Does SUNY Downstate accept pre-reqs more than 7 years old?

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Help! I have a bachelor's in Biology so have all of the pre-reqs required for SUNY downstate, but their website says they don't accept any science credits more than 7 years old. does anyone know if this is a hard and fast rule?

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

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I couldn't tell you that. Seven years is actually generous; most schools won't take credits older than 5 years.

The best thing, I think, is to call the school and discuss it with someone. Maybe if you can show that you were working in a field all along where you were using this knowledge, they'll accept it since they'll know you haven't forgotten it. But really, you'd need to talk to someone in the school.

sawana

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OK, thanks!

Specializes in Pediatrics.

I'd bet my paycheck that it is. As an educator who serves on my schools admission committee, we have the same rule, as do many other schools. While the parts of the body and their functions usually don't change over time, one's ability to retain the info often does ;)

JeanettePNP, MSN, RN, NP

1 Article; 1,863 Posts

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy.
I'd bet my paycheck that it is. As an educator who serves on my schools admission committee, we have the same rule, as do many other schools. While the parts of the body and their functions usually don't change over time, one's ability to retain the info often does ;)
Let's say, theoretically, that someone has been working in a biochemistry lab for the past 7 years. They may need to repeat A&P, but their chemistry and micro knowledge is probably up to par. It all depends on what you've been doing in the interim. That's why I think it's worth it to speak to the school and try to make your case.
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