Of course your opinion counts every program of study has their pre-reqs etc. so I'd guess this is a universal issue. Hopefully others will write in because I can only speak for my own reasons but fwiw I graduated tied with one other gal for top of the class so therefore would have to say I wasn't crippled in the slightest.
Since you took the time to write I thought I would address your thoughts:
* Financial constraint. If you're so hard up that you're trying to find ways around what are pre-requisites at every four-year program I've seen, skipping bio/chem is the least of your problems. It's only two classes and they will form the basis of your future scientific knowledge.
It wasn't that I was "hard-up" just that I didn't feel like spending an extra $1,000+ and 8 hours a week of my time if I didn't have to. From what I've seen, these are only undergraduate requirements at most schools to allow you to register for Micro and the A&Ps.
* Eager to finish pre-reqs. If you're that impatient, won't it be hard to finish a 2-4 year course? College isn't a race; the spoils go to the persistent, not the eager.
Lol, you got me on this one and yes, college is a race for me. I'm totally about doing things in the most efficient manner possible but don't believe that translates into a problem finishing a longer committment.
* Weak in either/both subjects. If you're weak in biology and/or chemistry and are concerned about your ability to earn a high grade in either entry level class, then healthcare probably isn't the best industry for you.
I would think that if someone was weak in the subjects it would be in their best interest to take the basic course and brush up on their skills but thats just me. I would totally agree that if you can't pass biology, skipping chemistry is going to be the least of your worries.
Bottom line is that if you are happy with the way you are doing it, thats great it wouldn't suit me if I can circumvent some things. Since the original poster posed the question I think its only fair to include both sides. Best wishes, Jules