Rio's BIO201 class

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I'm trying to see if I can get these books used online. Is this even possible? Or does Rio package their books with extra CD's/booklets so that you HAVE to buy from them?

Rebecca

Hoozdo, ADN

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Specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.

Go to half.com and look for your books there. They are considerably less than the bookstore!

PhoenixGirl

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I definitely wanted to go to half.com but I was afraid because I wasn't sure what Rio had packaged inside the Bio201 materials. Turns out there is that human atlas in there, and this student access kit. Not sure how much I'd use these because my class hasn't started yet, but I don't want to have any regrets about where I bought my book from.

I bet as soon as I'm ready for bio202 they will change the edition and I'll have to buy more stuff. :angryfire

klone, MSN, RN

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Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership.

I bought the books elsewhere (Marieb's Human Anatomy and Physiology 6th ed). I found out later that the ADAM Interactive Anatomy CD was also required, so I then bought that ($50). I have to be totally honestly and tell you that I haven't once used the ADAM CD (I passed A&P I with a B and I currently have an A in A&PII). The only stuff I've used are the Marieb textbook and the Marieb lab manual that corresponds with the textbook.

So yeah, my advice would be to buy it elsewhere if you can find it cheaper.

Hoozdo, ADN

1,555 Posts

Specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.
I definitely wanted to go to half.com but I was afraid because I wasn't sure what Rio had packaged inside the Bio201 materials. Turns out there is that human atlas in there, and this student access kit. Not sure how much I'd use these because my class hasn't started yet, but I don't want to have any regrets about where I bought my book from.

I bet as soon as I'm ready for bio202 they will change the edition and I'll have to buy more stuff. :angryfire

Hi,

I am from Phoeix too! I took BIO201 at Rio and did not use that atlas at all. It is just a thin booklet and not very useful. I did use that ADAM CD though. I thought that class was a pain in the neck, LOTS of homework. I got a B. I dedided that BIO202 would be much easier in person so I took it at Glendale. It was easier but the lab was a ***** for me - stinky moldy cat disections! I have 4 cats so it was a pyschological thing for me. I only got a C in 202 in person! Block 3 for me starting next week!

Lu Ann :rotfl:

PhoenixGirl

437 Posts

Lu Ann, so hows the nursing program? Do you go to GCC? I wonder what the difference in homework is in the actual nursing program vs. doing a full load of prereqs?

Rebecca

klone, MSN, RN

14,685 Posts

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership.
Lu Ann, so hows the nursing program? Do you go to GCC? I wonder what the difference in homework is in the actual nursing program vs. doing a full load of prereqs?

Rebecca

I'm not going to GCC, but I am taking the nursing courses (starting second semester in a few weeks). IMO, the science/lab classes are a lot more work and time-intensive than the core nursing courses, if you can believe it. I find the subject matter of the science classes more challenging to learn, as well.

I'll take Med/Surg over learning the immune system any day!

Hoozdo, ADN

1,555 Posts

Specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.
Lu Ann, so hows the nursing program? Do you go to GCC? I wonder what the difference in homework is in the actual nursing program vs. doing a full load of prereqs?

Rebecca

Well, I sort of took the round about way to get where I am. I saved a whole semester by doing prereqs and nur156 and nur157 and the Maricopa Skill Center. You don't need the prereqs there - they teach their own short versions that are not transferrable. For about a month my schedule was bad, BIO 201 at RIO, micro at Glendale, then the nursing at MSC all at the same time! I had to wait a year and a half to get into MSC so I was piling on prereqs while waiting to go. I did BIO202 at the same time as block 1 at MSC. I am an LPN now, just got my liscence in Nov.

Now for the homework question, LOL. At MSC it was sort of an accelerated program - CNA to LPN in one year. I would have to say I studied harder for the nursing classes than the prereqs. I was much more interested in the nursing courses though so it didn't seem so bad. The nursing grading scale is a b*tch though. 75.9% on a test is a flunkeroo, and you need a 93% for an A. You have to study hard to pass easily. Pharmacology is the worst subject and people have the most difficulty with that. I would put that a difficulty level of chemistry or BIO201 online.

I love online classes, but I don't think nursing at Rio would be my cup of tea. I have WAY too many questions! :rolleyes:

Take care all, I start at Glendale Tuesday!

Lu Ann

PhoenixGirl

437 Posts

Hey guys, thanks for giving up the details about the nursing program. It sounds intense, and I know I'm going to have to study my butt off, but hearing about it helps to prepare me. I'm glad I know more about what it's going to be like instead of going into it and being surprised that it's really difficult.

Lu Ann, wow! micro, A&P AND nursing courses?! you are my hero! I am going to be starting at southwest skills center in feb, which sounds pretty much like maricopa skills center. I will be doing the HCCs, NA and LPN program all in 52w. Then I will have to take micro and 202 before I can apply for the 2nd year of the RN program. I don't like taking those courses online at the same time as the LPN program will be doable for me since I also have 2 young boys at home.

If you don't mind, I have another question about the skill center program. What are the clinicals like for the NA, and LPN class? I thought I heard somewhere they are 12 hour shifts once a week? What kind of things do you do?

Rebecca (taking the FON and 201 Rio classes starting Sat!)

PhoenixGirl

437 Posts

Oh another question, Lu Ann, if you don't mind...

What was the process like getting into GCC as an LPN already? Was there a wait list? Can you pretty much pick any school in the Valley to go to for that or are GCC and Rio the only ones you can go to if you are already an LPN?

Thanks!!!

Rebecca

Hey Rebecca..

Wanted to chime in as well to say that NO you do not need all that other jazz that comes with the A&P text and Lab manual. I do have the CD's and would be willing to let you use them if you experience difficulties in the classes. I have looked at them, but never really found them to be exceptionally helpful. Besides, my main problem was always a lack of understanding from not enough studying, if you know what I mean. What did help me, however, was checking out more "laymans" versions of A&P materials at the library. I found other books were easier to interpret. That is free, and to me, much more helpful!! You will want to keep the text though, it is really awesome!

Janice

virginiann

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Hello, I just stumbled onto this thread, I could sure use some assistance with Rio's Bio 201 class. Understanding the labs have been difficult for me. I have MSN Messenger anyone can add me as [email protected] or email me at gingerann at cox.net (I had to write it all the way out because for some reason the web does not recognize my email address as being valid. I have reported this to my ISP but they do nothing :-( ) I would sure appreciate it.

Thanks!

Virginia

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