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Nursing Classes

Nursing education that is required to obtain a nursing license is geared to teach the nurse to prevent diseases, promote health, collaborate with the health care team members, and to assist patients to cope with illness.

Required Nursing Classes

To be accepted in a nursing program a student must have taken chemistry, biology and algebra in high school or have taken the courses before entering the nursing program.


Nursing classes are very similar in online and university programs. They usually include:
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Communication
  • Nursing Skills and Foundation
  • Concepts of Adult Nursing
  • Nursing Clinical Courses

Importance of Nursing Theory

The body of knowledge used to define or explain the various aspects of the nursing profession is referred to as nursing theory. This theory is actually a group of related concepts to guide nursing practice by proposing specific actions. Nursing theory includes; a set of concepts, relationships, definitions, and assumptions that have been derived from various nursing models, which dictate patient care.

The evolution of the nursing profession has moved from dependence on medical direction and providing basic patient care into an independent nursing practice modality. Nursing theory has been developed through the years, thanks to a large number of nursing theorists who have contributed to the practice of nursing.

No one theory fits each unique situation or area of practice. One good example is Erickson's Stages of Development, which addresses the progression of an individual's life stages from birth to death. The theorists have basically given the nurse a huge body of knowledge in order to provide better care for their patients.

Study Tips for Nursing Students

Several of the required nursing courses are difficult, and developing a program of study that meets the needs of the student can be very helpful. One obvious tip is to eat healthy, get plenty of rest and exercise.

Some basic study habits that may be helpful include:
  1. Be organized. Find a method of study that works for you and use that method consistently. Many students find it helpful to read assigned materials shortly before they are covered in class. Then, review the material within a day after the class, as scientific studies have shown this method to be helpful in retaining information.
  2. Try using a large calendar that lists all the exam dates and written assignment due dates. This large calendar will let you see how much free time is available and how much study time you might need at a glance.
  3. Choose a place to study that works well for you, as this might be your bedroom, or the library. Other people find study groups to be beneficial.
  4. Taking good notes during lectures is always beneficial. Most people retain what they write very well. Many students make flashcards.
  5. The bottom line is finding what works the best for you and sticking with it.

Passing the NCLEX

Once a student has graduated from nursing school, they must pass the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to receive a nursing license. Schools are very helpful in preparing students to pass this test as it is in their best interest also.

Obviously, the better you do academically while in college the more prepared you will be for this test. There are also prep tests, such as the Mosby Assess Test, which you can take while you are still in school. The benefit of taking a prep test is to learn your strengths and weaknesses, so you will know what area to focus your study.

NCSBN's NCLEX online review class is an excellent way to study over 1300 practice NCLEX-style type questions. This online review has 2000+ questions, along with interactive NCLEX online review exercises. Scheduling the exam as soon as possible is wise while all the nursing concepts are fresh in your mind.

If you should fail this test you will receive a Candidate Performance Report (CPR), which shows the area of your strengths and weaknesses. It may be retaken from 45 to 90 days, which is determined by each state's board of nursing.

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