Is organic chemistry required?

  1. I'm seeing that some CRNA school are now requiring organic chemistry for admission. I only have a semster of chem for allied health (nursing chemistry) and inorganic chem I lab (premed chemistry). Is it to my advantage to take chem II and Orgo I & Orgo II? Would these courses help me in CRNA school or prepare me? I'm also seeing that Biochemistry is required or recommended by some schools.
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  3. by   japaho41
    Chemistry is tough subject for me, so I would say the more chemistry you have it is to your advantange. So take organic and even biochem because if you have to take again later you will have that foundation. I think that I recall most require up to organic and a few biochem.
  4. by   ali anesthesia
    It is crucial that you have a thorough understanding of inorganic, organic and biochemistry if you have any interest in becoming a CRNA. The better foundation you have on these topics, the easier it will be for you to understand and learn pharmacokinetics and physiology. There are no shortcuts in anesthesia.
  5. by   TexasGas
    Nursing Pimp,

    You can do the organic. It is a name that sounds fancy, but is easy when one applies themself. Organic is mostly memorization of structures. Your understanding of the bonding of those molecular structures will serve you well, no matter what advanced practitioner role you choose.

    Organic is not hard, it just takes aninvestment of time to understand, and you can do it. CRNA school is harder than any undergrad chemistry class.
  6. by   dfk
    depending on the school YOU want to go to, see if they require orgo... with that, inorg I/II and orgo I/II would be overkill in my opinion. orgo I is adequate.. it will help in the beginning of didactic, but everything you need to know will be offered during classes... fellow students have no orgo or biochem and are still in the program. it just helps. in my opinion, again, i say go for biochem. that took more work than the orgo portion in school. that (biochem) seems to be a recurring theme along the program...
  7. by   bulldoggurlie
    I had questions about the chemistry requirements too, i realise that inorganic, organic, and bio chem are required for CRNA school, my school offers two series of those courses one is a little easier that health majors can take and which was required for nursing, the other classes are for chem and other science majors. Would it be okay to take the easier courses or would i need the harder ones
  8. by   dfk
    Quote from bulldoggurlie
    I had questions about the chemistry requirements too, i realise that inorganic, organic, and bio chem are required for CRNA school, my school offers two series of those courses one is a little easier that health majors can take and which was required for nursing, the other classes are for chem and other science majors. Would it be okay to take the easier courses or would i need the harder ones
    if you want to stand out, go for broke and take the harder one(s).. i can't imagine a school requiring inorganic as a pre-req for admission, but if that's the case, then oh well. check with the school you're interested in and ask them what they prefer. you could provide them with a description of each class and they will/should tell you what will suffice. but, bypass that and take the harder one. that will show that you have the drive to want to be in CRNA school.
  9. by   bulldoggurlie
    Quote from dfk
    if you want to stand out, go for broke and take the harder one(s).. i can't imagine a school requiring inorganic as a pre-req for admission, but if that's the case, then oh well. check with the school you're interested in and ask them what they prefer. you could provide them with a description of each class and they will/should tell you what will suffice. but, bypass that and take the harder one. that will show that you have the drive to want to be in CRNA school.
    That sounds good thank you for your advice

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