Essentials Of Anatomy And Physiology –


(3 credits)

This course introduces the foundations of basic anatomy and physiology to the student. Terminology, structure, and function of body systems are stressed. This course covers the major systems of the body, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Students begin to develop critical thinking skills by understanding the interdependence of the body systems and functions.
This undergraduate-level course is 7 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

The Male & Female Reproductive Systems

  • Differentiate the structures and functions of the male and female reproductive systems.

The Lymphatic and Urinary Systems

  • Examine how the urinary system functions.
  • Identify the structures of the lymphatic system and their functions.

The Digestive System

  • Explain how digestion is related to the regulation of body temperature.
  • Break down the process of digestion.

The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

  • Illustrate how blood transports oxygen and carbon dioxide.
  • Identify how the respiratory system works in conjunction with the cardiovascular system.
  • Trace the flow of blood through various structures of the heart.

The Senses, Nervous System, and Endocrine System

  • Describe endocrine glands and tissues and their related hormones and functions.
  • Differentiate each of the general and special senses.
  • Identify the regions of the brain and the central nervous system and the functions of each.

The Skeletal and Muscular Systems

  • Analyze the interrelationship between the skeletal system, muscular system, and connective tissues.

Cellular Structure and Human Tissues

  • Compare and contrast the structure and function of the four major types of human tissue.
  • Identify the structures of a cell and the function of each.

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