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A&P and Micro at the same time?

rcfj2290 specializes in Neurology, LTC.

Ok I have a possible problem. I am current finishing the prereqs for my ADN program and I'm not sure what I shoud do. The admission to the nursing program is based on a point system which mainly depends on what grades you get in A&P I and II and Microbiology. Right now I am taking A&P I and Im shooting for an A to get the highest amount of points. In the srping Im taking A&P II ,obviously, and I was planning on taking Microbiology in the summer. But the application deadline for admission in the nursing program in the fall is at the end of spring :uhoh3:. And if I wait till after summer to apply for the nursing program I'll have to wait til spring 2012 to start! So to finally get to my question: Would it be to hard to take A&P II and Microbiology at the same time? Or should I just take them in seperate semesters and wait it out til spring for admission to the nursing program?

At my school, we have to take A&P1 and A&P2 first before we can take microbiology. But I have seen people on here take microbiology before A&P classes. I think it would be doable if A&P2 and Microbiology are the only 2 classes you are taking that semester. I wouldn't want to add any more classes unless you are have nothing else going on in your life. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

PacoUSA specializes in PCU / Telemetry.

Personally I would not do it. I mean, I took A&P and micro in separate semesters, so that concern is gone for me. One of my micro classmates did in fact take A&P 2 and micro together and most days she was on the brink of psychotic breakdowns. Others have done it successfully but I would have to say they are in the minority. Both classes are demanding on their own, and don't forget that each one has a LAB, which in themselves can be like taking a whole separate class.

Then there's the issue of you having yet to take A&P 1 ... perhaps you should wait to see how you're progressing in A&P 1 before making the leap to take these 2 classes in the spring? IMHO, A&P 2 was more straightforward than the 1st part.

Also, can't you will apply to your nursing program with micro pending in the summer? Most programs allow you to apply with missing prereqs as long as you complete them before you actually start the RN coursework.

Only you can decide if you can handle this kind of load and if you want to take the gamble on aceing them both. If you choose to, make sure your life revolves around those two classes, nothing else matters. You've been warned :D

I'm taking A&P II and Micro together for the fall semester. I have a friend who is a RN and she told me that I will totally be stressed out from this. The only reason why I'm doing this is because I have to get my pre-reqs done before I can apply to nursing school. I'll let you know whether I have a nervous breakdown or not LOL.

I took A&P and Micro at the same time last Spring. It was tough, but I did it. I dedicated specific days of the week to studying for each class, and just tried not to get overwhelmed. I was also taking a math class and a psychology class at the time, made As in all of them. Just barely kept myself from going crazy. :)

FLDoula specializes in N/A.

I'm taking Micro/Lab now. I took A&P II last spring semester. There were some who took both when I was in A&P II and they were constantly stressed but they passed both classes with good grades! It can be done. They were both extremely time managed in studying for these classes.

I wouldn't take both at the same time. Both are very hard classes and need your undivided attention. So IMO, I wouldn't do it. Good luck!

QuarterLife88 specializes in Neuroscience.


Are you good at science?

When I took A&P 2, I had a friend that was taking that and Micro (without the lab), and was stressed something fierce. I think she got an A- and a B.

I'm taking Micro w/an easy humanities class this fall before I finally apply in Dec. for next program, and I'm glad I took A&P and Micro separately, because A&P 1 + 2 sucked up all my time.

But if you're working part-time or less, no kids or anything then maybe you should give it a shot. It might be stressful as hell, but I wouldn't want to wait another year either. Just make sure you're ready to sacrifice a lot of free time, and remember that it will come to an end.

thatsthekeyRNC specializes in NICU.

If you're confident that you can handle it, I'd go for it!

I took a&p II, Micro (+labs), medical terminology, and public speaking together AND worked. It was probably my most difficult semester, but I did great! Honestly, public speaking was the worst!(my only B!) haha

It's all about taking the time to study every day. TIME is always the most important part with a&p! Keep your end goal in mind, and you'll do great!

Are you strong in sciences? Why don't you wait to see how well you do in A & P I before deciding to take both Micro and A & P in one semester?

It is possible though...I took A & P, Micro, Psych and worked full time and got A's in all of them. However, I am strong in science and I dedicated a lot of time to studying. I gave up almost all of my social life, but it was worth it in the end.

A lot of it depends on the teacher. Some teachers are straight forward with their exams and others require many hours of study per week.

JROregon specializes in Infusion.

Lots of students at my school were taking one of the A&Ps at the same time as the micro. It was hard to get in all the classes we needed for points (between 11 and 16 classes) within 5 quarters in order to apply to nursing school at the end of winter term (quarter system) if we took each difficult class separately. It is intense in terms of the reading and report writing but it's only one semester or quarter of your life. My only advice is to stay caught up and stick to the tasks, study for tests at least 2 weeks in advance. I watched a lot of youtube videos to help visualize different processes.

If you are not working a full time job, I say go for it. You will have to stay focused though. I just finished AP2 and it was so much better than AP1. The only thing is like someone else said is that its to two labs involved.

Good Luck! :)

Well, I'm taking A&P I and Micro right now. I will let you know how it works out. And wouldn't you know it I ended up with the hardest of 3 teachers for A&P too? Everyone says that even though she is hard, students who have her learn and retain the most and it helps them out in nursing classes and they end up being better nurses in the long run though.

My school has several entry options and one of them is to have a Bachelors Degree in a science field, which I have already. We also fill out applications for the ADN program and it is based on a points system. I have decided NOT to apply or start into the actual nursing program classes until I am finished with both A&P courses and Micro, even though they would let me if I had enough points to get in. But, our applications have to be turned in in February 2011 to get into the Fall 2011 nursing classes. By taking A&P I and Micro together now, I will be finished with them and get the points so that hopefully I can get into the Fall 2011 nursing classes.

Those are the only 2 classes I am taking right now, but I also work part-time and have children in 5K and 2nd grade that I have to pick up at 2:30 every day. Basically, I go to class/ lab and work while the kids are at school and then we do their homework, have a few family hours and eat dinner together, and when they go to bed (at 7:30 or 8:00) I start studying. My husband works nights, so he isn't here as a distraction either and that helps too. I am very modivated to get A's in both of them, the higher the grade, the more points you get on your application.

RCF-As a student in the ADN program, I have also taken both of those classes. And I took them together. It is completely doable. Its not as bad as you might think. Hopefully you have some really good instructors. And seeing how you are aming for an "A", I am sure you will do just fine. Good luck.

DarkBluePhoenix specializes in Med-Surg/DOU/Ortho/Onc/Rehab/ER/.

Since my school doesn't have A&P1 or A&P2, its more of anatomy then physio and micro.

I am taking physio and micro together this coming spring (do anatomy in winter) and I am good at science so I feel confident, but if aren't a science person...I would take them separate semesters...unless you absolutely have to...

I took A&P 1 and Micro this summer (3 days/wk, 9 wks) after returning for my second degree (graduated in '05).

While it is not the easiest thing to do, if you have no choice then you just do it. I was stressed before it even started! What if I fail, i haven't done this in 5 yrs and i have 2 hard classes, etc...Basically, my husband layed it down and explained I didn't have a choice, I HAD to do it.

And guess what?! I made 2 A's!!!!

So, if this is what you really want and you have to then do it! If not, then wait.

I took A&P 1 and micro together, along with english. In the summer! Was a very stressful busy busy busy 8 weeks, but got As in both A&P and micro, b in english. From what I heard, 1 is usually more the memorising, while 2 is a lot more conseptual, and fewer chapters to cover in the class, so from what I heard 1 is usually the more difficult. It is completely doable, but only you know how you are. I tend to be good with sciences, learn quickly, and am a tactile learner, so any class with a lab is heaven to me. The worst part for me was the fast pace of summer session, but I had to get them all done during summer to apply for the spring session i want in. If you struggle with science type courses, then it may be better to take them one at a time. but if you tend to be ok with sciences, you may be just fine.


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