How Many Times Do You Have To Take A&P1 ? - page 3

I am in A&P 1 for the first time this semester. 90% of the class is taking it for at least the second time. One lady is in there for the 4th time! No disrespect intended, but how many times do you... Read More

  1. by   PsychGrad2BRN
    I think retaking a course once is understandable, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it is due to entering college too quickly, being ill prepared, or not having proper study skills the first time around. Perhaps it is due to having too many obligations. Or, perhaps the material just isn't grasped enough to get a competitive grade (read: A) the first time. Some colleges also require that science courses be completed relatively recently (i.e. within past five or past seven years), which could prompt someone to retake a course.

    I took A&P 1 last semester for the first time and got an A. I certainly studied a lot but did not think it was difficult. I had a full time credit load and also worked full time. Part of my credit load was a counseling internship which required much more time per week than the credit load reflected.

    I am in A&P 2 now and am overwhelmed with the sheer amount of material in the course. My father passed away at the beginning of the semester and I did not study at all for the first two weeks. I have spent a lot of time catching up. I do not want to drop the course since I have already received an acceptance to a nursing program for this fall and would like to take a break from school over the summer. So far I am doing well, but if I do not perform well on the first exam, I plan to drop the course and will retake it in the summer.

    I have asked a friend who is a nurse what she thought of A&P 2. She stated that she had retaken it for a higher grade. Unlike me, her original college major was nursing and she got her BSN in 1999. I know that she repeated one or two other courses. She has done well in her nursing career and I do not think less of her for having to repeat a couple of courses, even if it was for nursing.

    Sometimes stuff happens and repeating a course is necessary. However, doing so more than once necessitates rethinking of one's field of study.
  2. by   MikeyJ
    At my BSN program, they will not consider any student who has taken a course more than two times. Furthermore, they require that you get at last a 'B' in your science and math pre-req's.

    I couldn't imagine taking A&PI & II or Microbiology a second time. That is why I study my butt off the first time to ensure I do well.

    I have come in contact with students who were taking a course for the 3rd or 4th time (one girl was her 5th time around in A&P II) -- they wouldn't be accepted to our BSN program but all had planned on applying to a local ADN program. Those students who need to continually retake classes are usually extremely lazy and disinterested with the entire college/university learning atmosphere. They are wasting their money, and I wish they would all understand that.

    However, I can see a student re-taking a class once or twice throughout their college term (I personally would despise doing that) but I'm sure there are extenuating cicrumstances that come up, and like a previous poster had stated, some students are very ill-prepared for college-level classes.
  3. by   Larabelle
    I tested out of the class. It took me twice to test out of it with a "B".
  4. by   GottaGetIn
    At the college I attend, they actually tell us at the Nursing Information Session that if you've tried A&P once and you were not successful, then don't bother applying to the nursing program. She said "They want people that get it right the first time."

    It's tons of studying and tons of material...you just really have to commit yourself, kwim?
  5. by   blueyesue
    If you get a D or an F in any science class, you can retake the course one more time. If you get below a C the second time then you are out of the program. (In our school)

    Right now 8 people in my A&P 1 class are getting F's and a few others are getting D's. Only 3 have A's. (So far, luckily I am one of them) She reprimanded the class and told us that this is the easy class compared to A&P 2 and regular nursing classes, and if we can't pass this then we are in trouble. I hope everyone can raise their grade before they have to retake it. The girl next to me is in it for the second and this is her last try.
  6. by   L&D_2b
    I took it once and got an A.
  7. by   HM2VikingRN
    Mn State Mankato SON just implemented a single retake policy for prerequisites.

    Best advice I ever got for school was "Study is more effective than worry" from Fr. Pete Tintes
  8. by   mvanz9999
    Quote from EJM
    If you get a D or an F in any science class, you can retake the course one more time. If you get below a C the second time then you are out of the program. (In our school)

    Right now 8 people in my A&P 1 class are getting F's and a few others are getting D's. Only 3 have A's. (So far, luckily I am one of them) She reprimanded the class and told us that this is the easy class compared to A&P 2 and regular nursing classes, and if we can't pass this then we are in trouble. I hope everyone can raise their grade before they have to retake it. The girl next to me is in it for the second and this is her last try.
    What exactly are these 8 people doing to get an F?
  9. by   MIKelly
    When I was in A&P one of my lab table mates was taking the class for the third time. He had taken it once at the same college, but it was the harder version with actual cadavers and he dropped it. Then he took it at a university and found it too difficult and didn't manage to pull a C. His last attempt with my class got him the C he needed (he was going into sports medicine, I think?). I think that your instructor is a big factor in whether or not you will succeed. I got lucky and mine was awesome! It takes a bit of dedication on the student's part too, though. Good luck, you can do it in one try!
  10. by   blueyesue
    Quote from mvanz9999
    What exactly are these 8 people doing to get an F?
    Good question. I guess not much. :chuckle

    No seriously, I don't know. It isn't rocket science, yet I understand people have jobs, responsibilities, classes etc. I am sure they have a full workload and find it difficult to fit everything in. At least that's what it could be. I overheard 2 students discussing dropping the class. I hope they can figure out a way to make everything work.
    Last edit by blueyesue on Feb 19, '07
  11. by   blueyesue
    Today the teacher said that whoever is getting 80% or less is going to be receiving a call from the academic counselor.
  12. by   juicy_jade
    Thank you everyone for your input. I am going to study very hard and hopefully get it right the first time.
  13. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from juicy_jade
    Thank you everyone for your input. I am going to study very hard and hopefully get it right the first time.
    Good luck, study like there is no tomorrow and you will make an A

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