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A & P and Microbiology

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I've seen several things about how hard A & P and Micro Biology are and people who take them together don't have a life...How hard is it really?

I'm thinking about taking them together Fall 2017 and topping them off with an intro to Spanish class. Does that sound do-able?

I know the prof who teaches Micro and she's very nice, and easy to work with. I took her this semester with Biology 1107, she told me that it was a hard course. I came out of the class with A's on lab and lecture. Now I did study hard, I asked for help when I didn't understand something...We started with like 36 people in the lab and ended with around 18.

I really need to take them together if I want to reach my goal of making it into nursing school by 2018 (with ALL my prereqs out of the way!) so...any insight?

I'll find out next year. Micro Tuesday and Thursday eves. AP 2 Friday all morning. Work 32 hours. See what happens kind of excited!

OliveOyl91, CNA, RN

Specializes in Orthopedics, Trauma.

I took A&P1 and micro during the Fall 2016 quarter and it was by far the toughest quarter I've had, yet. It was soooo much work, but I managed to get B's in both classes. I feel like I could have done much better in both of those classes if I hadn't taken them together.

I'm looking forward to next quarter because I'm taking A&P2 with lifespan psychology.

I just finished A&P I and I didn't find it hard at all - it's just a lot of memorization.

Next semester I'm taking A&P II with Micro. So I'll let you know in May ;)

Thanks everyone! I feel like I could handle it. I'm actually dual-enrolled and since I'm homeschooled I don't have any school work except for my college classes. I'm on a program where I get everything free--and I live at home so I don't have to work. So...school is my only focus. Maybe that will make it easier for me... Please do let me know how it goes though!!

JCD2712, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

I'm taking A&P II and Microbiology right now, along with Chemistry and Statistics. Like you, I don't work and I live at home. I'm busy, and I'm focused, but it's not insane, and my grades are good. Sounds like you could probably handle it...you never know until you try! Good luck.

I am in a similar boat, but you're quite a bit ahead of me. I'm looking into getting a BSN as my second undergrad and a MSN specializing in psychiatric nursing as my second grad degree. I'm really excited about it because i've always been good at science. I took A & P in high school and we dissected cats (why cats, i dont know, but yeah) and i was really into it and learned everything easily. I also took biological anthropology in college and did really well on the labs where we had to memorize bones. Is A & P in college really different from high school? I'm curious because this is going to be one of the first prereq's i take.

Nurse2BeCam, ADN

Has 1 years experience.

Ill be taking a&p 2, micro, nutrition, and lifespan next semester. I'm a little worried but I have to do it.

Wow! That sounds like a heavy load! I'm planning on taking Chemistry 2, Statistics and Psych this coming summer. I'm a little worried about how much will be crammed into those few weeks but...I'm not looking forward to Chemistry at all!! (I'm taking Chem 1 this coming semester). Who knows?..I may decided I like if after all. :)

Micro has been one of my hardest classes. Maybe because I took it when I was a pre-med student. I took a micro class for science majors instead of the lower level one that are for nursing students at my college.

Ill be taking a&p 2, micro, nutrition, and lifespan next semester. I'm a little worried but I have to do it.

Nutrition isn't bad at all, especially since you're through with A&P I - I got a 97 in that class. It wasn't "easy", but it had a lot of similar concepts of A&P I. And Lifespan Growth and Dev was an easy A for me. I think you'll be just fine :)

Since I'm taking two sciences this next semester, I'm padding my other two classes - World Religions and Government.

Wow! That sounds like a heavy load! I'm planning on taking Chemistry 2, Statistics and Psych this coming summer. I'm a little worried about how much will be crammed into those few weeks but...I'm not looking forward to Chemistry at all!! (I'm taking Chem 1 this coming semester). Who knows?..I may decided I like if after all. :)

Stats kicked my butt (final grade is a low B for me), but I took it online, which was a mistake. Chemistry isn't bad really - the labs were fun. Psych is a pretty easy class.

Stats kicked my butt (final grade is a low B for me), but I took it online, which was a mistake. Chemistry isn't bad really - the labs were fun. Psych is a pretty easy class.

I don't think my college offers Statistics online.

Lol my Ipad decided to post before I was ready. Yeah a bunch of my classmates in Biology said Psych was really easy (online). I took Sociology this semester and it wasn't bad at all--once I got the hang of it.

Has anyone taken Spanish? When I was 6 my family moved to Costa Rica for a year due to my dads business. My older siblings are fluent in Spanish and I have kept up my vocab somewhat (taken Duo lingo too). What does the elementary Spanish cover? My academic counselor said I could talk with the prof who teaches Spanish and see if they'd let me skip ahead to intermediate... I just don't want to bite of more than I can handle. Neither do I want to repeat something if I already know if (although I am rather tempted to...).

Lol my Ipad decided to post before I was ready. Yeah a bunch of my classmates in Biology said Psych was really easy (online). I took Sociology this semester and it wasn't bad at all--once I got the hang of it.

Has anyone taken Spanish? When I was 6 my family moved to Costa Rica for a year due to my dads business. My older siblings are fluent in Spanish and I have kept up my vocab somewhat (taken Duo lingo too). What does the elementary Spanish cover? My academic counselor said I could talk with the prof who teaches Spanish and see if they'd let me skip ahead to intermediate... I just don't want to bite of more than I can handle. Neither do I want to repeat something if I already know if (although I am rather tempted to...).

If elementary spanish is the same as spanish 1, then it is not bad at all. My family is not hispanic, nor have i travelled to anywhere that natively speaks spanish, but i very easily obtained an A in the class with minimal studying. I am hoping my university accepts my spanish 1 course because they prefer you to take a "spanish for the medical professions" course :yawn:

Have you taken A & P? Nobody chimed in on my post about it yet. I'm a little worried about chem but i'm planning on using the Kahn Academy to brush up my skills.

JCD2712, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

I've taken both A&Ps. High school biology was a decade ago for me :shy: I went to a private high school and took freshman biology and AP biology, so I feel like I had a good, solid foundation in biology. However, Anatomy & Physiology are college level courses so they're harder than high school.

At the same time, they're not impossible. I mean, I have a non-science degree and didn't study a lick of biology in the past ten years and I did just fine.

BTW, Khan Academy is great for A&P, and I also really like the "Crash Course" series for Anatomy & Physiology. Definitely check those out!

I've taken both A&Ps. High school biology was a decade ago for me :shy: I went to a private high school and took freshman biology and AP biology, so I feel like I had a good, solid foundation in biology. However, Anatomy & Physiology are college level courses so they're harder than high school.

At the same time, they're not impossible. I mean, I have a non-science degree and didn't study a lick of biology in the past ten years and I did just fine.

BTW, Khan Academy is great for A&P, and I also really like the "Crash Course" series for Anatomy & Physiology. Definitely check those out!

Oh i feel you. I'm only 26 so high school was 8 years ago for me. Feels so long ago. I did AP biology as well and really liked it. A & P was basically a science elective i just chose to do because i loved science classes. I also have non-science degrees (psych undergrad, criminal justice grad) so that is comforting to know these classes aren't a killer for someone who was a non-science major.

I am taking Micro and A&P 1 this Spring so I'm interested to see the responses as well. I'm a little nervous!