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Table 3 Basic concepts, anatomy, and histology topics ranked as moderate priority (3 – 3.99) 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   
Generic cell structure 3.90 ± 0.98 2-5
Biology of cancer 3.31 ± 1.26 1-5
Organelle function 3.21 ± 1.01 1-5
Normal gross anatomy of:   
Reproductive system 3.83 ± 0.97 2-5
Normal cellular histology of:   
Immune system: lymph nodes, spleen, marrow, blood cells 3.89 ± 1.26 1-5
Gastrointestinal: liver, pancreas, salivary, biliary, alimentary canal 3.89 ± 0.99 1-5
Muscle types: cardiac, smooth and skeletal 3.75 ± 1.08 1-5
Renal system: nephrons, ureter, bladder, urethra 3.54 ± 0.52 3-4
Skeletal: bone, cartilage 3.50 ± 1.44 1-5
Endocrine system: glandular tissue 3.47 ± 0.69 2-4
Integument – thick and thin skin 3.43 ± 0.88 1-5
Reproductive system: ovary, testes, uterus, vagina 3.29 ± 1.12 1-5