yes, you will pass nursing school with the modest amount of knowledge that you remember from your a&p class. take it from someone who has been an rn for a long time and a student for many, many years. . .don't thrown your anatomy and physiology textbook(s) away. you will need them for reference and review. no one expects you to have remembered everything from your a&p class unless you are some kind of genius
which i am assuming you are not. however, instructors at every college i've ever attended do expect
you to recognize subjects and to go back to your old textbooks and notes and refresh your memory about them if you have gaps. ever been in an instructor's office? did you see all those books they have? they are not there for decoration. they are there for the instructor's reference because no one can remember everything they read.
the same holds true if you had a class in pathophysiology (some schools call this class "disease process"). if you didn't have to take this class, then it is logical to assume that the pathophysiology is going to be included and given to you as part of the nursing curriculum of study. it was in my original nursing program
. when we studied diabetes, for example, we were lectured over what went wrong in the pancreas (this is the pathophysiology) to cause the diabetes to occur. we were told to review the normal anatomy and physiology of the pancreas if we didn't remember all of it. those who were lazy and didn't, never got a good understanding of it.
in nursing school you will be shown how the normal anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology, and the doctor's plan of treatment and tests all merge together with the nursing interventions you will learn work together to help the patient. this is part of the critical thinking component of nursing that you will hear students talk about on the forums. i would be very careful of believing any student who tries to get you to believe that any pre-requisite classes you are required to take are not going to be of any use to you as a nursing student. these people, obviously, haven't learned how to think and process information which is what you are going to be expected to start knowing how to do by the time you graduate from nursing school. as you go into practice as a graduate nurse you start to develop and hone that skill. one of the most valuable lessons you learn in school is where to find information when you need it