How many textbooks are required for your first semester?

  1. I am starting nursing school in the fall and am anxiously awaiting my school's book list to be released. I have heard we need about $1800 worth of textbooks! Has this been anyone else's experience too? And any suggestions, besides Amazon and, on where to get good prices on textbooks? Thanks so much!
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  3. by   mplovex
    The website allbookstores has been amazing for me Good luck!
  4. by   Miiki
    I couldn't even tell you. The nursing prohram at my school is ebook-only and everyone gets subscriptions to evolve. We'll be required tohave laptops. The teachers get to pick and choose text from different books for any given class.

    The subscription for the first semester is about $450, but I think it lasts for a whole year. I'm not sure how it works yet though. I'm going to be PO'd if I have to spend $500 a semester on ebooks.
  5. by   shay&lynn
    Books vary from school to school.

    I purchase my books online thru, so much cheaper! To give you an example, back in '09, I took Chem. The bookstore wanted $129 for the book, I found the same book at NEW for $25! That was with shipping! I am not saying you will see savings like this in all books, but you will def save some money if that is the route you go.
  6. by   nursingstudent3109
    Yes, I know you can save quite a bit shopping online. For my two summer courses, my college bookstore wanted over $500, but I was able to get them online, brand-new, for about $260. I will never buy books from the college bookstore - it's a rip-off.

    I realize books vary from school to school. I was just looking for a rough dollar cost if anyone remembers that. Thanks to the people who posted. I appreciate it!
  7. by   sandanrnstudent
    My books were around 950 for first semester... but they were for the entire time in the program.

  8. by   grownuprosie
    I don't think anyone that pays for their books themselves buys them at the school book store. The only people i ever saw in the school book store were scholarship/ financial aid or their parents were footing the bill.
  9. by   Coriander
    My books were around $900 and weighed 50 pounds. lol
  10. by   gsmith91
    I havent found out how many books I will be buying for my first semester, but they did tell us it would be $1400, the first semester and $700 the second semester. Im just hoping that all the books from the first year carry over to the second year.
  11. by   KMtoRN
    My book list isn't out yet so I'm not sure on the costs yet.

    However, I do have a good resource for finding cheaper books. lets you enter the book that you are looking for and it will pull in the results from all the online discount book sellers. I've really saved some good money using it!
  12. by   prettymica
    Yes all my books costs about that much. I will only have to add a few more book for my last semester. I didnt see much of a difference in price and I bought all my books from the campus book store, we were required to buy some type of online ebooks that were only available at our school.
  13. by   Katie71275
    My books were about 850-900$. That included my Med Surg Vol 1 and 2, Fundamentals, drug guide, Nursing Dx books, the evolve online stuff, and I think there were some others I can't remember. We also pay a fee every quarter for ATI. I think it was 150-175? for our first quarter and goes down from there.(that includes the books too).
    I am about to enter my 4th quarter and do have to buy new books, but should just be one, the pysch nursing, then Fall Ill buy OB, and Winter, Ill buy Peds..I don't think anymore after that.
  14. by   grownuprosie
    Katie71275, isn't it sad that only buying one extra book per quarter is a relief? I have never had to buy more than 1 book for a class at a time before nursing school and now that is a cheap quarter.