Top Ten Anatomy Course – Do You Know ?
Anatomy is a crazy hard class to pass, but it is also incredibly important to your career and your educational path that you do well in your anatomy classes, as they are the foundation for everything you will be learning and using in your chosen career.
It can be hard to know the best way to prepare for such important factors of your life, so we have created here a list of the top ten anatomy and preparatory courses you should take in order to be successful in medical school, or any lesser medically oriented degree.
This is a big deal. Before you venture into the complicated world of anatomy, take as many biology classes as you possibly can. Knowing the way cells and other organisms work together will make anatomy much easier to comprehend. Biology is one of the biggest building blocks to anatomy, so being well versed in biology can only help you in your anatomy courses.
Sometimes this is required along with Biology, and sometimes it is not. We suggest that whether it is required or not, you take it. It will give you some experience of how laboratories are set up and can help you see what will be expected of you when you start working in anatomy lab settings. Knowing the ins and outs of the research side of science is hard, and therefore, important to get a handle on early in your experience.
This is another great preparatory class for anatomy. The more you know about chemistry, the easier anatomy and physiology of the human body will be to understand. Thus- the more classes you take on chemistry, the better off you will be in your anatomy courses. Advanced chemistry classes are also required for most medical degrees, so getting the pre-requisites out of the way and building yourself a good foundation of Chemistry knowledge will be immense helps to you.
This is a class that many students dread. It is very hard and incredibly complicated. When you take this class, and if you plan to work with medicine, you will have to take this class, be sure to only schedule other classes that are light in their requirements. This is a beast of a class, and you will want to be able to spend most of your time and focus on it in order to not just pass it, but understand what is being taught. In most cases, if you do well in microbiology, you will do well in anatomy.
Calculus, Trigonometry, Quantitative Reasoning, whatever it is, you should take an advanced math course. Math is a huge part of medicine, and being well versed in math will make the requirements of a medical degree and career much easier to be successful in. Usually you won’t have to take anything beyond Advanced Algebra to get into medical school, but if you are serious about being successful, then you will fill your schedule with math classes whenever possible. One every other semester is a good rate, and will keep that information and the processes you use in those classes fresh in your mind. The easier math is for you, the easier your anatomy classes will be for you.
Introduction to Anatomy:
This class is usually not required and that causes many students to skip over it. Don’t do that. If this introductory class is offered to you, and you plan to work in a field where you will be working with people who put their lives in your hands, you best be signing up for this class. It will give you an overview of the skeletal and muscular systems in the body, and will help you see what lies ahead of you in the more in depth and advanced anatomy classes. Even if you have to take this class in place of a more enjoyable elective credit, we feel strongly you should do so.
Many schools are now offering anatomy classes online. This might be a good idea for you as it will give you an online resource for study guides, and a ready forum of people you can talk to online about your struggles. Online anatomy classes will not always count towards your degree, but it can make the advanced anatomy classes easier, and it will allow you to get in some elective credits that will not only build a good foundation of knowledge, but will also make it easier to pass off some credit hours as the work can usually be done any time and from anywhere with an internet connection. Want to go to school in your jammies, or at your favorite coffee shop? Internet Anatomy classes are the way to go for that.
This is the class with the cadavers. Even if this is not required for your particular medical field, it would be a good idea to take or even audit a class like this. The hands on experience you get from working with an actual human body is invaluable. It gives you a chance to really see what working with people in your field is really like, and can calm some of those early jitters your feel.
Anatomy and Physiology:
This is the killer class. This is the class most students fail their first time around. This is the class that forces a lot of very promising students out of their original course plan. It is very hard, but very important. Being well prepared can help you to not be numbered in the statistic of those who fail this class. Take all the preparatory classes you can, and make sure you have the time in your schedule you need to study for what will be thrown at you in this class.
This will usually go hand in hand with your anatomy classes, and will give you a chance to take what you learned in class and through your personal study, and apply it in a laboratory setting. These classes move fast, and usually force you to be paired with other people. Do your best to work hard and make this class a priority as it can really help you pull together all the mundane facts and labels you will be memorizing in the regular class setting.