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One of the biggest deterrents we see with potential nursing students is the requirements for math and science.

These are often classes which require a different type of studying and learning process and can seem very intimidating.

But as Tim Notke said,

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”.

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Do I Have to Be Good at Math and Science?

Here’s my video on if you have to be good at science or math to be a nurse. If you don’t like the video or need more information keep reading below. You can go here to find and apply to nursing programs.

No, you do not have to be “good” at math and science to get into nursing school (and finish). You simply have to have a desire to succeed and a strong work ethic. With those two things, you can do anything (including getting into nursing school!)

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How Can I Get Through Math and Science?

Math and science are generally required during your prereqs.

They are critical to the nursing profession because they give you a broader understanding of:

  • The human body and mind, and how they work
  • What happens when things go wrong
  • How they can be fixed with both modern and holistic medicines and therapies.

But getting through the classes can still be hard, and we are here to help with some tips on making it through them and what to expect.

Statistics and the Birth of Modern Nursing

Florence Nightingale, who infamously saved thousands of lives during the Crimean War, was able to do so with the help of statistics.

She realized that sanitary conditions in the barracks were poor, and were causing more death to soldiers than the actual war itself.

It is her work as a statistician that saved so many lives and is a major reason that statistics is a required course in many nursing programs.

Science and You: Why it Matters and How to Make it Through

While the math requirements aren’t heavy for nursing, science is. And it’s critical for you to understand how the human body works, both to understand nursing concepts and to do excellent work in your future career as a nurse.

However, studying for science requires some tweaking to normal memorization techniques.

While many classes allow for straight memorization, science is not the case. Here’s how to get through it, from one science shy student to another.

1. Picmonic

There isn’t enough that could be said about picmonic. Nursing students use this during their prerequisites, all the way through their pharmacology classes, and more.

Designed specifically for nursing students, this tool uses pictures and stories to help you remember various processes within the body.

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2. Study Groups

Talking through processes and concepts is a great way to help remember them.

Forming study groups allows for you to get questions answered, find the external motivation to continue studying, and can even help you build an emotional support group (because, frankly, you might need it during some higher-level courses!)

Don’t try to go it alone, find your tribe and study on!

3. Whiteboards

Whiteboards will be your best friend. They allow you to rewrite information over and over again without creating a mess of papers, exploding pens, and broken pencil tips.

Try drawing out concepts instead of writing them if that works best for you, or mix and match a combination of different study techniques.

Regardless, invest in a good size whiteboard (on Amazon) because some of them (looking at you, cellular respiration) can take up a ton of space.

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Final Thoughts

Math and science may not be the easiest subject for most people, but it’s doable. Hang in there, ask questions, form groups, and study, study, study.

You can make it through!

If you’re still deciding on a nursing program. You can search for nursing programs in your area here.

Have you made it through math and science for your nursing prereqs? How’d it go?

Let us know in the comments!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be a nurse if I’m bad at math?

It’s possible to become a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical or vocational nurse (LPN and LVN) even if you’re not very good at math.

Can I be a nurse if I’m bad at science?

It’s possible to become a nurse even if you’re not very good at science.

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