Length of Course: 150 hours

This course is divided into five different sections (listed below). Within each unit, student testing is an ongoing process. A final test of all units is given at the end of the term.

Anatomy & Physiology (Intro)

An introduction to Anatomy & Physiology, giving the student a foundation for more specific subject knowledge areas. The course covers a brief description of the systems of the body and covers the cell, cellular metabolism, tissues, skin and integumentary systems.

Support and Movement

In-depth studies of the muscular and skeletal systems, giving the student an understanding of Kinesiology. Major muscles are studied, and origins and insertions are emphasized. The bones of the skeletal system are learned as well as their cellular makeup, sizes, functions and points of attachments for muscles and tendons. The body is viewed as a continuous lever system in motion and the ossification process of bones is explained.

Nervous System

Covers the central and peripheral nervous systems and their three functions: sensory, integrative and motor. A study of nerve cells, nerve pathways and reflex arc are incorporated along with study of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. An understanding of the somatic senses of touch, pressure, temperature and pain in conjunction with the special senses of smell, taste, hearing, equilibrium and vision. Because of its close relationship with the nervous system, the endocrine system is reviewed at this time.

Body Systems

The other systems of the body such as respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive and urinary systems are studied. Along with these systems, the students will be given a knowledge of nutrition and metabolism. The makeup of blood, water and electrolyte balance are covered.