Differences in A and P

  1. I know this is going to sound like a really stupid question, but I have to ask SOMEONE, and I think you guys would be the perfect place at this point. My first summer class is A and P. The school I'm attending breaks the course into two classes, each with a lab. According to the course description, A and P I consists of histological, embryological and anatomical relationships. A and P II covers the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems.
    I have not been in school in 15 years (groan), and I'm just not sure what to expect. Although the admissions letters get sent out early, we cannot register until the day before the actual class starts... therefore, no chance to buy the book and start reading early. Like most new students, I'm anxious to get started on fulfilling my goals, and I would like to have as much information as possible under my belt before even walking in the class.
    I have no idea of what I should be looking at right now in order to prepare. Any advice or suggestions, anyone? Thanks. Mickie
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  3. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from ARmickie
    I know this is going to sound like a really stupid question, but I have to ask SOMEONE, and I think you guys would be the perfect place at this point. My first summer class is A and P. The school I'm attending breaks the course into two classes, each with a lab. According to the course description, A and P I consists of histological, embryological and anatomical relationships. A and P II covers the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems.
    I have not been in school in 15 years (groan), and I'm just not sure what to expect. Although the admissions letters get sent out early, we cannot register until the day before the actual class starts... therefore, no chance to buy the book and start reading early. Like most new students, I'm anxious to get started on fulfilling my goals, and I would like to have as much information as possible under my belt before even walking in the class.
    I have no idea of what I should be looking at right now in order to prepare. Any advice or suggestions, anyone? Thanks. Mickie
    Can't you buy the book before you register? I think that would be a good idea. Good luck and take one day at a time! Oh! And that was not a stupid question at all!
  4. by   ARmickie
    Quote from JENRN2BMICHIGAN
    Can't you buy the book before you register? I think that would be a good idea. Good luck and take one day at a time! Oh! And that was not a stupid question at all!
    Unfortunately, no I can't buy the book before. The only way I know what the class entails is from the college catalog that describes the class. It gives no information about what books will be required. Even when I looked online at the bookstore the college suggests, there were several books that *may* fit the class, each over 100.00. (Not the kinda money I want to spend on something that may not even be the right book.) Thanks for replying to me, though.
  5. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from ARmickie
    Unfortunately, no I can't buy the book before. The only way I know what the class entails is from the college catalog that describes the class. It gives no information about what books will be required. Even when I looked online at the bookstore the college suggests, there were several books that *may* fit the class, each over 100.00. (Not the kinda money I want to spend on something that may not even be the right book.) Thanks for replying to me, though.
    http://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html Human Anatomy Online

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/

    http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu/class/bio201/ This website has some tutorials

    http://biology.about.com/cs/anatomyphysiology/

    http://www.innerbody.com/
  6. by   Achoo!
    A&P1 focuses on the structures and tissues. You learn the bones and muscles, spinal cord, brain, nerves, eyes and ears. You learn the chemical level of organization, cellular, plus the integumentary, bone, muscle and nervous systems thoroughly for the Physiology part of it. A&P II is a continuation that focuses more on the different systems, i.e. cardiovasular, endocrine, urinary, respiratory etc.. don't know if I helped or not LOL.

    You could look online to go over basic anatomy concepts, directional terms and such.
    This is a good site..

    http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/esp/2002_...sp/default.htm
  7. by   RedSox33RN
    There are some good books on A&P at the library also. I just took one out for a paper on knee anatomy I'm doing.
  8. by   ARmickie
    Quote from Achoo!
    A&P1 focuses on the structures and tissues. You learn the bones and muscles, spinal cord, brain, nerves, eyes and ears. You learn the chemical level of organization, cellular, plus the integumentary, bone, muscle and nervous systems thoroughly for the Physiology part of it. A&P II is a continuation that focuses more on the different systems, i.e. cardiovasular, endocrine, urinary, respiratory etc.. don't know if I helped or not LOL.

    You could look online to go over basic anatomy concepts, directional terms and such.
    This is a good site..

    http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/esp/2002_...sp/default.htm
    Just wanted to say thanks... went to this site this morning to check it out real quick before I started on laundry... lol.. needless to say, it's almost three hours later and I'm having to pry myself away from the computer between loads in order to get the housework done! The website is great... almost as good as this one.. this is the first *and last* place I go to online every day!

    Mickie
  9. by   LauraF, RN
    Mickie- A&P is the ground work for nursing. In my A&P class they taught us what the different tissues look like on a cellular level. You learn the parts of a cell. You learn how the cells multiply and how they get their nutrition and in general their lives. Then keeping in mind that each organ is many cells forming the organ. It just gradually builds on itself. Also ours taught direction planes. Distal, proximal, lateral, ventral...I remember that part caused many students problems. Keep up with the assignments and don't skimp on the reading. You should do fine. I think it's prentice hall that has a quiz pack online, that goes along with their book. Good luck!
  10. by   ARmickie
    Quote from RN2BLPN4NOW
    Mickie- A&P is the ground work for nursing. In my A&P class they taught us what the different tissues look like on a cellular level. You learn the parts of a cell. You learn how the cells multiply and how they get their nutrition and in general their lives. Then keeping in mind that each organ is many cells forming the organ. It just gradually builds on itself. Also ours taught direction planes. Distal, proximal, lateral, ventral...I remember that part caused many students problems. Keep up with the assignments and don't skimp on the reading. You should do fine. I think it's prentice hall that has a quiz pack online, that goes along with their book. Good luck!
    I am having such a good time looking at, taking notes on, and studying anything I can find! I have literally filled several notebooks with notes I've taken on this subject. I'm hoping that I'll basically learn enough on my own that nothing (or at least, very little) will jump up and surprise me once I get into the actual class setting. I feel that since I'm asking my family to sacrifice for me to go to school, the least I can do in return is my best, not only for me, but for them as well. All the sites might seem a bit overwhelming, but I'm taking them one at a time... and having a blast! Thanks so much.
  11. by   LauraF, RN
    I wish you lots of luck. At my school I'm having to take A& P for a second time because it is so old. This school has Anatomy as one class and Physiology as another class. I went through anatomy last semester and now working phys. My kids are ready for Mom to be done with school. But they are also understanding when Mom needs to study. Enjoy!
  12. by   kbella1218
    Good Luck. Be sure to get a good instructor, b/c that makes ALL the difference. I enjoyed my A&P class. I'm taking part II now. My instructor is great. GOOOOD LUCKKK
  13. by   dramaluvr
    I have no idea of what I should be looking at right now in order to prepare. Any advice or suggestions, anyone? Thanks. Mickie[/QUOTE]
    I would say since you don't know what book you need just go to ebay and find a current A&P book used. The information is all the same as it is the human body you are learning about.
  14. by   Achoo!
    Quote from ARmickie
    Just wanted to say thanks... went to this site this morning to check it out real quick before I started on laundry... lol.. needless to say, it's almost three hours later and I'm having to pry myself away from the computer between loads in order to get the housework done! The website is great... almost as good as this one.. this is the first *and last* place I go to online every day!

    Mickie

    You're welcome! Glad you are having fun! That site has helped me alot for the lab portion

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