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Table 1 Basic concepts, anatomy and histology topics ranked as high priority (4 or above) by academics (ranking: 1 = lowest priority to 5 = highest priority)

From: Teaching science content in nursing programs in Australia: a cross-sectional survey of academics

Topic Mean/SD Range
Basic concepts   
Homeostasis 4.72 ± 0.53 3-5
Tissue types and functions 4.15 ± 0.83 2-5
Surface anatomy, body planes, orientation terminology 4.10 ± 0.94 2-5
Normal gross anatomy of:   
Cardiovascular system 4.72 ± 0.53 3-5
Respiratory system 4.72 ± 0.53 3-5
Neurological system 4.66 ± 0.55 3-5
Renal system 4.55 ± 0.63 3-5
Gastrointestinal system 4.41 ± 0.73 3-5
Immune system 4.21 ± 0.98 1-5
Endocrine system 4.24 ± 0.95 1-5
Muscular system 4.00 ± 1.08 1-5
Skeletal system 4.00 ± 0.85 2-5
Integumentary system 4.00 ± 0.78 2-5
Normal cellular histology of:   
Respiratory system: trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli 4.21 ± 1.07 1-5
Neurological system: neurons and neuroglia 4.11 ± 0.92 1-5