Classes that can be taken after pre-reqs are completed?

  1. Hi everybody. I'm currently working on my pre-nursing certificate at Midlands Tech in SC. I'm almost done with it and will be completed after i take 2 more classes in the summer. I have the option to take my microbiology class after i complete A&P 2 in the summer but it's not considered a pre-req. My question is..what are other classes I can take, if any, that are directly associated with the nursing program but can still be taken outside of it, after I finish my pre-reqs? I know i should talk to my advisor and I will make an appt with her as soon as I can. But i keep hearing people say that I can take other nursing related courses (the ones that start with NUR, and whatever associated NUR 105 for example) while waiting to get into the program. Just seeing if anybody has any info on this. Thanks is advance, and I hope I didn't confuse you guys too much haha.
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  3. by   maddiem
    It all varies by really it hard to say. I would just ask your advisor. Sorry I wish I could answer your question! You should totally take micro in the summer though. Just get it out of the way!! I wouldn't leave any I your non nursing classes for will have enough on your plate!
  4. by   chwcbesteph
    What program are you doing? Diploma? Associates? If you have any plans or dreams whatsoever to get your BSN in the future, start looking at programs and what they require. I had to wait quite a while after finishing my prereqs for the ADN so I just started knocking out the prereqs for the BSN, like Comp II and Statistics.
  5. by   HammockBound
    I was told we can take Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics can be taken for the program I am going into.
    It is a BSN program.

  6. by   hodgieRN
    You should get a hold of your course catalog. That should have all the classes you need to graduate. It should also break down what electives that you need or what classes would be accepted for graduation. And, your academic adviser can of course help you. Each school is different is what they require and what they offer.
  7. by   lalacb123
    You can get a certification in Phlebotomy or EKG. Those certifications are usually a few months long and are directly relevant in the nursing field.
  8. by   Saysfaa
    You might consider taking the gen ed classes you would need for a BSN in case you ever wanted to bridge up to one.

    I second the pathophysiology, pharma-anything.

    Writing classes can be very helpful later (if you get a good instructor). Or a foreign language.

    Go down the list of classes looking for what interests you or might be helpful. I found an Education class that turned out to be helpful - it was a Survey of Special Needs. It would particularily helpful if you are interested in school nursing or peds but much of the terminology and perspective would be helpful for special needs people or populations of any age.

    Or nutrition - or perhaps a dietitics class. Or kinesiology if you are interested in rehab.
    I also found some likely classes in other odd places - a couple of medical billing classes in the business office section, some specialized medical terminology classes in the continuing education section, a medical law class in the paralegal section.

    I also considered a class on car maintainance. And ceramic, just for fun.

    I loved the weight lifting class (although it was fairly embarrassing at first), and have kept in much better physical shape because of it.
  9. by   Sun0408
    I don't think you can take NUR classes until you are accepted into the program. Def check with your adviser.. Micro was a required course for me, I would take it. It will be helpful.
  10. by   Tyler626
    I was able to take a few nursing classes!
  11. by   Shorty11
    As PP have said, I would get ahold of your school's course catalog and/or talk to your advisor. As an example, Intro to Nursing, Nursing/Healthcare Stats, and Pathophysiology can all be taken at my university before you are actually accepted into the program. (BSN program) Once you are in the program, they count towards your core. It is optional to take them early though. They can, but don't need to be taken prior to. It most likely varies by school though. Best of luck!
  12. by   hodgieRN
    And you can never go wrong with knocking out electives.