B.s. Biology Wants Nursing Degree ?
Q: I was wondering if anyone had any experience in using their B.S. degree
in Biology to become a nurse? I got my B.S. in 1988 and have been
working in various biology fields as well as teaching high school. I
would now like to look into a nursing program but don't have the time
to start from scratch.
Does anyone have any advice on what I could do and/or suggest any
A:I would be genuinely surprised that ORGANIC chemistry is required, as opposed to inorganic/freshman/general chemistry. Organich chemistry is used to weed folks out who want to go to med school, and I didn't recall seeing many nursing students in my course. And, as others have stated, seek out a "Nursing as a Second Degree" oriented program. More likely to fit your current situation than a generic program. Think you will find many four year programs are moving towards requiring both general and organic chemistry classes. However think you will also find the "organic" chem. courses for the nursing students is probably not the same as say that for those taking pre-med. If one is fresh out of high school it is highly likely one took enough chem. courses to place out of general chemistry Yep. That's how it worked for me. The only two pre-requisites I had to take were a human anatomy class (for some reason they didn't like either my Comparative Vertabrate Anatomy or Plant Anatomy classes) and "Introduction to Psychology." I had plenty of educational psychology classes (I had a teaching license before I went into nursing), but none of them said *INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY* so they weren't good enough. I CLEP'ed that one for $30 instead of taking the class. Gotta love those bureaucrats -- although they did cut me some slack by accepting my semester of student teaching in lieu of the "Public Speaking" pre-requisite. I have a BA in music and I'm currently in the second bachelor's degree nursing program at UNC-Chapel Hill. I have several friends in my program with biology degrees whose very old science classes were accepted as pre-requisites for this program. It's a 2-year program and you earn a BSN. They also have a 14-month BSN program, but those people don't sleep or eat. I don't recommend it unless you're some kinda jeeenyus. Two semesters in, I can tell you for certain that the 2-year program is pretty challenging. The pre-reqs for this program include the following university courses; at UNC they'll accept them even if you completed the courses many years ago: Anthropology, psychology, biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and statistics.