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Hello all,

I am new to this site and I just had a question, I am transfer student in the nursing program and I am in my freshman year. I have a lot going on with work and being the main support for my family. I am currently taking A&P 1 for the second time and I am not doing so well. I was told that if I fail this course, I would have to get permission to take the class again or think about changing my major. I have always wanted to be a nurse since I became a CNA 8 years ago. My question is should I withdrawl from the college and take my A&P 1-2 at a community college and try to reapply to the program once I have complete them? I am so stressed out by this I don't know what else to do.

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classicdame is a MSN, EdD and specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

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this is the reason most schools have advisors. Seek out one, or seek the advice of any nursing instructor at the school.

I think it is better to withdraw than fail, but if a tutor would help you pass, then that is an option.

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this is the reason most schools have advisors. Seek out one, or seek the advice of any nursing instructor at the school.

I think it is better to withdraw than fail, but if a tutor would help you pass, then

My advisor told me pretty much to either try and pass this course. If I am unsuccessful than I need to explore another major. That's is something I do not want to do. Because I am going to have to get permission from the Dean in order for me take A&P again which may not be granted.

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pmabraham has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

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Good day, song413:

In my experience to date, community colleges have so much to offer. In addition to often times being extremely economical, you usually get smaller classes sizes, and more attention instructors who are just as skilled as those who teach at a university. While you should investigate why this starter science class is giving you such a hard time, do consider community colleges near you.

Thank you.

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I also think it's better to have a W than a poor grade as well. A and P isn't an easy A, slice of cake kind of course no way. you have to put in the time, your efforts, and a lot of reading time.if you were having trouble understanding something you should seek immediate help from your professor or anyone else because the longer you wait to ask the info will compound and build upon the old. yes take it at a cc, try to get a seat in the class at your registration date and time. just a side note you might want to take a look at the nursing program and what their policies are on W's and how many you can have.

good luck with your course

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firstinfamily has 33 years experience as a RN.

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I also agree that a Withdraw is better than a low grade that will affect your GPA. You can seek other resources also, there are some on-line A & P resources, there are other books at the local book stores than what your college book store carries. Are you taking other demanding courses at this time?? You kind of have to assess what else is going on. A&P is one of the harder courses but it is basic to nursing and you do have to grasp it to progress as a nurse and in your college courses. Please do not get offended by this but, have you tried a book titled "Anatomy and Physiology for Dummies" There are dummy series of all kinds, and really it is not that anyone is dumb it is that you may learn differently than others. The Dummies books are usually arranged in a concise manner and outline format which seems easier to grasp. Also it might help to find a illustrated A & P reference that shows the systems and where they are located, how they travel throughout the body etc. Some people are more visual and need this type of stimulation to learn. I would take the course at the Comm. College---make sure there is a lab with it, and make sure the university will accept the credit, other wise you will be wasting your time. Good Luck, there are some things that just do not come easy and A & P is one of them!!!

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HouTx has 35 years experience as a BSN, MSN, EdD and specializes in Critical Care, Education.

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Keep in mind that many nursing programs will not accept multiple "repeats" of a course, so there may be not benefit to a third attempt.

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I did all my prereqs at a community college then transferred into a 4 year program. Make sure your credits will transfer first. However, it is nearly impossible to get through nursing school without a good support system. If you are struggling to pass A&P 1, I suggest you do some rearranging with your life because it doesn't get any easier. Nursing school takes a lot of time and commitment. Make sure you are able to handle the workload and that you start getting into good study habits from the beginning. Everyone study's differently, but what worked for me was notecards. For the anatomy I would make 2 copies for the diagram from the text book. Then I would cut them out and paste them in a notebook. I would label each part on the diagram in the notebook. With the second diagram I would label each part (1, 2, 3... or A, B, C etc). Then make myself an answer key on the following page. By seeing it, writing it, labeling it and quizzing myself I got 100% on EVERY anatomy exam. It was time consuming but I aced the class. I made my diagram copies at the local library for only 10 cents a page. If you are having trouble understanding the material get a tutor, reread, take notes in class, and watch you tube videos (they help a lot!!).

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