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How Many Credit Hours are you taking???

Hi ALL,

I am taking 17 credit hours (plus clinicals) starting Jan. '06. I think it's safe to say that I will have a limited social life :wink2:

How about all of you????

Hope all of you gals (and guys) have a fun and safe NEW YEAR!!!!

-Erin

I'm only taking 10 credit hours. I will be in school from 7 am to 2 pm on Mondays and 7 am to 10 am on Wednesdays & Fridays. I picked this schedule so I would have lots of time to study and be a good wife and mom :clown:

19 credits (until Feb 17th, 16 credits thereafter!) They are nursing pre-reqs and core curri though, not in nursing yet.

Cats

ICRN2008, BSN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Infection Preventionist/ Occ Health.

My classmates and I will have 17 credits this spring, including pathophysiology, pharmacology, med-surg, OB/peds and clinicals. I'm resting up now!

Tweety, BSN, RN

Has 28 years experience. Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

OMG, I'm so impressed. I've never taken more than 9 at a time. Good luck.

RedSox33RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept, M/S.

I tried 12 at a time, but it was too much with my commute, 4 kids, divorce, etc. I'm taking 9 this semester - Med/Surg 1, and that be it!

ah well, don't be impressed by my credit hours, I have a ton of help/support.. husband pays all the bills and for college, MIL helps with the kids/cooking, I don't work, and the college is only 20 min. away. I'm very very blessed... it's me that's impressed with others that have so much on their plate and still manage so much.

Cats

smilin_gp

Specializes in Surgical/Telemetry.

14, usually try to stay at 12 with just the nursing classes, but really wanted to continue a healthcare spanish course. Oh well, it's the last term :Melody:

Lisa CCU RN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Cardiac, ICU.

We have 16 credit hours we are required to take.

15 credits -- Med-Surg/psych (clinicals), Online Human Growth and Development, and Microbiology. Plus, I work 30+ hours a week as a senior graphic designer -- slight career change -- at a PR firm. That translates into NO life!

The "A is not as illusive as it may seem. Hang in there and keep your sights on the goal.

My motto: Strive for perfection and settle for excellence. If I end up with a "B," I'm okay with it. Ultimately, passing the NCLEX is what really matters.

:-)

EMTandNurse2B

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma.

The required 17 this semester. Med-Surg 1 and Pharmacology! Semester starts Jan 12, and despite the hard work, I'm looking forward to it. However, I will once again tell my family and friends goodbye until the end of the semester!

Med Surg AND Pharmacology. That's a tough combo -- but a smart one. My school doesn't require us to take Pharmacology, but I'm planing on taking it anyway. Same goes with Pathophysiology.

Do most other schools require these two classes? Is this a defining factor between ADN vs BSN? With just 2 years, it's tough to squeeze everything in.

:-) Carol

smilin_gp

Specializes in Surgical/Telemetry.

I am in a BSN program, and we are actually not required to take separate pathophys and pharm classes, but it would have been a good idea to take them (they are offered as electives) early, as that information was packed in with the med-surg classes. Hindsight 20/20 :idea:

Lisa CCU RN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Cardiac, ICU.

Med Surg AND Pharmacology. That's a tough combo -- but a smart one. My school doesn't require us to take Pharmacology, but I'm planing on taking it anyway. Same goes with Pathophysiology.

Do most other schools require these two classes? Is this a defining factor between ADN vs BSN? With just 2 years, it's tough to squeeze everything in.

:-) Carol

How can you NOT take pharm and patho? I thought everyone took those. How do you learn drugs and diseases?

I sat on the Curriculum Review Committee at the college and they all said they thought it would be great if - - - and that's a big if, only they could squeeze it in.

Our program doesn't require that you complete Anatomy and Physiology or General Psych before entering the program. That's 3 classes (11 credits) that cut into the program time. They don't want to make them prereq's because the program will start to look like what it really is -- a three-year program. Marketing, schmarketing. Sometimes it gets in way.

I took A&P, psych and a number of other classes scheduled throughout the program before applying. Others didn't. I think they're missing out. jmho.

:-) Carol

Med Surg AND Pharmacology. That's a tough combo -- but a smart one. My school doesn't require us to take Pharmacology, but I'm planing on taking it anyway. Same goes with Pathophysiology.

Do most other schools require these two classes? Is this a defining factor between ADN vs BSN? With just 2 years, it's tough to squeeze everything in.

:-) Carol

The BSN program I'm applying for has Pharmacology and Pathophysiology as seperate 3 credit courses. As for Med Surg, and beyond that, I can't tell, 'cause they lump everything all together into 8 credit and 6 credit courses and label it things like "Adult Health I" or "Professional Synthesis"....who knows what all they cover... mystery to me. :rotfl:

Cats

Krystal_loves_babies

Specializes in NICU.

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology are required at my school, and I am in a BSN program, so maybe we take them because we have a little more free time, especially since we have 2 and half years of clinicals instead of the typical two which is par for my area.

So, starting January 9th I will be taking 16 credits, I am taking Nursing fundamentals, and fundamentals practicum, health assesment, pathophysiology, life span development, western civilization, and a fitness class. So, not too bad, I am sorta nervous though. Good luck to everyone:D

EMTandNurse2B

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma.

Med Surg AND Pharmacology. That's a tough combo -- but a smart one. My school doesn't require us to take Pharmacology, but I'm planing on taking it anyway. Same goes with Pathophysiology.

Do most other schools require these two classes? Is this a defining factor between ADN vs BSN? With just 2 years, it's tough to squeeze everything in.

:-) Carol

I'm in an 5-semester ADN program. We do a full year of pre-reqs beforehand, and then we have our 5 semesters.

Pre-reqs are: ANP 1 & 2, Microbiology, Chemistry, American Government, English Comp 1 & 2 (or Speech instead of Comp 2), Algebra, and some philosophy/bioethics/ethics class.

We don't have a pathophys class, that is taught in Med-Surg. However, we do have pharm. Except for 2 classes in the first semester that you could take ahead of time, you have to take a full load of what they specify. We are a small school, so they only offer the classes once a year. So, if you fail anything you have to wait an entire year to get back in to retake the class.

Our first semester we had up to 19 credit hours: Foundations (7 credits), Medical Math (1 credit), Professions of Nursing (2 credits), Physical Assessment (4 credits); as well 2 you could take ahead of time: Nutrition (2 credits) and Growth and Development (3 credits).

Now, next semester we have Med-Surg 1 (12 credits), and Pharmacology (5 credits).

Then, with only a week of break, we start OB/maternity/peds that we do all in 7 weeks! Then, we get 5 weeks of break before we start our second year.

I'm not sure of the full schedule for the second year, but I know we have Med-Surg 2 & 3, Leadership, Mental Health, and some others I'm not sure about.

smilin_gp

Specializes in Surgical/Telemetry.

"How can you NOT take pharm and patho? I thought everyone took those. How do you learn drugs and diseases?"

I know of a few 2nd-degree entry BSN programs, including mine, incorporate pharm and patho into their med-surg units. Still covering the same info in the same detail, but it is very rushed.

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