How many Prereqs will I need for my BSN?

  1. I am looking for advice on how many prereq classes it will take for my BSN. I do understand that every school is different but I am just looking to get a general idea so I can start taking these classes and be a step closer to becoming a an RN-BSN.

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  3. by   Kimynurse
    Some are
    Anatomy and physiology 1 and 2
    One more science usually biology
    2 English classes
    2 phycology
    2 semesters of a language
    There are then classes like
    Gym, the arts, humanities

    I hope that helps a little
  4. by   BornToRN13
    The ore-reqs seem like a lot, but don't let it discourage you. I just started my first job as a RN and I am floating on air. Love it!
  5. by   Kimynurse
    Born to RN
    Where you a LPN first?
    Did you do ADN? or BSN?
    What state are you in?
  6. by   Mrsearly2009
    Thank you so much. The list you gave me is pretty much a standard for most schools and if you opt to go the private school route, they told me that they have a few classes their school requires you to take. What I am trying to do is take all of the prereqs needed prior to starting my BSN so all I have to pay for is the actual nursing program. Thanks again for the advice.
  7. by   CT Pixie
    I'd say before you start taking classes you think you might need, check out the schools you are interested in and find out for sure what their pre-reqs are. It would be such a waste of time, energy and $ to take a class only to find out its not the right course or finding out you didn't need it at all but needed another one.
  8. by   Underdog43
    Just to add, I don't know what your time schedule is, but some classes expire after a certain amount of years, like anatomy and physiology for example.
  9. by   PacoUSA
    Every school is different in terms of what prereqs you need. However, anatomy/physiology 1 & 2 and microbiology are guaranteed required at any nursing school, so you might as well start with those. I would recommend not taking these at the same time though. Take A&P and micro in separate semesters. I mean, it can be done together, but if you want to have a life () take them in separate semesters.
  10. by   Michaela, RN
    Mine were:
    Physiology/Lab (Separate from Anatomy)
    Comp 1 & 2
    College Algebra
    Humanities Elective
    Human Development
    Public Speaking
    Electives equaling up to 63 credit hours total...
  11. by   demylenated
    BE VERY CAREFUL with private schools. While you'll get your nursing degree, most of the credits will not transfer if you decide to go on. I did that for my LPN. Spent way too much money and had to do every single pre-req over again.

    With that said, I think for most school, BSNs require about 70-90 pre-req hours.
  12. by   CrazierThanYou
    You answered your own question. Every school is different. States are different. Programs are different.
  13. by   norlns24
    I would like to re-iterate what others have said. Check with the programs you are interested in and go from there. Here in IL, I am amazed at the prerequisite differences. Northern Illinois U's BSN program only requires one basic chemistry w/ a lab (was really easy), and ONE semester of P&A worth 5 credit hours (if taken at NIU; if taken at community college, the two P&A classes worth eight credit hours transfer in as five), not the standard 2 classes most programs require. Also, sociology is not a prerequisite.

    Contrast that with University of Illinois - Chicago, the other large state school with a BSN program in my area. Two or even three (can't remember offhand) chem classes (the hard ones!, not the basic one like NIU), sociology, and 2 semesters of A&P. Both state schools, both BSN programs, an hour away from each other, both competitive, both in Illinois, etc.,...yet huge difference in prerequisites! I would like to go to U of I - Chicago b/c of its closer links to large hospitals with more specialty areas, but completing those prerequisites in chemistry would set me back at least a year, since they run in sequence. And getting As in them would be a lot tougher than the easy chem I took for NIU's requirement.

    You really do have to kind of work backwards from the program you think you are interested in and believe you can get into when planning which prerequisites to take. And don't be discouraged if later you find out you took a class you thought you needed and it does not end up fulfilling any requirements. It happens to a lot of students along the way.
  14. by   PMFB-RN
    If you hold an associates degree you shouldn't have to do ANY pre-req's. I would pass over any school that required pre-req's from an experienced RN with an accociated degree.