What's the difference between A&P I and A&P II?

  1. What's the predominant difference between A&P I and A&P II? I know this question sounds silly, but I have not taken either of these courses yet. Thanks in advance to anyone who is kind enough to respond.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   BoonersmomRN
    At the majority of schools you cover so many systems in A+P 1 and continue with the rest in A+P 2. Basically it's one long concurrent class but split into 2 parts because there is SO much to cover. A+P 1 also lays down the basics.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from BoonersMom
    A+P 1 also lays down the basics.
    What do you mean by the 'basics'? Are you referring to anatomical positions, terminology, cell structure, and those sorts of things?
  5. by   Freedom42
    My school focuses on the cellular and tissue levels in A&P I and on organs and organ systems in A&P II.
  6. by   SoulShine75
    In our classes A&P I covered the basic functions of the body and systems and II covered those symptoms more in depth.
  7. by   RN BSN 2009
    Ours was split into one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology
  8. by   BoonersmomRN
    Quote from TheCommuter
    What do you mean by the 'basics'? Are you referring to anatomical positions, terminology, cell structure, and those sorts of things?

    Yep- bingo.
  9. by   Daytonite
    You need to check the description of A&P I and A&P II in your college catalog. That will be the most accurate description of the difference between these two courses. Those descriptions are also what other schools use in determining whether or not they give transfer credits for classes when someone applies to another college and wants to get credit for classes taken.
  10. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Daytonite
    You need to check the description of A&P I and A&P II in your college catalog. That will be the most accurate description of the difference between these two courses.
    I previously checked the description of these classes well before posting this question.

    I am asking this particular question on this specific forum because my college catalog does not give a clear description of A&P II. When I look up A&P II's description, it simply states, "A continuation of A&P I; recommended prerequisite is A&P I."
  11. by   Yin Yang
    Usually A & P I covers cellular level, integument, skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. A & P II covers all other body systems. Some schools might divide it up differently, but it is all one course, divided into 2 semesters.

    Good luck!

    Kathy
  12. by   Daytonite
    I see. I've had to take A&P twice over my college career and both times it was a two semester deal and set up the same way. First semester was a basic introduction to the organization of the body (cell, tissues, organs) and then we started studying the systems of the body with the bones first, then the muscles and on to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. That covered the first semester. The second semester was everything else including the GI system, digestion and the ATP cycle and energy. Genetics was also covered in the second semester. The second semester was called physiology because those body systems focused more on their function more so than their structure. (With bones and muscles you are more focused on their structure more so than their function.)

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