A&P I during Summer Semester?

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    Hey fellow pre-n students! I am signing up for summer semester this year and was wondering if anyone has ever taken A&P I during summer sem? Not sure how long the class is, probably somewhere around 8-9 weeks only, and we have to dissect cadavers. Does anyone think it's worth waiting until Fall so it can be spread out longer? I'm a 4.0 GPA student, I can handle a courseload. But to qualify for financial aid I need at least 6 cr hr. A&P I is 4 so I was going to take intro to sociology which is 3, giving me 7 cr hr. The sociology I'm hoping to take is with a teacher who gives all tests and quizzes online, no homework, and only a few pop quizzes just to make sure you actually go to class. So I don't think that would interfere at all. The other option is just playing it safe with taking MIcrobio & Soc instead of A&P. Opinions??

    Thanks in advance!!!
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    I took anatomy last summer in a 3/4 week class. It was hard, I hated my life, but I made an A. I took biology I the summer before last and it wasn't nearly as hard. I think it's because you have to memorize all the bones and muscles in such a short amount of time. It's doable though!! I definitely would take anatomy over micro, a lot of students have a harder time with micro and you probably want to be able to see some sunlight over summer!
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    It depends on what else you having going on in your life. Do you work full time, have children, etc?

    Personally, I would not want to take such a big class in a short summer semester. There is so much information to retain and some of the physio can be difficult to understand. Isn't there any non-science course you can take along with Sociology? I would try to take the "easy" classes over the summer....Intro to Computers, Speech, Human Growth & Development, Nutrition.
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    I took A and P 1 last summer and actually enjoyed the class and the accelerated format. It was a little tough the first exam and lab practical, but after getting the hang ofthe flow of class, things went smoothly. I didn't work however, but had a 5 year old son and was preggo at the time...
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    I work full-time and took A&P I last summer in a class that was Monday - Thursday, 6-10pm, for 5 weeks starting in May and ending in late June. It was a LOT of work, and completely sucked to work 8+ hours and then rush to get to class on time in rush-hour traffic, not to mention I didn't really eat dinner for those 5 weeks. Luckily, our teacher never kept us till 10 and I did get an A, but it was a lot of information to retain in 5 weeks. I took A&P II in the Fall and I noticed that everything seemed to stick a lot more when it was spread out over 15 weeks instead of 5. In the end, I think it will depend on what fits best into your schedule. I was determined to get into an accelerated BSN program this Fall, so I had no choice but to take A&P I in the summer. And if I get into this BSN program, I will also have to take an 8-week Microbiology class this summer because they canceled the one I was supposed to take this semester. If you can handle the workload and it will make a difference in when you'll get done your prereqs, then I say go for it. Good luck!
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    Quote from AaronsMommyxx
    Hey fellow pre-n students! I am signing up for summer semester this year and was wondering if anyone has ever taken A&P I during summer sem? Not sure how long the class is, probably somewhere around 8-9 weeks only, and we have to dissect cadavers. Does anyone think it's worth waiting until Fall so it can be spread out longer? I'm a 4.0 GPA student, I can handle a courseload. But to qualify for financial aid I need at least 6 cr hr. A&P I is 4 so I was going to take intro to sociology which is 3, giving me 7 cr hr. The sociology I'm hoping to take is with a teacher who gives all tests and quizzes online, no homework, and only a few pop quizzes just to make sure you actually go to class. So I don't think that would interfere at all. The other option is just playing it safe with taking MIcrobio & Soc instead of A&P. Opinions??

    Thanks in advance!!!
    Been there done that, my advice is go for it. Like earlier posters have mentioned, it will be a condensed course load and will not be a walk in the park. But at the end of the day you'll be glad you got it out of the way.
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    I plan to take AP2 in the summer. I'm taking AP1 right now and the class is kind of slow. There is a lot to memorize but it doesn't take a lot of time to do it.
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    Can't tell you from experience but I signed up for AP 1 for this summer. I think it helps to know going in that it will be intense, but for a short amount of time. I'm right there with ya!
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    A&P in the summer is a great idea! I find the faster a class goes, the more time I put in and the less time to get distracted!
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    I say go for it. I took A&P I this past summer semester, as well as a nurtrition class and worked full time. I took the classes online, so I only had to go to campus for exams, which was nice because I could do my work at night after work, or early in the morning. I wished I had taken the class in a classroom, but at the same time, the convenience of an online class and online labs was very nice.

    I would be wary of taking micro and considering it an easier class to take during the summer. Unless you have a biology knowledge base already, micro really isn't easier than A&P I. If you already have a lot of background knowledge, either class should be quite doable during the summer.


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