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UTA FALL 2015...Which general ed classes can be taken together?

Hi everyone,

After much research, I have decided to attend UTA RN to BSN program. I received my degree plan from my advisor and still have quite a few general ed courses to take. I was wondering from if current/previous UTA students could provide some guidance as to what classes could possibly be taken together? I'm really nervous about the program and hope i've made a good decision by choosing UTA.

The following general ed courses are the ones i have to take:

Hist 1311

Hist 1312

Pols 2311

Pols 2312

Art 1301

Math 1308

English 1302

Any Literature

Engl 2338

Biol 3309

Any/All comments/advice is greatly appreciated.Thanks

Should I complete general ed courses prior to starting nursing class? or take them together?

RADIATION_RN

Specializes in Radiation Oncology.

You can search the threads on here for some of the answers from students whom have taken Gen Ed classes through UTA. The consensus is pretty much to avoid the History classes and Math classes as they are insanely time consuming and difficult. I needed 5 gen ed classes and I took 3 of them (Stats, US History, and Art Appreciation) through a local community college over this past summer and they transferred fine and they were about 1/3 the cost. The remaining 2 (Texas History and Literature) I plan to take at the same college online this next summer.

I am almost done with the program. I doubled (and sometimes tripled) up on most classes, with the exception of Research.

I took Hist 1312 at a community college before my ADN program. I am taking Hist 1311 in Spring at UTA, mostly by itself (tail end of another course). I have heard it's terrible. I am prepared.

Pols 2311 & 2312 were easy. I took 2312 with British Lit and Med Term. It was kind of crazy, but I did it. I work full time and have kids. And no sanity.

Art 1301 was insanely easy. I took it with Older Adult (they overlapped with the beginning of art) and Assessment (overlapped with the end of art).

Math 1308 was tough. I took it before the new web cam and proctored exam requirements. I took it with English 1302. This is where my sanity left me. It was one of the first classes I took at UTA, last fall.

Literature. I took British Lit. It was more time consuming than I anticipated, but it wasn't horrible. If you are strong in writing essays and can BS your way through interpretation of literature, you will be fine.

Bored, but fine. Like I said, I took this with Med Term and Fed Gov. I was very busy with all 3, but managed A's in all of them.

Engl 2338 - Technical Writing. So easy.

Biol 3309 - Med Term. So, you would think, "Hey, this is an easy A, I'm a nurse for crap's sake!" Except the tests are timed so you get something like 32 seconds per question. You can't go back to previous questions, you can't review results. Some of the questions felt like A&P all over again. It was awful. You will doubt yourself and want to punch someone in the neck. Maybe they have changed it, but I doubt it. The material was easy, the execution was awful.

As far as nursing courses go:

Prof A&B - Pretty easy. You will get to know APA very well.

Older Adult - A breeze.

Assessment - Time consuming but the material is very easy. Use your significant other or someone else in your home to assess. Try to pick someone in good health so you can just breeze through the assessment. You will have to be very detailed (capillary refill less than two seconds in all ten fingernail beds, blood pressure 120/80mmHg on left arm while sitting). You will learn to hate the word bilateral.

Health Promotion - Easiest class in the whole program, I would venture to say.

Research - I am taking this now. You will have to work in groups, which sucks. If you take charge and fix everyone's work, you will do okay. The material is dry but not difficult. The group work is what makes this class suck. So far, I have an A. Hoping to keep it that way. You will be shocked at how many nurses cannot form a coherent sentence. You will be shocked how many nurses/students copy and paste directly from articles. You will spend a lot of time revising and begging your classmates to please give feedback. I have a pretty good group. Exchange cell numbers with everyone the first week and start a group text. This has been the best way to get a hold of everyone at once, since we are all in different parts of the country and work different shifts.

Leadership - Taking this in spring.

Vulnerable Populations - Taking this in spring.

Capstone - Taking this in spring (YAY!).

Upper Division Nursing Elective - I took Co-op Work Experience. It was easy. If you have a certification, you can apply it toward an elective. I do not have a certification, so I had to take the extra elective.

I am also planning to take the BSN Course in 2015

Thank you for your response. If you had to do it over again would you take your pre-reqs through UTA or at a community college? That's the hardest thing i am trying to decide on I guess. I like the idea of doing them all UTA and to me its worth the extra money to not have to drive to a campus and sit in a class room.

I've just got to decide what class to start with!! Ahh so many to choose....What was the first class you took at UTA?

I am almost done with the program. I doubled (and sometimes tripled) up on most classes, with the exception of Research.

I took Hist 1312 at a community college before my ADN program. I am taking Hist 1311 in Spring at UTA, mostly by itself (tail end of another course). I have heard it's terrible. I am prepared.

Pols 2311 & 2312 were easy. I took 2312 with British Lit and Med Term. It was kind of crazy, but I did it. I work full time and have kids. And no sanity.

Art 1301 was insanely easy. I took it with Older Adult (they overlapped with the beginning of art) and Assessment (overlapped with the end of art).

Math 1308 was tough. I took it before the new web cam and proctored exam requirements. I took it with English 1302. This is where my sanity left me. It was one of the first classes I took at UTA, last fall.

Literature. I took British Lit. It was more time consuming than I anticipated, but it wasn't horrible. If you are strong in writing essays and can BS your way through interpretation of literature, you will be fine.

Bored, but fine. Like I said, I took this with Med Term and Fed Gov. I was very busy with all 3, but managed A's in all of them.

Engl 2338 - Technical Writing. So easy.

Biol 3309 - Med Term. So, you would think, "Hey, this is an easy A, I'm a nurse for crap's sake!" Except the tests are timed so you get something like 32 seconds per question. You can't go back to previous questions, you can't review results. Some of the questions felt like A&P all over again. It was awful. You will doubt yourself and want to punch someone in the neck. Maybe they have changed it, but I doubt it. The material was easy, the execution was awful.

As far as nursing courses go:

Prof A&B - Pretty easy. You will get to know APA very well.

Older Adult - A breeze.

Assessment - Time consuming but the material is very easy. Use your significant other or someone else in your home to assess. Try to pick someone in good health so you can just breeze through the assessment. You will have to be very detailed (capillary refill less than two seconds in all ten fingernail beds, blood pressure 120/80mmHg on left arm while sitting). You will learn to hate the word bilateral.

Health Promotion - Easiest class in the whole program, I would venture to say.

Research - I am taking this now. You will have to work in groups, which sucks. If you take charge and fix everyone's work, you will do okay. The material is dry but not difficult. The group work is what makes this class suck. So far, I have an A. Hoping to keep it that way. You will be shocked at how many nurses cannot form a coherent sentence. You will be shocked how many nurses/students copy and paste directly from articles. You will spend a lot of time revising and begging your classmates to please give feedback. I have a pretty good group. Exchange cell numbers with everyone the first week and start a group text. This has been the best way to get a hold of everyone at once, since we are all in different parts of the country and work different shifts.

Leadership - Taking this in spring.

Vulnerable Populations - Taking this in spring.

Capstone - Taking this in spring (YAY!).

Upper Division Nursing Elective - I took Co-op Work Experience. It was easy. If you have a certification, you can apply it toward an elective. I do not have a certification, so I had to take the extra elective.

Thank you for your response. If you had to do it over again would you take your pre-reqs through UTA or at a community college? That's the hardest thing i am trying to decide on I guess. I like the idea of doing them all UTA and to me its worth the extra money to not have to drive to a campus and sit in a class room.

I've just got to decide what class to start with!! Ahh so many to choose....What was the first class you took at UTA? How long did it take you to complete the program?

The convenience of taking everything at UTA has been a huge positive. However, there are a few prereqs you might want to consider taking online at a local community college. Statistics has been changed to include proctored exams. You might want to take that elsewhere. History is also supposed to be a beast. That is entirely up to your discretion. I didn't want to have to transfer credits in and History will be one of my last courses (along with Capstone). I am willing to put the time and effort in at UTA to get the A, but I know it will be rough.

The convenience of taking everything at UTA has been a huge positive. However, there are a few prereqs you might want to consider taking online at a local community college. Statistics has been changed to include proctored exams. You might want to take that elsewhere. History is also supposed to be a beast. That is entirely up to your discretion. I didn't want to have to transfer credits in and History will be one of my last courses (along with Capstone). I am willing to put the time and effort in at UTA to get the A, but I know it will be rough.

Thank you so much for your reply. I have decided to take my general ed courses through UTA as well. Not having to transfer credits in and taking all the classes through UTA is a plus for me. I am willing to put in the effort and work needed to pass. I am starting with Statistics class and a political science class first. firgured i would go ahead and get stats out of the way. i am excited to get started but at the same time extremely nervous!!!

Good luck! You will be fine and it will be over before you know it.

What is your opinion of Engl 1302? I am thinking of taking that next, what do you think about taking it with ART 1301? Is that doable?

English 1302 was easy, in my opinion. If you can BS your way through an essay, you will be fine. I think taking it with Art 1301 would be fine, Art 1301 was a breeze.

Ok thanks...just wanted your opinion...I know previously you had said you took English 1302 with Math 1308 and that was where you lost your sanity...I'm assuming that was because of the STATS class and not the english. STATs almost made me loose my mind...LOL

Is ART 1301 mostly essays and writing assignments too?

Yes, stats definitely made me lose my mind. Horrible class.

Art was mostly quizzes and essays. I don't even think there was a discussion board. lol

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