A & P Classes for people who are nurses already?

  1. Hello. I'm a CNA who is going to become a LPN, then an RN. I was wondering exactly how much anatomy, physiology, and microbiology you LPNs had to learn during LPN school. I have looked into some transition programs at colleges to become RNs, and they all require LPNs to take their college's A & P and micro classes before the transition to RN. I'm somewhat confused by this, since the LPNs I've talked to here (New Jersey) say that they learned quite a lot of A & P during LPN school. They didn't get a lot of micro, however. If someone is a LPN, doesn't that mean she knows quite a bit about anatomy and physiology already? I would think that these colleges wouldn't require those classes for people who are already nurses. Can any of you LPNs clear this up for me? Thanks!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Jules A
    Hi,
    It depends on where you go to LPN school. We had to take A&P 1 and 2 and Microbiology as pre-reqs so they will transfer when we go to RN school. There are private LPN programs that don't have pre-reqs but then you would have to take them prior to getting accepted into the RN bridge program. I was kind of glad we took the A&Ps because it set the foundation for most of our nursing lectures. Hope that helps. Jules
  4. by   TheCommuter
    I attended a private LVN program where credits do not transfer. I took some basic anatomy and physiology as a part of this program but it will not transfer; therefore, I will need to take an A&P course offered at the local community college in order to be eligible for an LVN-to-RN bridge program.

    I did not take any microbiology during the LVN program.
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    I graduated from the first LPN class that my community college offered, and their requirement is that we take college level Anatomy and Physiology classes (as well as Psychology and English classes) that can be transfered into an RN program. Actually, I was a bit annoyed with that because I never felt that all of those details that I had to learn for those anatomy classes were really utilized once I started the nursing program. I mean, it was deeper that what I ever learned as a medical assistant or CNA, however, once I started, the beginning chapters just glossed over the necessary components of anatomy needed to understand the disease process. I did take microbiology, sociology and abnormal psychology, but that was simply because I felt like it.
  6. by   jamangel
    I think it's a blessing that you were told to take those college level classes. It was told or encouraged and I think it would save any LPN a whole lot of time should you decide to further your education
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from jamangel
    I think it's a blessing that you were told to take those college level classes. It was told or encouraged and I think it would save any LPN a whole lot of time should you decide to further your education
    Yes, I can't argue that point.
  8. by   Cococure
    hey,
    I will try to clear this up but please note that i am ot an LPN...I decided to do my nursing pre-reqs (A&P1/2, Micro etc) because i was told that my LPN classes will not transfer over to my Comm. Col. because it is not a indepth as it is at the college level. Also the LPN school i plan on attending is a vocational school and there credits are not transferable....not sure why but that how it is...at least when i am finished with my LPN i can just go into the bridge program because i have done all the pre-reqs...

    hoped i helped & good luck
    coco
  9. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from Cococure
    hey,
    I will try to clear this up but please note that i am ot an LPN...I decided to do my nursing pre-reqs (A&P1/2, Micro etc) because i was told that my LPN classes will not transfer over to my Comm. Col. because it is not a indepth as it is at the college level. Also the LPN school i plan on attending is a vocational school and there credits are not transferable....not sure why but that how it is...at least when i am finished with my LPN i can just go into the bridge program because i have done all the pre-reqs...

    hoped i helped & good luck
    coco
    My LVN stuff didn't transfer either. I had 15+ yrs experience when I started back to school and felt I had a solid base, but no actual "college". Guess that's why it took me so long to go back to school- I knew I had to start at the bottom
  10. by   jamangel
    I had to take everything over and i was a bit discouraged but I decided to take a class at a time as I could afford it. The governemnt decided I make too much money and I have to pay everything out of pocket. It took me 3 years but I've completed all my basic core except Micro which I'll be taking online. Well all my classes were online except my english and and algebra. Both my A&P's, my psych etc were online. I've even taken some BSN level courses online.

    Anyway, it's stull a good thing to take college level core esp since it won't cost you more.
  11. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from Tommybabe
    Hello. I'm a CNA who is going to become a LPN, then an RN. I was wondering exactly how much anatomy, physiology, and microbiology you LPNs had to learn during LPN school. I have looked into some transition programs at colleges to become RNs, and they all require LPNs to take their college's A & P and micro classes before the transition to RN.
    *** IT depends on where you want to go to RN school. The school I went to did not require me to complete any more A&P and allowed me to enter the second year of nursing school and graduate as an ADN-RN in two semesters. There were 8 or 9 experienced LPNs in my class.
    The school is www.swtc.edu
    I did have to take microbiology and some gen ed classes.
  12. by   Plagueis
    Thank you all for responding. I have to admit that I thought the A & P classes for RN school would just be a repeat of the A & P from LPN school, but I still find it interesting that people who are already nurses have to take A & P if they want to become a RN.
  13. by   jamangel
    The A&P I took for LPN was very basic and did not have a lab requirement. The college level ones I took did.
  14. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from jamangel
    The A&P I took for LPN was very basic and did not have a lab requirement.
    My LVN program also had a very basic A&P course with no accompanying lab.

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