A&P 2 Harder than A&P 1?

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Over the summer, I took A&P 1, and it was honestly really easy. Sure, I had to study quite a bit, but it wasn't anything majorly stressful. Now, I'm taking A&P 2 with the same professor, and this class seems much more challenging. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what did you do differently from A&P 1 (if anything) to make sure you still got a good grade?

I've seen a few people on here say A&P2 is harder than A&P1, but I don't understand how their courses were split. In my sequence, the only differences between the classes were WHICH organ systems we were studying. A&P1 was anatomic directions/planes, histology, integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous, and eyes/ears. A&P2 was endocrine, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive. I didn't find memorizing endocrine hormones or understanding arborization of bronchi any more or less difficult than memorizing muscles of the hand or understanding spinal reflex arcs. Is it a difference of systemic vs. regional A&P? How is your course structured?

girodriguez

9 Posts

A&P 1 was pretty tough for me because we hit the ground running and I had no idea about anything dealing with anatomy. A&P 2 was a lot more information, but since I took it the very next semester, I was able to apply the knowledge I had obtained from my A&P 1 class. In both courses, all the systems were covered. A&P 1 was, I guess you could say, a "brief" over view, while A&P 2 was way more in depth.

I've seen a few people on here say A&P2 is harder than A&P1, but I don't understand how their courses were split. In my sequence, the only differences between the classes were WHICH organ systems we were studying. A&P1 was anatomic directions/planes, histology, integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous, and eyes/ears. A&P2 was endocrine, digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive. I didn't find memorizing endocrine hormones or understanding arborization of bronchi any more or less difficult than memorizing muscles of the hand or understanding spinal reflex arcs. Is it a difference of systemic vs. regional A&P? How is your course structured?

Mine is structured exactly like that. I think its just that part 2 covers more systems, so it seems like there's more information to grasp.

maggiefrancis

67 Posts

Honestly for me a & p 2 was definitely harder, mostly due to the muscular system

UnicornMagic

62 Posts

Specializes in Telemetry. Has <1 years experience.

AP2 is going to be harder. AP1 is memorizing body parts. AP2 is learning HOW and WHY they work together, as well as memorizing parts.

sadieb95

24 Posts

I certainly thought A&P 2 was more challenging. I took it with a different teacher, and had to learn a new teaching/testing method which made it more challenging. I managed to earn a grade only 2 points lower than A&P 1, which I was happy with because I did think the language and topics were more difficult-especially respiratory. Don't be afraid to utilize your professor and resources as much as possible. I had to alter how I studied and learned completely, but it worked out just fine. And anything you don't understand in class, you can find a wonderful resource online that will help. I used quizlet religiously and it worked very well for me. Good luck! You will be fine.

verene, MSN

1,790 Posts

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

I thought A&P1 was harder. I'm not as good at rote memorization so having to just remember all the bones and muscles and everything was hard. A&P2 was body systems and a lot more conceptual so retaining the information for me was a little easier. I still studied just as much if not more than A&P1 though.