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  1. I found this site and Love it, so much information at your fingertips. I currently attend Tarrant County College. I have 6 more classes, before I can apply for the nursing program. I plan on applying for the Fall semester; once I make it through Chemistry.....

    I have heard so many stories, you need an "A" in every class, you mom, must know the Dean of TCC..... :0) etc. Thinking, about all this stuff, had me all stress in Chemistry class. Anywho, I dropped my Chemistry class, but I am picking it up again this Summer. If I do not make an A I will not freak out. Every exam I was totally stressed, especially if I did not make a A on the exam.
    Any have any advice, how to overcome all the stress? and also and study tips for Chemistry?

    I have a fresh prespective this go around with Chemistry, not to mention I have Chemistry for the Utterly Confused... lol...

    I am glad to be apart of this site, and Hello to ALL!!
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    About Soon2BRN1980

    Joined: Apr '09; Posts: 46
    Licensed Vocational Nurse; from US
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Clinic Nursing

    14 Comments

  3. by   caliotter3
  4. by   RedhairedNurse
    Quote from Soon2BRN1980
    I found this site and Love it, so much information at your fingertips. I currently attend Tarrant County College. I have 6 more classes, before I can apply for the nursing program. I plan on applying for the Fall semester; once I make it through Chemistry.....

    I have heard so many stories, you need an "A" in every class, you mom, must know the Dean of TCC..... :0) etc. Thinking, about all this stuff, had me all stress in Chemistry class. Anywho, I dropped my Chemistry class, but I am picking it up again this Summer. If I do not make an A I will not freak out. Every exam I was totally stressed, especially if I did not make a A on the exam.
    Any have any advice, how to overcome all the stress? and also and study tips for Chemistry?

    I have a fresh prespective this go around with Chemistry, not to mention I have Chemistry for the Utterly Confused... lol...

    I am glad to be apart of this site, and Hello to ALL!!


    I graduated TCC. I can tell you that you can't have any Cs and expect to get into the nursing program. When I got in, there were 400+ applicants with only 100 to be accepted. I think that number has gone up some, but not by much. TCC has a very competitive nursing program and is one of
    the best schools in the DFW area.

    In order to be competetive and make it into the program, you must have a high GPA. For me, it was pure determination that got me through the prereqs with a high GPA. I wasn't young and in my 40s when I started and knew that I didn't have time to fail. I only took 7 hours per semester, as too many classes will bog you down and make it very hard to get good grades. There was only one semester I took 10 hours. It took me 4 yrs to get my degree. But I got in the nursing program on my first try. I had all As except in A&P II and English Comp, which I had Bs. I also scored high 87th percentile on my TEAS test.

    You don't have to know anybody or have any family that knows somebody at TCC; you just have to be competitive with 400 + more applicants. I knew some with Cs in their prereqs that never made it in the program.
    I know people with Bs that got into the program. It just depends on who your competing with at the time. I didn't want to chance it.....I just shot for As so I could get in on my first try, which is what happened.


    If you find chemistry so stressful, then you need to second guess what you're doing here. Nursing school is by far much harder than chemistry. I really think that may be the reason TCC wants the people they choose to have a high GPA. If you can't ace prereqs or come close, you'll have a very hard time passing the nursing courses. I had to fight very hard to just pass the nursing courses with a C. I did not make one single A in theory in nursing school. I know many people that had very high GPA that was all they could do to just get Cs. Some didn't pass at all.


    I'm not telling you this to scare you. I'm just saying that if you have the determination it takes, you can do it. I studied and practiced chemistry from anywhere to 6-8 hours per day with small breaks in-between. Yes, I worked my butt off in that class and it took me hours to learn, but I made an A. I also spent hours in the instructors office getting tutored. I did everything in my power to ace that class.


    You have to have all your prereqs complete before applying or else you'll be denied. There are too many others that are applying that have every one of their prereqs completed. I only knew one person that got in with one prereq still incomplete which was speech or PE.

    You must also rethink doing chemsitry in the summer. It goes by twice as fast and if you dropped it in the regular semester, I don't understand how you think you can make it during summer. I tried taking a summer A&P once and had to drop it.....made a D on my second test. It was just moving way
    too fast and I have children. If I could have locked myself up in a room some where for 7 weeks, then I may could have done it. I know of other's that have done it as well, but it wasn't for me.

    All I can say is study like you've never studied before. All I did was eat sleep and breath this nursing school, which Extreme Determination. When I ate dinner, I read my books, with a pen in one hand and
    a fork in another. I feel to sleep with my books in my lap. You may think this is over the top, but it's what I did. I was bound and determined to get accepted into nursing school and once I did, the studying got even harder......I was able to relax some knowing I was in, but still, it's very hard, nursing school is very hard. We started out with 100 in our class and only 47 graduated. Nursing school is not for the weak, that's for sure. So I suggest you quit stressing over chemistry because that, IMO, is the easy part.

    Good luck and I truly hope you get there. Work hard and tell your family to back off. Because you will need every bit of the time you can find to stay in those books. Luckily, my husband took care of things around my house.
    Last edit by RedhairedNurse on May 4, '09
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Welcome to the site and good luck
  6. by   Soon2BRN1980
    thank you so much britney rn for the information you provided. before, i dropped chemistry, i was doing well. i was in the top of the class. things happening in my personal life, added more stress to an already stressful situation. i learned the concepts of chemistry; which, i dropped a month before class was over. i am now stress free and i have the support of my family. i am a single mother of 2. i have rearranged my life, so i am able to focus on nothing but, school and studying. not having enough time to study was most of the problem, because i did not have help with my children. i have moved in with my mother, and she really helps me. i am confident and optimistic i can tackle chemistry and pass it with flying colors.

    i plan to have all my pre-req’s completed before applying to nursing school. i am also taking pharmacology and medical terminology, before applying… i was told this adds bonus points to your application when you apply to the nursing program. i am taking your advice and not overloading my class schedule, because i still work full-time. my plan is to aim for an a, and i will work very hard to accomplish that. i am determined to be a nurse, and i have plans to supersede that goal.

    i am taking 4 classes this summer. summer1, i am taking chemistry and pe together. summer 2, i am taking introduction to psychology and life span growth and development. i am currently at the end of my term with speech, and i passing with an a+. i am prepared to begin a study group, and stay in my instructor office with questions, regarding chemistry. i will do whatever it takes to understand and apply my understanding in chemistry.

    again, thank you so much for your advice. i really appreciate it.
  7. by   Soon2BRN1980
    Thank you Silverdragon102.
  8. by   RedhairedNurse
    Life Span is a continuation of Intro to Psych. IMO, I don't think they should be taken together. You should take Intro to Psych and an English or Algebra or something, but not both psychs at the same time. When I took Life Span, it was really easy to get an A because both classes were so similar, and like I said, it's a continuation of Intro to Psych. I really think you would be making a mistake to take both these classes together. Just my opinion. You should also talk to a counselor. Also, I wouldn't think the school would allow these two classes to even be registered together. It's like taking remedial math and algebra at the same time.

    Also, the nursing program requires you to take the algebra course.....it's the beginning algebra, I'm not totally sure which one, you'll have to check with the nursing program information.

    Good luck and if you have any questions, let me know.
  9. by   Soon2BRN1980
    Oh okay. I did not know that. My English and Algebra's are complete. The classes I have left are:
    Chemistry-taking this Summer
    A&P I and II
    Microbiology
    Introduction to Psychology- Taking this Summer
    Life Span and Growth and Development-taking this Summer
    Concepts of Physical Activity-taking this Summer
    I used to go to University of Phoenix. I had TCC do a Transcript Evaluation and I got credit for all my other classes. Such as; English Composition I and II, Algebra 350, and all my electives; except for Speech which I am taking now.
    I am going to take A&P by itself in the Fall semester. Pharmarcology and Medical terminlogy was filled for the Summer course.
    I am hopeful, I will do well at the Introduction to Psychology and Life Span. I have already registered for my Summer classes.

    Do you suggest I take Microbiology during the summer?
  10. by   RedhairedNurse
    I wouldn't suggest Micro in the summer, it goes way too fast as you'll soon find out. I couldn't do it and make a decent grade. There were a couple of really smart people that I knew that made As in science during the summer, but it sure wasn't for me. If you can do good in Chemistry over the summer, then you may be able to do Micro. Micro is a difficult class, very time consuming too. It can be just as difficult as A&P, lots of slides to look at and memorize, lots of time needs to be spent on campus in the science lab, and to have to do this during the summer. I couldn't do it.

    Make a new thread on the region forum in Texas about taking both psychs at the same time and see what kind of response you get from other's that have been in the program.

    After taking both psych classes myself, I don't see how you'll differeniate one class (Intro to psych) from the other (Lifespan) when it comes to test time. I'd be utterly confused if it were me, but that's me. Maybe you won't find it a problem.

    Goodluck and try not to get in a hurry to complete your classes, just concentrate on trying to have a good GPA so you can get in on your first try.
  11. by   Soon2BRN1980
    I took your advice.... I dropped the Life span class over the Summer and replaced that class with Medical terminology.
    Summer I schedule: Chemistry and Concepts of Physical Activity.
    Summer II schedule: Introduction to Psychology and Medical Terminology

    **The above schedule should work better, that way I won't get Intro to Psy and Lifespan confused.

    My fall schedule will be interesting: A&P I and Life Span.
    Do you suggest taking A&P I and Microbiology at the same time?

    Thank you for all the good advice, it is really helping me out. I really appreciate it.

    Thanks again.
  12. by   RedhairedNurse
    I took A&P I and Intro to Psych together in the Fall and A&P II and Lifespan together in Spring. I never took two sciences concurrently but know of a few people that did and they did well. Like I said, I was too worried about my age and not being accepted, so I took the safe route on making sure I could obtain really good grades.

    There are a lot of TCC students if you go to the Region tab at the top of this page and scroll down to Texas. You can start a thread on taking two sciences at once and see what kind of replies you get. I'm sure it's doable, but definitely not if you have to work. I didn't have to work while in school so I could put in 100% on everything.

    What you have now looks much more doable. You could also just do Chemistry alone and do Psych and PE together. You won't need medical terminology until you get closer to applying. You'll be needing to spend alot of time in that science lab so really consider how many hours you'll need to put in for Chemistry. Is terminology a full semester now? It was just a small two week bonus class when I did it. Just bought a book and taught myself. but I did get extra credit, it just wasn't a full semester class.
    Last edit by RedhairedNurse on May 5, '09
  13. by   Soon2BRN1980
    Medical terminology is a 2 credit course class. I am taking it apart of the summer mini m,t,w,th 6pm-7:20pm. July 6-August 13th.

    I will go on the region tab and post about taking 2 Science classes together.
  14. by   RedhairedNurse
    I wish you all the best. I'll always be here and can mentor you if you wish.
    I had mentors (TNSA) that got me through, it helped so much. Once you get into the nursing program, you'll find new mentors and you should take advantage and use them on every level. The mentor I found was a semester ahead of me. I met her here on allnurses. She would keep me clued in on when the TCC acceptance letters were being mailed. She helped me on all levels, I don't think I would have survived if not for her. Well, I would have.... it would have just been more difficult.

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