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Ok so I want to take physiology in the summer, my anatomy teacher seems to think I can but my counselor says it's a bad idea. Also right after summer I will have to take the TEAs test so I can apply for the nursing program for the spring. I haven't studied for the TEAs test, I will only have about three weeks to study before I apply for the program. Also the pass rate for physiology during regular semesters is 39% and I will be taking it in 8 weeks instead of 16. What should I do?? I want to get a good grade and score well on my TEAS test. I was laid off recently and I have no children. I have done well in my other classes, B in micro and an A in anatomy. Am I setting myself up for failure?

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jesskidding has 5 years experience as a LPN.

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I would not take an A&P class during the short summer session. I would wait. There are only one or two A&P questions on the TEAS. I would spend my time studying for the TEAS and then take Physiology this fall.

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I took A&P I during the summer and it was fine.

If your general ed. is pretty solid, you will not need too much time to study for the TEAS. If you feel shaky on math or english, then you will need more time. You might want to take a practice TEAS test so you can get a sense of how much studying you will need to do.

I would place more weight on what your anatomy teacher says than your counselor. Your teacher would have a better sense of what kind of student you are.

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I took A&P II in a mini term last summer before I started nursing classes. It was kick butt hard since you cover so much in a short time. Being married and a mom of 4 with everyone out of school added to the stress. But I did manage to pull it off. Hubby hugged me, congratulated me and then begged not to ever do a miniterm again. LOL You can do it, just be prepared to pretty much focus on that and nothing else.

TeasV isn't that hard to study for...it's pretty general. Just look over the basics....grammer, math, and sciences (chemistry was the hardest for me).

Good luck!

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A&P I in a summer [FLEX] session should be fine. Don't let people scare you. They told me that taking MicroBio (without having taken general bio) and A&P II and Psych all at the same time, while working full time at one job and part time at another was a recipe for disaster. But my grades say different.

Just take an honest look at your academic skill, and take it from there. If you're the kind of person who just "picks thing up" then no problem. If you need lots of intense study time, then a flex session isn't a great idea.

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I took AP II during an 8 week summer quarter....while working fulltime. Did just fine. Probably depends on your determination, study skills, and the professor.

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CharmantUn has 1 years experience and specializes in CVICU.

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You can do it! The TEAS test is not difficult, assuming you are a native English speaker. The math questions are easier than the SAT--mostly stuff you learned in middle school. I studied from the TEAS book in one week and was a bit annoyed that the TEAS was simpler than the practice questions in the book. Physiology will be a much harder challenge than the TEAS.

Buy your physiology textbook and start reading it now. You'll feel better going in to the class. Or better yet, buy a physiology text book that is 5 years old (and dirt cheap) on Amazon and read that. Sometimes different perspectives create better understanding.

I too, was laid off, and have no kids. I took Anatomy (B) and Elementary chemistry (B) at the same time during summer, then Microbio (A) and Physiology (B) that Fall, all so I could apply to nursing school in the Spring. It was challenging, but it left me feeling confident I can take on nursing school. Many nursing schools break up their semesters and teach classes in 8 week segments--so it will be a good trial run for nursing school.

Good luck!

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I took A&P in the summer. I made a B (one person made an A). I was fine with it. I also didn't study for my TEAS and I scored an 89%. I bought a book, looked at how hard it was, never studied, and took my TEAS and was grateful that it was so easy... I don't know if I'd spend 3 weeks on it.

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I took A&P I over summer term last year and got an A. In fact, I got close to 100% in the class. It is a faster pace in the summer, but it is definitely doable. I'd wait until after you're done (or at least mostly done) with summer quarter before studying for the TEAS, though, just so you can focus on one thing at a time. Good luck!

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I took A&P I in the summer. Basically a semester crammed into a month. I won't lie, it was difficult. But definitely not undoable. It helped me that I was fascinated by the material. If you decide to take it, be prepared to spend quite a bit of time with it, especially the final. It wouldn't hurt to listen to your teacher. I agree with what another member said about listening to your teacher opposed to your counselor. My counselor is a Chemistry teacher who doesn't seem to be as helpful as even some of the other students who have told me what I need to take and do in order to advance. Whatever you decide, good luck!

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ok so i want to take physiology in the summer, my anatomy teacher seems to think i can but my counselor says it's a bad idea. also right after summer i will have to take the teas test so i can apply for the nursing program for the spring. i haven't studied for the teas test, i will only have about three weeks to study before i apply for the program. also the pass rate for physiology during regular semesters is 39% and i will be taking it in 8 weeks instead of 16. what should i do?? i want to get a good grade and score well on my teas test. i was laid off recently and i have no children. i have done well in my other classes, b in micro and an a in anatomy. am i setting myself up for failure?

thanks!

their pass rate is only 39%?? nationally, it's more like 60%, i believe. i think you could probably do an 8 week a&p if you are willing to study all the time and are good at memorization. i didn't find ii any more difficult or tedious than i. i took mine in regular fall & spring sequence, and could probably have coped with an 8-week session for ii if i had to. not having kids and not having to work (assuming you get unemployment enough to get by) really is a huge advantage for ns students.

the teas test should not be that difficult. the english and math should be straight out of ged english or math books. i used a ged math review book, as a matter of fact, since i took algebra in hs a long time ago. the worst part about the math for me was i just was not a speed demon at addition, multiplication, and long division anymore without a calculator. we had to do it all w/ pencil and paper and i was in the 85% range b/c of rusty brain, lol.

i didn't take teas for rn, but did take the hesi and nln pax tests and i was in the mid-90s on them without too much study effort. i used a free download of mcgraw hill preentrance exam guide (found the link on this boaqrd w/ the search feature here, the hesi study guide that i bought (good book), an online teays review site that i found w/ google (don't buy their package, not worth a dime), cliff's notes general biology and general chemistry books, my microbiology college class helped in a lot of questions, and the english and reading comprehension i think you either have or don't by this point in life.

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