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iCEV vs. AES: Which is Better for Teaching Anatomy and Physiology?

March 15th, 2022 | 11 min. read

Brad Hummel

Brad Hummel

Coming from a family of educators, Brad knows both the joys and challenges of teaching well. Through teaching experience of his own, he’s experienced both firsthand. As a writer for AES, Brad’s goal is to help teachers empower their students through listening to educators’ concerns and creating content that answers their most pressing questions about career and technical education.

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Selecting the correct anatomy and physiology curriculum is crucial to the success of your CTE health science students. With certifications and career opportunities on the line, your students must have materials that will keep them excited and help them master complex concepts and terminology.

If your present A&P textbooks and other resources aren’t enough to keep their attention, you’re probably looking for new, more compelling resources. Two curriculum choices you may be aware of are iCEV and AES. You might even use iCEV for a different course in your program.

In this article, we’ll compare the iCEV and AES anatomy and physiology curriculum options.

Specifically, you’ll learn answers to these questions:

  • What Are Anatomy and Physiology Topics Covered by iCEV and AES?
  • How is Each Anatomy and Physiology Program Structured?
  • What is the Purpose of Each Anatomy and Physiology Program?
  • What Does Each Anatomy and Physiology Program Cost?
  • Which Resources Are Right for You and Your Students?

After finishing this review, you’ll have a more complete picture of what iCEV and AES offer for anatomy and physiology to help you decide which one is right for you.

What Are Anatomy and Physiology Topics Covered by iCEV and AES?

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Both iCEV and AES offer a substantial anatomy and physiology curriculum, but the topics taught by each vary. Below, we’ll compare the differences between the iCEV and AES curriculum topics.

iCEV Anatomy and Physiology Topics

For A&P, iCEV offers a standalone, standards-aligned course for grades 10-12. This course teaches anatomy and physiology exclusively, covering just those particular topics. The lessons could fill an entire class for high school students when taught in their entirety.

iCEV includes 34 total lessons in its course:

  1. Mathematics in Health Science
  2. Scientific Procedures & Safety  
  3. Scientific Reasoning & Problem Solving
  4. Health Science Safety & Regulations
  5. Health Science Equipment
  6. Emerging Technologies in Health Science
  7. The Human Cell
  8. Homeostasis
  9. Body Systems: Disease, Trauma & Congenital Defects
  10. Body Systems: Environmental Factors
  11. Basic Anatomy & Physiology
  12. Digestive System
  13. The Human Body: Digestive System
  14. Body Systems: Energy   
  15. Circulatory & Respiratory Systems
  16. The Human Body: The Circulatory System
  17. The Human Body: The Respiratory System
  18. Nervous, Skeletal & Muscular Systems
  19. The Human Body: The Nervous System & Special Senses    
  20. Body Systems: Electrical Conduction Processes & Interactions        
  21. The Human Body: Skeletal System      
  22. The Human Body: The Muscular System
  23. Principles of Body Mechanics   
  24. Endocrine, Immune & Integumentary Systems
  25. The Human Body: The Integumentary System
  26. The Human Body: Immune System     
  27. The Human Body: The Urinary System
  28. The Human Body: The Reproductive System
  29. The Human Body: How Systems Work Together
  30. Human Development: Fetal & Infant   
  31. Human Development: Toddlers, Preschoolers & School-Age Children  
  32. Human Development: The Adolescent Male
  33. Human Development: The Adolescent Female
  34. Human Development: Adulthood

Because of how iCEV divides its content, you’ll find that some lessons may cover a single subject, while others cover similar topics over a series of lessons.

AES Anatomy and Physiology Topics

The AES curriculum features 200 hours of anatomy and physiology content to incorporate into the health science career pathway.

AES divides the A&P material into thirteen main sections called modules. Modules are organized by major systems of the human body.

Each module contains up to nine different content units. Teachers can choose whether to incorporate an individual module, unit, or activity in their courses.

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The AES anatomy and physiology curriculum consists of these 13 modules.

The Anatomy and Physiology Introduction module has 21 curriculum hours and these units:

  1. Introduction
  2. Building Blocks of the Human Body
  3. Everything Begins with Cells
  4. Cell Reproduction
  5. Chemical Processes that Support Life
  6. Anatomical Terminology
  7. The Body at Work

The Cardiovascular System module has 18 hours of content and these units:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Heart: Anatomy and Function
  3. Cardiac Blood Vessels
  4. The Cardiac Cycle
  5. Blood and Its Component
  6. Blood Cells and Blood Types
  7. Development of the Heart
  8. Diseases and Disorders

The Digestive System includes 12.5 hours of material divided into these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

The Endocrine System has 12.5 instructional hours and these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

The Integumentary System module features 11.5 hours of instruction and these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

The Lymphatic System module includes 12.5 hours of curriculum between these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

The Muscular System module has 20 hours of instruction in these units:

  1. Introduction
  2. Types of Muscles
  3. Starting the Muscle Contraction
  4. Muscle Movement at the Cellular Level
  5. Body Motions and Terminology
  6. Naming of the Skeletal Muscles
  7. Muscle Groups
  8. Resistance Training and Exercise
  9. Diseases and Disorders

The Nervous System module features 12.5 instructional hours across these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

The Reproductive System module has 12.5 hours of material in these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

The Respiratory System module offers 13 hours of curriculum across these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

The Sensory System module includes 12.5 hours of material between these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

The Skeletal System module features 25.5 curriculum hours in these units:

  1. Introduction
  2. Bones and the Skeletal System
  3. Bone Anatomy
  4. Axial Skeleton
  5. Appendicular Skeleton
  6. Articulations
  7. Bone Markings
  8. Bone Growth and remodeling
  9. Diseases and Disorders

The Urinary System module has 12.5 hours of curriculum and these units:

  1. Structure and Function
  2. Diseases and Disorders

It’s worth noting that since AES modules include units, they can contain material from multiple iCEV lessons.

How Is Each Anatomy and Physiology Program Structured?icev-aes-anatomy-physiology-curriculum-structure-design

Although both cover anatomy and physiology, iCEV and AES follow a different curriculum structure that affects their learning design. In this section, you’ll learn about the important distinctions in structure between these two programs.

iCEV Course Structure

iCEV’s anatomy and physiology curriculum focuses on several types of materials. These materials work together to form the whole course.

The focus of the iCEV A&P course is on the instructional videos provided in each lesson. These videos cover key concepts, such as body systems and terminology, and function as a visual lecture for learners on a particular subject.

Often, iCEV videos come with click-through presentations teachers can use in the classroom to teach and reiterate lesson content. Lessons also include project and activity handouts for students and lesson plans for instructors. Teachers can expect to find the same types of materials throughout the course.

AES Curriculum Structure

aes-course-framework-four-phase-curriculumThe AES anatomy and physiology curriculum is structured around longer sections called learning modules. These modules are organized by body system, and each module utilizes the same instructional framework called the four phases.

The AES four-phase curriculum works to maximize student understanding while saving teachers time in the classroom:

  • For the Explore phase, instructors lead learners through activities that capture their interests.
  • During the Learn & Practice phase, students learn new concepts and skills in anatomy and physiology through teacher-led presentations and student-directed eLearning lessons.
  • In the Reflect phase, teachers lead students in activities that review and discuss key ideas.
  • Lastly, the Reinforce phase features student-directed projects that enhance their understanding of the content in each module.

Using the four phases maximizes learning and retention, but it’s up to individual teachers to determine the activities that work best in their classrooms. With AES, you can always use whichever combination of materials best satisfies their specific needs.

What Is the Purpose of Each Anatomy and Physiology Program?icev-aes-anatomy-physiology-purpose

Fundamentally, while iCEV and AES teach the same subject, their anatomy and physiology programs serve different educational purposes.

In this section, you’ll discover the purpose of both programs and the type of health science classroom they work well in.

What Is the Purpose of the iCEV Anatomy and Physiology Course?

The iCEV anatomy and physiology course provides a solid choice for teachers and students who need content specifically about anatomy and physiology.

Since it focuses exclusively on A&P, it primarily fills a need for a course on the subject within a CTE health science pathway. The materials here are enough to constitute a whole class and meet course requirements.

The narrow focus on anatomy and physiology allows students to focus on just this subject matter in preparation for exams and certifications.

What Is the Purpose of the AES Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum?

The AES anatomy and physiology modules form an integral part of the HealthCenter21 comprehensive curriculum system.

While you can use these modules to create a full A&P course, the curriculum is designed to fit into a complete CTE health science program. This means you can use content from the modules to teach anatomy and physiology in different courses throughout your entire pathway to meet state standards and prepare students for certification.

Since it’s part of HealthCenter21, you can flexibly use the AES anatomy curriculum with other modules that follow the identical four-phase learning sequence, creating a consistent instructional experience across multiple classes.

Related Resource: How to Teach Anatomy and Physiology with AES

What Does Each Anatomy and Physiology Program Cost?icev-aes-anatomy-physiology-price-cost

The iCEV and AES anatomy and physiology programs are priced differently for teachers and schools. This section explores how you can determine the price of these resources for your particular classroom or institution.

How Is the iCEV Anatomy and Physiology Course Priced?

The iCEV anatomy and physiology course is priced per student for a single class. When you choose iCEV, you’ll have access to just this particular course.

iCEV does not disclose its pricing, so you’ll have to contact their sales department directly for the most accurate pricing.

How Is the AES Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum Priced?

The AES anatomy and physiology curriculum is part of the complete HealthCenter21 curriculum system for middle and high school CTE health science students. When you get HealthCenter21, you gain access to the entire catalog of learning modules and curriculum, including A&P.

The cost of a HealthCenter21 annual subscription depends on the number of students, teachers, and locations you plan to use AES:

  • The Classroom plan starts at $1,500 for 20 students and is designed for teachers and students in a single classroom.
  • The Campus plan begins at $4,000 for 65 students and is ideal for multiple teachers at the same school.
  • The District plan starts at $10,000 for 175 students and is best for multiple teachers at different campuses.

Every plan includes complete access to the entire HealthCenter21 library, including every anatomy and physiology curriculum module.

Which Resources Are Right for You and Your Students?icev-aes-which-anatomy-and-physiology-curriculum-is-right-for-you

What you hope your students will get out of the anatomy and physiology learning experience will play an essential role in determining whether iCEV or AES is right for you.

If you’re looking for a dedicated, premade class to teach students A&P through video lectures and related projects and activities, then iCEV could be the program for you.

The iCEV standalone course has everything you need to teach this one specific subject. The course materials help students check the boxes necessary for learning these topic areas and can help them gain the knowledge they need for success later.

If you’re already an iCEV customer and like the materials and presentation style offered, purchasing the additional iCEV anatomy and physiology course could be a natural choice.

However, if you want to integrate anatomy and physiology into a comprehensive CTE health science curriculum, AES could be the better choice.

By themselves, the AES anatomy and physiology modules can go far in meeting course requirements and keeping your students on track for certifications. But because you can integrate A&P curriculum modules into any course you create, the HealthCenter21 curriculum system is a sound choice for teachers desiring flexibility. You can incorporate the resources your students need the most to facilitate a compelling, custom learning experience.

Ultimately, if you believe that the AES anatomy and physiology curriculum might be the better fit for you and your students, consider signing up for a free trial of HealthCenter21.

During your trial, you can access the in-depth A&P program that’s part of an encompassing, comprehensive health science curriculum.

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