Taking 20 credits next semester.

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    Is this possible? Is it doable, I also have clincals, too. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Ok, since you say you have clinicals next semester, am I to assume you will be in nursing school? If so, 20 credits are doable in other majors, but there is NO WAY I would ever attempt it in nursing, especially if it is your first semester. It is so hard to understand how much time you are going to have to dedicate to nursing outside of class (reading, homework, studying, etc). Why do you think it is necessary to take on such a heavy class load?
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    Are you in nursing school? As a pre-nursing student at my school the max amount of hours we're allowed to take is 18. 20 is alooot. I wouldn't do it as a pre-nursing student if it was allowed and definitely wouldn't attempt it in nursing school.
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    Depends on the classes? Do you clinicals weigh more heavily in credits. When I first started school I took a CNA class (6credits) and then a normal 12 academic credits (English, Psych, Algebra, and Spanish) That was 18 and it was manageable.

    I think it would be difficult to do in a scenario where I was taking the CNA class + higher level science courses or other clinical based classes.

    I always say to all of these postings, you know yourself better than anyone on these boards. If you have signed up for 20 credits, you thought some where along the way that you could do it. If that's what you have to do, don't let anyone else talk you out of it. However, also don't rush yourself through things .

    "it's better whole ass one thing than half ass many things" -Ron Swanson
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    No way. Don't do it unless you absolutely have to for some reason. 20 is a huge amount for any major but in nursing with clinicals I'd say you won't be sleeping or eating for a long, long time. I have a previous degree where I got up to 19 at one point and it was a heavy load. Now that I'm doing this I'm currently taking 12 and staying busy- but doing very well.
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    It is doable if that is the ONLY thing you are going to do during that semester. If you have a job or family responsabilities, I think it is going to be really hard to succeed in your classes with 20 credits. It's better to take fewer classes and do well in all of them than taking a bunch of classes and get Cs on everything. I'm a stay-at-home mom taking 16 credits this semester and it is draining my brain. I cannot take days off because I get behind in my assignments. I have to study everyday!
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    Most I've ever taken was 28 credits. However, I wasn't in nursing school. 20 credits is a whole lot and you're going to be spending a lot of time on just 12 credits alone. Be careful that you don't overwhelm yourself and end up failing.
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    Right now I'm in 15 credits. My only 2 options are to take 18 credits the next 2 semesters, or take 20 credits next year. I'm taking these classes next semester: A& P 2, microbiology, sociology, psychology, nutrition, intro to nursing, and technical math for nurses.
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    Quote from bucolicdulcet
    Right now I'm in 15 credits. My only 2 options are to take 18 credits the next 2 semesters, or take 20 credits next year. I'm taking these classes next semester: A& P 2, microbiology, sociology, psychology, nutrition, intro to nursing, and technical math for nurses.
    Why do you have to have 18 credits for the next two semesters? If you can break that up with some electives or university requirements, I would. That sounds miserable to take on 20 credits!
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    Quote from bucolicdulcet
    Right now I'm in 15 credits. My only 2 options are to take 18 credits the next 2 semesters, or take 20 credits next year. I'm taking these classes next semester: A& P 2, microbiology, sociology, psychology, nutrition, intro to nursing, and technical math for nurses.
    I am currently taking 12 and it's overwhelming. I can't imagine taking 20. Are you taking pre reqs or is this actual nursing school? Some of these classes sound like pre or co requisites. If that's the case get them done first before even applying to NS. I don't think it would be wise taking them along side NS classes and worrying about clinicals.


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