A & P 2 first then A & P 1?

  1. My friend is currently doing her prerequisites and hasn't taken the sciences yet. She wanted to know if it was ok to take AP 2 before AP 1, or take AP 1 first. I myself have taken them, and know the difference, anatomy then physiology. But couldn't answer that one for her because I didn't take it in the order she wants to take. Basically she wants to know, for people who have done the second first, if it was easier since she isn't that great in science. Whats any advantages of taking AP 2 before AP 1, and how would taking 2 first apply to taking 1 after she is done. Also she will be taking this online. Hope anyone can answer that for her, Thanks
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Achoo!
    Well, in our class, I consisted of the chemistry portion, understanding the basic principles of the cell biology etc.. it would be hard to understand the full picture without learning the basics first. I don't know how other classes are run though.
  4. by   Cherish
    Some states there is no order, as in prerequisites to the AP classes, and some online classes are like that also. For example, in my college there WAS a prereq. to AP1, it was General Bio, then you took AP1 then AP2, there was a prereq for microbio to which was bio, and nutrition you had to have taken AP1 before even being allowed to take that class. But with the school she is in there is no prereq. for AP1 or AP2 you can take them in any order you like. I think there courses are not combined as in don't really relate that much to the other. We both were in the same Honors AP course in Highschool. That Honors AP course in Highschool was a year long (11th grade). We both took Honors chemistry and Honors biochemistry too, but that was like 5 yrs ago! LOL, so she doesn't remember anything! I felt like that too when I took my course but once I was going thru it I was like oh yea I remember that. Honestly I used my Honors AP Highschool textbook cause it was easier reading compared to the college one.

    She basically wanted to know if it was ok to do that. The college says its fine but she's new to the college so she hasn't talked to any former students who have taken the course. I know personally when I took AP 2 after AP1 I felt it was easier because there was less memorizing since it was just the physiology. Wondering if there was ANY people out there that took AP 2 first instead of AP1.






    Quote from Achoo!
    Well, in our class, I consisted of the chemistry portion, understanding the basic principles of the cell biology etc.. it would be hard to understand the full picture without learning the basics first. I don't know how other classes are run though.
  5. by   klone
    At our school, A&P I and II are two completely discrete classes, and one does not build upon the other, so they can be taken out of order. Several students did that and did not have any problems.

    Sure, there are a couple fundamental principles that are covered in A&P I (tissue types, homeostasis, etc.) that is helpful to know in A&PII, but because that information is also covered in basic human biology, you should already have that fundamental knowledge.
  6. by   Montessori Mommy
    There are several students in my A&P I class taking it with A&P II! Sounds overwhelming to me.....

    Beth
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Some schools have A&P1 as the prereq for A&P2. So, it really depends on the school.
  8. by   grinnurse
    I would think it would all depend on what type of school she is attending. The Junior College where I did mine, you had to take API and then APII. You could take microbiology only if you had completed a previous science course.
  9. by   LeashRN
    Boy, what kind of freak programs are you guys in?

    In the case of my, my aunt's, my sister-in-law's, and 2 cousin's programs (and no not the same school, in fact, each of us attends different colleges spread throughout 3 states) we all had to take A & P 1, then A & P 2 and then Micro all pre-recs for each of the former.

    If the program allows for it then, yes, it must be acceptable, though I would question the continuity of the program and therefore the quality.

    Later, Leash
  10. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from Leash
    Boy, what kind of freak programs are you guys in?

    In the case of my, my aunt's, my sister-in-law's, and 2 cousin's programs (and no not the same school, in fact, each of us attends different colleges spread throughout 3 states) we all had to take A & P 1, then A & P 2 and then Micro all pre-recs for each of the former.

    If the program allows for it then, yes, it must be acceptable, though I would question the continuity of the program and therefore the quality.

    Later, Leash
    Apparently you didn't read ALL of the comments. :chuckle
  11. by   klone
    Quote from Leash
    Boy, what kind of freak programs are you guys in?....If the program allows for it then, yes, it must be acceptable, though I would question the continuity of the program and therefore the quality.

    Later, Leash
    :stone

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