Hi, I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in non-nursing subject areas but took pre-nursing prerequisites about 17 years ago when I thought I wanted to pursue a degree in nursing (I decided to pursue a Masters in library science instead). I'm now ready for a career change and very sure that I want to pursue a degree in nursing through either an ADN or BSN program. Here's my dilemma: the programs I've looked into in California don't have a recency requirement for the science pre-requisites, so technically I'd qualify for admission, but I'm afraid that I'd be at a disadvantage once I'm in a program because it has been so long since I've taken the science classes. I'm prepared to buy study guides and try to teach myself and review the concept before starting the program, but not sure if this would be enough. I just cringe at the thought of having to take Anatomy, Chemistry, Physiology, and Microbiology all over again. Is anyone in a similar situation or know of anyone who took the science pre-requisites some time ago and was successful in a program? Thank you for your help!
May 5, '11
by ORnurseCT, ASN
Ha ha, the first time I took Micro they hadnt mapped the Genome. So much changed. I skipped Gen Bio took A&P over great review for those courses, chem I didn't need but had to take it again. It was frustrating but think it was woth it. I had to review Bio concepts and take those science classes it added to my study time. I would take at least A&P again, but I do feel your pain. The class ahead of me said my school does not review, they expect you to know the material from pre reqs, like fluids & electrolytes.
Last edit by ORnurseCT on May 5, '11