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Ken..I am concerned about the curriculum at the school that I am currently attending. First of all, when I was accepted, I was under the impression that I would have to retake Anatomy I due to my completion of this class 20 yrs ago. But when I went to register, they told me I wouldn't have to take it over. Now I learn that it will be included on the ATI test, including what I have half-way learned in AP II. I say half way because I feel that this class is too dumb-down with minimal lab work. Their lab consists of microscopes and slides, period. I am also concerned that they do not require us to have even high school chemistry, which I don't have. They say it isn't necessary but I have a feeling that the only reason they don't require it is that they don't have the facilities to teach it. So I guess my question is this: Should I be concerned about their lack of a requirement for not just chemistry, but also a poorly taught AP class, and having no algebra classes in my history? Something else they didn't require.

This is a Regionally accredited private 4yr. hospital program. Thank you

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Jen:

You just want to be sure that your nursing program is accredited so you can sit for the RN boards. If they take your transfer credits and they are accredited, then all is good. Just make sure you refresh yourself on the course materials when studying for the boards. Here is some info and a couple links to run your school through to see if its accredited.

http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm

http://www.allnursingschools.com/nursing-careers/article/nursing-school-accredit

Good Luck!

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I can answer questions regarding all aspects of Nursing as a career in general. If you need help deciding if nursing is a career for you, then let me help you with your decision. As an added bonus, I can answer your questions from the perspective of being a man in nursing who has a wife that is also a nurse. Men is nursing is more accepted today than it was when I began in 1993. Regardless of your gender, Nursing has so much to offer and is among the most respected professions of our time. I have been a registered nurse since 1993 and have been certified in Critical Care nursing since 1996. I am currently a full-time Critical Care Ground Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN). I am working per diem as a night Shift Administrator/Nursing Supervisor.

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My experience over the years since 1993 have been spent between the Emergency Room and the Critical Care Units. More recently since 2007 I have been working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a Critical Care Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN)/Emergency Medical Technician(EMT). This unit is known as the Specialty Care Transport Unit(SCTU). I transport all age populations with critical medical problems from Hospital A to Hospital B in the back of an ambulance. My job is to make sure this patient remains in the same or better condition and to handle any emergency that may arise during the over the road transport. BLS/ACLS/PALS/NRP/ITLS Certified Provider.

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American Association of Critical Care Nurses Honor Society of Nursing, Upsilon Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

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BSN,Nursing/Pursuing MSN in Nursing Administration Critical Care Registered Nurse(CCRN)/ Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN)/ Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/ AAS Business Management

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American Ambulance Association-2009 Star of Life Recipient

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