Going to nursing school while working how many classes can I take.

  1. Hello,
    I have a question.
    Regarding how many courses I can take reasonably with my schedule.
    I am currently working full time and plan on going back to school be a nurse.
    I do not have any children and I am single.
    The classes I have to take as prerequisites
    Are the following?
    Biology with a lab (4 credits) OR Anatomy & Physiology with lab.
    Chemistry with a lab (4 credits),
    Are these classes considered to be hard?
    I do not travel for my job I have about 2 hours a night I can study and all day on Sunday.
    Do you think it would be too much to take two classes in one semister?
    I in the fall I could take two of these classes in the same semister on the same day.
    Would this be to much?
    Any advice would be great.
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  3. by   Katnip
    To be honest, each class that requires a lab is almost like taking two classes. You will need to prepare for lectures and most labs are a lot of work. And if you have to choose, I'd take the Chem first, then A&P. Being single will help but I don't know what other kind of life you have right now.
  4. by   happystudent
    hi john!

    Right now i am in nuII and A&P II-- It is a LOT of work! In A&P we have alot of exams and Lab work. Right now we are dissecting a cat and we have to know all the veins ,arteries etc.. I use alot of out of class time to prepare for lab and I try to get ahead with my dissection. ON top of that I have two days in clinical 6am till 3pm friday and sat. Since you are single I think you can do it! Im married with three kiddies and im doin- it

    or.. best case scenario take all your sciences a&p chem psych ect.. before you start the Rn program

    good luck with whatever you do!
  5. by   Shenandoah
    I'm just finishing up my pre-reqs and have been working full time as well. I've been taking 2-3 courses per semester, but they are at a community college, which may (or may not) be easier than a university. Cyberkat is right about the courses with labs, they will definitely take more time and effort. Good luck!
  6. by   colleen10
    Hi Jon,

    I am going back to school for RN also and have been finishing up all my co-req's and pre-reqs in the evenings before I start clinicals.

    It really all depends on what the classes and instructors are like and if you will be able to stick to a strict study schedule.

    I have had some classes that were like cyberkat said in that the lab was just as much, if not more work, than the lecuture and I have had some like the A&PII that I am taking now where the lab really doesn't count for much of anything.

    If there is anyway you can talk to current students at your school and see what the classes entail, that would give you a better idea.

    Since I go to night school most of my classmates are also adult learners too and most of them take more than one class a semester and they all seem to be doing fine.

    I will say though, that most students have a tough time with Chemistry and A&PI so, you will probably require a lot of extra study time with these two classes.

    I would also advise that you take the Chem and Bio. before the A&P because it's good to just get them out of the way and it will serve as a good basis for A&P.

    Have you considered taking any of these during a summer session?

    Good Luck,

  7. by   nurse-in-boots
    Just from experience, I took Chem/Lab and Anatomy/Lab during the same semester. Not really a problem for me, I didnt work but I do have two small kiddos. I would never dream of taking a course like that during nursing. Nursing school is a whole different ball park. Save your "blow off" classes to take while your in Nursing. (I had to in order to maintain my 12 hour course load).

    Good luck to you!
  8. by   TNcanNURSE
    Check out some of the CLEP tests that are offered to cut down on the number of classes you have.
  9. by   montroyal
    It all depends how bad you want it and how dedicated you are. I went to nursing school in your area, Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. It was a Diploma program that was completed in two years when I attended. There was also no pre reqs. All the non nursing class were taught at Regis College. All the nursing classes were done at the hospital. After two years and taking the clep test for nursing(After graduation, because the hospital does not give college credits), I had 98 credits. I did all this while working 3:30p- midnight five nights a week at the VA in JP. I was also married with one child and a very supportive wife. I lived in southern NH, which meant atleast 120 miles of driving a day. That whole experience taught me you can do anything you set your mind to. Align your priorities and set your goals, if you want it bad enough, you will be able to do it. Good luck