Gen Chem and Organic Chem. You might want to take Chem now if you feel you'll pursue further education later. Talk with your academic advisor, just to make sure.

    Good luck
    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
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    yeah I assume this is for an ADN program? chemistry is needed for all BSN programs I have come across.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    The cc here doesnt list Chemistry as a prereq but it is a requirement to register for Microbiology. My BSN track requires it.
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    Consider yourself lucky.


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