Get an Anatomy and Physiology Certificate

Does the human body fascinate you? In this course, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to anatomy (the structures of the body and their physical relationships) and physiology (the study of the functions of those structures).

Whether you are a health sciences student, or simply interested in equipping yourself with more knowledge about human bodies and how they work, this course will equip you with a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology.

What Happens in the Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course

The Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course is an online learning program with recommended readings from the textbook (Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, 2e). This course is self-directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 9 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 18 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 9 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course.

Course Topics

The Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Anatomy and Physiology Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College).

An Introduction to the Human Body

  • Overview of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Structural Organization of the Human Body
  • Functions of Human Life
  • Requirements for Human Life
  • Homeostasis
  • Anatomical Terminology
  • Medical Imaging

The Chemical Level of Organization

  • Elements and Atoms: the Building Blocks of Matter
  • Chemical Bonds
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Inorganic Compounds Essential to Human Functioning
  • Organic Compounds Essential to Human Functioning
  • The Cellular Level of Organization

The Cell Membrane

  • The Cytoplasm and Cellular Organelles
  • The Nucleus and DNA Replication
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Cell Growth and Division
  • Cellular Differentiation

The Tissue Level of Organization

  • Types of Tissues
  • Epithelial Tissue
  • Connective Tissue Supports and Connects
  • Muscle Tissue and Motion
  • Nervous Tissue Mediates Reception and Response
  • Tissue Injury and Aging

The Integumentary System

  • Layers of the Skin
  • Accessory Structures of the Skin
  • Functions in the Integumentary System
  • Diseases, Disorders, and Injuries of the Integumentary System

Bone Tissue and the Skeletal System

  • The Functions of the Skeletal System
  • Bone Classification
  • Bone Structure
  • Bone Formation and Development
  • Fractures: Bone Repair
  • Exercise, Nutrition, Hormones, and Bone Tissue
  • Calcium Homeostasis: Interactions of the Skeletal System and Other Organ Systems

Axial Skeleton

  • Diversions of the Skeletal System
  • The Skull
  • The Vertebral Column
  • The Thoracic Cage
  • Embryonic Development of the Axial Skeleton

The Appendicular Skeleton

  • The Pectoral Girdle
  • Bones of the upper Limb
  • The Pelvic Girdle and Pelvis
  • Bones of the Lower Limb
  • Development of the Appendicular Skeleton

Joints

  • Classification of Joints
  • Fibrous Joints
  • Cartilaginous Joints
  • Synovial Joints
  • Types of Body Movements
  • Anatomy of Selected Synovial Joints
  • Developments of Joints

Muscle Tissue

  • Overview of Muscle Tissue
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Muscle Fiber Contraction and Relaxation
  • Nervous System Control of Muscle Tension
  • Types of Muscle Fibers
  • Exercise and Muscle Performance
  • Cardiac Muscle Tissue
  • Smooth Muscle
  • Development and Regeneration of Muscle Tissue

The Muscular System

  • Interactions of Skeletal Muscles, Their Fascicle Arrangements, and Their Lever Systems
  • Naming Skeletal Muscles
  • Axial Muscles of the Head, Neck, and Back
  • Axial Muscles of the Abdominal Wall, and Thorax
  • Muscles of the Pectoral Girdle and Upper Limbs
  • Appendicular Muscles of the Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limbs

The Nervous System and Nervous Tissue

  • Basic Structure and Function of the Nervous System
  • Nervous Tissue
  • The Function of Nervous Tissue
  • The Action Potential
  • Communication between Neurons

Anatomy of the Nervous System

  • The Embryologic Perspective
  • The Central Nervous System
  • Circulation and the Central Nervous System
  • The Peripheral Nervous System

The Somatic Nervous System

  • Sensory Perception
  • Central Processing
  • Motor Responses

The Autonomic Nervous System

  • Divisions of the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Autonomic Reflexes and Homeostasis
  • Central Control
  • Drugs that Affect the Autonomic System

The Neurological Exam

  • Overview of the Neurological Exam
  • The Mental Status Exam
  • The Cranial Nerve Exam
  • The Sensory and Motor Exams
  • The Coordination and Gait Exams

The Endocrine System

  • An Overview of the Endocrine System
  • Hormones
  • The Pituitary Gland and Hypothalamus
  • The Thyroid Gland
  • The Parathyroid Glands
  • The Adrenal Glands
  • The Pineal Gland
  • Gonadal and Placental Hormones
  • The Endocrine Pancreas
  • Organs with Secondary Endocrine Functions
  • Development and Aging of the Endocrine System

Fluids and Transport

  • An Overview of Blood
  • Production of the Formed Elements
  • Erythrocytes
  • Leukocytes and Platelets
  • Hemostasis
  • Blood Typing

The Cardiovascular System: the Heart

  • Heart Anatomy
  • Cardiac Muscle and Electrical Activity
  • Cardiac Cycle
  • Cardiac Physiology
  • Development of the Heart

The Cardiovascular System: Blood Vessels and Circulation

  • Structure and Function of Blood Vessels
  • Blood Flow, Blood Pressure, and Resistance
  • Capillary Exchange
  • Homeostatic Regulation of the Vascular System
  • Circulatory Pathways
  • Development of Blood Vessels and Fetal Circulation

The Lymphatic and Immune System

  • Anatomy of the Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  • Barrier Defenses and the Innate Immune Response
  • The Adaptive Immune Response: T lymphocytes and Their Functional Types
  • The Adaptive Immune Response: B-lymphocytes and Antibodies
  • The Immune Response against Pathogens
  • Diseases Associated with Depressed or Overactive Immune Responses
  • Transplantation and Cancer Immunology

The Respiratory System

  • Organs and Structures of the Respiratory System
  • The Lungs
  • The Process of Breathing
  • Gas Exchange
  • Transport of Gases
  • Modifications in Respiratory Functions
  • Embryonic Development of the Respiratory System

The Digestive System

  • Overview of the Digestive System
  • Digestive System Processes and Regulation
  • The Mouth, Pharynx, and Esophagus
  • The Stomach
  • The Small and Large Intestines
  • Accessory Organs in Digestion: The Liver, Pancreas, and Gallbladder
  • Chemical Digestion and Absorption: A Closer Look

Metabolism and Nutrition

  • Overview of Metabolic Reactions
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Protein Metabolism
  • Metabolic States of the Body
  • Energy and Heat Balance
  • Nutrition and Diet

The Urinary System

  • Physical Characteristics of Urine
  • Gross Anatomy of Urine Transport
  • Gross Anatomy of the Kidney
  • Microscopic Anatomy of the Kidney
  • Physiology of Urine Formation
  • Tubular Reabsorption
  • Regulation of Renal Blood Flow
  • Endocrine Regulation of Kidney Function
  • Regulation of Fluid Volume and Composition
  • The Urinary System and Homeostasis

Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

  • Body Fluids and Fluid Compartments
  • Water Balance
  • Electrolyte Balance
  • Acid-Base Balance
  • Disorders of Acid-Base Balance

The Reproductive System

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Male Reproductive System
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Female Reproductive System
  • Development of the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

Development and Inheritance

  • Fertilization
  • Embryonic Development
  • Fetal Development
  • Maternal Changes During Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth
  • Adjustments of the Infant at Birth and Postnatal Stages
  • Lactation
  • Patterns of Inheritance

What Is Included in the Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course

This all-inclusive Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course Online package includes:

  • Registration for the Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course Online
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance
  • Textbook: Anatomy and Physiology 2e (e-book edition)
  • Downloadable Psychology Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Organization of Business Professionals for only $2.99 per month

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Anatomy & Physiology and Your Career

Are you fascinated by the intricacies of the human body? Have you always wanted to understand how our organs, tissue and cells work together to keep us alive? Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of the human body, and aspire to take care of your own health and the health of others?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, this introductory anatomy and physiology course may be a perfect fit for you!

This course is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology, covering topics such as the skeletal, nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. You’ll learn about the different structures and their functions, as well as how they work together to maintain homeostasis and support overall health and wellbeing.

If you aspire to make a career out of your interest in the human body, studying anatomy and physiology opens up a world of exciting career opportunities. Health science professionals, such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and medical researchers rely on a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology in their day to day work. While pursuing a career in healthcare will require further education, this introductory course is a good starting point for aspiring healthcare professionals, and for those with a casual interest in anatomy and physiology.

Before investing thousands of dollars and years of your time on advanced degrees, an introductory course such as this can give you insight into core concepts, equip you with valuable skills and knowledge, and ultimately help you decide what is next for you and your career. Join us today to unlock the mysteries of the human body!

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  • How Do I Start a Career in Anatomy and Physiology?
    If you aspire to make a career out of your interest in the human body, studying anatomy and physiology opens up a world of exciting career opportunities. Health science professionals, such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and medical researchers rely on a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology in their day to day work. While pursuing a career in healthcare will require further education, this introductory course is a good starting point for aspiring healthcare professionals, and for those with a casual interest in anatomy and physiology. Before investing thousands of dollars and years of your time on advanced degrees, an introductory course such as this can give you insight into core concepts, equip you with valuable skills and knowledge, and ultimately help you decide what is next for you and your career. Join us today to unlock the mysteries of the human body!
  • What is the Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online anatomy and physiology certificate course, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of anatomy and physiology. You will learn about all of the major systems of the body, and how they work together to keep the body functioning at its best. You will receive an Anatomy and Physiology Certificate when you successfully complete the course. This online course has a recommended completion date of 9 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 18 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.