One of the biggest worries when it comes to students in Cleveland University-Kansas City’s College of Chiropractic, is class difficulty. I have compiled a list below for those classes based on personal experience and experience from my peers. Keep in mind that this list only goes up to trimester 5 of 10. Once you complete these classes, feel free to wipe the sweat from your brow and give yourself a pat on the back.
5. Biochemistry 1 – This may not be the hardest class on the list, but it is the most anticipated one by far because it is during your first trimester and it’s always a class to snag a couple people back. Dr. Bracho leaves no details out in this one. I’ve found that the best way to pass this class is to review old test questions and try to re-word them so that they are asked differently with slightly different answers. And be sure to check out the David Gallina YouTube videos for extra help.
4. Skeletal Radiology – I am just now getting introduced to this class and so far, so good. However, it hasn’t been that way for many people present, future, and past. If you thought you knew how to read an X-ray, think again. This class tests your knowledge on all the various X-ray findings from minor bone abnormalities to all the AKA’s you could think of. Who knew how many different ways you could call a different abnormality? The multiple choice, multiple answer test questions will drive you up the wall.
3. Head and Neck – This one is a golden. Dr. Merchant challenges the student to know detailed information in great bulk. “But why does he make us learn so much information in detail just for one test?” There is a method to his madness, ladies and gentlemen. Besides passing classes, boards are the most important and challenging thing a graduate student will face. Dr. Merchant tests this way because boards test this way, except even worse. He is merely introducing the student to what they need to prepare for.
2. Neuroanatomy – I’m not sure if it’s the whole ‘class at 7:30 am’ part or just the intense material, but this class is a doozie. It’s a bit rough to wake up and have the same energy as Dr. Barlett has when teaching. Not only is the material difficult, but you fall quickly behind if you don’t have your colored pens ready and all the core and supplemental notes printed off. And of course everybody loves the old classic ‘fill in the blank paragraph’ that Dr. Barlett has made infamous.
1. Biochemistry 2 – This is another one of those wake up at 7:30 and do your best to keep up with the information. If you thought Biochemistry 1 was hard, ha! You learn the basic concepts in Biochemistry 1, but in Biochemistry 2 you put those concepts to work. You take that big-picture philosophy and put a magnifier over it. You learn the great details of metabolic pathways and more importantly, their regulators. Buckle up ladies and gentlemen, this will test your knowledge and understanding to the max. This class has given me my only ‘C’ thus far, and boy did it feel good to pat myself on the back once I was done with it.