Hi! I teach the A&P and Micro courses online for SJVC. Just so you know, the courses were actually created for certified respiratory therapists who want to sit the registry exam, (for a specific 'upgrade" program SJVC has) so there is a definite focus towards clinical info and those who have clinical experience (as respiratory therapists who enter this "upgrade" program must have 5 years FT clinical experience.
No, you do not need a microscope. HOWEVER! They are considering dropping the A&P and Micro to 3 credit courses w/o a lab component, so if you want to do it and need the lab you better do it before the change...
I have a quiz each week, a written case study assignment each week, and my discussions have heavy posting requirements compared to most other courses, as much of the "learning" occurs there through interaction with your fellow students discussing the topics at hand. My courses are considered more challenging than others at SJVC, but most students enjoy them (I get good student reviews..) Typically you are responsible for about 4 chapters of info per week.
I have had a few non-RT students in the course and they have all done well, so don't be discouraged by not being an RT.
Hope this helps!