So let me just start by saying something
Prerequisites are really rough.
I know, that's just the type of thing that
you want to start with.
They are particularly challenging because
they are not what you actually want to be
But they do lay the foundation for your
future classes and give you some
background information so that you can be
successful in your nursing classes that will
come later on.
Basically, pre-reqs are the classes that you
take prior to
starting your nursing school or nursing
classes, so that nursing school will actually
make sense. And the prerequisites that you
take will be very much based
on the school that you plan to one day
Integrated BSN programs are the exception
here, where you are going to
be taking your nursing fundamentals classes,
like, right in the beginning, and
they'll be incorporating your pre-reqs
But for most other programs, you need to
finish your pre-reqs before you
can actually take your nursing classes.
If you have already taken some of those
courses and are taking a longer, more
meandering route to apply to nursing school,
it's important to know that some of
these courses can actually expire.
Most math classes and science classes like
statistics, biology, microbiology and
maybe even research will actually expire,
usually within five years of
taking it. So just keep that in mind.
If you're planning on slowly accumulating
these courses as you get ready for school,
you'll want to take those courses that state
that they are going to expire towards
the end, just so that you don't reach the
time limit and then you have to take them
again. All right. Now that I've made all of
that sound like really super fun and
exciting, let's move on to something a
little bit more positive.
These classes can be taken anywhere.
You do not have to take them at the school
that you planned on attending for nursing
school. Community colleges are a great
option for knocking these pre-reqs out
because they are cheaper, and they're
usually offered on a more flexible schedule
or even online or during night school.
When you're looking at these courses in
community colleges, you will need to make
sure that their courses will actually
transfer to the university or nursing program
of your choice. Because, I've learned this,
not all courses they will, they won't all
transfer. You can actually do this by going
through the registrar's office at the school
that you ultimately want to attend and just
kind of going backwards.
You type in the information where you are
going to school and it'll tell you, hey, this
is an equivalency there, or they will
evaluate it on a case-based situation.
Some nursing programs will list the
universities that they partner with, and then
they will give the approved classes and what
will actually transfer on their website.
And you can type in the class that you're
looking for, and it will tell you like
literally this qualifies or we'll look into
it for you.
Now, once we have all our list of what all of
our prerequisites are,
let's look at some examples of what the
typical pre-reqs are that you
can expect to encounter.