It's been 5 yrs since I've taken pre-requisite courses, should I retake them?

  1. 0 I have a B.A. in English and have taken some pre-requisite nursing courses back in 2007-8 with unsatisfactory grades. I'm now attempting to get a B.S.N. as a second degree and am planning to take all the pre-requisites over again starting this Fall 2013. Is this a good idea?

    Do most nursing programs average out classes that were taken twice? Or would they only credit the ones taken most recently? Considering it's been 5 years since I've taken those pre-requisite courses during my first degree, is it a good idea to take them over again (1) to boost my grades and (2) to review/relearn them now?

    Badly in need of advice. Please help
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  4. Visit  readyforachangenow} profile page
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    If you retake a class the newest grade would be the one that counts.
  5. Visit  SopranoKris} profile page
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    Quote from readyforachangenow
    If you retake a class the newest grade would be the one that counts.
    Not necessarily. It depends on that particular school's admissions requirements. Our school counts the highest of the two grades. However, they won't take any courses older than 5 years and Pharmacology has to be within the past 2 years.

    Every school is different, so you'll need to check their admissions requirements.
  6. Visit  sjalv} profile page
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    My particular school requires that the SCIENCE pre-requisites having been taken within the past 5 years. Honestly, I would retake the science prereqs (actually, have you even had A&P and such as an English major?) but don't retake the humanities, English, etc prereqs. It always depends on the school though, so just get with a counselor and ask them.
  7. Visit  DadStudentPerhaps} profile page
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    My school has a 5 year limit on Science classes. I think if you did poorly in the past, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by retaking your Science classes.
  8. Visit  StudentOfHealing} profile page
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    Its also a matter of your own foundation in anatomy and physiology. Nursing concepts will be a lot easier if you have a good A&P base.

    Contrary to popular belief .... the sciences aren't just another set of classes you'll need to get in to the program, rather you'll need them to succeed in the program.
  9. Visit  claritasd} profile page
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    Definitely contact the program(s) you're interested in to check whether they average the grades. But in reality if you're unhappy with your previous grades and get a better grade the second time around, the average will still be higher than the first grade.
  10. Visit  queserasera} profile page
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    I'd imagine it'd help you greatly to retake at least your science courses. I know my BSN program averages the 2 grades if you retake.
  11. Visit  Alicia.Cheyanne} profile page
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    I would definitely retake the classes if the school has a competitive nursing program. At my school for the BSN program you must have taken your pre reqs within the last 7 years. Also, you can only retake the class once. They will count the most recent grade, but they won't count the grade if you are taking the class for the third or fourth time.
  12. Visit  green34} profile page
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    I would consider talking to the school first and figure it out from there. You will probably need to retake the unsatisfactory grades as some schools do not transfer credit lower than a C.
  13. Visit  NorCalKid} profile page
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    My school requires taking prereqs with in 5 years. But that's 5 years of applying (first app). Some people in my class were close to 5 years and had to wait 6 semesters to get in. They are well over 5 years and are doing fine. I wouldn't worry about it.
  14. Visit  Streamline2010} profile page
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    Quote from Alicia.Cheyanne
    I would definitely retake the classes if the school has a competitive nursing program. At my school for the BSN program you must have taken your pre reqs within the last 7 years. Also, you can only retake the class once. They will count the most recent grade, but they won't count the grade if you are taking the class for the third or fourth time.
    How will they handle a student who took, say, A&P I, then took it again, but those credits are all over 5 years old now? There has to be a third time to get fresh credits, if they are standing by their 5-year rule. People enter and leave schools and the workforce for various reasons. It's soon going to get to the point where all students are "nontraditional," due to lack of funding for fulltime school, and/or career changes and job losses.


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