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Online Human Anatomy and Physiology Certificate

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Human Anatomy and Physiology Program Overview

The Penn Foster Career School Online Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Program will cover major body systems, helping you learn information that is important for many health careers. If you’re considering furthering your education in the health field, this program can help you prepare for some of the most challenging portions of many anatomy and physiology diploma or degree programs. This program can also help you if you’re a medical professional seeking to reinforce the skills you need to analyze and interpret medical reports related to body systems. And if you’re an allied health professional preparing for licensure and certification exams, you’ll find this certificate can be a good refresher program.

The Anatomy and Physiology Certificate introduces and teaches the structure and functions of the human body, including anatomy and its various branches, chemical organization, cells, tissues, organs, and various body systems, as well as special topics like pregnancy and human development. You can complete the program in just one month. You may also receive academic credit toward other Penn Foster Career School Career Diploma and Penn Foster College Associate Degree online programs. Penn Foster College is licensed in the state of Arizona.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The goal of the Anatomy and Physiology Certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge of the major body systems necessary in many health careers, to aid medical professionals seeking to reinforce the skills needed to analyze and interpret medical reports, or to prepare an allied health professional for licensure and certification exams. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and functions of the human body, including anatomy and its various branches; chemical organization; cells, tissues, organs, and various body systems; as well as special topics like body planes, directional terms, cavities, regions, pregnancy, and human development Discuss the processes involved in the senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and functions of the human body, including anatomy and its various branches, chemical organization, cells, tissues, organs, and various body systems, as well as special topics like pregnancy and human development
  • Explain the importance of maintaining homeostasis in the body
  • Discuss the processes involved with the senses of taste, smell, and touch
  • Identify common disorders and dysfunctions that may occur within the various organ systems

Course 1

Lesson 1: Basic Concepts, The Human Body, Biochemistry, Cells, Tissues, and the Skeletal System

In this lesson, you’ll begin your study of anatomy and physiology. 

Objectives:

  • Define terms referring to location, position, direction, body planes, and sections.
  • Locate the major body cavities.
  • Identify and describe the basic anatomical structures of the human body.
  • Discuss the process and mechanics of homeostasis.
  • Explain how human anatomy and physiology are related.
  • List and discuss the organizational levels of the human body in order of increasing complexity and explain how these levels are related to each other.
Lesson 2: Muscles, The Skin, The Nervous System, The Senses, and the Endocrine System

In this lesson, you’ll continue your in-depth study of specific body systems. You’ll complete a final exam at the end of the course.

Objectives:

  • Explain the structures, functions, and diseases of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems in humans.
  • Identify similarities between these body systems.
  • Describe the physiological functions of these body systems.
Additional Course Material

Access card to software called Anatomy and Physiology Revealed 3.0

Textbook: Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions: An Interactive Journey

Course 2

Lesson 1: The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the complex characteristics and properties of blood that make it literally the life force within us.

Objectives:

  • Recognize and define anatomical and physiological term
  • Describe the indicators of common disorders and diseases
  • Identify and describe the components, functions, and disorders of blood
  • Describe the processes of inflammation and coagulation
  • Identify and describe the components, functions, and disorders of the circulatory system
  • Identify and describe the components, functions, and disorders of the respiratory system
Lesson 2: The Lymphatic, Immune, and Gastrointestinal Systems

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the lymphatic system, causative microorganisms, infectious processes, and prevention techniques for the spread of infection.

Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the components, functions, and disorders of the immune and lymphatic systems
  • Define and describe the types and disorders of immunity
  • Explain the disease mechanisms involved in common diseases of the immune system
  • Identify and describe the components, functions, and disorders of the digestive system
Lesson 3: The Urinary and Reproductive Systems

In this lesson, you’ll learn how the respiratory system is intimately related to the cardiovascular system. You’ll also learn about the digestive system, the principles of sound nutrition and the main functions of the urinary system. You’ll take a midterm examination following this lesson.

Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the components, functions, and disorders of the urinary system
  • Identify and explain the functions of the reproductive system
  • Describe the disorders of both male and female reproductive systems
Lesson 4: Forensics, Geriatrics, and Wellness

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the organs of the reproductive system, genetics, and genetically linked diseases. At the conclusion of this lesson, you’ll complete a research project and take a comprehensive final exam.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the relationship between forensics and anatomy and physiology
  • Explain expected physiological changes in anatomy and physiology with aging
  • Identify approaches to attain maximum wellness and prevent the onset of disease

Computer Specifications
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

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Sample Lesson

To view an Anatomy and Physiology sample lesson, click here.

Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Program you’ll learn to:

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

online human anatomy certificate

You can improve your anatomy and physiology knowledge for your current job or in preparation for a health-care certification exam. Here are a few qualities that effective medical professionals have in common:

  • Organized: Keep confidential health forms and patient information in the right places.
  • Honest: Insurance companies, doctors, and patients trust you.
  • Dependable: Patients and doctors rely on you to be organized and on time.
  • Detail-oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

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- Claudia D., Penn Foster Graduate

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- Victor C., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Anatomy and Physiology Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Is this certificate transferable to other medical and health career programs at Penn Foster Career School?

Yes, medical basics course credit, such as Anatomy and Physiology, may be transferred to a number of medical and health career programs at Penn Foster Career School.

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This program does not lead directly to certification. The content is valuable for anyone preparing for a health care certification exam that contains an anatomy and physiology component. The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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