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Trouble with sciences...


Hello Nursing Student/Registered Nurse community,

I am reaching out to seek advice and/or validation: I cannot seem to have the courage to walk into a college Chemistry class.

Let's take a look at my history with Chemistry in college... well, I withdrew from the class three times while I was attending community college because it was just too damn hard. I would sit in the back of the class and cry. I gave up on myself. I dont want to be that girl anymore!!

In the summer of 2016, I applied to the Medical Assisting program because Chemistry was not a prerequisite. I know, I was basically running from my problems. Well, here I am about to graduate with a certificate and I am excited to test the waters of the healthcare field as a Registered Medical Assistant. I know that this career is at the bottom of the totem pole, money wise, responsibility is limited, and it is not a degree, it is a certificate.

I would love to transition towards a BSN. I just got accepted to a university last weekend. It is a well-known, private college and has a renowned nursing program. I have lots of clinical experience but the WORST fear of taking Chem, A&P 1 and 2, and micro.

Some background information on me now: I am 22 years old, I have a 3.0 GPA right now but after this semester is over with 3 A's and 1 B, I believe my cumulative GPA will increase.

Thank you!


If you want to be a nurse, you have to have a strong foundation in science, especially in anatomy and physiology. I found that having a good teacher is key when it comes to these types of classes. They are not as bad as they seem, especially if you compare them to what a nursing class is like. Just believe in yourself and sign up for that chemistry class! Worst case scenario, most colleges have a 2 week grace period, so that if you dont feel you can handle the class, you can drop it with no penalty.


Specializes in Telemetry. Has <1 years experience.

90% of your studies will be science. If you take A&P and feel you cannot grasp it, nursing is not for you. It gets much, much more in depth once you are in a nursing program.

You can totally pass Chem! I got a D in it in high school and now at the ripe old age of 27 I'm rocking an A. You CAN DO IT.

When I was in high school, science was my WORST subject. I got a C in chem and I failed a lot of my bio exams but now science is one of my stronger subjects. You have to force yourself to study and you'll gradually get used to it. I'm taking all of those classes you mentioned: A&P II, microbio, and chem. It's not that bad. It's just memorization for A&P and microbio. With chem, you just need to understand concepts and how to solve math problems. Good luck!