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Is my spring class schedule too much!

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I am half way through my first semester of my pre-nursing; doing pretty well. I will be registering for my spring classes on october 21. The classes that I will be taking are the following: intermediate algebra, introduction to Biology, Introduction to chemistry, and English composition. I am umemployed right now, but was thinking about getting a part-time job. Please help with my decision; all opinions are welcomed.

Laura

I think it would depend on you! I am currently taking Intermediate Algebra, Chemistry,and Human Growth and Development. That is about 15 credit hours. I can't imagine taking more than that right now, but I am also married with 4 children and working 2 full time jobs. I have to study A LOT for Chemistry and Algebra. My instructor for Algebra told us to plan on studying 20 hours a week, which I do. I get good grades, but have to work hard at it. Good luck!

Jenn

I agree that it depends on you. I work 20 hours a week, and am taking A&P, human development, advanced algebra, and survey of drugs and addiction and Im pulling all As, it you manage your time and study I think youll be fine

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

You'll be able to pull it off. Since your sciences are both intro sciences, they may be challenging but not too terrible. Intermediate algebra is also like an intro course (to college algebra).. and comp 1 isn't too bad either. I think you'll be pretty busy.. but it's doable!

I think you will be fine! Just keep up, getting behind would be a mess. But I have found that good students are good students no matter what.

strawberryluv, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med-surg.

It looks like your taking about 12 or 13 credits which is a full-time load. I am taking the same amount of credits and I've got to say, I think 12/13 credits is too manageable on the account that I have a lot of free time. I take both intro to biology and chemistry at my university and the former has been quite stressful while the latter easier than expected. You will do well in these courses considering intermediate algebra seems like a relaxed course. If intro to biology is a pre-requisite for your nursing program as it is for my program then pay close attention to the material. I have heard from my nursing associate dean that biology would be helpful in understanding the anatomy and physiology material. Because before my program put biology as a pre-requisite so many nursing students struggled with A&P because they didn't have the "foundation" that an intro to biology course facilitated.

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I totally agree general biology gives you a good foundation for A&P. A&P delves a lot deeper into what we surveyed in the bio courses.. but so for most of the material hasn't been completely foreign.. which is a blessing.

If you have good time management skills, you can do it! The main thing is to think about what is important to you, and if you do need to work, maybe dropping a class could be a good idea. Although, it really does depend on you and your abilities.

Personally, in one semester during my prereq period, I took Biology II (Zoology) and Lab, Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab, Organic Chemistry I and Lab and Elementary Calculus (I was a biology major.) plus I worked part time as a tutor in the college's tutoring center. It was tough, but I got it done!

I think you should be fine as longest you stay on top of things. Make sure you manage your time wisely! the science courses you're taking are very basic so it shouldn't be that bad. Last spring I took the following courses while working full time; Psyc Human Development & Growth, College algebra, A&P I, Chemistry II,and Speech. I won't lie and say it was a piece of cake because I stressed plenty of times but at the end of the semester I was very proud of myself. The outcome was B,A,A,B,A :). Good luck!

Jenn- Please tell me how you do this. I am married, have five kids (3 in school, and two home with parents day out 2xs a week) and no job. My classes are fairly easy right now(Gen. PSYCH, Nutrition, and a Student Success course). I took AP1 in summer and it was a lot but I made an A. I am trying to come up with a schedule for spring and the courses I have left are AP2, Micro, Life Span, English Comp., Elective. Between the two programs I am applying, one also needs Microcomp. Applications and the other needs Sociology and Pharm. Would love to hear how you juggle all that you do.

I think it would depend on you! I am currently taking Intermediate Algebra, Chemistry,and Human Growth and Development. That is about 15 credit hours. I can't imagine taking more than that right now, but I am also married with 4 children and working 2 full time jobs. I have to study A LOT for Chemistry and Algebra. My instructor for Algebra told us to plan on studying 20 hours a week, which I do. I get good grades, but have to work hard at it. Good luck!

Jenn

Jenn- Please tell me how you do this. I am married, have five kids (3 in school, and two home with parents day out 2xs a week) and no job. My classes are fairly easy right now(Gen. PSYCH, Nutrition, and a Student Success course). I took AP1 in summer and it was a lot but I made an A. I am trying to come up with a schedule for spring and the courses I have left are AP2, Micro, Life Span, English Comp., Elective. Between the two programs I am applying, one also needs Microcomp. Applications and the other needs Sociology and Pharm. Would love to hear how you juggle all that you do.

I don't sleep much! LOL! I study every moment I have free and mostly all weekend long. Two of my classes are online, so that saves me some travel time, but Monday and Wednesday I drive 45 miles to get to class 6-10 p.m. It is a lot and my house is a wreck, but I am devoted to finishing and finishing well. There are days I want to cry, because all I do is study and work, but it will be worth it in the end. I still have to take A&, but it isn't a prereq for the my program....I just have to get it done my first year of nursing I think. Honestly, the only thing I can say is work nonstop and sleep very little! Good luck! :)

Jenn

Jenn- Thanks! You are some kind of woman!

:) Thanks everyone for your opinions!

depending how well your time management skill is. In the end it all comes down to being able to give up the things you like to do and sit down to study. I would recommend taking multiple science classes together, they teach you time management skills and study habits and they are very important in any nursing program. All nursing classes are study intensive sometimes your gonna have 2 or 3 test in the same week. I am currently a senior in the nursing program and if anything i would tell you to take couple of hard classes at the same time. Good luck!