A & P I ???

  1. I just purchased my books for A&P and I would like to study but I am curious what is taught in the first part.

    If it helps any my my book is Human A&P 5th edition by Elaine N. Marieb and I have 4 others besides this one too, but I have a feeling this is the main book.
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  3. by   JudithL_in_NH
    I'm not sure how much this may vary from course to course, but we started out with cellular biology. We studied the structure and function of all the organelles in the cell, how cells divide (mitosis), and how they produce energy. We moved from an understanding of the cell, on to tissues, then on to organs and organ systems.

    Also early on we covered some basic info about how to describe and locate the different areas on the body (median vs. lateral, proximal vs. distal, etc), a *very* basic review of chemistry concepts, and a basic overview of the systems of the body (respiratory, endocrine, cardiovascular, etc).
  4. by   zannie
    I think it varies... each professor probably teaches it their own way. We started off with the muscular system....
  5. by   Nurse2bSandy
    You might go to your school's library where they probably have a file of old class syllabus'. There you could get an idea of how your instructor will teach your course. We started with the beginning of the book, then jumped around after about chap. 3.
  6. by   Gump
    We broke it down to Anatomy - "studying the parts"
    then Physiology - "studying how the parts worked"
  7. by   Momto2Boys
    Originally posted by Nurse2bSandy
    You might go to your school's library where they probably have a file of old class syllabus'. There you could get an idea of how your instructor will teach your course. We started with the beginning of the book, then jumped around after about chap. 3.

    I did that and they used an older book then so that really didn't help me too much. Also we have to take Bio/intro to chem as a pre-req here so we learned what Judith mentioned.

    Thanks for the responses and I will just read over some areas of the books and just wait and see.
  8. by   camkib
    We started out with a chemistry review and cellular bio.
  9. by   marilynmom
    Maybe just start working on the terms (dorsal, medial plane, superior, things like that) just one less thing to learn that is important in the overall study of A&P I think. Start looking over the bones and muscles since you will have to learn all that as well.

    Good luck, my Anatomy teacher just posted our grades today and I made an A and I loved the class!!

    Marilyn
  10. by   RNIAM
    marilynmom
    That is an excellent point. Get aqainted with the terminology it will help in the long run.
  11. by   JudithL_in_NH
    I have to agree with RN2be and MarilynMom . . .

    You will absolutely have to learn the bones and muscles. We did the skeletal system about 1/3 way through the class, and muscular right after. Any jump you can get at learning all those names and their locations would be a big advantage, and a little less stress during the course!
  12. by   PennyLane
    We started with histology and body planes/terms first, then moved onto the nervous system, special senses, endocrine, muscles, and bones. I may have missed one in there. We used the same book.

    Second semester we pretty much followed the chapters in order starting with the blood and heart up through reproduction and life span development.
  13. by   busybeaver
    Here's another vote to start on those bones and muscles!! Most book stores have a laminated sheet with pictures of the skeletal and muscles all labelled. I purchased it and left it on the coffee table so I could study it during comercial breaks. It doesn't sound like much, but when you add up all that time it really makes a difference. Better than channel surfing!!!
  14. by   Love-A-Nurse
    marilyn, great suggestion.

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