When you go to your physical, Cinci State has two separate forms for STNA and PNC, so make sure you take both so you can get the both completed at the same time. Can't submit the STNA one for the PNC program also (at least I wasn't able to). Take your shot records so the doc/nurse can go ahead and fill out as much of that as possible. Anything you are missing you will have to have redone or have a titer drawn. I didn't have the varicella vacc as a child because it wasn't required then but did have chickenpox so I had to have a titer done to verify that I was immune. Also, if you had your last MMR before Dec 1979 (I believe it was), you will have to have another one as an adult... mine was Sept of that year so I had to redo that for the program as well. You will need the Hep B vaccines (at least two of them before being fully admitted in the PNC program)--don't forget that they take six months to complete.... first two are a month apart then the final one you can get later. If you don't have all your shots at the time of the form completion, you can submit verification of the shots later. Oh, and you also need a tetanus. When you go to the PNC information session, they give you a checklist of all that you need to do. You will also need your Healthcare provider CPR, too. Although, for the STNA, you just need the physical and two step to get started in that. Your background check has to be within six months of starting your nursing cohort so don't bother to get those done until the adviser instructs you to or you will end up having to redo it. Just stay on top of everything, make sure you get all these things done as early as permitted so that they don't delay you later down the road, and be sure to get documentation to your adviser and keep a copy of everything for yourself in case something gets misplaced.
I'm not fresh out of high school, I'm 39 about to hit the big 4-0 next week haha. It took me a little over a year to complete the pre-req's and co-req's because I only took classes part time due to being a mom. Regarding Biology and Chem... I didn't take Chem in H.S. and it's been since my sophomore year since I had Bio which is longer than permitted. However, I took A&P sequence at another college so that waives the Bio requirements (and A&P is required for RN so it was more beneficial to take that instead). If you go full-time you should get done with your pre-req's pretty quickly. I also wanted to have my my co-req's completed so I could minimize my schedule to strictly nursing and clinical once I start a cohort to allow me to focus on just nursing and prevent the extra time away from my son.
And, yes, I do plan on furthering my degree because hospitals don't utilize LPN's much, if any, and I don't want to be in a nursing home long term. While I am sitting and waiting on my winter term cohort, I am thinking of starting on any remaining pre/co-req's that I may need for my RN and/or BSN -- got to figure out which school I will be attending for that first.