If I already took Biology and Chemistry what other class could I take in highschool to help me become a Registered Nurse
Im a #highschool student wanting to become a Registered Nurse I'm done with my two required #classes and I would like to know what other class I could take to help me achieve my goal of becoming a #registered-nurse #nursing #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care
Bo Iglehart, RN, BSN, CCM
Congratulations on reaching out for advice! You are off to a great start for preparing for an exciting and challenging career. I have been an RN for 32 years and love making a difference in people's lives.
Make sure you are on the college track at your high school. Take AP/Honors courses whenever available. In addition to Biology and Chemistry, one needs to have a solid background in Math especially Algebra and decimals. Anatomy and Physiology is a core course for nursing, so if available at your school you definitely want to take it. An alternative would be Zoology. A nurse needs to be able to communicate well both written and orally. Take composition courses and Speech. You will also want to study "soft sciences" such as Psychology and Sociology. Be sure to take some Computer Science courses as you will be expected to have at least intermediate skill level.
Additionally, I would recommend taking First Aid and CPR courses in the community.
Most high school now require Volunteering, so look for opportunities in hospitals, clinics and /or nursing homes.
Work hard to keep your grades up. Nursing school is very competitive as there are not enough programs to meet the demand for nurses. Thank you for allowing me to answer this question and Good Luck in your pursuit of a fulfilling career.
Bo recommends the following next steps:
To get off to a good foundation in high school for a successful nursing career you can take the following classes in high school to give you a better start in college: •English: 4 years •Math: 3-4 years (including algebra and geometry) •Science: 2-4 years (including biology and chemistry; physics and computer science are recommended) •Social Studies: 3-4 years •Foreign Language: 2 years (recommended, but not required)
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There are several classes that will be helpful. First, if your school offers human biology or an anatomy and physiology class, I would get in them as soon as possible. Health and nutrition courses are also helpful. The classes we tend to forget about are psychology and sociology.
If you have a chance, I would also recommend classes that focus on other cultures or religions. While these classes may not help you in nursing school, understanding other cultures helps in providing care to your future patients.
Good luck and study hard! I hope this helps!