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Can I take Pre-Reqs for ABSN programs anywhere? at a community college?

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Hello,

I am wondering if I can take Pre-Reqs for ABSN programs anywhere? at a community college?

I graduated with a B.S. degree in Human Physiology with a 3.8 gpa about 6 years ago from a top/well-known university. I have a lot of physiology and anatomy courses completed, but have not taken some pre-requisite courses that a lot of nursing schools seem to require:

1. Microbiology with lab

2. Human Growth and Development

3. Sociology

Can I take these courses at any community college? Can I even take some of them online? Will the nursing schools care where I take these prerequisite courses? 

Thanks!

 

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I took my prerequisites at three different Community College in three different states. I am going to nursing school at 4th College in a fourth state. However, be warned that some schools will not accept prerequisites that old so they might make you take anatomy and physiology over again even though you have a degree in it

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Generally, yes. 

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9 hours ago, Luchador said:

I took my prerequisites at three different Community College in three different states. I am going to nursing school at 4th College in a fourth state. However, be warned that some schools will not accept prerequisites that old so they might make you take anatomy and physiology over again even though you have a degree in it

Luchador has solid advice.  Many nursing schools have a 5 -7 year limit as to how old your core science classes can be ( Anat, Phys, Micro and for some Chemistry)

To add to what he said, be sure to take your Micro class at a community college because many nursing schools do not accept online versions of Micro.  Some nursing schools actually do, but they are few.

A lot of the sociology and human growth classes are online so you should be able to find those easily.  Believe it or not, these two fill up fast so be sure to jump in early on registration!

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On 7/13/2019 at 10:52 PM, Mergirlc said:

Luchador has solid advice.  Many nursing schools have a 5 -7 year limit as to how old your core science classes can be ( Anat, Phys, Micro and for some Chemistry)

To add to what he said, be sure to take your Micro class at a community college because many nursing schools do not accept online versions of Micro.  Some nursing schools actually do, but they are few.

A lot of the sociology and human growth classes are online so you should be able to find those easily.  Believe it or not, these two fill up fast so be sure to jump in early on registration!

Okay thank you. 

Will they look down at my application if I take any of the pre-requisite courses online (other than microbiology, anatomy/physiology, and the "hard" science courses) or will it be better for me to take them all in-person?

Should I take sociology and human growth and development just online or should I try to take them in-person? Obviously I think online will be easier than in-person, but I am wondering if they rather you take them in-person. Also, will they know that I took these online or does it not show on the transcript? 

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On 7/14/2019 at 1:50 AM, HotSauce77 said:

Generally, yes. 

But you will need to check. Even some recent courses won't be accepted by some schools. Good luck!

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5 hours ago, Jenn23 said:

Okay thank you. 

Will they look down at my application if I take any of the pre-requisite courses online (other than microbiology, anatomy/physiology, and the "hard" science courses) or will it be better for me to take them all in-person?

Should I take sociology and human growth and development just online or should I try to take them in-person? Obviously I think online will be easier than in-person, but I am wondering if they rather you take them in-person. Also, will they know that I took these online or does it not show on the transcript? 

You can do in-person or online for Soc or Hum Grow--it really doesn't matter.  These classes show up like a regular class on a transcript.

In the case of online core science classes, schools will know because there are only a few online schools that offer those & most nursing programs know exactly who they are.

Good luck!

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It depends on your learning style.  I am a visual learner and I love online courses.  With your undergrad background, you have a leg up anyway.  A lot of the science material crosses over and would be review for you.  The courses you listed above are not difficult. Personally, I wouldn't attend a school that didn't accept any of my previous course work, even if it was more that 6 years ago.  

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Any lab courses should definitely be taken in person. But other than that, most nursing schools I applied to didn't seem to care where the pre-reqs were taken as long as they were within the time limit and the grades were good. I took A&P (1+2), Human Development (online) and Nutrition (online) at community colleges and I was admitted to 5 of 6 ABSN programs I applied to with no major hiccups. The one area where it can get tricky is the quarter vs. semester system. 

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4 hours ago, 2BS Nurse said:

, I wouldn't attend a school that didn't accept any of my previous course work, even if it was more that 6 years ago.  

Then it's likely your only option would be ultra expensive private, for profit schools, probably unaccredited

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20 minutes ago, Luchador said:

Then it's likely your only option would be ultra expensive private, for profit schools, probably unaccredited

This is not true in my experience. I also graduated 6 years ago and had plenty of public/state school options. Maybe it varies by region but I found very few schools here in CA that had recency requirements.

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Ha ha, nope!  Just finished the BSN and they excepted all previous (very old) credits! The school was cheap, accredited and online!

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