Allied Health Prerequisite Science Classes

Best Course Sequences

A well-prepared student planning on applying to the nursing or dental hygiene programs might take the following courses in sequential semesters:
BIO 10 & ENGL 1A
ANAT 1 & CHEM 60
PHYSIO 1 & microbiology (MICRO 5 or MICRO 60)

These courses must be finished by the end of the fall semester before a student applies for the nursing or dental hygiene program. Other required courses such as food & nutrition, speech, psychology, anthropology / sociology, and math can be fit in with the above courses and in the spring semester before starting a program. It is extremely helpful to take ANAT 1 before PHYSIO 1.

IMPORTANT: starting Fall 2012 ENGL 1A must be COMPLETED before a student will be allowed to enroll in ANAT 1, PHYSIO 1, or MICRO 5.

Students who are not as well prepared could take ANAT 58 and PHYSIO 58 to prepare for the "1" level courses. However, note that ANAT 58 and PHYSIO 58 will NOT serve to replace the BIO 10 prerequisite needed for ANAT 1 and PHYSIO 1. Students preparing for the radiologic technology program are advised to take ANAT 58 before PHYSIO 58.

Students should carefully research which microbiology course is required for the allied health program(s) to which they plan to apply. MICRO 5 is a 5-unit UC transferable course; MICRO 60 is a 4-unit CSU transferable course, and is acceptable in the SRJC nursing program.

Strategies to get into impacted anatomy, physiology, & microbiology courses

If you are trying to get into ANAT 1, PHYSIO 1, and MICRO 5 the department knows that this can be difficult and frustrating. These classes are in great demand and laboratory hour demands prohibit adding additional sections. Your best strategy is to be prepared for these classes. Please do not try to enroll if you are not prepared! Many students drop or fail these courses every semester. If only students properly prepared for these classes tried to enroll, there would be room for everyone. Students who have completed BIO 10 with an A or B are usually well prepared. A student who had difficulty earning a C in BIO 10 should seek additional preparation before attempting to enroll in these courses. The best preparation is to have strong English skills. ENGL 1A is a required pre-requisite for ANAT 1, PHYSIO 1, & MICRO 5.

Once a class is filled, the only way to have a chance to get in is to come to class on the first day and apply for shadow anatomy. Please read about shadow anatomy below.  Beyond the computer generated official wait list, there is no other wait list for closed courses in the Biological Sciences Department. Please do not email individual instructors, they do not have the time or resources to maintain wait lists. Please do not request an add code before the first day of class, they will not be given out before then.  You can however recheck online every day to see if anyone who got a spot gives it up before the start of the semester. This approach requires persistence and is based on luck, it will no longer work after the first day of classes.

Shadow Anatomy

In fall and spring semesters an additional section of ANAT 1 lab is offered, called "shadow anatomy". Shadow anatomy works in the following way. Students who are enrolled attend one of the regularly scheduled lectures, but attend "shadow" labs on Friday and Saturday mornings. As students (inevitably) drop from the regular lab times, the shadow students move over to fill those spots and no longer attend shadow labs. This is possible because lecture rooms can accommodate additional students but labs cannot. There is only one way to enroll in the shadow section. Students must show up on the first day of class to the lecture they wish to attend, and fill out paperwork to enroll. If more than 30 students apply for the shadow section, there will be a lottery. Students will be informed by email if they have a seat in the shadow section on Tuesday of the first week, and the chosen students will receive an add code at the first shadow lab on Friday morning. No add codes are given out for shadow anatomy before the start of the semester.

Please note that getting into shadow anatomy means that you must commit to attending both Friday and Saturday morning labs for about six weeks, and must commit to moving to the regular lab time associated with your lecture as space becomes available. For the shadow anatomy program to work it is critical that students:

  • show up on the first day of lecture
  • carefully and legibly fill out all paperwork to apply for the shadow section
  • provide current and accurate information and return emails promptly