I am considering taking A&P classes through Gateway's distance learning program instead of classes. I was wondering how the classes are set up and what they are like. Is there a virtual lecture or just book/computer learning? Do you have lab exercises? My step mother is taking the A&P at MCC right now and the first week they dissected a rat. Do you have any "virtual" dissections? Lastly, would you recommend the on-line class or the campus class?
Aug 30, '06
I have taken BIO160 & BIO156 at Rio, online but I was unaware that Gateway even offered them online. For my classes, there were a lot of essay's, including on the mid term and finals. They also sent me a lab kit in which you perform your labs at home. I have not taken A & P yet but I can't imagine them sending you a rat. LOL They may have virtual dissections, you can probably speak to one of the advisors and find out. If it's any consolation, I absolutely love the online classes and have not, as of yet, gone to a single class, other than the proctored midterms and finals.
Probably doesn't help much, but that's my 2 cents.
Aug 30, '06
You know what? It might have been Rio Salado. I am still in the early stages of learning my options and may have been confused. I'm currently taking classes at MCC and will make an appt with the nursing advisor for next week to talk about options. Thanks again!
Aug 30, '06
I took every pre-req except for CNA class (no longer a pre-req) at Rio Salado, including A&P. It is extremely thorough and very well-run. You use a virtual dissection CD-ROM that provides very detailed info on the human body. Also, for each section you will receive a type of outline of the concepts you will need to teach yourself. I will warn you though - it is much, much harder than taking it in person. For example, you will be given a link to "Key Words" that you should know. That list will contain every single bolded word from your textbook. In other words, there is no one giving you a hint what to study for the exams. Everything that you are required to learn is "fair game" on the exams. If you are a conscientious student - that is frustrating, and you will probably spend lots of time trying to memorize everything. In a classroom setting, you will be guided by an instructor as to what is important and what is not. In fact, I find actual nursing school easier than the Rio online classes for that very reason. The instructors basically teach what you will be tested on.
I felt the Rio classes prepared me extremely well except for one thing - I have terrible medical pronunciation because I never actually heard many of the terms spoken outloud (too used to reading them). If you are disciplined - give Rio a shot. But take my word and read other Rio posts on this forum - it is often much, much harder than what you will find in a classroom, and people who try to cram often have terrible results.
Sep 1, '06
Thanks so much for your replies! I think I will try to take it in person unless I can't get into the class or something. It sounds like it would be less work in person, and besides I do enjoy leaving my kids at home with my husband and "escaping" to class this semester.
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