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Could it be...don't have to take Chemistry? :)

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Holy crap! I am struggling so bad with the chemistry section of the TEAS prep. I checked to see how many chem classes I would have to take in pre-req's and saw NONE! SoOoOo awesome! I abhore chem! Who the heck needs to know where iron is located on the periodic table in nursing? (If we do, somebody please let me know now! :uhoh3:)

Anyhow, I am jsut stoked now.

AND, I only have 6 pre-req classes that I will have to take...oober excited to learn that!

Ok, I'm done.:D

DarkBluePhoenix

Specializes in Med-Surg/DOU/Ortho/Onc/Rehab/ER/. Has 3+ years experience.

LOL

the chemistry on the TEAS, I heard was really basic, like bond forms, whats a metal vs nonmetal, find # of moles in glucose etc...

Good you don't have to take chemistry I guess? chem is a pre req into micro and physio at my school so I had to take it, and I am glad too because it came in handy a bit...

Good luck on your pre reqs

My school does not require Chemistry, either. However, it is a pre-req for many BSN programs, so you might eventually have to take it if you choose to go that route.

I do think it's interesting that at my school, Chemistry is required in almost every other health program except nursing.

Just make sure that its not a pre-req for another class. Chem is not a pre-req for my school either, but if you do your pre-reqs at my school, you end up doing chem anyway. Its a pre-req for A&P. I had to do Chem in order to get to A&P.

MadpeysRN

Specializes in MedSurg, OR, Cardiac step down.

I am enrolled in a BSN, no Chem required por moi!

2ndyearstudent, CNA

Specializes in CNA.

Holy crap! I am struggling so bad with the chemistry section of the TEAS prep. I checked to see how many chem classes I would have to take in pre-req's and saw NONE! SoOoOo awesome! I abhore chem! Who the heck needs to know where iron is located on the periodic table in nursing? (If we do, somebody please let me know now! :uhoh3:)

Anyhow, I am jsut stoked now.

AND, I only have 6 pre-req classes that I will have to take...oober excited to learn that!

Ok, I'm done.:D

Chemistry is heavily involved in Anatomy and Physiology...and in Nursing School.

You may not care where iron is located on the periodic table but there is a whole lot of stuff about iron, many other ions, and many other chemistry concepts you do need to know about. From my experience in nursing school, instructors are not real keen on teaching chemistry and A&P. They assume you will either know it or figure it out.

Unless your school or program is rolling chemistry content into other courses, you are really not getting any favors done by not having it.

No chem required from my school which has an extremely high nclex pass rate (top 5 in state). I got a 97 final avg in AP1 with zero chem background (and none in high school either). The hospitals around here hire from this school first because of the highly qualified nurses they turn out. So don't worry about not needing chem. Just thank your lucky stars!

unfortunately you can't escape chemistry!! :eek:

chemistry will most likely be included in your biology classes! it probably won't go into great depths, but you will need to know all about chemical elements and chemical bonds. buffers and the ph scale are important to know as well. acid-base balance is especially important because this is the foundation for homeostasis.

i am taking ns part time and my first biology class was with a nursing foundations class. i put all my time and energy into focusing on getting excellent marks in the nursing class because i thought it was the most important. (since i want to be a nurse! at the time it seemed obvious!!) i basically let my biology slide because i figured, unless i was going to be a heart surgeon did i really need to know the conduction system of the heart??!! the answer is..... yes!!! :smackingf

pay attention... it might not seem like it at the time.... but all that information in biology that you may think is a waste of time, is actually so important... it really is the foundation for everything nursing.

goodluck!!

akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 5 years experience.

Of the three JC programs in the immediate Sac metro area, two require only microbiology, one requires Organic Chemistry. All three require a general chemistry course. Sac State requires both Micro and O-Chem. A prereq for both is Gen Chem. ;) Being that 2nd Bachelor's were not being accepted for the 2010-11 year, it made no sense for me to take o-chem. While I'm not entirely surprised that Gen Chem is not required, as one can survive without it, it is a bit concerning as it certainly makes physiology much easier to understand.

My college does not require Chemistry to get into the RN program, however Chemistry is required as a pre-riq for A&P.

chemistry is the basis on EVERYTHING that occurs in the body. how you can understand a&p, pharmacology, etc without a solid chemistry background is beyond me. for my BSN we must take general chemistry, organic chemstry, and biochemstry before we can even apply to the nursing program. these are the hardest classes I've ever taken but they really have made the rest of it much easier to learn. don't knock chemistry... it's hard but its vitally important.

My college does not require Chemistry to get into the RN program, however Chemistry is required as a pre-riq for A&P.

At my school they do not require Chemistry at the college level as long as you passed with a C in high school, which I think is laughable! Unless you are fresh out, you probably don't remember enough to apply it. Even still, I fulfilled my Chemistry requirements in high school in tenth grade so even by graduation I was already collecting dust on what I learned.

At my school they do not require Chemistry at the college level as long as you passed with a C in high school, which I think is laughable! Unless you are fresh out, you probably don't remember enough to apply it. Even still, I fulfilled my Chemistry requirements in high school in tenth grade so even by graduation I was already collecting dust on what I learned.

I agree, that is exactly what my local community college does. My sister has been out of school 12+ years but because she took a high school chemistry class, she doesn't need it in college. Chem is one of those subjects that people love or hate. If they hate it then they will start to lose memory of it once the class is over. I learned a lot after taking my Chem class and I am keep my book to refer back to it when I begin my a&p class.

chemistry is the basis on EVERYTHING that occurs in the body. how you can understand a&p, pharmacology, etc without a solid chemistry background is beyond me. for my BSN we must take general chemistry, organic chemstry, and biochemstry before we can even apply to the nursing program. these are the hardest classes I've ever taken but they really have made the rest of it much easier to learn. don't knock chemistry... it's hard but its vitally important.

I agree completely!! I think everyone should be required to take it, as you stated it is based on everything within the body and it is a good foundation for other nursing courses.

Steve EMT-B

Specializes in Critical Care, Trauma.

I do not need chem for my associate degree because I had it in high school less than 10 years ago... I believe for a BSN I will need it again unless by some miracle I can find a college where you don't need it...

To the OP, I understand your frustration/hate of chemistry. However, I agree with above posters and urge you to take it anyway. At my school, we didn't have a chem requirement for O-chem (crazy:) , but I can't imagine how people made it through the class w/out having taken gen chem.

I also think it helped me tremendously in A&P and in Micro. I know that it's not everyone's favorite science, but it IS the core science and will rear its ugly head again throughout your pre-NS experience and beyond.

I say go for it. Research instructors at your school and find one who has high ratings from students who are not naturals at this science. I remember when I took my first college algebra class many years ago during my first undergrad days. I was a C-D student in HS and HATED all math. However, my instructor taught in a way that made it possible for me to learn and even LIKE algebra. I actually got an A in that class. I was so proud of myself.

So, while I totally understand your inclination to just squeak by with what chem you'll need for the TEAS, I gently urge you to try it and challenge yourself to master the beast. I think you'll have much more confidence in other classes if you have this basic knowledge in your memory banks.

Best of luck to you no matter what you choose to do :)

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Steve EMT-B

Specializes in Critical Care, Trauma.

I will back mitch up with needing it for a&p I and II there where things there we needed chem for to keep in mind... my chapter 2 was all chem... I also agree to research teachers it has worked for me tremendously...

I just found out today that the RN to BSN program I'll be looking into at some point in time just removed chem from the prereq and replaced it with an elective. It's my state's university. Wow, I'm happy!