pre reqs..what worked for you

  1. Hi everyone,
    Im finally going back to school after being a SAHM for 9 years(Im 29)I live in the Sacramento area and would like to hear from people who have attended Sierra college.Have any of you done physiology and microbiology at the same time? I have to get a combined 3.0 average on science courses.What worked well for you,what didnt?Im going to take pre algebra,psych 1,human develop and nutrition in the fall.Then,spring take algebra and others?Has anyone been able to get away with taking algebra and chemistry at the same time without the instructor catching it?(vs taking algebra first)Im trying to get all pre reqs done in 2 years.Any suggestions on what worked.
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  3. by   manna
    I wouldn't try to "get away" with taking algebra and chem at the same time. Unless you're already very strong in math, having algebra before you begin taking chem is pretty important. At least in the courses around here, a good math foundation is a must for being able to successfully work chem problems.

    Good luck!
  4. by   amber74
    that is a great point.Im very weak in math and will have to take pre algebra,then algebra. Im getting so fustrated at the prospect it will take me 5 years to get my RN.I can see why the LVN program looks algebra or chemistry!
  5. by   gerry79
    Manna is soooo right. Last summer I took Chem I without taking Algebra and struggled. I had no clue that Chem had so much math! I ended up getting a B in the class but had to study pretty much 5 hours a day! Luckily that was the only class that I was taking!
  6. by   FutureNurse2005
    I am about to start Chem 1 and now I am concerned! lol I am doing well in my math class, but I am struggling.

    All I would suggest is to work really hard, and get a tutor if you need it.
    Good luck!!

    p.s....dont feel bad about it taking so long to become and RN! I may not graduate until 2009/2010!! Seems so far away! Just focus on what you have to do now, and get through it!
  7. by   CarVsTree
    I have to get a combined 3.0 average on science courses.
    You also need to be aware, that the combined minimum average is 3.0. Getting into nursing school is very competitive. At my school, 3.0 average is the minimum requirements to apply. However, the lowest GPA that got in was a 3.4. For the fall, it will be even more competitive since they've gotten even more applicants.

    Take your time with pre-reqs so you get the GPA you need. I would take sciences one at a time unless you've already had a lot of science and know your strengths/weaknesses.

    Take care,
  8. by   Achoo!
    I took both the same semester. Everything seemed to coincide, it was fine. I managed A's in both classes.
  9. by   mitchsmom
    I did A&P I, Micro and Nutrition together.
    The next semester I did A&P II, Chem, and Development.
    Next semester (summer) I did Psych & Sociology.
    I got A's in all except the Chemistry, which was a very poor class all the way around (I probably wouldn't have gotten an A in Chemistry anyway, but it also happened to be a sucky class).
    I had statistics and algebra in college the first time around in probably 1990.
  10. by   wonderbee
    I did chem and basic algebra, the second part of the two-part remedial algebra course, during the same semester. I did ok but I had the pre-algebra concepts already under my belt.