Where to Take Nursing School Prerequisite Classes?

If you just decided to change to the nursing major, perhaps you are wondering where you should take those courses.  Here is some good advice as to where you should take those nursing school prerequisites.

Current College With No Nursing Program

If you are sure you will not graduate in any major from your current college, you should definitely take those courses elsewhere since you will definitely be transferring somewhere else. A few nursing schools give a preference to those who have taken courses at their college. If you need to save money, you can complete them at a community college. However, the drawback to community colleges is that some of them have had severe budget problems due to lack of state funding, so it is very difficult for new students to get a seat in popular science courses such as chemistry and A&P.

Current College With Nursing Program

You can continue to take courses at your current college or university if you want to go into their nursing program. Depending on your school’s policies, it might be possible to take those courses elsewhere and transfer them in. For example, a student might take A&P at a community college and transfer that course in. However, some schools have restrictions on accepting transfer credits while matriculated at the home institution.

Many students who would like to stay at their current college or university have to realize that there is a chance that they will have to transfer somewhere else in order to pursue nursing. Because nursing is an impacted major at most colleges in the United States, there is no guarantee of getting accepted in the nursing program. For most people, being in the correct major is a lot more important than the name of the university that granted the diploma.

No Current College at This Time and Those Going for a  Second Bachelor’s in Nursing

Most people who are not in college due to graduation or other circumstances should probably take nursing prerequisite courses at the local community college.  It’s also possible to take courses as a non-matriculated student at some four year universities in programs that are called “Open University” or “University Extension.”  Those programs give seats to non-matriculated students after all regular students have had a chance to register.

Keep in mind that there doesn’t seem to be any preference with taking a nursing prerequisite at a four year university versus a two year community college. The only reason not to go to a community college is that they class is full, which unfortunately has become very common.

Taking a Nursing School Prerequisite Course at the Easiest School

A final consideration as to where to take nursing school prerequisite is the difficulty of the class at each school. If it is easier to get an “A” somewhere else, that might be something worth pursuing if you can actually get a seat in that class. As you know, getting into nursing school is very difficult nowadays with the prerequisite GPA being very important in admissions decisions. Because of that, an easier A&P class section might be something to shoot for.