Pre-reqs before acceptance?

  1. Don't the LPN and ADN programs require the pre-reqs to be completed before acceptance into the program? I'm just curious because I see questions about the difficulty of stuff like chemistry and I'm wondering why they haven't been taken yet. Around here programs won't even take an application if the pre-reqs aren't finished.
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  3. by   reese28
    hey jules, some schools want you to finish all pre-reqs before entering the program
  4. by   Tweety
    Most nursing schools have "pre-reqs", which by definition must be taken prior.

    However what those pre-reqs are varies from place to place. The program I went to was designed for students to come fresh out of high school, the only "pre-reqs" were high school chemistry and algerbra. If one didn't have those in high school, or didn't do well on the placement tests, then they could take them at the college level.

    Now, with the competetive nature of schools, long waiting lists, schools have added more and more "pre-reqs" such as A&P, etc. It's to the point now that ADN's are now taking over 3 years to get the degree that used to be done in two years.

    The LPN programs here are all-inclusive, without pre-reqs and teach the A&P, etc. alongside the nursing ciriculum.

    In some schools theses courses are "co-reqs" and can be taken alongside the nursing ciriculum.
    Last edit by Tweety on Sep 10, '06
  5. by   RedSox33RN
    Many of the community and tech colleges require it, but the 4-year school I'm at now does not. Those accepted into the nursing program take some of their pre-req's the first year, then the remaining 3 years are actual nursing courses and co-req's.

    For the non-traditional student, like myself, that have kids or need to work, having pre-req's done is encouraged.
  6. by   suebird3
    Pre-req's help you understand what you are going to learn in the next level; thus....get them done now. Nursing classes are enough by themselves.

    Suebird
  7. by   SBTLAWREN
    Its pretty intrestin because for all of the programs in my area they say you have to have all your pre reqs done first before you can start nursing 1. You can apply before then and get accepted as a pre nursing student. But, there a people in my class that still have not taken certain classes like college algebra and micro. But it sucks for them because the only thing I have to concentrate on is my Nursing classes. I could not imagine doing ore than just that. The only thing is, it seems as though they are not being fair, but hey, lifes not fair.
  8. by   Jules A
    Thanks for the replies. It seems that the only consistent thing among nursing schools is the inconsistency, lol. Here if you don't have the pre-reqs they won't even let you apply. Oh well it does make it easier because having to take Micro for example along with the nursing program would be really tough. Like someone said though it is taking 2 years for LPN and 3 years for RN by the time its all said and done.
  9. by   Megsd
    My program was kinda funny. It's an accelerated program with extra prereqs (like pharmacology). I was initially told I had to complete all prereqs before I could APPLY for the program. Then I was told I could apply anyway, but I'd be looked at after everybody else.

    Then I was told I wouldn't be accepted until my prereqs were done, but I might get a "status" letter letting me know my application was still under review.

    Then I got accepted, despite still needing to take 5 prereqs. They had me update them on the progress of my prereqs (give them grades after each quarter) and I had to finish all my prereqs before the program started in September, which I did.

    So, yeah. Inconsistency is consistent.

    I'm glad I at least had to finish my prereqs before starting the program because even after a week I have no clue how I would have done those classes AND these at the same time.
  10. by   Tweety
    Quote from Jules A
    Thanks for the replies. It seems that the only consistent thing among nursing schools is the inconsistency, lol. Here if you don't have the pre-reqs they won't even let you apply. Oh well it does make it easier because having to take Micro for example along with the nursing program would be really tough. Like someone said though it is taking 2 years for LPN and 3 years for RN by the time its all said and done.

    I agree about the inconsistency.

    What you call "pre-reqs", other schools might call "co-reqs".

    I found in my class that even though English, Soc., A&P were co-reqs the first quarter most of us had already taken them because the load is just too heavy. A lot of people even get the co-reqs out of the way first. That's what I did because I had to work full time.

    I'm not sure if having Micro done ahead of time helps, but definately having A&P done helps. There were a few people taking A&P as co-reqs along with nursing in my class and they struggled not only with understanding the pathophys that we were taught in med-surg but the sheer amount of work that A&P was on top of nursing. But they made it through and pass boards.
  11. by   2bnurseforce1
    I am currently in A&P 1 this fall the only pre-reqs i have left to take is part II or anatomy and Micro. How long are clinicals? just trying to figure out my graduation year.
  12. by   ladyinred667
    An associate's degree in nursing is 4 semesters. So add two years to whenever you are actually entering the nursing program.
  13. by   alpayton
    My AD program has 3 actual PRE-reqs (A&P, Nutrition & Math) before you can apply, and then several that are CO-reqs. I chose to have them all taken before I would enter the program, so that I could focus just on nursing courses. Now that I'm in the program, it's nursing courses all the way on thru for the next 2 years. YAAAHOOOO! No distraction, no interference.... I like it that way.

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