What credits are needed for a BSN?

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    I know that every school is different, but are there "general credits" that I will need for my BSN at almost any school. Right now, I am attending a community college. I cannot go to a four year university for another year, simply because the means (money, transportation, etc.) isn't there. Also, my community college doesn't have a program where I can get my RN through an ADN/ASN. They only have a Pre-Nursing degree. I already have all of the creidts for the Pre-Nursing degree though. That's why I now want to focus on credits that will be needed once I transfer to a BSN program to save time and money. I am not your typical nursing student. I didn't just graduate from college. I already have a family and therefore have to wait to start my BSN. But any way, these are the credits that I accumulated from my community college...

    1. Comp 101
    2. Comp 102
    3. Public Speaking
    4. Ethics
    5. Child Development
    6. Intermediate Algebra
    7. Anatomy & Physiology
    8. Microbiology
    9. Psychology
    10. Sociology
    11. General Biology
    12. Nutrition
    13. Statistics

    Can you recommend any other courses that I will need to take? Thank you so much!
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    I would recommend you speak with someone at the school you want to get your BSN from to ensure your credits will transfer and which classes are needed. I would hate for you to take a variety of un-needed or un-transferable classes. Some classes from a CC will transfer while others will not. You can also talk to the CC and see if they offer a bridge to BSN after taking the pre-nursing.
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    Generally, A&P I and II, microbiology with a public health component + lab, English I and II, college algebra, statistics, human health span and development, abnormal psychology, and either Bio I and II or chem I and II.
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    You'll probably need 6 hours of history, 6 hours of government, a fine art, a physical education course, lifespan psychology, A&P II, chemistry, and possibly a higher math credit.

    These are the classes in addition to the ones you already have I had to take. All schools have their own requirements though so you need to check with the university you wish to transfer to.
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    You'd have to look at the BR RN programs that you are most likely to enroll in. Most that I looked at didn't have history and government, fine art might work as an elective, etc. The more modern BS RN degrees have cut some of that liberal arts gen-ed out, and have beefed up the science required.

    Possibly:
    Biology - Human Genetics
    Chemistry - Fundamentals of Chemistry
    Chemistry - Introduction to Organic Chemistry (or those two chems might be combined)
    Psych -- Human Growth & Development (whole lifespan)
    Psych -- Abnormal psychology
    Pharmacology class
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    Most colleges require 60 +/- credits and each college will have an outline of what courses they do and do not accept. The biggest misconception I had was that all my credits would transfer anywhere. Not the case. My math class was only accepted at 2 of the 5 schools I'm looking at, my biochemistry class is only accepted at 1 of 5. Etc Etc. So be careful and knowledgable at what schools accept.

    As for extra classes, you'll probably need more humanties course, lower level electives, and social sciences to fill that credit requirement.
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    Quote from Streamline2010
    You'd have to look at the BR RN programs that you are most likely to enroll in. Most that I looked at didn't have history and government, fine art might work as an elective, etc. The more modern BS RN degrees have cut some of that liberal arts gen-ed out, and have beefed up the science required.
    It really depends on the school and the state. In the state of Texas, ALL BS degrees require a core curriculum of liberal arts including what I mentioned above. And all those core classes can be taken at a community college and HAVE to be accepted into any state college or university.

    Pharmacology and patho were done in my program as they both had to be junior level classes and community college only offers freshmen and sophomore level classes.


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