How much do books cost you per semester?

  1. Hi all!

    Can you tell me about how much books cost you per semester of nursing school? I've heard they're very expensive, so I'd like to get a rough estimate.

    Last night I started my first pre-req class (chemistry -- joy of joys), and the professor asked how many of us were there because we're going into nursing. When about 3/4 of the class raised their hands, he said, "You'd better be prepared to open your wallets!" Yikes! I know the actual program at my school will cost me about $20,000 for 2 years, and I'll get financial aid for that, but that doesn't include books.

    I'm planning to quit my job and go to nursing school in the fall and I'm also getting married, so my boyfriend and I are trying to estimate what our expenses will be to make sure his salary can cover it all.

    Thanks, everyone!
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  3. by   Gator,SN
    I spent over $500 the first semester. The good thing for me is that as time has gone on, the books have been less and less in quantity and so has the price. This is my last semester and I had to buy 1 required book (psyche nursing $93)

    Good luck to you with school and the upcoming wedding!

  4. by   memphispanda
    The first semester I spent about $400 on books. Second semester I spent about $200 on books. This semester I didn't have to buy any books. (Hooray!) I'll have to buy at least $200 in books next semester for peds and OB, and I have no idea about the last semester.
  5. by   emily_mom
    1st semester-$600
    2nd semester-$150
    3rd semester-$17
    4th semester- $0

    The books you buy at the beginning will follow you through the program. Second semester had Pharm and Nutrition. 3rd sem. just had a supply bag for skills. I didn't buy a Patho book and never needed it. The last semester we didn't need anything.

    Good luck!
  6. by   KimRN03
    Just like everyone else....books tend to cost more the beginning of your program because you need absolutely everything. Mine the first semester cost $500, but I am in my third semester and it didn't cost me a dime. I did buy things like RNotes and Fluids & Electrolytes Made Incredibly Easy, but those were to help me, not required. Save your money for a rainy day at the bookstore.
  7. by   Mithrah
    I paid between $500 and $600 my first semester. If you are really tight on cash you may want to speak to other nurses at the school and find out which books are used a lot and which ones aren't. If there is a book that is hardly used, you may want to go to the school's library and check it out instead of buying it.

    I have one teacher that gives us her typed notes and tests over just that, so the text book is just extra reading really.

    Nursing schools have books that are required, and some that are opptional. Just remember that required doesn't necessarily mean you'll actually use the book in class.

    I hope this helps. BTW, I am not saying not to buy the required books. This is just an idea.
  8. by   natsfanrn
    And make sure you save all receipts because they are tax deductible
  9. by   PowerPuffGirl
    Sometimes, you can luck out and find them used, in good condition, on,, or, so it's worth a try.

    Another thing that might work is if your school has any bulletin boards you could stick flyers up on- "Wanted, XXXX Book, willing to pay $xx.xx"
  10. by   Katnip
    My first semester of nursing school books cost over $800. The security guard was laughing at the look on my face when I walked out. Youalso might want to bring an extra pair of hands to help you carry them out. There tends to be a lot of them first semester.

    But a lot of those were used for more than one semester. Second semester was like $400. Third semester $350, and this last semester cost me about $75.
  11. by   javamom
    Unfortunately, my school requires all texts except peds, OB and psych books the first semester. So I spent 950.00 my first semester! But I'll only have a few books to buy my next 3 semesters. (I hope they're telling the truth) :chuckle
  12. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by PowerPuffGirl
    Sometimes, you can luck out and find them used, in good condition, on,, or, so it's worth a try.

    Another thing that might work is if your school has any bulletin boards you could stick flyers up on- "Wanted, XXXX Book, willing to pay $xx.xx"
    Good advice! I bought most of my books (except for 1st semester when I didn't know better...) online.


    or just do a search for "cheap textbooks" and you'll get an oodle of sights! Watch out for shipping though. Barnes and Noble offers free shipping on two books.

  13. by   Jennerizer
    And don't forget about the cost of a suitcase or a backpack on wheels to cart all those books around. They are heavy!!!!!
  14. by   BSNfromMCN
    I agree with all the others. It's alot at first but gradually gets better. One thing that has saved me is buying older editions of some of them. Our bookstore has a sale 2 times a year of old texts that "aren't used" anymore for $4 for hardbacks and $2 for paperbacks. I have the old/"wrong" edition of my patho/pharm, med/surg, APA manual, A&P and Fundamentals text. The page #s are off a little and there might be different pictures, but I've done fine with them and saved about $300. It's a hassle sometimes to not be able to directly flip to the assigned pages for reading, but the extra few seconds it takes to figure it out is worth it to me. Check with your campus bookstores to see if they do this. I also got some from and have had no problems with any of them. My classmates about killed me when I told them I spent $380 on the first semester and they all spent $650-700. My tightwad dad taught me well!