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Would repeating a prerequisite hurt my chance of getting in?

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by stormii stormii (New Member) New Member

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Hi, I'm currently in CC doing my prerequisites for cal state nursing programs. I've checked on assist to see which classes at my school fit the requirements for cal states, and wanted to ask about repeating a course.

For chemistry, most cal states accept these classes from my school for their chemistry requirement: Intro to chem., general chem., & chem for allied health majors.

However, I feel like just doing intro to chem by itself would not be beneficial as it is an introductory course, so I would like to do general chemistry. The problem is, most cal states would accept Intro to chem in their chemistry requirement, and taking general chem would be considered as a "repeat". 

So I just wanted to ask if repeating a class would hurt my chance in getting in.

Thank you.

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I wouldn't take general chemistry unless 1. you want to go to a school that will only accept that particular chemistry class, or 2. you have biology or chemistry as a back up major.

That being said, if you decide to take another Chemistry class, it will only hurt your chances IF you do not do well the second time around. I personally would focus on my other prerequisites instead, but if you feel that taking another chemistry class would help round out your education a little more, then I would lean towards Chemistry for Allied health.

I've taken both Gen Chem 1&2, and then Chemistry for Allied health at a later date as a "refresher," and that allied health class covered all the topics from Gen Chem 1&2 PLUS some organic chemistry. The good thing was that it focused on topics that actually add to your nursing education - proteins/fats/carbs, pH, partial pressures of gases ect. If you've already taken Anatomy though, chances are that you already have been exposed to all this stuff.

Good luck in whatever you decide to do!

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  What a CSU accepts and what a nursing program accepts can be two different classes.  Just be aware of this.  Check w/the nursing program you will be applying to which class it will accept.  More than likely that class will also be accepted for the CSU General Breadth requirement as well.

At the bare minimum, you should be taking a chemistry for allied health 

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Not really possible to say, because it varies so much from CSU to CSU. Best bet is to speak to a nursing counselor at the campus(es) you're applying to. My "seat of the pants" assessment is that it wouldn't be considered a repeat, and so long as it didn't have a negative impact on your GPA you're good.

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