My Studies of Pre-Nursing, Anatomy and Physiology

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As a college student in Pre-Nursing, I’ve found myself becoming very interested in the many aspects of Anatomy. Anatomy can be described as the basic structure or makeup of humans, animals, and other living organisms. It can be studied using various methods including: dissection, observation, examination, and the many educational materials found in textbooks. Anatomy is used in many professions in the world such as: scientists, doctors, dentists, nurses, investigators, etc. Some of the questions I hope to answer are, what are the salary ranges for these professions? What organs of the body can people live without? And, how does Anatomy compare to Physiology?


Over the past couple of years, the rise of the health care profession has been increasing tremendously.

Some speculate that shows such as “Greys Anatomy” and “The Good Doctor” have had some influence for the rise in numbers of people wanting to become a part of the medical field. Some of the professions in the health care are an orthodontist, dentist, nurse anesthetist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, pediatrician, a surgeon, an anesthesiologist, obstetrician and gynecologist, and a physical therapist just to name a few.

“U.S. News & World Report recently released its “2016 Best Jobs Ratings” and positions in healthcare dominated the list, earning nine of the top 10 spots. U.S. News determined the best occupations in the country by comparing median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.” (Martin)

Of those careers, some of the highest paid professions are, an Anesthesiologist which pays an average salary of around $246,320, a Surgeon which pays an average salary of $240,440, and an Orthodontist which pays an average salary of 1,030.

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Of the top 15 health care professions, the mean salary is $168,415. A Pediatrician has the median salary of $175,400. There is not a mode as no two salaries are the same.


Organs are vital to human’s bodies to help carry out certain functions, but what are some organs can we live without? Within our body, there are five specific organs that are vital for our survival. Those organs include the brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. The brain is the body’s main control system, the heart helps pump blood throughout our body, the kidney helps remove wastes from our blood, the liver helps get rid of toxic chemicals that are harmful to our bodies, and finally, our lungs, which is responsible for our breathing. (Rettner)

Many people don’t realize that there are several organs that people can live without. One organ that humans can live without is the kidney. Although, people can live without their kidneys, they would require dialysis. Some other organs that play a role in the function of our body but is not needed includes, the gallbladder, the appendix, and the pancreas. (“Which Organs Can You Survive Without?”) The gallbladder stores bile and when people develop gallstones, they may even need it removed. The Appendix is used for storing good bacteria in the gut but is not needed and the pancreas helps control blood sugar levels. If a complication happens and one of your organs can be removed, even after removing it, you’ll have to change your lifestyle a bit. For example, if you had your pancreas removed, you might have to change your eating habits to help control your blood sugar on your own since you wouldn’t have an organ to help you do that anymore. Or in my case, when I had my gallbladder removed, I must monitor how much fatty foods I eat because even without a gallbladder, you can still develop gallstones within your body.

Some people may ask you if you want to become an organ donor or not. If you decide to become one, when you die, doctors may remove your organs to help people in need. The graph below shows the countries where the most people are willing to donate organs when they die according to Statista, from May 25th-June 8th, 2018.

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Looking at the results of this study, India shows to be the most willing to donate their organs with 74% of the people indicating that they would if they were to die suddenly. Around 66% of the people in the United States said they would be willing to donate. This was more than double the amount of people who said they would in Russia – only 30% were willing to donate.

Finally, how does Anatomy relate to Physiology? Anatomy can be dated back to the Egyptian era, 1600 BC. Its name comes from the Greek word anatome, meaning “to cut”. Anatomy teaches about the structuring of the human body. It helps show locations, names, shapes, and sizes of all the bones, nerves, muscles, and more. Physiology was discovered in 420 BC, during the Hippocrates time period. He was known as “the father of medicine.” The study of physiology furthers the studies of Anatomy by teaching functions of the human body. These functions include the biochemical (hormones), mechanical (bones, muscles), and physical (skin) processes that organs go through or may have to go through at some point. (“Difference between Anatomy and Physiology”) Both subjects study the human body, and both are required subjects for most health care degrees. Using the Venn Diagram can show the relationship between these two subjects:


Anatomy is the basic structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms and has a big impact on today’s society. Anatomy is also used by helping prepare students throughout school to become future health personnel. There are lots of employment options available for people who want to pursue a career in the health professions and by the looks of it, the increase of jobs in the profession will continue to rise. If you are willing to put in the hard work and are dedicated and like learning about the human body and helping others, then the health profession is the right career choice for you. Being able to become knowledgeable in the way the human body works and what organs are necessary to live drove me to pursue a degree in nursing. Anatomy and Physiology are required for those in the health care field and are necessary to help make informed decisions in the health profession. Also, the mathematical concepts and critical thinking skills learned in this class can assist in all areas of study and work.

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