2 Sciences classes at Once.....

  1. Hi All,
    I am currently taking my pre req. for the TCC Nursing program. From everyone experience, would you suggest taking A & P I and Microbiology during the same semester?

    I know Microbiology is learning about the cells, and A & P I is more about the body itself.

    What do you suggest?

    Also, do anyone suggest taking A & P II during the winter mester?

    I am curious and I need some advice.

    Thank you,
    Soon2B RN!
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  3. by   Sarah Hay
    I love science and I'd take them both at the same time! I made an A in both classes and if you have the time to study the material and learn what your professor tests on (be it lecture, handouts or text) so you are prepared. [=
  4. by   txmommyof3
    I took A&P II and Micro together and made an A in A&P II and a B in Micro ( I was 2 points away from the A). It is doable.
  5. by   Soon2BRN1980
    Great. That gives me hope! :0)
  6. by   RedhairedNurse
    Quote from Soon2BRN1980
    Hi All,
    I am currently taking my pre req. for the TCC Nursing program. From everyone experience, would you suggest taking A & P I and Microbiology during the same semester?

    I know Microbiology is learning about the cells, and A & P I is more about the body itself.

    What do you suggest?

    Also, do anyone suggest taking A & P II during the winter mester?

    I am curious and I need some advice.

    Thank you,
    Soon2B RN!
    You actually have it backwards. A&P I you learn about the cells, A&P II
    you'll start learning more about bones, organs, etc.

    Microbiology is the study if very small living things called microorganisms.
    You learn about germs, protozoans, bacteria, virology, mycology, parasitology. You learn about the important men of microbiogly, the microscope, all sorts of fun stuff.
    Also , how to identify these germs under a microscope. Ooh, I hated
    that part. During lab test, they put this stuff under a microscope and
    you have to identify it. Yeah right, like we'll use this in nursing.

    And most importantly, how to wash your hands!! LOL

    Once again, my opinion, I think you should take one science per semester, this is also what TCC nursing program recommends. However, I don't know what kind of student you are. You may be smart as a whip and can do it
    with no problem.

    TCC nursing also looks at how many 'Ws' are on a person's transcript, so you want to be very careful about dropping classes. Too many do not look good. If you make a C, you'll have to retake the course, so you're best off to NOT be in a hurry and do it right.

    My suggestions, take A&P I in a regular full semester with lifespan and if you do okay, then maybe you can consider taking the rest of the two sciences together.

    Only my suggestions. I've seen too many people get in a hurry because
    they need their degree 'yesterday' and they overload themselves or they
    don't give themselves enough time. They end up having to repeat a course due to being overloaded. Start small, then work up.
    Last edit by RedhairedNurse on May 5, '09
  7. by   RedhairedNurse
    Always always research your soon to be teachers by asking other students.
    A good or bad teacher can either make you or break you. I always made sure
    I signed up for a good teacher. There is one lady that teaches A&P at TCC
    south campus that you absolutely want to stay away from, she's hard and
    a good portion of the grade is on pop quizzes. I had to drop her and wait
    another whole semester. She was crap!! After that experience, I researched my teachers bigtime!!!
  8. by   studentCL2009
    @ britney_RN-Can you tell me the name of the lady to stay away from, and who did you end up taking for AP1?
  9. by   RedhairedNurse
    I took Barton at the South Campus and absolutely thought he was the
    bomb. Some say he is hard, but the class is what's hard. To me, he
    makes it understandable, esp when learning about cells.

    I think the teacher I'm thinking about is Ms Scott. She's kind of short and older. There are a few people that liked her, but NOT ME! I didn't like her pop quizzes in lab and didn't like her as a teacher period. Barton threw some extra points out there, which is what helped me make an A.
  10. by   Soon2BRN1980
    I learned the hard way myself to start researching my teachers before I register for the class. I had a horrible teacher for Chemistry, my lab teacher was great; only if I had him for lecture also. I learned to have the same lecture and lab teacher. I was used to going to school online;therefore, I did not understand the importance of selecting the same teacher for lecture and lab. Some of the professors teaching style was miles apart, I had to learn to adapt to both styles of teaching. I go to ratemyprofessor.com to rate each and every professor, before I register for a course.
  11. by   LVN2B18
    I actually took my A&P ll & my Microbiology together and i did fine i made an "A" in both classes, and i dont even like science.
  12. by   NeoNurseTX
    It's doable depending on your instructor.
  13. by   Soon2BRN1980
    Hat's off! I think I am going to do the same thing. I will see how my 4 summer classes go. Thank you for the information.
  14. by   stacygirl
    I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Foote for AP. I just finished his AP1 & AP2 online class. Made an A. I've taken AP before (on campus) and didnt do so well. If you read, do the work and stay organized - Mr. Foote's class is an easy A. And you know what? I learned WAY more in his class than I did with the other teachers. His reviews really force you to read the material. And the coolest part... you get your very own fetal pig to take home. lol

    For Micro - I took Dr. Lindsey @ South Campus. She was great. I made a B (less that 1/2 a point from an A - but I'm trying to forget about that). Several chances for some extra credit, and she doesnt try to teach "over your head". She breaks things down so its very easy to understand. Good luck!

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