Going back to school at 35 should I retake any classes?

  1. Hi there I am a 35 years old married mother of 2. I am tired of working a job. And feel it is time for a career. A career I am passionate about and have been dancing around to long "Nursing". I graduated from college in 2004 with a degree pretty much in pre nursing. I currently work as a pre surgery medical unit secretary. Before this i worked on the floor as a nursing tech for 2 years 12 hour shifts on one of the hardest floors in the hospital med/surg. It was a rough floor. This being said i was shocked the school excepted 39 of my credits. Are there any classes I should definitely take over to help me when its time for my teas exam or nursing school. I.e. bio, chem, a & p's, math (I always struggled in math) etc.... it seems they have taken alot of good courses. Any advice would be helpful Thanks😊
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  3. by   applewhitern
    By "excepted" do mean "accepted?" Or do you mean "excepted" as in "they accepted all my courses except......"
  4. by   sallyrnrrt
    College he semester hours earned, and we're learned....are just that, I was a biology major, 67-70, before attending a diploma school RN. In 2003, I had decided to go back to same university, and study respiratory therapy, all my previous hrs. Were accepted..... After the 2yr program, with 10 days of graduation I passed both my national credential exams CRT & RRT...... My ancient preresquent hours, did not hinder my credential exams,

    Best wishes to you I was like 54 at the time....
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  5. by   CarpeDiem35
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  7. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from CarpeDiem35
    Hi there I am a 35 years old married mother of 2. I am tired of working a job. And feel it is time for a career. A career I am passionate about and have been dancing around to long "Nursing". I graduated from college in 2004 with a degree pretty much in pre nursing. I currently work as a pre surgery medical unit secretary. Before this i worked on the floor as a nursing tech for 2 years 12 hour shifts on one of the hardest floors in the hospital med/surg. It was a rough floor. This being said i was shocked the school excepted 39 of my credits. Are there any classes I should definitely take over to help me when its time for my teas exam or nursing school. I.e. bio, chem, a & p's, math (I always struggled in math) etc.... it seems they have taken alot of good courses. Any advice would be helpful Thanks
    I wouldn't retake anything that I wasn't required to retake.
  8. by   NurseSpeedy
    I had zero problems with nursing school, tested quite well, and passed the NCLEX first attempt. I went out of my way to NOT retake old credits. The college advisor stated, "I hope you remember enough from that long ago to succeed in your nursing classes"...retaking is a complete waste of time and money in my opinion.
  9. by   traumaRUs
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  10. by   paisling
    Check the application requirements at the school(s) you want to apply to. Some schools require you to retake any science classes over 7 years old.
  11. by   imhorsemackerel
    Quote from paisling
    Check the application requirements at the school(s) you want to apply to. Some schools require you to retake any science classes over 7 years old.
    This. Also, I don't think that retaking Anatomy and Physiology, math, etc. will help on the TEAS test. I feel it would be a waste of money to retake classes for the TEAS. If you got a C+ and the minimum grade the program will accept is a C, then you might want to retake that class to ensure you have a better chance with a B+ or A. Some school's might have a ridiculous policy. The program I'm interested in allows you to retake a class. They convert the grades, so say an A is 4 points, B+ is 3.5 points and B is 3 points, and C is 2 points. If I initially got a C, I would get 2 points. However the rule is that if you retake a class, one point would be subtracted. So if I retook the class and this time I got an A, instead of 4 points, I would get 3. So be aware if the programs have any ridiculous rules like that.

    You can see if the school offers a TEAS refresher course. I would just buy the workbook provided by ATI, though. I thought that it was extremely helpful, but I'm reading that a lot of people thought it was terrible.

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