Bio: A&P I - page 3

I am wondering, for all of those who have taken A&P I, who has taken it online and who took it in the classroom? And what were the pros and cons of both?? I am trying to decide which route to go... Read More

  1. by   KattB
    to everyone who has responded...still not sure what I am going to do yet. The professor who teaches this online class says, the only difference is having to attend class, vs not. That everything is taught the same way and there is a required orientation and a couple of labs that you have to attend in person. So I guess we'll see...
  2. by   KBnursestudent
    Quote from Achoo!
    I'm taking A&P I now. It takes me about 3 hours per chapter to write down the vocabulary, then the hours of review. The lab portion doesn't take me as long since I do alot of reviewing in class. I'd say about 8 hours a week and I am getting a solid A. I have to say it would be terribly difficult without lecture though. Having things put in laymans helps ALOT.
    Our instructor gives us a set of guidelines we have to complete every week. It contains about 16-20+ questions and each of the questions has about 5 different parts to it. It literally takes all week doing these guidelines as well as all the lab homework and the outlines to complete. Then the vocab ntop of it all. I study online with a friend who is in my class and we spend online 5 hrs a night 6 days a week doing the guidelines and throwing questions at each other taht we feel may be on the exam.
  3. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from KattB
    to everyone who has responded...still not sure what I am going to do yet. The professor who teaches this online class says, the only difference is having to attend class, vs not. That everything is taught the same way and there is a required orientation and a couple of labs that you have to attend in person. So I guess we'll see...
    I take it there must not be any fetal pig dissections or anything like that, then? (not being sarcastic...just curious)
  4. by   KattB
    There are 2 4 hour lab sessions, one laboratory session will include a study of the Chemistry, cell membrane mechanics and a rat dissection; the other lab includes nervous testing, sheep brain dissection and cow eye dissection.
  5. by   lilbiskit78
    Hi everyone! To the original OP, I would recommend taking A&P in the class and not online if you can swing it....seems a lot easier to have contact with your teacher without having to wait for emails, ect. Plus, like previous posters said, you can hook up with other people in the class and quiz each other and it really seems to help. A&P is a tough course any way you go....I took my A&Ps backwards, II then I, so it was really confusing as heck for me the first semester. Then A&PI was so easy for me! Anyway, A&P is hard I think no matter where you take it....reading from previous posts, I definately did NOT study 80 hours a week (is that possible) b/c I took 3 other classes and worked at the time and yes I made all A's......and I would definately not say our school is easy, we have a 100% NCLEX pass rate for past 2 years!! Back to the original subject, do what ever you feel you need to do so you can succeed! Good luck!!

    Lil
  6. by   Sheri257
    Quote from KBnursestudent
    well I do have to say that a lot of people flunked out the Human Bio class I took as well. It was not easy for many students. I just found it easy. we did cover everything from A&P stuff to micro but it sure was not at all as in depth as A&P I and II are. All the extra depth taht our school goes inot for A&P I and II makes it a lot of work and study time to learn all you need to learn. Our school also have a passing rate for the NCLEX of 85%. That is one of the highest in the country. We have a tough program. Maybe your program will not be as tough so you will not have to put in as much study time.
    Actually, 85 percent is the average NCLEX pass rate nationwide, and the average in my state. And 87 percent is about the average for my program as well, although they sometimes occassionally do better than that in some years.

    I don't know what this has to do with how "tough" my program is. But I assume my program is just as tough as any other since about a third of the freshman class is failing, and they just raised the minimum course pass rate. And, they have to follow the same cirruculum as any other school in the state.

    All I'm saying is that I personally didn't find A & P or Micro to be any tougher than Human Bio. Sure, there was more material in the advanced courses, but they all were tough and took about the same amount of study time which, obviously, is a lot.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 13, '04
  7. by   Cherish
    Ditto! In my state 85% NCLEX is what all colleges MUST have. Lower then that and they no longer get certified by the state BON. So you might want to recheck your college's and states passing rate. My school on average has about an 88% sometimes higher or lower per year (depends on the student and if they change curriculums, etc.)
  8. by   klone
    I just looked on our state nursing board website, and last year the national average was 87%. My state average is 90%, and my school is 94%
  9. by   mona b RN
    Quote from lizz
    Not true at my school. Human Bio was very tough, just as tough as A and P. Many people flunked out of it. This Human Bio course was designed to cover much of the same material to help prepare you for the other courses (and, quite frankly, to help the school weed out people who aren't cut out for nursing.) It even helped me with Micro, since it covered some of that material too.

    So, I think it also depends upon the individual school and how they design the course work.

    I thought human bio was tough. I am in A&P I now and I am almost afraid to say it because I may jinx myself, but so far this course has been easier than human bio. Go figure.


    mona
  10. by   manna
    I wouldn't suggest that anybody take science/lab-based courses online unless it's unavoidable.

    I've been taking Chem online this semester and it's been an absolute terror!

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