Highschool student looking for advice!

  1. Hi!! I am a junior in highschool. I am able to duel enroll at the local community college and I was wondering what classes (if any)I should start taking now for my RN, or should I just wait to complete highschool and then do it?

    Also, I am sooo not good at math. Will this interfere with nursing? I have heard different opinions on this. How much math and what kind of math is involved in nursing?

    Thanks for you help!

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  3. by   CountrifiedRN
    Hi Emery,

    Since different schools require different classes, or prerequisites, for their nursing courses, you might want to check with a guidance counselor, either at highschool or the college, to see what is recommended there. The classes you take may also depend on whether you plan on finishing a program at the community college, or transferring to a university. Aside from your general education classes like English and Algebra, most nursing programs will require science courses like Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology.

    I was also scared of the math when I started because it has never been my strong subject. But for the nursing program it is really not too hard once you understand why you are doing it. Take advantage of any tutoring services offered, and practice a lot to get it ingrained into your memory. You should do fine!

    Good luck with your college classes!
  4. by   Rena RN 2003
    the college should have a pamphlet or some such about what courses are required to complete the nursing program at that college. it will include pre-req's and core classes.

    as RN2b stated, anatomy, physiology, micro, and organic chemistry are some of the classes needed. also stuff like philosophy, psychology, sociology.

    some of those classes have pre-req's of their own. for example, at my school must take either high school chem or college level intro to chem before you can take organic chemistry.

    i'm assuming that the classes you take at the college will apply towards high school credits, right? i've had classes with several students doing that.

    my advice would be to get your english comp I and II out of the way. since you will probably need organic chemistry for the nursing program, i would get the intro to chem out of the way.

    some anatomy and physiology classes require basic biology or human biology as a pre-req. if this is the case for your school, get them out of the way too.

    as for the math, don't sweat it. the actual math pre-req classes you take will be harder than the math you need in the nursing program. our school accepts algebra and then a medical math class, usually one quarter/semester of each. this tends to include things like simple formulas, conversions, measurements, etc. some knowledge of fractions would be helpful. and of course, the basics such as multiplication and division.

    good luck to you
  5. by   Emery
    Thanks for the tips....and encouragement on the math ! ;-)

    Well, I can't really check with my highschool because...well, I'm homeschooled! :-) So I guess I should go check over at the college.

    I have wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little kid!! I can't wait to finally be one!! I'm really looking forward to it! Right now I volunteer at the hospital and I love that!!

    Anyway, Thanks!!