Math courses

  1. What kind of math courses are usually required for nursing? I'm not very good with math and I was curious as to how much math I would encounter and what type of math I would encounter on my journey to becoming a nurse.

    Thanks a lot!!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Achoo!
    All I took was a college algebra course. I haven't done calculations yet though:imbar
  4. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Don't panic or anything, but I'm taking calculus right now for nursing. We actually had a choice of Math 1420, Elem. Calculus, Calculus, or Math 2000. I don't go to the school that offers these classes, so I don't know what they contain as far as subject matter. I have read 1420's description and it said it is a review of algebra, probability, combinations, permutations, etc. Anyway, I had to take calculus because I live too far from the school to take the easier math, so I'm stuck with it. It hads not been too bad so far--at least now I know what a limit is.
  5. by   HeartsOpenWide
    every school is different and it also depends on what kind of degree you are going for. I am applying to both ASN and BSN programs. I only needed elementary algebra for the ASN program, but for the BSN program I had to have Statistics (which means I had to take intermediate algebra first)
    I hear some people have to take calculus. I would check with my school first before you waste potential time in a math class that might not count.
  6. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Algebra for the ADN and BSN.

    Statistics for the BSN. (I'm currently working on my future RN-BSN while waiting to get into the ADN program.)


    Ability to do dosage calculations is a must, whether you have to learn it on your own, or actually have a class for it. (Not sure, not in yet...lol)



    Try your best, go to tutoring, and be determined to do well. Good luck!
    Last edit by Fun2, RN, BSN on Nov 15, '05
  7. by   Priddyeyez
    my school requires finate math and statistics for RN, and Finite math for LPN. Before I moved to this state my last school required college algebra
  8. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from studentnurse3
    What kind of math courses are usually required for nursing? I'm not very good with math and I was curious as to how much math I would encounter and what type of math I would encounter on my journey to becoming a nurse.

    Thanks a lot!!
    Towards BSN it's college algebra and statistics in our neck of the woods.
    Towards ADN it's a test but I don't know exactly which one, could be the placement test results.
  9. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    every school is different and it also depends on what kind of degree you are going for. I am applying to both ASN and BSN programs. I only needed elementary algebra for the ASN program, but for the BSN program I had to have Statistics (which means I had to take intermediate algebra first)
    I hear some people have to take calculus. I would check with my school first before you waste potential time in a math class that might not count.
    What people have to take calculus?!?!? I thought I was the only one. I'm learning about derivatives right now. It's still not so bad. ( Please Lord, don't let it get bad...I only have nine weeks).

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