This is my first post. I am 41 years old. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism (graduated in 1986). My grades weren't great when I was in college over 20 years ago. I was 17 years old when I started.
For some weird, but good reason, my school just accepted all of the basic classes like English, Speech, Psychology, humanities, etc. They all count toward my prereqs for applying for the Nursing program. Here is the weird part, they do not count my grades from 20 years ago. They requested my high school and college transcript. All of my prereqs counted, but they do not affect my GPA. Only the classes I take at this college count toward my GPA.
One of the prereqs to take the nursing exam is that you have to have had chemistry (high school or college) within the last 10 years with a C or better.
I had chemistry in high school. I avoided as much science as I could with my first degree. I just finished my first semester. I took a remedial algebra course, sociology, and chemistry. I ended up dropping sociology because this chemistry class took over my life.
I have never studied like that for a class in my life. I'm talking 30 hours a week out of class studying. I even ended up hiring a tutor. What irritates me is that most of the kids in my class have just graduated from high school. For some, this chemistry course was like a review.
I ended up with a high B. I just pray the other classes won't be as hard. My math skills are weak. That is the main reason chemistry was so hard for me.
I'm taking BIO 110, SOC 100, and intermediate algebra this semester. There were times during that chemistry class that I just was not going to be smart enough to make it through nursing school. Luckily, I have several friends that are nurses. They say that chemistry was the worst.
After BIO 110, I can take microbiology. Taking microbiology in the summer will be rough though. I just wondered if most everyone had all of their science prereqs out of the way before taking the NLN exam?
I'm already 41, and I really want to get started in the nursing program. Since all of my prereqs are met except for the sciences, I only have a class a semester. It will take forever to get into nursing school. All my school requires is that you have either completed microbiology or A&P before applying to the nursing program.
I know nursing school will be difficult. I would love to have A&P completed before starting the program. It is just that I don't have any other classes to take other than sociology with my science classes. I hate taking useless classes just to keep a full-time load for my student loan.
I'm also afraid I won't have enough time to devote to nursing school if I am taking A&P at the same time.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, my school breaks A&P down to two semesters. You can take it in one, but everyone tells me that it will be too hard to take A&P in one semester. That is why they give you the option to break it down.
Does nursing school take over your life? If it does, there is no way I would want to take A&P when I first start nursing school.
Also, has anyone heard of this program? Test Preparation Secrets
If anyone has taken it, is it worth the money? Sorry for all the questions, it's just that I need to get into the nursing program before I turn 80.