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Pre Requisite Questions

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by D_Angelo25 D_Angelo25, CNA (Member) Member

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Hey everyone! So to give a little background info, I am 26 years old, taking my pre reqs here in TX at a local community college, and am gearing things towards my BSN. I currently work full time as a tech at a hospital, 3 shifts a week. Well, my question is, do nursing programs look at how many credit hours you take in a semester?The only reason I ask, is because right now I am taking 6 hours, and was thinking of increasing to 9 hours next semester, and then increasing course load again after that semester. I am a first time college student if it matters, I just didn't want to get in too much over my head the first semester and risk getting low marks. But aside from that, I was just curious if nursing programs would want to see a heavy course load on your transcripts, or if they just care that you had high marks completing the pre reqs. I am aware we have to take a HESI, which I am not worried about. 

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Nurse SMS has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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No, they don't look at that. The only thing that will impact your application in terms of how much school you are doing at once is whether certain classes (math and science) will age off after 5 years.

It is better to do it slowly and make stellar grades than to pack your schedule tight and be mediocre.

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Being a pre-nursing student about to start nursing school in spring 2020, I would suggest to not try to take more than you can handle and risk getting bad grades. I am a full-time student and take 13 credit hours each semester and during summer I take 6 credit hours and that is a lot for me. Keep in mind I do not work, school is my full-time job. science courses require a lot of attention, and I also don't recommend taking more than one science course at the same time. It is totally possible to do it though, I've heard about people doing it but personally, it's hard for me. 🙂

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