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I'm a sophomore in high school and want to become an RN as my career. I would like to do as much as I can in high school to help me out later on down the road. Next year I will be taking health classes through votech. It's a 3 hour a day course. Is there anything else I can do to help myself out? Thanks in advance!!!

llg, PhD, RN

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Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

I think you are very wise to be thinking ahead and trying to use your high school time wisely. My suggestion is that you start investigating choices for a nursing school and to look at the courses they require. Use that information to help you choose your high school classes.

For example, most RN programs require students to take courses in anatomy and physiology, english, statistics, pharmacology, history, etc. at the college level. However, some students assume that because they are going to go to "nursing school," and not "regular college" they don't need to take the tough college-prep courses their high schools offer. When they get to nursing school, they find themselves unprepared to do college-level work.

Most nursing ARE "regular college" and require the student to take some of the same college classes that people in other majors take. Becoming a good, strong student with a well-rounded academic background in physicial sciences, social sciences, and humanities is the best thing you can do for yourself. Then you will be prepared to succeed in school -- AND as a nurse.



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I plan on doing my schooling online through Phoenix or something like that. I've decided this because my boyfriend is in the military so when we get married in two years I want to be able to stay in school and not have to worry about the moving around all the time. When I'm through with my junior year, I'll have 3 english classes, algebra, geometry, and algebra II, two spanish classes, 3 social studies, one being pychology/sociology, biology, physical science, 1/2 credit in chemistry, and biology II, and the health course through votech. But since I will graduate early my senior year I'll only have 1/2 of anatomy, english IV, whatever social studies course I take, and any other electives and so on. Will only having half of these courses really hurt me?


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Hi there,

I just wanted to wish you good luck with your future marriage to your marine!! I was in a long distance r/s with my marine boyfriend for 4 years before we got married. It has been crazy but depsite all the drama & heartache we still love each other. We have a 3 year old son now and are starting to work on improving our r/s. I just wanted to let you know that I can identify with your situation. Good luck w/ everything and I think its smart that you are already thinking about becoming an RN so early into HS. :coollook:


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THANKS so much!!! That is so sweet of you to say something! Congrats on your marriage and son! My boyfriend and I just had our one year on Feb. 15. Its been a tough one, he left for basic in Oct. but we're doing good and the distance is making our love stronger. Theres a lot of lonely and teary nights for both of us but the wait will be worth it! Good luck to you and your family!! Thanks again for saying something..its nice to know that theres other women out there that experienced the same as me. Take care!!!!!

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