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With how important a topic anatomy and physiology is, it’s no surprise you want to get off to a strong start when teaching it to your high schoolers. After all, if your students are looking at careers in healthcare, having a strong grasp of anatomy and physiology is essential to their success.
But where do you start looking to find the right curriculum? What options are out there, and which would be best for your students?
As a health science curriculum developer, we’ve often heard such questions and more. In response, we’ve gathered together a list of some of the top resources that can form the core curriculum of an anatomy and physiology class.
In this article, you’ll discover four of the best resources out there to teach anatomy and physiology to your high school students:
NHA’s Anatomy & Physiology Course
iCEV’s Anatomy & Physiology Course
Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease, 3rd Edition
Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology Textbook
By the end of this article, you’ll have a better sense of each of these resources so you can decide which would best serve as your primary curriculum resource.
To address these issues, NHA included materials and systems intended to make things easier for teachers while also keeping students engaged. These include anatomy and physiology lesson plans, PowerPoints, interactive online activities, implementation guides, exams, and more.
How Much Does This NHA Curriculum Resource Cost?
The general price range of NHA’s Anatomy & Physiology Course hovers around $65 per single student subscription.
Doing the math, for 25 student licenses, the price would come out to about $1,625.
Depending on the needs of your class, this could be a solid, economical choice for you. However, a factor to consider is that oftentimes NHA licenses are tied to one student for one semester only, and cannotbe recycled between semesters, reused, or shared. This may be the case for Anatomy & Physiology licenses, which could affect the amount you pay for a year’s worth of lessons.
To find out the specifics of both pricing and the lifespan of Anatomy & Physiology licenses, consider contacting NHA directly so you can get a more accurate idea of whether their terms will fit your classroom.
Who Is NHA’s Intended Audience?
NHA’s Anatomy & Physiology Course is designed for students who need a foundational education on anatomy and physiology.
While students typically take this type of course at the start of a post-secondary health science program, much of the course material is appropriate for high school students.
If you teach a foundational anatomy and physiology course, this curriculum will probably fit you well.
This is especially the case if you want to focus on student engagement and classroom interactivity in your course.
2. iCEV’s Anatomy & Physiology Course
iCEV is a digital curriculum provider that specializes in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Though they offer some resources for higher and adult education, much of their material is focused on the K-12 space.
iCEV has educational resources covering eight of the major CTE pathways, including health science. One of the major health science courses they provide is an Anatomy & Physiology Course, intended specifically for students in mid-to-late high school.
What Does This Curriculum Resource Look Like?
iCEV’s Anatomy and Physiology Course is divided into 34 lessons, each covering a different system or concept relating to the function of the human body. Some of these lessons--in no particular order--include:
The Human Cell
Body Systems: Disease, Trauma & Congenital Defects
The Human Body: Digestive System
Body Systems: Energy
The Human Body: The Respiratory System
The Human Body: The Nervous System & Special Senses
Body Systems: Electrical Conduction Processes & Interactions
The Human Body: Skeletal System
The Human Body: The Muscular System
Principles of Body Mechanics
Endocrine, Immune & Integumentary Systems
The Human Body: The Integumentary System
The Human Body: Immune System
The Human Body: The Urinary System
The Human Body: The Reproductive System
The Human Body: How Systems Work Together
Human Development: Fetal & Infant
Human Development: Toddlers, Preschoolers & School Age Children
Human Development: The Adolescent Male
Human Development: The Adolescent Female
Human Development: Adulthood
Each lesson in this course comes with video presentations that students can watch, lesson plans, activities, projects, and assessments, all designed to hook and keep student attention.
If you want a sense of what iCEV offers in their Anatomy & Physiology Course, check out the sample lesson on Homeostasis they offer on the course page. This lesson consists of about half an hour of video content, as well as a handout, project, lesson plan, and class activity.
How Much Does the iCEV Curriculum Resource Cost?
iCEV’s pricing information is not readily available on their website, so you’ll need to contact them directly if you want an idea of what their Anatomy & Physiology Course will cost.
Who Is This Curriculum’s Intended Audience?
iCEV’s Anatomy & Physiology Course is designed for upper high school--specifically grades 10-12.
In particular, this course is intended to help health science students use problem-solving and critical thinking to conduct scientific investigations and make informed decisions on anatomy and physiology. Along the way, they’ll study many of the body’s systems and structures.
If you teach a high school anatomy and physiology course and want a curriculum that gives your students hands-on experience conducting lab and field investigations, then this curriculum would probably be a good choice for you.
3. Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease, 3rd Edition
Though there are pros and cons to using textbooks to form your core curriculum, when it comes to anatomy and physiology, it can’t be denied that there are some great textbook options out there.
This textbook is published by Pearson, and its authors are Bruce Colbert, Jeff Ankney, and Karen Lee--each an expert with years of experience in healthcare or health science. As its title implies, this book focuses on foundational information about the human body and the diseases that may affect it.
What Does This Curriculum Resource Look Like?
Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease is organized into a narrative journey that walks students through each section of the body. This journey is divided into 19 chapters:
Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease: Learning the Language
The Human Body: Reading the Map
Biochemistry: The Basic Ingredients of Life
The Cells: The Raw Materials and Building Blocks
Tissues and Systems: The Inside Story
The Skeletal System: The Framework
The Muscular System: Movement for the Journey
The Integumentary System: The Protective Covering
The Nervous System: The Body’s Control Center
The Endocrine System: The Body’s Other Control Center
The Senses: The Sights and Sounds
The Cardiovascular System: Transport and Supply
The Respiratory System: It’s a Gas
The Lymphatic and Immune Systems: Your Defense Systems
The Gastrointestinal System: Fuel for the Trip
The Urinary System: Filtration and Fluid Balance
The Reproductive System: Replacement and Repair
Basic Diagnostic Tests: What Do the Tests Tell Us?
The Journey’s End: Now What?
Each chapter provides callout boxes that help students draw connections between the concepts they’re learning and how they might apply them in the healthcare workplace.
Unlike many textbooks, Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease also places a focus on engaging students through the use of a conversational tone, real-world analogies, practice opportunities, and more in order to ensure students both pay attention and retain information.
How Much Does This Anatomy and Physiology Textbook Cost?
Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease costs $94 for a physical edition of the book.
At this price, buying copies for a class of 25 students would cost about $2,350.
However, it’s important to remember that there are a few other variations of this textbook available as well--including several electronic versions--that are considerably less expensive.
Check out the order information on the Pearson’s website for more pricing information on specific versions of the book.
Who Is This Textbook's Intended Audience?
Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease was designed with future health professionals in mind. It focuses largely on introducing new students to the foundations of anatomy and physiology that they’ll need to achieve success.
With its introductory bent and casual, humorous tone, this textbook would be a great fit for high school students, even if they don’t plan on pursuing future careers in the medical industry.
If you teach a high school anatomy and physiology course and need an engaging, reliable textbook to form the core of your curriculum, this would be a solid choice for you.
This is particularly the case if you want a portion of your class to focus on disease, since this book explicitly focuses on various ailments of the human body.
4. Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology, 16th Edition
With many editions published by McGraw Hill over the course of the last 40 years, Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology is another excellent choice of textbook to serve as the core of your curriculum.
This textbook has a reputation for being one of the most reliable, comprehensive resources out there for teaching anatomy and physiology, which is why it’s been around as long as it has. It finds a balance between providing a well-rounded education for students, while simultaneously ensuring its content is accessible and understandable.
What Does This Curriculum Resource Look Like?
Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology is divided into 24 chapters, each of which cover a different structure or system within the human body:
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemical Basis of Life
Joints of the Skeletal System
Nervous System I: Basic Structure and Function
Nervous System II: Divisions of the Nervous System
Nervous System III: Senses
Lymphatic System and Immunity
Nutrition and Metabolism
Water, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance
Pregnancy, Growth, and Development
Genetics and Genomes
Throughout these chapters, students will use the integrated “Learn, Practice, Assess” system to ensure they can successfully understand and apply the knowledge they learn. This system is divided into three steps:
Learn - Where students learn key concepts and mechanisms within the human body.
Practice - Where students complete activities to help reinforce the information they’ve learned.
Assess - Where students complete a self-assessment to measure their understanding of the material.
How Much Does this Anatomy and Physiology Textbook Cost?
Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology, 16th Editioncosts about $164 per physical edition of the book.
For a class of 25 students, then, you’re looking to pay about $4,100 to supply each student with a copy.
However, as with other textbooks, there are several different versions of this book available, including larger bundles and electronic editions, and this price may vary depending on the version you think would fit best in your class.
Being designed specifically for grades 9-12, Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology is perfect for high school elective and CTE courses.
This textbook is intended for students who have little prior knowledge of science, making it a great resource for an introductory anatomy and physiology class.
If you prefer a tried-and-true, comprehensive textbook to serve as the core curriculum for your anatomy and physiology class, then Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology would likely be a great fit for you.
Which Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum Is Right for You?
In this article, you’ve discovered some of the best resources out there for giving your high schoolers that solid understanding of anatomy and physiology that they need. Between textbooks and online curriculum systems, you have many options to choose from to find the best fit for your classroom.
However, if you’re like most health science teachers, you teach more than just anatomy and physiology--you might also teach introduction to health science, medical assisting, nurse assisting, and others. And while an anatomy and physiology curriculum on its own sounds great, it won’t help you with these other essential classes.
If you need an all-in-one curriculum resource that will help you teach almost every course across your program, then check out HealthCenter21.
HealthCenter21 is a comprehensive digital curriculum that provides enough material for both a year-long anatomy and physiology course and many other courses, including introduction to health science, medical assisting, and more.