Microbiology and A&P2



I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this or not, but I thought that maybe some of the RN's would know this answer better than anyone. Would you recommended taking A&P2 and Microbiology at the same time? I'm an LPN and these are the only two classes I have left before I apply to the LPN-RN Bridging program. I thought I would get them both out of the way at the same time and than just concentrate on the actual nursing courses.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. I have less than a week to decided! :nailbiting:

Thank you,


Has 3 years experience.

My opinion, heck no! They are both very tough courses. Though, that's my opinion. I took them one at a time so I would get A's and keep my gpa high.

I have known people who have taken micro and a/p2 and do very well and ive known people who have tanked.

It really depends on the amount of time you have to dedicate to each subject.


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One at a time...


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Take micro first, then take a&p2. Both are hard, but AP is more relevant to nursing entrance exams and it would behoove you to have that information fresh on your mind.

That's what I did. I start the bridge program next month!

Specializes in ICU.

I took both at the same time along with 3 other classes and did just fine. Don't sweat it really. I got 4 A's and 1 B that semester. If that is all you have left, do it!! No sense in taking longer and 1 class at a time.


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Here is a relevant question or two: Are you working full-time? Do you have 20 or so hours a week to study for both courses together? I know it can be done in less time, if you read and work quickly through material. That's just how much time I budgeted for one class, and I got an A in it (micro) and an 89.4, aka B, in AP2. I had half the study time given to AP2.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day, goodgirl4u50

I took AP2, Microbiology, Nutritional Science, and Life Cycle Development all during the same semester. It was very doable, but also extremely difficult. It required heavy time management and discipline in terms of staying on top of everything; it can be done if you can invest the time and are good at time management along with staying on the task(s) involved until completed.

I treat all science with labs as 6 credit classes vs 4 in terms of approximating the study time required; I recommend 3 to 4 hours per credit hour. So just AP2 and Microbiology would be the equivalent of 12 credits (for study time calculation purposes) running 36 to 48 hours of study time per week.

Thank you.