dropping human anatomy with a W

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am thinking about dropping my human anatomy class. I was doing fine before our first lecture exam and practical (I had an A), but the practical kicked my ass. I didn't get my grade yet but I am pretty positive I got 30-40%. I guessed 80% of the practical. I just blanked and couldn't remember anything. If I did really bad in the practical, it will be really hard for me to get my grades back up. The lecture exam is worth 100 points and so does the practical. so a 30/100 would be really bad. I calculated and I would need a high B on every next exam/practical and I would need to ace all my quizzes to get a B. I am not even worried about getting a B. That's actually what I want. But I don't want to get a C, if that is the case I would like to drop it with a W.

    Is a W bad on your transcript? especially for a science pre-req for nursing? I am thinking about taking it next semester and just dropping it this semester. I work full time and I think that is why I was so distracted and didn't prepare enough. And for anyone asking, yes I don't have a choice to work right now, I am supporting myself. And its unlike me to get bad grades, I have a 4.0 GPA, returning back to school (I have a BA already, but decided to go another career path).

    Any input would be helpful! I just don't feel like I would be able to make it this semester.
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  3. by   Crush
    I worked full time while going through nursing school too. It was hard but is doable. I had to withdraw during my last semester r/t child issues. Although it did not affect my getting a job, it did put me on a waiting list to get back into school. Best to ask your school instructor/counselor before making a final decision though. Make a list of pros and cons for you and your situation as well. Sometimes the visual of the list can shed light on your situation. Good luck.
  4. by   Been there,done that
    Anatomy is a tough course. Were you carrying other tough courses? Only your academic advisor can answer this.

    Best wishes.
  5. by   sunshineee
    Thanks for your response. I am not actually in the nursing program yet. I am taking all the pre-requisites before applying to an accelerated BSN program, since I already have a bachelor (unrelated field). So "getting back in" the program is not an issue. I was just wondering about the W, if that looks bad. When I went to orientation for the program I want to get into eventually, they told me that they do not care about Ws, but need at least a B in science prerequisites. I am also looking at other schools, but not sure about their policy about Ws.
  6. by   sunshineee
    This is the only class I am taking, I work full time to support myself. I've been out of school for awhile, I took a science class last semester to fulfill some of the prerequisites for nursing school and I got an A without any problem, so I thought it would be doable for Human Anatomy. But now I think I will have to do a do-over and work harder next semester. I don't think I will be able to get a B as a final grade for this class.
  7. by   Been there,done that
    Quote from sunshineee
    This is the only class I am taking, I work full time to support myself. I've been out of school for awhile, I took a science class last semester to fulfill some of the prerequisites for nursing school and I got an A without any problem, so I thought it would be doable for Human Anatomy. But now I think I will have to do a do-over and work harder next semester. I don't think I will be able to get a B as a final grade for this class.
    Been there, done that. One course at a time is okay. You are going to have to pass anatomy sooner or later. You already paid for it, any passing grade will work.

    Let us know what your advisor says.
  8. by   sunshineee
    The program that I want to get in is very competitive. You need at least a B in anatomy to be considered. I might just drop this class this semester and just retake it in a few months. We'll see what my grade for the practical looks like. Will let you guys know this week.
  9. by   tnbutterfly
    Moved to Pre-Nursing forum
  10. by   KelRN215
    I have an entire semester worth of Ws on my transcript and, in almost 11 years of being a nurse, no one has asked about it. It is easily explained, though, because I had to take a medical leave of absence. No one's looked at my transcript since I graduated as far as I know, actually.
  11. by   sunshineee
    im not so worried about the W. I am just disappointed that I have to drop it, I will be behind in my pre-requisites... which means I can only apply later
  12. by   Lipoma
    I had 2 Ws (Chem I and Bio 2) prior to matriculating into a ABSN program. I was not asked about those grades during my interview and I am in the top 3rd of my nursing cohort. It's better to protect that GPA so a W is better than 2 grades being factored into your GPA. Life will be filled with disappoints but what matters is how you handle it especially in nursing school and in the field. Just gotta move on and not dwell
  13. by   DowntheRiver
    Can you drop after seeing your grade? I'd wait and see how you did if possible...
  14. by   drd18
    Quote from Been there,done that
    You already paid for it, any passing grade will work.

    Let us know what your advisor says.
    C is technically a passing grade, and I live in a very concentrated area for nursing students and people are constantly being turned away with B's in their sciences. So these days, any passing grade will not work. To the original poster, only you know how competitive your nursing program is. I was in the exact same predicament, 2nd bachelors student working full time trying to get pre-reqs for an ABSN. I think in your case it would absolutely be worth it to take the W, get a better handle on things, and then come back and take it again when ready.

    Where I took my pre-reqs, you could not retake a course for a better grade unless you got below a C! So everyone would jump at the opportunity for a W if they knew they wouldn't get the grade they needed. And I have never heard any of my classmates saying a W negatively impacted them getting into a program. And if in the end, you get a C and want to retake it, many schools will not replace the grade but average it. This can be frustrating and leaving you with essentially the same grade as before!

    Something else to consider is your desired programs application process. Are they on a point system? If so, a B wouldn't necessarily kill you if you could get extra points in other categories. If you are dealing with financial aid, make sure you look into your school's policy on paying for retakes. Typically only dropping a class affects your aid, but it's worth it to check and make sure a W won't as well. In summary, yes, if you know it is a good chance you will end with a C, I would without a doubt take the W while you still can. Be honest with yourself in terms of where you see your current grade heading. Hope this helps!

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