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A nursing career has been an increasing career choice to many. However, an RN (Registered Nurse) needs to attend a nursing school and pass or graduate from at least one accredited nursing program. These courses can be competitive and a specific set of prerequisites is usually required. These prerequisites vary depending on the school. Here are some of them:

  1. Prior Healthcare Experience – There are some schools with selective admission processes. They may prioritize the applicants with a prior healthcare experience so it would be beneficial for you to be employed in a healthcare setting or get some volunteer work first before applying for RN training. Some nursing schools may even require recommendation letters in your application package as well. Therefore, it would be especially helpful if you have letters from healthcare supervisors.
  2. Current Health Records – The nursing school would most likely require a negative result on a screening test of tuberculosis as well as current vaccinations.
  3. Social Science Courses – Some courses require group communication training, multicultural awareness, and developmental psychology courses.
  4. Chemistry Courses – Most programs require applicants to pass certain courses in general chemistry, and a few may even require organic chemistry.
  5. Biology Courses – Expect a few classes in biological science. You may take microbiology, physiology and human anatomy, cell biology, or all of these.
  6. Math Proficiency – Nurses also perform math calculations such as medication dosages. As such, most nursing schools are requiring applicants to pass math proficiency tests. Some may even require algebra or other types of mathematics courses.
  7. English Composition – Most RN schools also require their applicants to take English or public speaking courses in order to improve their skills in communication.

So remember that to become an RN, you need to graduate from high school first as a requirement. Then, you can choose to earn an Associate’s Degree before moving to a bachelor’s degree. These courses require clinical experience, classroom time, and medical knowledge all combined. You can become a licensed nurse once you pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Some nurses even pursue their studies until a Master’s Degree program if they want to be a clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist or nurse-midwife.

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