Is this schedule doable? Thoughts please

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    I'm still a pre-nursing student, but until or unless I get in the program, I decided to complete the Biology major at my cc. Is this a doable schedule? I have a job on campus on the side 15 hours

    A&P II
    Biology 104
    Chemistry 104
    Medical Terminology


    Thoughts, anyone?

    Thanks
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    I think that's very doable as long as you're able to manage your time right. I've always thought Med Term and A&P meshed well together when taking, although sometimes they may shadow one another throughout the semester, it is still a good mixture. Make sure you will be able to have ample amounts of study times. 15 hours is a good amount of working hours to balance with this schedule. I think you'll be just fine, but make sure you measure out all your personal pros and cons for the schedule before your final decision! Best of luck!
    Last edit by Iridescent Orchid on Dec 14, '11
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    It's absolutely doable, but you need to keep in mind that science courses involves A LOT of reading and studying. Definitely construct a reading schedule before the semester starts so you don't fall behind!

    Good luck!
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    Personally, I would NEVER take on a load like that. If anything, take only 2 sciences with Med Term. You may have to withdraw. That is crazy! Ive been thru all of these classes and taking more than 2 sciences at a time is more than enough. I would hate for you to take all of that and get bogged down, then have to withdraw and lose out $$. Unless you are super duper smart and really think you can handle that!
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    Quote from mynameisjay
    It's absolutely doable, but you need to keep in mind that science courses involves A LOT of reading and studying. Definitely construct a reading schedule before the semester starts so you don't fall behind!

    Good luck!
    Love the idea of constructing a reading schedule. I will definitely do this. I am an English major type transitioning into the sciences, but I found taking A&P with English and sociology this semester very maddening. I want a semester where I can keep my "science brain" churning.
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    Quote from purplcav
    Personally, I would NEVER take on a load like that. If anything, take only 2 sciences with Med Term. You may have to withdraw. That is crazy! Ive been thru all of these classes and taking more than 2 sciences at a time is more than enough. I would hate for you to take all of that and get bogged down, then have to withdraw and lose out $$. Unless you are super duper smart and really think you can handle that!
    Your comment touched upon my fear. I have heard of the "rule of thumb" 2 science class maximum. But the course description for the bio major encourages 3 science classes a semester. I think I'm just struggling with an identity crisis. My "English major frame of mind" tells me I can't handle it. "Real bio majors," however, can do it. Thanks for your remark. I'm going to buckle down next semester.
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    Quote from Iridescent Orchid
    I think that's very doable as long as you're able to manage your time right...Make sure you will be able to have ample amounts of study times. 15 hours is a good amount of working hours to balance with this schedule. I think you'll be just fine, but make sure you measure out all your personal pros and cons for the schedule before your final decision! Best of luck!
    Thanks Iridescent. Now I've got to throw a monkey wrench into the equation because I just learned I have to do an independent study class this semester too. I plan on taking a "Helper's Theory" course. I'm thinking it might help to inform my thinking in terms of how to "see" patients/clients once I start working as a healthcare professional. So my schedule looks like:
    A&P II
    Bio 104
    Chem 104
    Medical Terminology
    Helper Theory
    15 hours a week job or
    volunteer work

    My question is really - is this an advisable course load for a person intent on maintaining honors status? The job is a new development, which I might ultimately turn down because I had planned on volunteering at one of my local hospitals to start networking a bit.
    Thanks everyone who has replied. Any thoughts, though, on the additional helper's theory/independent study class? I'll have to make a presentation at the end of my spring semester.

    I hope I don't sound clueless, but I find that talking about my plans on this forum really helps cement the idea in my mind that I am truly entering a professional field where my college work will directly translate over into my professional life. I am also keeping the door open for the possibility of going to PA school in the future, which is why I'm being persistent about the bio degree. I want to work in the neurological field in some capacity.

    Thanks, all. Please keep your ideas coming.
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    please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing, if you decide to take that science course load! Good luck to you and happy holidays to all.
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    I would not take all those classes at once. I have a family though with two kids. I suppose if you have nothing else to do, sure. It also depends on what grade you are going for. Are you going just to pass or do you want an A? I knew a girl who took micro and anatomy and got a C in one and a B in the other. I am sure if she had taken them separately she could have possibly gotten an A. I would be shaken in my boots just the thought of that load. Good luck


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