Advice on pre-requisites

  1. Hello,

    I need advice. Is it wise, to take two pre-requisites in the same semester. The classes are Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology. I am currently attending college part time. I have four classes to satisfy by May 2010. The college, I attending, will not allow students to apply for the nursing program until ALL pre-requisites are completed.

    Thanks for your comments and advice.

    ms brown
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  3. by   just_cause
    I did something similar.. it really depends on your workload - are you working? kids? etc.... can it be done - definitely. I'd weight your workload with the weigh of what happens if you don't take both courses simultaneously.. will it delay your chances of admission for a year? Does it really delay admission at all? etc. Cost / benefit analysis - along with validating its practical in your situation.
  4. by   ms brown
    Thanks. Yes, I am currently working and I have a two kids. However, I plan to quit working, in order to meet my goals in become a nurse.
    Last edit by ms brown on Apr 18, '09 : Reason: I post the wrong message
  5. by   Nepenthe Sea
    I took A&P I and Microbiology last semester, along with two other classes. It wasn't too bad but I didn't work. I am a single parent, but I studied while they were in daycare and after they went to bed. I think A&P II is harder in some ways, but if you are only taking those two classes then it won't be bad. Just be prepared to study LOTS! Good luck.
  6. by   RhodyGirl, RN
    You will be studying a ton, but it's certainly possible to take those courses together. Plus, it's good preparation for the huge workload that nursing classes bring!
  7. by   just_cause
    I would do it if it expedited your school process - especially if it comes down to delaying entry into school another year.
    Best of luck - sounds like a good plan with some serious studying!
  8. by   caliotter3
    There are students who only take one of their prerequisites each term to make sure they get an A. These people, when they eventually apply, will have it easier with their 4.0 prereq GPA versus those students who took a heavier workload each term and didn't do a perfect job. Not many people have that kind of time on their hands, so you have to figure out what you can do and what you are willing to do and take the plunge.
  9. by   Prettyladie
    i took AP and chemistry last semester and spanish II. its very doable. and once you start your classes you will know which ones you can get by with studying less. you should be fine.
  10. by   Prettyladie
    oh and i had a job too. and i was 8 mos preg.
  11. by   caliotter3
    Remember that you can drop a class if you start to struggle, just make sure you make that determination before the end date to drop without a W if you can help it. Although this is called "grade shopping", many students do this with no repercussions if they don't get caught with Ws on their transcripts.
  12. by   quiet_one
    I took my chemistry, AP1 +2 other classes in the same semester ...could work part-time (no kids). Then I took micro and AP2 + 2 classes the next work (still no kids and to be honest I was stretched very thin, but I managed to pull A's in all but 1 course. Be prepared to spend alot of time in the science labs!

    Although i have to agree with rhodygirl, it was great preparation for my nursing classes...actually was a pretty comprable workload. I would say go for it and best of luck with whatever you decide!
  13. by   LauraLiz
    I was planning on doing this...but the advisor said I shouldn't and I had to follow her "plan" because of my financial aid circumstances. I think it depends on what you think you are capable of and what you physically have time for.
  14. by   avahnel
    I took A&P II, Micro and English II in the same semester. I have two kids, and did not have to work while going to school.