**Chemistry and Microbiology**

  1. Hi there to all! I am just a beginner and I need some quick advice. I was wondering if any of you have taken Chemistry and Microbiology within the same semester of school. I know that may sound like a lot but I need to get these classes done before I can apply to an RN school. If you did could you please let me know how it went or if it's even a good idea to do both during the same semester.
    Thanks again.
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  3. by   Michelle_nurse
    Hi Suzie,
    I didn't take them at the same time. I didn't like them at all! I also needed chem to get into nursing, but micro was part of the nursing program in the second year.
    I am sure you can do it. You might be fed up of labs in the end, but at least the "lab" part would be over and done with.....I say go for it!!! Also I recommend doing some of your non nursing courses this summer if possible, it really helps to have a lighter load later on in the program....TRUST ME!!
  4. by   janine3&5
    It can be done, but I think you have to know how well you are able to use your time management and study habits. Most micro and chem classes also have a required lab and it makes for a very heavy load. If you are confident that you can make the time to devote to both subjects, then go for it. I took micro and anat/phys at the same time and did well in both, but it was a lot of juggling and prioritizing. There's always the option of trying it out- you can always drop a course within a certain time frame without penalties if you get in over your head. Good luck!
  5. by   cheri2

    If I have learned anything about this nursing program it is..you can do anything you put your mind to. I have taken a lot of my non nursing classes over summer time..to lessen the load. I too have to take micro and anatomy II in the fall..so..it will be challenging! But doable. Just concentrate on what is important..a lot of things have to go to the wayside..but with proper time management..anything is possible..

    Good luck

    "A strong wind cannot disturb my core."
  6. by   NurseAnnie
    I took Chemistry during a summer session, right after 1 child graduated from HS, and other daughter got married during Chem, and I was taking 1 other class as well. In the fall I took A&P I and Micro at the same time, while working 30 hrs a week. It is possible, a lot of work, but it can be done. Just don't plan to do anything else! It is nice to have it out of the way. I did get A's in the classes, but I did work hard to do it!
  7. by   hanginginthere

    Hi Suzie,

    I'm currently taking chemistry with another class. Even if you did have chemistry in high school, you would still find it new to you in college. Well I know because that's what I'm dealing with right now. Not that chemistry is difficult but it's just that high school chemistry is a bit different from the one in college. Now for microbiology, I heard it's a little bit hard. However, I would advice you to take those two classes only.

    I Hope this help.
  8. by   marieoct62
    I guess I am the odd nursing student here but thought I would add my 2 cents. I didn't catch how old you were so that could make a big difference. If you are just out of high school and have had chemistry lately then I would recommend that you go with both courses. But if you are like me and decided at 37 to return to college I would take Chemistry first then the next semester do Micro. I am just finishing my second year on my BSN I did need to take chemistry before entering the program and I am glad I took it with only gen eds. Chemistry will be your building block for Microbiology and A&P. If you are comfortable with Organic chemistry then you shouldn't have any problems but If you are unsure, go for Chem alone with your gen eds.
  9. by   SuzieT
    Good day to all!
    WOW! So many answers! Thanks to everybody who replied to my note. I guess I should've told you guys I am 25 years old and married with a small child. He will be two in July. I have so much on my plate! LOL! I started college right out of high school but I quit my career track because I was spoiled and completely sidetracked. Well now Im back and have grown up so much in such little time. (Funny, the older you get, the more you realize how much your parents are right.) School will be much harder now that I have a family. But I thank my lucky stars everyday for the life experience its taught me.
    Its been a life long dream of mine to be a nurse. I love the sense of pride the people in the medical profession carry around. Its great to know you are making a diffrence.
    Thanks again for all the replies.
  10. by   purplevik
    I just finished with all my requirements and I am going to start the nursing program in 1 week. I think you should take micro and chemisty at different times. micro is hard and requires alot of study time. I did that and i did really good. remember the more you get out the way before nursing school is good, because then you focus more in the program. good luck to you!!!!
  11. by   Born 2 B In OB
    Go for it - IF you have good study habits. I majored in biology and had to take chemistry for scientists and engineers with 3 hour lab (tough, tough course), PLUS microbiology with 3 hour lab, PLUS physics based astronomy (math, science, derivitives and then some) in addition to 4 additional hours of general college requirements. I thought I was going to lose my mind that sememster, but I kept good study habits and made out very well. My point is - it CAN (and has been!) done!

    I wish you luck now and in the future!
  12. by   NurseStudentFall01
    I've almost got my pre-reqs out of the way and will be taking A&P 1 and 2 during summer sessions 1 and 2. Six weeks for each course, so I'm thinking it'll be tough.

    I'm also taking Dev. Psych during summer 1. Then starting in the fall, I'll only have my nursing classes and micro.

    My advice is to take them and get them out of the way! Good luck!