How do you all like or what do you think about internet courses? A& P etc... - page 2

Hello, I was just curious to know how you all feel about internet courses. I am thinking about taking a internet course in A & P I and the only reason that I am doing that is because I had to... Read More

  1. by   christinemj
    I LOVE online classes!!!

    This fall semester I am taking 14 credits in total. Only 4 credits are on campus, the other 10 credits are on-line at 2 other universities! It's great!!! I have 3 small children at home and on-line classes allow me the opportunity to study on my own time, while caring for my kids. Having attended college previously I'm thrilled with the advent of online classes, because I was BORED OUT OF MY MIND listening to the voice of a montone professer going on and on about personal opinions and beliefs...often missing the REAL point of the lecture. I've taken science classes WTH LABS over the internet. Very cool!

    They are NOT "easier" than on-campus classes by any stretch of the imagination. You DO have to be very motivated to do well. However, for those that have the motivation.... and family/work obligations that prevent campus classes...on-line classes are definitely the way to go!!
  2. by   RNIAM
    one note: My online classes are semester based. So i do have a deadline for completion. I know some classes offer unlimited time to complete a course so make sure you know which one your getting.
  3. by   EMTPTORN
    in my area if you want, the only prereq yopu have to take in classroom is micro. I took nutrition, human growth, religion (humanity), english, sociology all distance learning either internet or traditional correspondence from local college. loved it all, but motivation to study was hard...got my only b's overall in two of these classes, really the two eaisiest ones, and i am sure it was attributed to lack of study on my part.

    a&p 1 and 2 are both offered via internet, the only time you go in is for lab tests and final.....have known many people to take these classes, and realistically, if you don't already know a lot of it going in,or unless you are a whiz, your retention is nill...i definite detractor for in nursing school they expect you to have remembered most of that stuff.

    the courses are transferrable as any other course, they get the exact course number as regular classroom classes, just different section numbers.

    my advice would be to not take ap 1 and 2 distance learning due to lack of retention, but to each his own. at the end of the day, RN is RN anyway you slice it.
  4. by   Mrs.Yost
    Christinemj,
    You mentioned that you have taken science courses online with a lab component. Which schools offered these classes? I currently need to take both Microbiology and possibly A&P I & II (my credits may be too old to transfer) and would prefer to take them completely online. Any suggestions as to what schools offer them?
  5. by   christinemj
    Here are 2 places to look for online A&P I/II. They both use the same text (Marieb - which is EXCELLENT!!!) and I'd be that the coursework is pretty equivalent also. (I went through Rio)

    http://www.rio.maricopa.edu/ci/schedule/ Rio Salado College - a branch of the AZ Junior Colleges

    http://www.edukan.org Kansas Junior College System

    I'm still looking for a Micro online.. (It would be a refresher of old credits for me) but can't find the one that would fulfill my requirements yet. Let me know if you find one!
  6. by   Mrs.Yost
    Thanks so much!

    I will definitely let you know if I can find a Micro course online. I also have 3 prior Microbiology credits, but I need four credit hours for my program.
  7. by   studentdeb
    Originally posted by christinemj
    Here are 2 places to look for online A&P I/II. They both use the same text (Marieb - which is EXCELLENT!!!) and I'd be that the coursework is pretty equivalent also. (I went through Rio)

    http://www.rio.maricopa.edu/ci/schedule/ Rio Salado College - a branch of the AZ Junior Colleges

    http://www.edukan.org Kansas Junior College System

    I'm still looking for a Micro online.. (It would be a refresher of old credits for me) but can't find the one that would fulfill my requirements yet. Let me know if you find one!

    I find this interesting. I did not know you could take A&P online because of the lab. How do you fit your lab in and how does it work? Also, how do you know if the college you are attending accepts these courses?

    Thanks
  8. by   colleen10
    I would love to take classes on line. I am pretty good about making sure I keep up with the material so I don't think I would have much of a problem.

    I just had A&P 1 this summer and I can honestly say that I think I would have done well if it was on line. Since it was a short summer class and there is so much memorization involved in A&P our teacher pretty much just outlined what we needed to know from the book. He didn't go into much "explanation" or "teaching".

    Also, several of our "labs" were computer simulations that were done on-line or from a CD-Rom. We had 20 lab sessions and about 7 of them were computer simulations and questions about chemical processes like what makes a muscle contract, etc.

    I wouldn't mind going on campus every now and then to do a lab if I could conduct the rest of my class from home.
  9. by   colleen10
    PS, my school offers the in class Lab and Lecture Portion of nursing clinicals on-line.

    You have a choice, you can either come in for lecture and lab or just do it from home via computer.

    I just might do it via online when I get to my clinicals.
  10. by   jmspeach
    yep I gotta say I love internet courses, they are still tough, so don't go in thinking that they are easier. They give you a little more time and for me anyway more structure on how to study. good luck on your decision!

  11. by   christinemj
    >>>>I find this interesting. I did not know you could take A&P online because of the lab. How do you fit your lab in and how does it work? Also, how do you know if the college you are attending accepts these courses? <<<<<

    When taking ANY class at another school, that you plan to transfer, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check with the school you are "transferring to" to ensure that they will accept the credit. Also.. GET IT IN WRITING!!! Did I mention to ALWAYS do this??

    I had to provide a course outline to my school.... they checked it over.... OK'd it and THEN I registered for the class.
    I can only speak for the A&P classes at Rio Salado, but, the lab was all provided through ADAM CD-Roms, various websites, internet hot-links and the ADAM Physiology program. As I have heard many times before, how much HUMAN anatomy can you learn from a dead cat?? Short of cadaver dissection, this is as close as you can get to the real thing.

    While we were only required to do the internet/CD-ROm lab stuff, nothing prevents anyone from going above and beyond and dissecting on their own. I had a Bio prof in college who was really into fresh roadkill as a dissection du jour. Had I been so inclined I could have done the same thing on my own while completing the online A&P's. Raccoon anyone??? :roll :roll :roll

    As with ANY learning experience, you get out of it what you put into it. I had no problems with retention of the material. I wanted to learn, so I put in the time to actually LEARN it, rather than memorization and regurgitation.

    I live MANY miles from AZ, so I sought out a proctor at my local junior college, where I took the mid-term and final, which was mailed from AZ in the first few weeks of class.

    If you're motivated, youll have NO problem taking an on-line class. If you're not.... I'd stay far, far away from it.
  12. by   bblou
    I took two oneline classes this year: English II and Psych. I liked them because I could participate at home in my jammies. But, they expected much more from the students and they were more money. And, with the one class, I still had to travel to the campus for face-to-face participation (no, not in my jammies:>). I compared notes with students on campus and my fellow students on-line regarding the same classes.

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