Rodp microbiology tennessee

by johnny depp23 johnny depp23 (Member)

Hey all - so, I'm thinking about doing this RODP online microbiology class next semester. I have heard good things about it, even though it's an online class. Has anyone here taking this class online? if so, how was it, did you have to buy a book for the class or was all the information online? What was the workload like- quizzes,test,essays.etc... Any info would be great!

PS- I'm only taking this class online because all the lecture classes are full.

ocean waves

Has 35 years experience. 143 Posts

Hello. You wrote "only taking this class because all the lecture classes are full", so one precaution is before you take the class to check with your nursing instructors to make sure this particular class will "count" at your university for your degree in nursing. Years ago when I was teaching nursing, we had very strict guidelines about our curriculum requirements (had some students in my office who were terribly upset to learn that some of their previously hard earned class credits unfortunately would not "count" in our program). Best wishes!


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Not sure what school you are going too, but I know some (Roane State and Pellissippi for example) will not accept Micro from the RODP program. They will take others like Anatomy and Physiology though. Check before you take it! I have had A&P 1 through RODP and I really enjoyed it. I have a 2 year old, so it was nice to not have to drive to class. The online classes I could do in the middle of the night if I had to. I did take Micro on campus last semester. It was a really fun class! Don't miss out on taking it in person if you can. The lab is really pretty cool actually.


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I took this class last summer. It's ok, and it gets the job done for your prereq's. Check with your nursing dept- I think all TN schools accept RODP online classes, but better to check beforehand.

You will need to buy the book and the Virtual Unknown software. You will be teaching yourself the material, and the VU is your lab- it's like a computer game where you have to do experiments to identify a bacteria. You will need to use/borrow a PC- the VU would not run on my Mac.

The load is intense, with lots of reading and assignments. There is a term paper. The tests are done at home on the honor system, but the first lab test and final are proctored. Online micro is a great option if you can't do an on-campus class, but you have to be disciplined and keep up with the work.

Good luck!


Specializes in med surge, PCU, Tele. Has 3 years experience. 65 Posts

I just finished RODP Micro this Fall. I liked it alot better than the A&P I and II for RODP. It's pretty much like Rocketeer said-One research paper, 2 proctored exams (first lab and lecture final), and everything else is taken online at home. If you have the discipline to do online classes, you shouldn't have a problem with this one. I know Walters State takes it for sure since that's where I am. I remember seeing one school out in middle or west tennessee that doesn't take it, but most do. Just make sure to check with the nursing dept BEFORE you do it or you could wind up taking it twice!:eek:

johnny depp23

218 Posts

how do they know it's proctored? how much was the VU program and how many minutes did you get to take your exams?

Thanks so much!


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hi johnny,

i can't reply to messages yet, so i'll answer your questions here.

1) how do they know if the mid-term and final are proctored. also- how many questions are on each exam.

for the proctored exams, you will have to make an appointment and go to the testing center at your closest community college. i went to nashville state for the tests, though i was enrolled at columbia state and that was fine. the regular exams are about 50 questions, i think the lab and final were more. i can't remember exactly.

2) do i really need the book, since all the information is listed in the course content section.

if you want to pass, you will need the book. i bought the previous edition to save money, and there was no real difference. the older edition is white, and the newer is black, if you want to look on ebay or

3) are there any other test, besides the mid-term and final that are timed.

all the tests are timed, i think they are 1 or 1.5 hours. you have to download a special browser to take the exams and it does not let you open up anything else on your computer so you can't google answers. yes, you are at home and your book is there, and i know people use that, but with the time limit you cannot finish the exam if you have to look up every answer- you really do need to study the material.

4) do this class show up as - "microbiology 2230" or "intro to micro 2230" on your transcript.

it's microbiology 2230. it should be accepted throughout tn as your micro prereq. i can vouch that columbia state accepts it.

one note is that the facilitator of this class seems to use every trick in online teaching. there are outside websites to check your term paper for plagiarism, assigment dropboxes, the vu software, and the lockdown browser. be sure that you are comfortable with your computer and being able to figure out the different software. i think this course would be overwhelming to someone who barely uses computers.

there is a quiz, assignment, or test pretty much weekly (or at least it was in the summer course).

give it a try- definitely take micro before you get into your nursing program. i can't imagine micro on top of my current work. good luck!


johnny depp23

218 Posts

Thank you so much. You told me everything I needed to know.

God bless and Happy New Year!!!!

johnny depp23

218 Posts

btw- I got the old edition too! It's the same exact thing as the new one.


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Oh, and you can go to the website for the virtual unknown and download it for about $12. You'll have to turn in 3, but you can do as many as you want to play/practice with it. If you mess one up, just start another.

johnny depp23

218 Posts

Darn. I already bought it for $26. As long as there is something that tells me what will be on each test and what to study for- I'll be money!