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Has anyone tested out of Anatomy?

I got accepted into a LPN-ASN program and they are not allowing me to take anatomy again so I am forced to test out next month. It has been a few years since I took it in LPN school and I struggled with the course. I was just wondering if anyone has been successful in challenging the Anatomy course and what I should begin studying? Thanks

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

Have you taken it once already for this program and passed it, even barely? If not, what kind of bridge program won’t allow an Anatomy course? I don’t get this at all unless they’re trying to keep you on course with the current program, and retaking anatomy would mean a loss of your seat.  

Yes, I took Anatomy in LPN school in 2018. I passed with a B but struggled. When I went to schedule my classes, they do not currently have any anatomy classes. I start the bridge program in Spring 2021, and when I called to ask about how to take the prerequisite Anatomy, they said I would have to test out of it sometime this fall. I guess they either do not have any seats available or are not offering the course this fall. Either way, I sadly have to test out of it.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

What do they want? An A? Or is it you that want an A in order to be more competitive? Your grade is only 2 years old. Is that not acceptable? 

To answer your question, though, yes, lots of people tested out of anatomy, including myself. I got a B and was very happy with it in my LPN-ASN bridge program. I wouldn’t try to repeat it if someone paid me. Unfortunately, I have no advice as to where to begin studying. I can only wish you luck with it.🤔

There are schools that offer online anatomy classes with open entry that you can finish in less than a full term (UNE is just one of those schools).  I don't understand why this program refuses to accept such a course.

39 minutes ago, BSNbeDONE said:

What do they want? An A? Or is it you that want an A in order to be more competitive? Your grade is only 2 years old. Is that not acceptable? 

To answer your question, though, yes, lots of people tested out of anatomy, including myself. I got a B and was very happy with it in my LPN-ASN bridge program. I wouldn’t try to repeat it if someone paid me. Unfortunately, I have no advice as to where to begin studying. I can only wish you luck with it.🤔

They require every LPN admitted to test out of Anatomy and Nutrition. They say that some LPN programs do not go in-depth with Anatomy as they would like.  I worked my butt off to earn that B but sadly to them it means nothing, LOL. 

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

2 hours ago, missywv said:

They require every LPN admitted to test out of Anatomy and Nutrition. They say that some LPN programs do not go in-depth with Anatomy as they would like.  I worked my butt off to earn that B but sadly to them it means nothing, LOL. 

Oh good grief!:sniff:

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

Let me get this straight.

The LPN-ASN instructors do not approve of the anatomy course taught by educated instructors. 

The LPN-ASN instructors do not provide nor allow this course as part of continuing education/higher degree pursuit.

But the same LPN-ASN instructors will require and accept a self-taught passing grade.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’d certainly seek another bridge program, especially if I have nothing invested in this one. Heaven only knows what other eye-stretchers are imbedded in this program. 

21 minutes ago, BSNbeDONE said:

Let me get this straight.

The LPN-ASN instructors do not approve of the anatomy course taught by educated instructors. 

The LPN-ASN instructors do not provide nor allow this course as part of continuing education/higher degree pursuit.

But the same LPN-ASN instructors will require and accept a self-taught passing grade.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’d certainly seek another bridge program, especially if I have nothing invested in this one. Heaven only knows what other eye-stretchers are imbedded in this program. 

Excellent point. Kind of like the original objection to the original concept of Excelsior’s program back when it was created. Originally Joe or Jane Blow could teach themselves nursing and then get a nursing degree, ASN/AAS or BSN, from Excelsior by passing competency tests. The world caught on and bit by bit forced Excelsior to bend itself close to nonexistence.  Nobody should be able to teach themselves nursing they say, yet below par program after program will require students to teach themselves in one or more courses. Institutionalized incompetence. 

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

6 hours ago, caliotter3 said:

Excellent point. Kind of like the original objection to the original concept of Excelsior’s program back when it was created. Originally Joe or Jane Blow could teach themselves nursing and then get a nursing degree, ASN/AAS or BSN, from Excelsior by passing competency tests. The world caught on and bit by bit forced Excelsior to bend itself close to nonexistence.  Nobody should be able to teach themselves nursing they say, yet below par program after program will require students to teach themselves in one or more courses. Institutionalized incompetence. 

The difference with Excelsior, at the time that I attended, was that they would accept credits from other institutions in addition to the test-out method. The OP's program will not allow this.

I understand where you are coming from but I was extremely lucky to be selected for this program. over 300 applicants and they only take 32. It is a bit of a bummer to have to study anatomy but I live in WV where we only have 5 programs to choose from with two of them being private schools with very high tuition rates. I might as well study my butt off so I can (hopefully) graduate in a year. Sucky situation but I'm hoping I make it through. 

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

21 hours ago, missywv said:

I understand where you are coming from but I was extremely lucky to be selected for this program. over 300 applicants and they only take 32. It is a bit of a bummer to have to study anatomy but I live in WV where we only have 5 programs to choose from with two of them being private schools with very high tuition rates. I might as well study my butt off so I can (hopefully) graduate in a year. Sucky situation but I'm hoping I make it through. 

Believe me, I understand and wish you well. Hopefully, they are accredited and have no surprises along the way. On a relative note, I tested out of anatomy by studying ONLY anatomy all day every day for nearly a month (23 days to be exact), and I don't even come close to resembling a biology person. I made a B on the exam. I made a C on Microbiology in the exact same way...except taking a full 30 days to prepare. Good luck to you!

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