New to college and don't understand

  1. Okay, I am starting college for my pre reqs for RN and I am confused I have never been to college before and this whole pre req stuff is confusing the stew out of me. I have a few questions if you all don't mind helping me out because I am lost.

    1.) Why do colleges ( At least this one) make students take pre reqs that aren't required? I a, not talking about intermidiate classes. I was talking on the phone to the college advisors and she said if I didn't hurry up and get my schedual for my classes the classes would be filled and I would be stuck taking classes that aren't required????? Why would people even take them if its not even going towards anything?? I don't get it.

    2.) What is the estimated full time stud hours? (BTW I am going next week to speak to an advisor and just thought I could get some insight here) Is it M-F 8:00-3:00 or is college diffrent than regular school?

    3.) I was looking on the college websit and it said "Pre Reqs required for nursing" Here they are....
    Prerequisite for Admission to Nursing Program Semester Hours
    *MATH 1020
    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman][FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]MATH FOR ALLIED HEALTH* 2
    BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and
    Physiology II 4
    BIOL 2230 Microbiology 4
    NUR 111 Foundations of Nursing 9
    NUR 112 Nursing Care I 10
    NUR 113 Introduction to Pharmacology 2
    NUR 211 Nursing Care II 10
    NUR 212 Nursing Care III 10
    NUR 213 Dimensions of Practice 2
    Refer to Nursing Course Descriptions for prerequisites/corequisites.
    General Education course prerequisites must be taken as identified in Nursing Course Descriptions.
    Nursing courses must be taken in sequence.
    *MATH 1020 must be completed prior to admission and within one year of admission into the Nursing Program
    * The Humanities/Fine Arts elective (one course) must be completed from the following: ART 1010, ART 1020, ART 1030, ART 1040, THEA 1030, PHIL 1030, PHIL 1040, PHIL 2030, MUS 2110, or MUS 2120.

    Is the NUR 111, 112,113,211, 212 and 213 The acual nursing program????? Or is all this just the pre reqs to get in the RN????? ( okay, I know I am starting to sound very ignorant when it comes to college pre req's but the best way I know to learn it is to ask.)

    Thanks to all and any that took time out to help me understand this. I really do appreciate it.
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  3. by   caliotter3
    First of all, take a deep breath and relax! This is not that hard to deal with. The counselor was telling you to get going with your registration because you want to get your prereqs done so you can apply to the nursing program. You will see just how hard this is. My physio instructor said he was watching registration one time and his class filled in less than ten minutes on the first day. You would have to take classes to remain in school if you don't get registered in prereqs. There are other classes, like US History, that you will need to get your degree. They have nothing to do with nursing.

    You will do most of your study at home. How long it takes depends on your study habits, how much time you have available, and how long it takes you to master the material. You will see that your school schedule is way different from high school. You won't be attending from 8 to 3 M-F, most likely. Your anatomy class may meet for four hours a day on M and Wednesday. Your psych class could meet for three hours once a week on Thurs night from 6 to 9 pm. Look at the schedule of classes online to see when the classes meet. You can also go to the bookstore on campus and buy a copy of the class schedule.

    All those nursing classes are the actual nursing program. Don't know why they were listed with the others. Any other questions, feel free to ask here.
  4. by   Tonyapate
    Well, I took a breath but hardly relaxed Anyways thank you for taking the time and breaking this down for me. I will see if I can find a schedule to buy. So, what is the usual pre reqs to get in? What did you have to take? Thanks for the guidence.
  5. by   thinkertdm
    Each semester, you have to have 12-15 credit hours to be considered a "full time" student. The problem is, there are only a limited number of classes available each semester, and other students who register early fill them up. Then you would be stuck taking other classes to maintain a "full time" status. Don't worry, each and every class makes you a better person.

    The other thing is that, depending on which combination of courses, your schedule each semester will be different. I've had classes 8-9 in the morning, then a 4 hour break, then another class at 2-3. Not the best schedule, but if you register late, you have to take what you can.
  6. by   caliotter3
    Those listed seem a little heavy (humanities). Some schools will only require micro, anat, phys, English before applying. Others will also require psych, maybe soc. Each school is different in what they require before you apply. Some will want all prereqs done before the application, others will allow some corequisites to be taken at the same time as nursing classes. You will find it easier on yourself if you take as much as possible prior to nursing courses. Required for me: Micro, physiology, anatomy, English 101, Biology (prerequisite to anatomy), math prior to applying. Psych, developmental psych, sociology (or humanities), speech to be taken with nursing courses. Like I said, each school has their own requirements and their own sequence of doing them. You should go to the school's website and look for the schedule of classes online before you make a trip to the school.
  7. by   Tonyapate
    Thank you all so much!:bowingpur
  8. by   kittens2008
    Here is a list of all the classes I took before applying to the nursing program. Even though I can do Microbiology, Psych, Sociology, Life-Span, a "humanities/fine arts elective", and English 103 during the nursing course, I have gotten all but the english out of the way already so I am not bogged down by those classes. Here are the classes:

    Intermediate algebra (I also had to take Intro to algebra 1st because I tested low in math placement)
    English Comp 101
    Principles of Sociology
    Psychology (general/101)
    History of American Music (my fine arts elective)
    Life-Span Development (I am doing this now)
    Introduction to Software Applications (I HAD to do this computer class as a prerequisite for the RN program!!)
    General Biology
    Concepts of Chemistry
    Anatomy & Physiology I
    Anatomy & Physiology II

    Now all I have to get done is 1 more English class before next fall (2010). I plan to do that next summer in between nursing semesters. I hope this helps you! Not all colleges are exactly the same, but this will give you an idea. I am sure I will have to do other things (like History) once I continue from my Associates to a Bachelors.
  9. by   peytonsmom
    The best way I can explain it is that in order to do well in the actual nursing classes, the school feels that you need to have a solid background knowledge of several things including math, science (specifically Bio, A&P and Micro), and English (for all those papers you'll be writing) and so on. So they have you take these classes before you enter into the program.

    It can also be used as a way to weed out some applicants since nursing programs are competitive admissions. So if you do poorly in A&P and your other science classes they feel you wouldn't do very well in the actual nursing classes because those classes build on that previous knowledge.

  10. by   wooh
    Talk to your advisor, ask your advisor these questions, that's what they are there for, to advise!!
  11. by   Tonyapate
    Kittens:Introduction to Software Applications ( I HAD to do this computer class as a prerequisite for the RN program!!)
    You made me giggle the way you typed I wouldn't want to take that either.
  12. by   Tonyapate
    quote "talk to your advisor, ask your advisor these questions, that's what they are there for, to advise!![/quote]

    did you not read my post "i wanted insight before talking to my advisor" thanks for the info though. i have an appointment next week to speak with an advisor. take care
  13. by   kittens2008
    Ha! I just thought it was ridiculous that I had to pay for a class to learn word/Excel/Powerpoint when I have been using them in my office job since I was like 18 years old, and I use them all the time at home. I felt like it was a waste of money, but I got an A for the class, so it kept that GPA up, so I guess there was something good about it.

    I am starting the RN classes for fall.... I am a little nervous, August 26 is coming awfully fast, especially with a summer class. During orientation they told us what to be ready for that 1st week - i have like 5 chapters to read and study before we even begin!
  14. by   NC Girl BSN
    When you first start out in college you will be at the bottom of the barrel when picking classes. Most colleges have different registration times depending on your status. For example: Senior pick first, then Juniors etc. When you are a freshmen, you register last. So depending on how fast you register will determine if you get the class. It gets easier to get into the classes the more hours your have. I can remember sitting by the phone at midnight trying to phone in my classess the minute the lines opened up. It took a while but I got in. So don't be suprised if you go to registration and a class is not availible. You may have to take a different class just to get your foot in the door.

    One thing I suggest when you look up nursing curriculum. There should be an outline of classes to take each semester. For example. 1st semester: English 101,College Math, Psychology, A&P 1. 2nd semester: English 102, Developmental Psy, A&P 2. Your advisor should be helping you map out a plan to complete your prerequistes. Go back to them and ask them to do that for you.

    Full-time status in my area is 12 hrs or more. Most people getting financial aide have to take 12 hrs for fulltime status and 6hrs for partime. Good Luck to you!