Newbie Question about credits


I'm wondering if you start taking classes for a nursing degree, can you spread them out over time? Do your credits ever expire? Like many people, I'm trying to juggle a job along with going to school and I don't want to get so loaded down that I can't do a good job on the grades. Any help would be appreciated.


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Specializes in ICU. Has 1 years experience.

The best way to answer this question would be to make an appointment with a nursing advisor in the program you want to attend. They'll go over all the pre-requisite requirements, and let you know if there's any they want within a certain time limit (for example, some of the schools I considered wanted your chemistry and anatomy and physiology within the past 5 years).

Many programs do not have time limits/expirations on your classes, but it's better to be safe than sorry! Check with your program. :)

Specializes in Emergency Nursing. Has 2 years experience.

It may vary from school to school, but where I am, science credits are good for 5 years.

Judging by Julianne's post, that may be something of a standard.


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Just take one or two classes each semester. I have been taking one of my science classes and one other (easier) class each semester. You can also take online courses for many classes which makes it much easier to continue to work. It seems as though 5 years is the standard for the sciences. That's what both of the nursing schools I am interested in want.