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.