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Courses to take that could help in the future?

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dylanwino dylanwino (New) New Student

I am a HS student right now going into senior year and the selection of courses at my school suck so I'm going to dual enroll and take some courses at a community college. Since I want to become a nurse in the future and I want to learn more useful stuff than the stuff offered at my high school, what college courses would you recommend that aren't difficult to the point where I will be non stop stressing during senior year. I'm more looking for courses that could give me a decent background on nursing topics, like a basic nutrition class or something of that sort. Thanks for any answers!

JabuJabule, LPN

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

Definitely take the prereqs and coreqs for nursing programs! I'm thinking A&P 1 and 2, Chemistry, Microbiology, and stats. Not only will it help with nursing knowledge, you'll already be ahead of the game!

Good luck!

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

2 hours ago, dylanwino said:

I am a HS student right now going into senior year and the selection of courses at my school suck so I'm going to dual enroll and take some courses at a community college. Since I want to become a nurse in the future and I want to learn more useful stuff than the stuff offered at my high school, what college courses would you recommend that aren't difficult to the point where I will be non stop stressing during senior year. I'm more looking for courses that could give me a decent background on nursing topics, like a basic nutrition class or something of that sort. Thanks for any answers!

The "easy" classes that are likely to be required are Ethics, Intro to Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. It does vary by program, though. Nutrition is required for some programs as well, but I found it to be a lot more scientific than I was expecting.

Grades matter a lot, so steer clear of the heavier classes if you don't want stress or feel like you may not be able to handle the workload. English Comp I might be manageable if you find writing short papers easy. I thought Microbiology was the easiest science, by far.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

If you are choosing HS, take Spanish language --my HS French not helpful.

College: Nutrition, Psychology, AP 1+2, Math for Nurses all helpful.

2 hours ago, JabuJabule said:

Definitely take the prereqs and coreqs for nursing programs! I'm thinking A&P 1 and 2, Chemistry, Microbiology, and stats. Not only will it help with nursing knowledge, you'll already be ahead of the game!

Good luck!

If you are looking for low stress classes I definitely wouldn't suggest introductory college Statistics unless one finds math very easy and enjoys it, nor would I suggest Chemistry, Anatomy or Physiology.

I'd suggest classes such as Communication, Anthropology, History, Art, or Psychology if they are included in pre-requisites for nursing programs you are interested in.

Edited by Susie2310

Red Shirt 6, CNA

Has 2 years experience.

Take the basic classes that apply to every major like English, Math that way if you find yourself wanting to specialize or do not like healthcare the classes will apply to any major. I will also suggest certificate courses like CMA, CNA, Phlebotomy, it your college offers any.

BONBON, BSN, RN

Specializes in Surgical Transplant.

Easier workloads might include nutrition, a psych course (ie. intro to psych or developmental psych), and medical terminology!

Some heavier topics (but very relevant) include anat. & phys., Microbiology (depending on school this could be an easier course), stats, pathophysiology

I also agree with @Red Shirt 6, enroll in a CNA, CMA, or phlebotomy course for experience. Back when I applied to nursing school, I was given extra points on my application for having a CNA license and experience