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what are some helpful pre-courses for nursing?

high school classes, extra college classes

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Nikki’s Answer

As far as directly applicable courses, the by far easiest class is to get CPR certified!

Consider taking classes to become a CNA (certified nurse assistant) or EMT (emergency medical technician) to get hands on experience with patients.

Any classes on effective communication, professionalism and teamwork are really helpful since you spend so much time talking to patient and the multitude of people that make up their care teams as a nurse.

Any dual enrollment, AP or IB classes are helpful to cut down on the required general education hours you need in college.

Take time to take an occasion fun class like photography, exercise or whatever you enjoy. Nursing school is difficult and VERY focused. You may not have the time to take that fun class while you're in the thick of nursing school. Taking the time to find something you enjoy to help mitigate the stress school will bring is also really important.

Lastly, I always recommend financial literacy classes no matter what your goals are. Everyone can benefit from learning to manage their money!
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Jeff’s Answer

Hi Margaret,

Most college courses / education for a career in nursing have a deep emphasis in the sciences to complete their respective programs. Whether you're pursuing an LPN or a BSN, it would be mindful to focus on common pre requisites that mostly come from Biology, Chemistry, BioChem, and Health Sciences.

Because most High School classes are very streamlined and standardized, I'd recommend taking the IB/AP versions of Biology and/or Chem where possible, and college courses if possible at your high school.
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Julien’s Answer

Hi Margaret,

You can transfer most of your courses to a university, which will expedite your journey towards earning your degree. As a high school student, I suggest you consider enrolling in a course during the summer and winter breaks. However, keep in mind that these courses are typically more intensive, as they are condensed into four weeks. Therefore, it's crucial to stay diligent and focused.

When it comes to Nursing, the prerequisites for entering a program can vary, but common requirements include Human Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Statistics, Public Speaking, Sociology/Anthropology, Psychology, and a few more. I advise starting with the humanities courses, as science-based courses often have an expiration date after a certain amount of years I.e. 4 years, and it would be more advantageous to take them later when your applying to programs.

In addition, volunteering in a healthcare setting can provide valuable experience and networking opportunities. You can connect with practicing nurses who can guide you through your journey, as they have already navigated the process.

Below is a list of prerequisite courses from Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s Associate Degree Nursing program. Remember, requirements can differ between programs, so it's important to consult with your high school to devise a plan that will set you up for success.

BIOL 2260/2261 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (4 credits)*
BIOL 2262/2263 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4 credits)*
BIOL 2267/2268 Medical Microbiology and Lab (4 credits)*
ENGL 1101 College Writing
PSYC 2222 Lifespan Development
CHEM 1100 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry
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Godfrey’s Answer

Some of the good start up courses for nursing are.
CNA: certified nurse assistant
MA :Medical assistant
These among others can prepare one for a good exposure to persue a nursing career in future
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