Help me understand something please

  1. The pre reqs everyone is talking about..is that the classes you require for whatever your taking like RN and such? Like for Redlands it says my requirements are English Comp I and II, U.S. History and so on..Sorry I am all new to this and trying to figure out everything.
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  3. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Pre Reqs are the classes you have to take before applying to your nursing program, so those classes you listed need to be completed first.
  4. by   JSlice.
    For my school, the prequisites consisted of courses I needed to take before applying for the nursing program itself. For example, I had to take A&P 1&2, Microbiology, Lifespan of human Dev, Psychology, Nutrition, Political Science, Humanities, Math 120, English 101 &102, CNA class, etc. After I completed all those course, then I was eligigible to apply to the program.
  5. by   Tricia76
    Quote from JSlice.
    For my school, the prequisites consisted of courses I needed to take before applying for the nursing program itself. For example, I had to take A&P 1&2, Microbiology, Lifespan of human Dev, Psychology, Nutrition, Political Science, Humanities, Math 120, English 101 &102, CNA class, etc. After I completed all those course, then I was eligigible to apply to the program.
    Wow thats alot!
  6. by   Tricia76
    But I have alot to ..I just didn't list all LOL!
  7. by   One1
    The number of prerequisites also depends on previous (if any) degrees you might have. If you already have a Bachelor in any field you will most likely only have to take prerequisites like AP I & II (Anatomy & Physiology), Human Growth and Development, Microbiology, Human Nutrition. Then maybe Statistics or Chemistry, depending on the schools you apply to. If you do not have a Bachelor already, you *might* have to take all your general education classes before you can apply to a nursing program, but again, this all depends on the schools you are planning to apply to.
  8. by   Tricia76
    So basically it would take me 4 years to be an ADN..because its a 2 year program.But I would have to do all those pre reqs...
  9. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from Tricia76
    So basically it would take me 4 years to be an ADN..because its a 2 year program.But I would have to do all those pre reqs...

    Pretty much. It's a little thing most people don't realize, they always so oh you only got a 2 year degree and you want to scream WELL IF YOU COUNT ALL THE PRE REQS, NO it was more like a 4 year degree. (non nursing people)
  10. by   dudette10
    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~
    Pretty much. It's a little thing most people don't realize, they always so oh you only got a 2 year degree and you want to scream WELL IF YOU COUNT ALL THE PRE REQS, NO it was more like a 4 year degree. (non nursing people)
    More like 2.5 to three years, don't you think? There are usually 15-20 semester hours for pre-reqs for ADN programs. I've never seen any that require 60, which would be four semesters of pre-req coursework. That's assuming full-time, though.
  11. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from dudette10
    More like 2.5 to three years, don't you think? There are usually 15-20 semester hours for pre-reqs for ADN programs. I've never seen any that require 60, which would be four semesters of pre-req coursework. That's assuming full-time, though.
    My school in WA where I did most of my Pre Reqs did Quarters and I was doing 15-17 credits a quarter. So it took me about 1.5 years to do pre reqs and that includes that my school there required more then the school here, the only one I didn't do there was Micro. I did that when I moved to CO and then I got Patho and a 3 credit nutrition out of the way, which were Co-Reqs. Here in CO it was semesters. So here it might have taken longer but if I took these 3 back home it would have been about 2 years.

    it all varies on the person and how many credits they take on and how their school does it's classes. Now they have these running start HS programs where the HS students can get a lot of Core Classes out of the way before they even graduate HS. I wish I would have had that option.

    My school here in CO did do strictly wait list entrance as well. As long as you met the required GPA on your pre reqs you were allowed a chance and put on the list and everyone was equal. I did sit on the waitlist for 3.5 years. I got on when I met the requirements in March 06 and didn't start until August 09. Now the list is like 1.5 years but they are moving towards competitive. But I have pretty much been working on this since 2004 :|
  12. by   One1
    Quote from dudette10
    More like 2.5 to three years, don't you think? There are usually 15-20 semester hours for pre-reqs for ADN programs. I've never seen any that require 60, which would be four semesters of pre-req coursework. That's assuming full-time, though.
    If you want to get supertechnical you would also have to count in possible waiting times between application deadlines and admission letters/program start. Many schools now require that you have fulfilled all (or at least most) of your prerequisites before admissions, leaving you with any time from a couple of months to almost a year between application deadline and program start. I applied for schools summer/early fall last year and program starts were/are Jan, May, and June of this year. However, these were all competitive, non-waitlist entry programs.

    Hope that helps a bit.
  13. by   Saysfaa
    My school requires 34 credits besides the nursing classes. Only 11 of the credits are prereqs, as in having to be finished before applying to the nursing program. The rest are prereqs to at least one of the nursing classes (some are not technically prereqs, they are just required to graduate, like the one credit of physical activity).

    If a person is lucky, he can do the 11 prereqs the term before applications are due. Luck is needed because some of the classes fill up very fast and sometimes most of the sections of one class conflict with the others. If you get those 11, though, some of the other prereqs are not hard to get into, so you could take more than 11 credits that term.

    My school allows 6 of the credits to be CLEPped (NOT any of the 11 credits in the above paragraph). So, that leaves not more than 17 credits to do in three terms (spring, summer before nursing school, and summer between nursing school years). That is doable.

    So, at my school, you can get an RN in 33 months starting from scratch. It can't be done in less time than that because one term is needed before applying and the time lag between applying and starting nursing classes. That is 33 months of school.... doesn't count waiting for the one right time of year to come around after deciding to do it.
    Last edit by Saysfaa on May 8, '10 : Reason: accidently hit post before done writing
  14. by   CrunchyMama
    Prereqs at my school is chemistry (if you didn't take it in high school), biology (if you didn't take it in high school), and depending on how you do on your placement test, you might need a basic math class. So when I first started 8 years ago (dropped out after a semester)...I took psych, english 1, the basic math, and chemistry. Now they require you to take A&P 1 before starting nursing. So I actually took A&P 1 and 2 before nursing and glad I did. So when all is said and done and including what I took 8 years ago, the total time it took is 3 1/2 years.

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