A & P or Nutrition first?

  1. Hey Everyone,
    I'm a new pre-nursing student and I'm taking my first prereq this summer.
    I want to take A & P 1 because I'm starting a new job as a childbirth educator in the fall (don't want to take A & P while I'm starting a new job).
    My advisor advised me to take nutrition so I wouldn't rush learning the foundational information taught in A & P. (Summer classes are taught over 10 weeks rather than 16).
    Do you guys think it is harmful to take A & P in a condensed amount of time?
    I'd love any feedback or opinions you have.
    (I posted this same message somewhere else on the boards... I'm hoping more people will see it as a new thread.. so sorry if it's a repeat for anyone!
    Thanks,
    Monica
    Last edit by Mahnikuh on Apr 26, '05
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  3. by   kea6783
    Quote from Mahnikuh
    Hey Everyone,
    I'm a new pre-nursing student and I'm taking my first prereq this summer.
    I want to take A & P 1 because I'm starting a new job as a childbirth educator in the fall (don't want to take A & P while I'm starting a new job).
    My advisor advised me to take nutrition so I wouldn't rush learning the foundational information taught in A & P. (Summer classes are taught over 10 weeks rather than 16).
    Do you guys think it is harmful to take A & P in a condensed amount of time?
    I'd love any feedback or opinions you have.
    (I posted this same message somewhere else on the boards... I'm hoping more people will see it as a new thread.. so sorry if it's a repeat for anyone!
    Thanks,
    Monica
    Hi Monica,

    I don't really think it would make a difference. The advisor is correct in saying you don't want to be tied down with A and P, but that's just because it's a "heavier" class. Any science is going to do that, if Nutrition had that many credit hours it would do the same thing. Basically, I'm just saying that the content you learn in Nutrition will not make or break you in A and P. A and P does have basics, but it's nothing you can't get down with or without Nutrition.

    Also, if it makes any difference, If you're just taking one course, A and P won't break you when you are starting a new job. Seems the interest drives you through heavy classes like that when you're multitasking and busy as hell.

    Good luck!

    karen

    ps. A and P is totally doable in a short amount of time, as long as you give 100%!
  4. by   babyktchr
    A&P is one of those courses that NEED to stick with you throughout your career. Take the extra time and really learn it. It is a tough course. I did two of them...loved both.
  5. by   foxyhill21
    I took A&P in summer 1 which was a 4 weeks, it was h***. I learned alot of information but I don;t think majority of the infor stuck with me. I was so busy, writing essays for class, doing the lab and reading the book. Test in lab and lecture every week. Was at school form 10-5 m-thr. But, I got it out the way and I did enjoy the class. Now that I am in nursing school I am glad I took it in 4 weeks other wise I would of had to wait another semster b4 applying to nursing school.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I recommend A/P first. It is the foundation and basis on which all future nursing knowledge is built, and will DEFINATELY help you under nutrition better. In my college, nutrition was no walk in the park-------definately lots of technical and important information. It's also helpful to have chemistry, first, if you ask me.
  7. by   BETSRN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I recommend A/P first. It is the foundation and basis on which all future nursing knowledge is built, and will DEFINATELY help you under nutrition better. In my college, nutrition was no walk in the park-------definately lots of technical and important information. It's also helpful to have chemistry, first, if you ask me.
    I agree. I would take the A&P first.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ^meant to say "understand" nutrition better.
  9. by   tuppence
    At my school, A&P is taken first, or the second semester of it is taken concurrently with Nutrition. And Nutrition wasn't an easy class by any means.

    I would think A&P would be hard to do as a summer class, but my professors say people seem to do just as well in the summer as during the year. And I've known students who have done it, and they say it is do-able.

    Good luck!
  10. by   Mahnikuh
    Thanks, everyone.
    It's so nice to have input from experienced people before I make this decision!

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