Quote from curlysue82
My goal has always been to become a nurse. Although a little late I'm just getting started and will be applying to community colleges to start working on my prerequisites before applying to the nursing programs. Realistically, when should I plan on applying to a nursing program? and How long does it usually take to finish your prerequisties? I am hoping to get started on them this January and would like to move quickly into a program. Any advice would be appreciated.
I would say you should start applying as soon as you are available and have completed the pre-req's for the school(s) you want to attend.
Depending on the program you could take all your Pre-Req's at once at the Dallas County Community Colleges [DCCCD] and have them done in one semester if you want to attend an ADN Program in the DCCCD.
That's not vary realistic though because you could burn yourself out way to fast. I would advise taking them 2-4 at a time depending on where you plan to go, and then adjust up or down in hours depending on how you did the previous semester. For me, someone who has not been to college in a really long time, I'm going to take my Pre-Req's 2-4 at a time depending on how many hours I feel I can take a semester. If I need to take something like Anatomy then I might take one other "easy" class [Like speech or english] so I can focus all my study time on two classes instead of four.
Don't take a major science class in a short semester like summer. You may get it done a lot faster, but you will know a lot less. At least that's how it was for me, and it hurt my GPA.
Hope this helps,