This course was much more informative than I expected. I learned so very much about human anatomy... I am still amazed as to how everything works together to maintain homeostasis and keep us going. Wonderful course! Loved the teaching style of Holly Trimble. She made it interesting and so informative.
I didn't realize how much I had learned until I happened to be watching a TV show on PBS. I could actually understand what the scientists/doctors were talking about and explaining. The show dealt with diseases of the brain and things that can go wrong in the human body. I knew exactly what they were talking about thanks to your course!
I enjoyed taking this class. I have a strong interest in science, especially the human body. My full-time job is accounting, but I hope to go back to school to become a nurse. I enjoyed reading the questions and the responses from the teacher and the students. The answers were very clear and they were not too technical to comprehend. Thank you for offering this course.
I enjoyed this course immensely and would recommend it to anyone that had any desire to learn about the human body. I am preparing to enter PT school and feel that this course was a huge help to me in preparing for the courses that lie ahead.
I really enjoyed the class. The information was in an easily digestible format. As a medical records coder, this course will help take me to a higher level of coding with the anatomy knowledge I have now. This class far exceeded my expectations!
I took this class as a prereq for Medical Coding. As a novice I felt that this course was easy to read and understand as well as interesting. I totally enjoyed the course. Thank you.
I took this course because I teach an EMT course at a local college. I have learned a great deal. I thought I knew the human body and how it worked, but it was a lot more complicated than I thought. I have a greater understanding now and am much better off because of the way you broke things down and made it simpler to understand. Many thanks to you.
I truly enjoyed this course. I am 55 years old, and have decided to try to change careers - to nursing if possible. I felt this course would give me an some idea of what studying to become an RN would entail. Thank you very much!
As a lifelong student and college professor with several degrees, some of which included online courses, I found Holly Trimble to be the best online instructor I have ever had. She explained topics in a clear, yet thorough way, and accentuated these with narratives that helped to personalize the online classroom. I am definitely considering taking another course with her. Thanks so much, Holly, for the great learning experience!
This course was full of a lot of information. I was taking the course just for fun, but I learned so much due to the great amount of detail the instructor put into the course. It was not overwhelming or too deep, but it was very complete. I thought it was a terrific course on anatomy!
Course Code: hap
Our first week will introduce you to the fascinating subject of human anatomy and physiology. We'll start by reviewing some basic chemistry. Then we'll discuss how the human body is organized and its four main types of molecules. We'll even touch on some funny ideas humans used to have about living organisms. Finally, we'll discuss homeostasis.
In the second lesson, we’ll discuss the different functions of cells and talk about how they reproduce. We'll finish up with a discussion on cancer—which is cell reproduction gone amok.
This week, we'll tackle the subject of heredity. You'll learn how genes determine your physical and mental characteristics and the important differences between reproductive cells and other cells. Then we'll spend some time talking about Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics, and discussing some different genetic disorders.
Then, we'll move on to the organ systems. You'll learn how the nervous system is organized, its different jobs, and the structures that make thinking, feeling, and moving possible. You'll also learn how the nervous system works when we're in danger or in physical pain. We'll talk about how nervous impulses are transmitted and disorders of the nervous system.
In week 3, we'll explore the structure and function of bones, and then we'll talk about different types of joints and the amazing structure of your spinal column. You'll learn about some common disorders of this system and what you can do to keep your bones strong.
We'll discuss the muscular system as well, including large and microscopic structures. We'll go over some of the specific muscles in the body and how they work together—even simple movements involve chemical reactions and close coordination with the nervous system. Finally, we'll look at several common muscular injuries.
In the first lesson this week, you'll learn about the anatomy of your respiratory organs and which muscles are crucial for breathing. We’ll discuss differences between ventilation, external respiration, internal respiration, and cellular respiration. And we'll talk about some illnesses that affect the respiratory system.
Next, we'll explore the composition of blood, the various blood cells, and the different kinds of blood vessels in your body. We'll talk about the heart’s chambers, valves, coronary vessels, and electrical system, and about how blood travels around the body. We'll also spend some time discussing high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
We'll talk about the many ways your body keeps you well in our first lesson this week. You’ll learn about the lymphatic system’s disease-fighting role as well as its other functions, and about some of the other disease-fighting organs. Finally, we'll talk about how the body's disease-fighting ability can be compromised.
In the second lesson, we'll take a close look at the integumentary system (the skin) and the urinary system, which are very important to maintaining homeostasis. We'll spend time on the structure of these two systems, particularly the kidneys. Then you'll learn about kidney failure and the challenges of dialysis and kidney transplantation.
In our final week, you'll learn about how the body converts food into the chemicals we need. We'll also discuss the role of the three main types of foods and the importance of vitamins and minerals. We'll talk about two common digestive disorders, as well as one of the most common kinds of cancer: colon cancer.
In the last lesson, we'll discuss some specific endocrine glands, the hormones they produce, and how they influence each other. We'll also cover both the female and male reproductive systems and how the endocrine system makes reproduction possible. We’ll end with a discussion of diabetes and endometriosis.
Holly Trimble earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in pediatric physical therapy from Boston University, and a master's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. After working as a physical therapist for many years, Holly transitioned into teaching. She received an Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award from her college and is the author of the e-book College Success Now! as well as several ed2go courses.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
The lessons begin with an explanation of the nature of matter and a review of the principles of chemistry that are important to human physiology. We'll place an emphasis on the organization of the human body and the differences between non-living matter and living organisms. We'll cover cell anatomy and physiology, where all life processes are ultimately carried. You'll also gain an understanding of genetics.
After we've established this foundation, we'll survey the anatomy and physiology of each of our 11 organ systems. We'll discuss functions of the different organ systems that you'll probably find surprising. In addition, each lesson includes information about specific disorders that sometimes happen to our bodies.
As we discuss the organ systems, you'll learn how our nervous system allows us to receive, process, and interpret sensation and send messages to our muscles and glands. We'll cover the skeletal and muscular systems, learning how they make movement possible, and also about some of their little-known but equally essential functions.
This course explains how the circulatory and respiratory systems work together to provide our bodies with the oxygen our tissues need, and how they work together with the skin and kidneys to rid our bodies of wastes. You'll learn how our bodies fight off diseases, and how our digestive system converts the food we eat into energy and the tissues of our bodies. We'll also spend time on the endocrine system, which supplies the hormones we need for our survival, and the reproductive system, that group of organs that allows life to be passed on to another generation.
Anatomy class covers the structure and form of the parts of the human body, such as bones, tissues, and organ systems, including on a microscopic scale. Physiology is the study of how these systems work together, carrying out chemical and biological functions like homeostasis and communication between cells. With the two topics combined, ed2go’s course in human anatomy and physiology provides a comprehensive overview of how the body works.
When you take the online anatomy and physiology course from ed2go, you get a robust education that can be completed when it fits your schedule. You will begin with a pretest to check your knowledge of the topics in the course, before moving on to a total of 12 lessons. At the end of each lesson there is an assignment and a quiz. Once you complete all 12 lessons, you take the final exam, and walk away with new knowledge!