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Micro, A &P on their own??

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Hi all,

I just met with my school counselor and he mapped out my pre-reqs for me. I have a few (6!) semesters to go before I can a apply, but was curious about something. When he mapped out my classes, he had me taking anatomy alone, physiology alone, and my micro with it's pre/co req math class. The other semester were loaded down. Is this a good plan? Any been there, done that experience? Should I not take other courses with my major sciences?

So basically, he had 3 semesters with 4 classes each, then the following semester with Micro and a math, then Anatomy on it's own, followed by Physiology on it's own. Making 6 semesters. Sound right?


It sounds like maybe you could finish with your prereqs earlier than that if you wanted. Maybe spend less time in school? What kind of school are you at now/planning to transfer to?

SopranoKris, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 5 years experience.

My school has Anatomy & Physiology as separate classes. However, I'm taking Micro & Physiology in the same semester.

Could it be that your school requires certain classes as pre-requisites for those courses and that's why he has them separate? If not, you can certainly take more than one science in a semester. I'm taking 4 classes this summer and 6 in the fall. Both semesters have multiple sciences. It's definitely do-able :D

Thanks for the replies! Yes, I have pre-reqs for the Micro, Chem which has a pre-req of a math that I need. I have 2 math classes that I need to take before I can take the Chem class. Man, 2 years of pre-reqs seems so long! But, hopefully it will go by fast. My current plan is to go for my ADN, but may transfer for my BSN.

My school had Anatomy & Physiology as one class, but divided into A&P1 and A&P2. I took A&P1 with my microbiology class and a chemistry all at the same time. It is very doable, however be prepared to study a lot! I had about 18 credits a semester because I wanted to get all of my prerequisites done quickly, but I only work part time. I think it all depends on how much time you can devote to studying, and how much you think you can handle at once. Have you taken any college classes before? Because college classes are completely different than high school classes. Hope this helps :)

I think I can only handle 9-12 credits a semester. I work part time and I'm a mom of 3 ;) It has been 10 years since I last went to college. I'm making a come-back in my 30's! LOL We shall see!

Sounds like a great schedule - not too grueling. You'll do great!

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rubato, ASN, RN

Specializes in Oncology/hematology.

There's nothing at all wrong with this setup as long as you can be patient. It will give you time to work and take care of the kiddos. I have been taking 16 credit hours every semester, but I don't have a job, so that has helped. I'm 42, by the way, so don't worry about your age! ;)

SopranoKris, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 5 years experience.

There's nothing at all wrong with this setup as long as you can be patient. It will give you time to work and take care of the kiddos. I have been taking 16 credit hours every semester, but I don't have a job, so that has helped. I'm 42, by the way, so don't worry about your age! ;)

I'm 42 as well. Finally getting a chance to pursue nursing after putting my dreams on hold for the last 18 years. Like you, I'm not working while going to school. School is my full-time "job" until I'm done with my pre-reqs. At first, I was worried about age. Then I went to the pre-nursing seminar and saw most of the prospective students were the same age or even older than me! Made me feel much better about returning to school. One gentleman was a retiree who always wanted to be a nurse and was told his whole life it was a "woman's job" :rolleyes: He's really excited about going back to school. I figure...if he can do it at 62, I can do it at 42! :D

Good luck to you. Nice to know there are more fellow students in the same boat :)

I find it pretty easy to take other courses with Anatomy, Physiology, and Chemistry. (taking Microbiology in summer alone, only non- nursing class I have left) The trick is to not put these classes together and to take them with classes that require little homework and studying. I know people who have tried to take A&P with Microbiology and it did not turn out well..

For example this semester I have: English comp II (we have a paper due like once a month, mostly in class discussions), Human growth and development (online and get to do the weekly open book quizzes at my convenience and this class requires online discussions with articles from outside sources BUT I have never once had to study so it works), yoga (required PE credit), and A&P 2 (this I do study for!) This is 11 credit hours. I also have a 3 year old and work 32 hours/week. But I am making A's in all of them! I do not feel overwhelmed or stressed.

You can do it!!

Thanks for the encouragement and advice, guys! It was really helpful. I think what I am going to do is take 3 classes the first 3 semesters and then 2 the last 3 adding in my humanities (spanish) with physiology and history with my micro. I need to throw in pharmacology somewhere in there, too. Its an elective, but I feel if the the program is suggesting it, I should do it. ;)

Exhaustipated, ADN, BSN

Specializes in OR. Has 4 years experience.

I'm in my 40's and doing pre-reqs, too. I took 12 credit hours my first semester, but everybody told me if I could, to take the science reqs by themselves, including the advisor I spoke with. In these parts, A&P I is frequently referred to as a "weed-out" course. The average drop rate is about 50%. In my particular class, we started with 65 and are down to about 30 students.

I'm doing great -- pulling an A in the class, but it has required A LOT of studying. This semester, I'm taking A&P I, A&P I Lab, and ENGL 1102 for a total of 7 credit hours. I'm handling the load just fine, and could probably have actually handled an additional class, but I'm glad I didn't try.

I guess what I'm trying to say with all my rambling is, yes, more classes are totally doable. You just need to decide what's more important for you. For me, it was a choice between finishing sooner or maintaining my sanity. I chose my sanity, while still maintaining my 4.0 GPA. :bugeyes:

It depends really on you. I decided to take a lot of classes together, and not work this semester so I can begin the nursing program sooner. I'm taking AP I and Micro both with lab, nutrition, and psychology. 14 credits. It's really tough, but not impossible. I just dedicate more to school since I'm not working. If you can, I recommend taking AP before Micro. If you don't have to take them together that's probably best. It's a lot of reading and memorizing.

Thanks for the replies! 2 years of pre-reqs seems so long! But, hopefully it will go by fast. My current plan is to go for my ADN, but may transfer for my BSN.

I know how you feel! I started the nursing pre-reqs in Fall 10 and I am starting my first semester of Nursing at a CC in Fall 12! During these 2 years though, I have also gotten my BSN pre-reqs out of the way as well. So I was working on the associate sciences as well as the BSN "BS" classes as well. I would take one science with some easy BSN course.

I still have to only take Stats I, which I will take one summer and I have to save one course (which for me will be Geography) to take online at my 4 year school (because they require so many credit hours to be taken and the BSN nursing classes alone won't fulfill that obligation, therefore leaving me with one class to take!)

I do have to say that these 2 years have flown by. Of course, I have been super busy, studying every day. You really ought to consider my path and take your sciences with an easy BSN requirement to add to your schedule. Taking your sciences one at a time makes sense because they are so demanding. Especially Chem. I had to take chem I AND II. Organic chem was the worst, actually they both Chems were the worst and I spent a lot of hours in the tutoring center, but I pulled it off with A's all the way. I'm finishing Micro now and will take AP2 in the summer (our anatomy & physiology is together, but we take AP1 & AP2)

I wish you the best!

Thank you all for the encouragement and advice!! I appreciate it. It's a lot to take in, and seems like such a long time, but I know it will fly by. Thank you, thank you!!

I'm talking micro together with physiology plus a government class. It's tough but I didn't want to drag things out. I have an A in all classes. I have 3 kids under the age of 9, but I did have to close my business because I couldn't do everything. You can double up on science courses and be successful, but it takes dedication. I get up at 4:30 on most mornings to have about 1 1/2 hours of uninterrupted study time.

It's a lot to take in, !!

I know its a lot to take in but may I suggest keeping a WORD doc of helpful info so you can refer back to it later? That is what I did and cataloged it by subject. so if I were looking for info on BOOKS - then I would just "find" BOOKS. or CPR Classes, anything. You will be surprised by how much info you collect.

Find students at your school now that are in the program. see about getting on an FB group site they may have on their nursing group. Look out for special seminars that retired nurses may put on for future nurses (Here in cleveland, we have the CCBN (cleveland council of black nurses) which do presentations for us on study tips, test taking strategies, and math. It is all free and very helpful.

your best bet yet would be to befriend some current nursing students and some going into the program so you can be on their shoulder as they go through so you know what to expect at your school. you can learn about professors, their styles, who the good and bad ones are (although you may not have a choice who you get) what clinical sites are better than others.

there is so much to learn and when you have just one more semester to start, you will feel empowered that you already have all of this information and it will be less frightful!