A/P and Microbiology w/wo labs

  1. Hello:

    For those of you attending or who have attended Excelsior, can you tell me what you think is the best way of handling the A/P & Microbiology requirements? My specific question is, do you think studying on my own and taking Excelsior's tests for A/P & Micro are good enough or should I take those classes with labs included at a campus? Would I be missing anything or jeopardizing my RN job choices by not having labs?
    Also, in another forum someone suggested that I take A/P through Colorado Tech online with labs? Do you have any info about that or other online schools that offer labs?
    I've basically made up my mind to attend Excelsior after obtaining my LPN this year (I graduate 03-2006), but this is one of my still lingering questions? THanks (Changed forums)
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   liljsmom02
    i would check with your school to see if labs are required. where i attend your a&p/micro have to be with labs and online labs are not excepted.
  4. by   det01
    I agree. Most schools do require labs. I know every school I have been to does, and people who took one w/o labs had to take the whole class over again and it put them behind a couple of semesters.
  5. by   RN34TX
    It won't matter if you plan to stop at the ADN level once you finish at EC.

    I took the traditional campus A&P and micro instead of the EC exams and I'm glad that I did now, because now I'm in a BSN program that requires lab along with lecture in all science classes.
    Had I taken the EC exams instead, I'd be sitting in a classroom, as an RN, taking A&P and micro with labs all over again.

    Just be sure that your choices today aren't going to limit what you may want to do tomorrow.
  6. by   Drysolong
    Quote from RN34TX
    It won't matter if you plan to stop at the ADN level once you finish at EC.

    I took the traditional campus A&P and micro instead of the EC exams and I'm glad that I did now, because now I'm in a BSN program that requires lab along with lecture in all science classes.
    Had I taken the EC exams instead, I'd be sitting in a classroom, as an RN, taking A&P and micro with labs all over again.

    Just be sure that your choices today aren't going to limit what you may want to do tomorrow.
    Thank you. I do plan to go on to BSN and I know of at least two colleges in my area where I can take A&P I & II plus Microbiology in 3 quarters. However, I was planning to get my Bachelors and possibly Masters through Excelsior or University of Phoenix - online.

    I am leaning toward taking the classes with labs. Your wise advice is pushing me further toward that choice.
  7. by   casi
    First find out what your school requires.

    I personally would push you towards taking a class with a hands on lab, but then again I am biased. I haven't had to take a science course online before and don't know what it's like.

    I would definately take into consideration time contraints. I'm sure theres a reason your not a tradition student. Whether it be time, family, or personal preference. Would taking a lab fit into your everyday life schedule? Could you make time for it?

    What kind of learner are you? Do you learn well by just looking in a book? I am personally a bit if a visual learner. I learn better when I have something sitting in front of me. Disections helpped me wonderfully. I would have never quite understood the eyeball if I weren't able to have one sitting in front of me that I could cut apart. The teacher I had in labs was also wonderful about showing us pictures/movies from disections and autopsys so we could see real material we were studying, instead of just something in a book. Personally, this helpped me a lot. I also liked how labs are laid back, and they are a perfect time to ask questions and get one on one answers.

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