Where does Chem come in?

  1. Hi again, I'm trying to get a head start and read up on a few things before I begin the anatomy class in Spring. Can anyone tell me where chem comes in in anatomy? I know the question might not make sense I just don't know how to word it. What would be a good place to start reviewing chem that is needed for anatomy? I hope this makes sense!
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  3. by   Freedom42
    If you're taking A&P I, you'll use chemistry when you study the physiology of cells. If you haven't taken college-level chemistry, I wouldn't worry about it; in my course, it was only covered on one test, and it was rudimentary. High school chemistry should have given you all you need.

    What you'll need to do is be able to answer questions about protons, neutrons and electrons and how they form bonds. You might be asked to balance an equation. You'll also have to understand how peptide chains are formed.
  4. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from EthnicBeauty
    Hi again, I'm trying to get a head start and read up on a few things before I begin the anatomy class in Spring. Can anyone tell me where chem comes in in anatomy? I know the question might not make sense I just don't know how to word it. What would be a good place to start reviewing chem that is needed for anatomy? I hope this makes sense!
    It got quite molecular when we covered muscle function, for example Action Potential etc. IT gets worse in A&P2 when you cover the digestive and respiratory system Basic knowledge of Chem will get you through.
  5. by   Jules A
    I don't remember seeing 1 thing about chemistry in A&P2. I got an A so I couldn't have been snoozing that bad, lol. Our school didn't require it so I only took it after all my pre-reqs to get it out of the way since so many of the bachelors programs want it. Truth is even after getting my LPN the only thing Chemistry has even been remotely helpful with was recognizing stuff like Fe as Iron etc. Pre-reqs are over rated, imo.
  6. by   prmenrs
    It is really helpful, once you become a nurse and start practising, to know some chemistry. Lab tests, pharmacology, nutrition--all have some roots in chemistry. A LOT of physiology is also chemistry. In your daily practice, as you are doing task after task, IMHO, it helps to think about why you're doing something. What is this solution I'm cleaning this wound with, what does it do or not do, what results can I expect?

    Basic science courses DO help you think like a professional. You need to put all the bits together to take the best care of the pt.
  7. by   marilynmom
    Your definatly going to use chem in the physiology part of your A&P. You will also see chem in Microbiology, pharm and nutrition.

    And your certainly going to need a good basic idea of chemistry once your working as an RN. You don't need to be a chem whiz, but you do need a basic understanding of it because everything is chemistry.

    What makes a professional a professional is knowing the rational behind what you are doing. It makes a huge difference IMO.
  8. by   marilynmom
    Quote from Jules A
    I don't remember seeing 1 thing about chemistry in A&P2. I got an A so I couldn't have been snoozing that bad, lol. Our school didn't require it so I only took it after all my pre-reqs to get it out of the way since so many of the bachelors programs want it. Truth is even after getting my LPN the only thing Chemistry has even been remotely helpful with was recognizing stuff like Fe as Iron etc. Pre-reqs are over rated, imo.
    I'm in a BSN program, and believe you me, your going to have to have a basic understanding of chem that goes beyond just knowing Fe stands for Iron. Understanding the movements of fluids in and out of cells, hypo and hypervolemia for example. Microbiology has a lot of chemistry, nutrition is based on chemistry (unsat, saturated, etc). For my nutrition class we had chem as a pre-req.
  9. by   Jules A
    Quote from marilynmom
    I'm in a BSN program, and believe you me, your going to have to have a basic understanding of chem that goes beyond just knowing Fe stands for Iron. Understanding the movements of fluids in and out of cells, hypo and hypervolemia for example. Microbiology has a lot of chemistry, nutrition is based on chemistry (unsat, saturated, etc). For my nutrition class we had chem as a pre-req.

    Thats cool so hopefully I'll be ready. Hmmm I didn't associate the movement of fluids with chem. My micro class did have a really brief bit on chemistry but again as far as A&P goes I still think that they can be done quite well without having chemistry unless of course your school requires it.
  10. by   Tweety
    A&P breaks the body down to a series of chemical reactions. That's all we are atoms reacting.
  11. by   prmenrs
    Tweety, will you be my neutron??
  12. by   KEVO05
    Chem was one of my 3 B's. Chemistry, Algebra, and Trigonometry
  13. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from Jules A
    I don't remember seeing 1 thing about chemistry in A&P2. I got an A so I couldn't have been snoozing that bad, lol. Our school didn't require it so I only took it after all my pre-reqs to get it out of the way since so many of the bachelors programs want it. Truth is even after getting my LPN the only thing Chemistry has even been remotely helpful with was recognizing stuff like Fe as Iron etc. Pre-reqs are over rated, imo.
    smokin' a little something?
  14. by   catzy5
    Quote from EthnicBeauty
    Hi again, I'm trying to get a head start and read up on a few things before I begin the anatomy class in Spring. Can anyone tell me where chem comes in in anatomy? I know the question might not make sense I just don't know how to word it. What would be a good place to start reviewing chem that is needed for anatomy? I hope this makes sense!

    Your question makes perfect sense.

    We did our Chemistry chapter right away it was the 2nd chapter in our book. I have taken 2 anatomy classes one a pre ap and then 101 both times Chemistry was the 2nd chapter we covered. you use a few of the concepts learned their thru out the rest of the chapters.

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