This is the first online course I have ever taken, and it was wonderful. I was hesitant to take one, but as I got into it and realized how fun it was, I picked up another one! I will definitely recommend this instructor to anyone willing to take an online course, and I will look for her name the next time I sign up for one. Thanks so much."
Thanks so much for this course. Every time I take an anatomy course, I learn a little more and start understanding how to be healthy more. Thanks for creating this course. I really enjoyed it! I really appreciate your clear writing and your diagrams!"
Thank you for another well designed class! After taking Anatomy and Physiology I, I knew Anatomy and Physiology II would be well worth the wait!"
This has been my second course with you, and I have learned quite a bit. I have enjoyed all the lessons and thank you very much for your instruction."
I have taken both Anatomy/Physiology I and II from this instructor. I have enjoyed both courses and learned a lot."
This was an excellent course and it had the most qualified and helpful instructor. I enjoyed the opportunity to take quizzes and use the material for an additional learning tool. Thank you!"
I can't even begin to express how much this class has opened my eyes and mind up to everything that goes on in the human body. I took this classe to help me get accepted to nursing school, but the class was so interesting that now I know without a doubt that I am headed in the right direction with my career. I really enjoyed the class, and I've always heard if you enjoy doing it then you're in the right place. Thanks for making this so interesting."
This is the second course I have taken with Holly, and she has once again done an excellent job! I appreciate her efforts very much! Thank you!"
I appreciated the amount of enthusiasm that came through from the instructor. I feel I have a strong basic understanding of the human body and its many systems. I believe this course has prepared me for my new career course and am very thankful for the opportunity to learn in this online format."
This was my first online class experience and I loved it - can't wait to take more. Thank you very much! The instructor was fabulous."
Course Code: hp2
Learn about the four major types of tissues—epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissue. We'll go over their major characteristics, how they're named, their functions, and where they're located. You’ll even discover some hints on identifying specific tissues with a microscope. Then, explore the topic of sensation as you learn about the sensations of touch, pressure, temperature, and pain. You'll discover the differences between free nerve endings, Merkel disks, Meissner corpuscles, root hair plexuses, and Pacinian corpuscles. We'll also talk about sensory adaptation and referred pain, and you'll learn where in the brain messages from sensory receptors end up.
Learn about sensory receptors (muscle spindles, Golgi tendon organs, and joint proprioceptors) that tell your brain how much tension is in your muscles and the position of your body parts. You'll also study the structures of the vestibular system and learn how they contribute to both static and dynamic equilibrium. Then, learn about the composition of the eyes, including their three coverings and the structures inside the eyeballs. We'll talk about special sensory receptors called rod and cones, and how information they receive is sent to the brain and analyzed.
Discover the physics of sound. You'll learn why sounds differ in pitch and loudness, and you'll find out about a quality of sound called color. We'll also talk about the different structures that make up the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. Then, learn about the structures that respond to chemicals of smell and taste, and how the sensations of smell and taste are perceived in the brain. We’ll also talk about disorders of both of these senses.
In this lesson, we'll go over the fascinating topic of cellular metabolism—the chemical reactions that occur in your body’s cells. You’ll also learn about the capture and storage of energy, the role of enzymes in metabolic pathways, and disorders of cellular metabolism. Then, we'll continue our study of important chemicals in the human body.
Learn about the roles both men and women play in the creation of the zygote—the very first cell that starts a new human life. We’ll then follow that new creature through the amazing changes that occur during pregnancy. Then, learn about pregnancy from the mother's point of view. We'll start with a discussion about the placenta, and then we'll talk about the way pregnancy affects the mother's different organ systems. We'll also discuss the events of childbirth and what a mother experiences during the postpartum period.
Focus on the neonatal period, infancy, and childhood. You’ll learn about changes in the first four weeks after birth, and we'll move on to a discussion of reflexes and brain maturation during the first year and significant changes that occur during childhood. Finally, we'll go over puberty, adulthood, and old age. You'll learn how hormones work during puberty and what physical changes occur during that time. We'll also discuss changes that occur during young adulthood and middle age and spend some time on menopause. We'll end this lesson with a discussion of ways to slow down the aging process.
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, Trimble transitioned into teaching. She has lectured on health-related topics to all age groups and works as an adjunct instructor of anatomy and physiology. She received an Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award and is the author of “College Success Now!”
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.