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Hi. I’m Stephanie and I’m a up and coming junior in high school. It’s getting to the time where I need start requesting courses I want to take next and I really don’t know that to choose. I want to become a labor and delivery nurse the later a nurse midwife. I’ve been trying to skim google to see if they suggested any courses to take and I’ve just hit a dead end so far. So far I have taken biology chemistry geometry algebra 2 English honors 1 &2. I don’t know in what direction to go from here and I’m hoping you guys could help me. Thank you

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Raquel’s Answer

Hi Stephanie, great job on planning ahead for getting ready for becoming a nurse! The classes you’ve taken will all help provide a good, solid base for you to build upon in college and nursing school. If you have any anatomy & physiology courses offered at your school I highly recommend that you take those, they are required courses that you will have to take in college to get into nursing school so creating a good baseline amount of knowledge in high school will help you to succeed in those in college. A&P is very important in nursing, you will have to do well in the class to get into school and it is also a big part of the nursing school entrance exam, so getting a heard start in high school will be very beneficial. I would also recommend an intro psychology course. If these are unavailable or you still need more classes, like Yasemin mentioned you could always take an AP biology.

Best of luck in becoming an L&D nurse!

Hi Raquel - Though I am not a nurse I do know you will need a lot of science courses. As a former HS teacher, I would recommend you take an AP Bio class and Chemistry. Also, you may want to consider taking a psychology course if your HS offers one. Here's a good read: https://www.theclassroom.com/classes-must-high-school-qualify-labor-delivery-nurse-15831.html Good Luck to you on your quest to fulfill your dream! Ann Marie Bette

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Suzanne’s Answer

Hello Stephanie,

This is Sue and I am a retired registered nurse (MSN) from California.
I recommend that you CAREFULLY read through the Rutgers School of Nursing admission requirements for a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. This is a premier University and they clearly articulate the courses you need to have completed in high school.

Here is their information: https://nursing.rutgers.edu/academics-admissions/bachelors/bs/admissions/

There is some carefully worded information in this document. They suggest that applicants have demonstrated extracurricular activity. I am hoping that you are involved in your community but it isn't too late to get a start. Volunteering would be a good first choice, but you can speak to their admissions counselors and get a good idea of what you need to do to demonstrate this competence.

I hope this is helpful. At this stage, go straight to the university or college information websites rather than seek general information here. As you want to become a nurse midwife, I suggest that you review which programs are available in your state. Don't be intimidated and don't give up! The field of nursing needs you badly!

Best to you!!
Sue, RN

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Karen’s Answer

Hi Stephanie, I applaud your forward-thinking and agree with the previous responses. One thing I also suggest since you know what job you want, is to do a job search for those positions in your area. When you look at those jobs you will see the minimum requirements which will list the education and experience needed for those jobs. Use those requirements as a guide to see what you will need to do.

Hope this helps and best of luck!

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Stephanie! Wow great job on the courses! I would recommend maybe AP courses as well; I think AP Biology really goes into more details about the human life, DNA, protein synthesis and enzymes. I think in nursing school or any science based field these concepts are crucial to understand! In addition if you can do anatomy and physiology I would also recommend it; knowing about organs and organ systems can be very helpful. Also in A&P you will be dissecting and this can definitely provide more insight in being able to be strong in terms of seeing blood for the healthcare field!
I wish you the best!
Hope this helps!

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Joshua’s Answer

Hi Stephanie,

Congratulations on pursuing a wonderful and rewarding career! In addition to what others are suggesting, my advice to you is to create a list of potential nursing schools you are interested in applying to. From my experience, each nursing school has different core requirements so it will help you navigate what courses to take in high school. The majority of nursing schools require that you take statistics, so if you want to get ahead I suggest you take AP statistics and transfer the credit (if you pass the AP test) to whatever college you decide to attend. Another course I tend to see as a prerequisite to nursing school is chemistry. AP chemistry is notoriously difficult, so only take the course if you're fully confident you can pass the AP exam for that subject.

I hope you find this information helpful, you'll be an amazing nurse one day!

- Josh

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Hailey’s Answer

Hi Stephanie!

It seems you have a great start on planning your future! The classes that you have already taken will provide a great foundation for your future nursing classes. I suggest taking an anatomy and physiology if your school offers it. I also suggest an AP psychology class as well (if offered). When I was in high school they had an option to take an allied health course that was very beneficial! This course offered an opportunity to get your CNA as well. In addition to classes that you may be able to take at school, I suggest researching for local volunteer opportunities. I did a CODE TEEN program in high school, which allowed me to volunteer at a local hospital and shadow and learn about different professions in healthcare. It seems like you are on the right track! Research local nursing programs as well to see that their requirements are. Keep up the good work! Good luck!

Hailey, RN