So, you are going to be tested on anatomy and physiology.  Are you ready?  Yes? No?  If not, you need to prepare.  Typical study time that most students adhere to when preparing for the HESI A2 and the TEAS Exam Prep is 3-6 months and anywhere from 4-5 hours per day.  One would think that the nursing entrance exam is similar to the MCAT's.  Well, you might say that it's beginning to look like a close tie.  When you stop and think about all the prerequisites that nursing students need, it would certainly come close to rivaling the pre-med.curriculum.  How to begin your study routine?  Start with the basics of cell structure and then build up from there.  The human body is very complex.  You will want to know the names of the bones and what their functions are.  Understand the body systems, such as the lymphatic system, the endocrine system and the cardiovascular system.  While it would be impossible to test you on every single topic of anatomy and physiology, you must still know the basics.  The basics include the negative feedback loops of the endocrine system and the secretions of the adenohypophysis and neurohypophysis.  Try to relate concepts with the particular disease.  For instance, how does diabetes relate to the  pancreas?  What is the difference between type I and type II diabetes.  Learn to trace the flow of blood through the heart, the arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules and veins.

Anatomy and physiology is a vast topic, one that physicians can spend their entire life studying.  It is overwhelming for second year pre-nursing students to try and commit to memory all the information in their textbooks. Some students think they have to, but that is not the case.  With nursing, the main topics of anatomy and physiology are covered on the HESI A2 with respect to the disease process.  So rather than memorize the layers of squamous epithelium and where they are found, the student should instead understand how nutrition is absorbed through tissues and utilized for either anabolic or catabolic reactions. Similarly, instead of trying to memorize the 206 human bones, the student should know where most hip fractures occur, which is at the neck of the femur or at the acetabulum, and they should know what a greenstick fracture is with respect to suspected child abuse.

In studying the liver and the kidneys, the most important topic is the angiotensin conversion pathway and how blood pressure is regulated at the level of the macula densa cells lining the wall of the distal convoluted tubules and their relation to the baroreceptors in the afferent arterioles.

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