How to Use HealthCenter21 in an Anatomy and Physiology Course Blog Feature
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By: Bri Stauffer on December 19th, 2019

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How to Use HealthCenter21 in an Anatomy and Physiology Course

Anatomy and Physiology | Health Science | HealthCenter21

As a health science curriculum developer, we work with thousands of CTE teachers every year.

In speaking with these teachers, they have shared that Anatomy and Physiology is one of the most important courses they teach.

It’s also one of the most difficult classes to keep students engaged and interested in.

Because of this, teachers frequently ask us how our digital curriculum HealthCenter21 can be used in a year-long Anatomy and Physiology course.

Though our curriculum doesn’t currently contain enough content to be your sole instructional resource for a year-long course, many teachers we work with use it as a supplement alongside other materials.

To best use HealthCenter21 in your Anatomy and Physiology classes, we recommend using these four pieces of the curriculum:

  1. Medical Terminology module
  2. Anatomy and Physiology module
  3. Diseases and Disorders module
  4. Daily Quiz Challenge

In this post, we’ll share what to expect from each of these curriculum pieces, plus best practices on how to use them in your A&P course.

But before getting into the details, it’s important to understand how HealthCenter21 is structured to ensure you have the most success with implementing the curriculum!

How Is HealthCenter21 Structured?

HealthCenter21 is a digital curriculum system with more than 650 curriculum hours of content organized into learning modules.

These modules each focus on an overarching healthcare topic and are structured according to the four phases of learning:

  • Explore: Students discover a concept through engaging activities
  • Learn & Practice: Students learn more information through interactive lessons and assessments
  • Reflect: Students review what they’ve learned through class activities and discussions
  • Reinforce: Students complete projects and activities to reinforce what they’ve learned

Every module in the curriculum includes a mix of these phases to help students learn and retain the information presented.

Now that you have an idea of what to expect from HealthCenter21 as a whole, let’s dive into the details of how to use it in your A&P course!

1. The Medical Terminology Module


The Medical Terminology module provides 9 curriculum hours of content to help you introduce medical root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations, and more.

Within the Medical Terminology module, you’ll find:

  • One Explore Activity
  • Four Learn & Practice Units
  • One Reflect Activity
  • Two Reinforce Activities
  • One Module Test

So, what are the best practices for using the Medical Terminology module in your Anatomy and Physiology classes?

We suggest that you use this module during the introductory portion of your course to help students become familiar with the basics of medical language.

Start by using the Explore activity to ease your students into the basics of medical terms by completing a word search.

Next, it’s time to incorporate the units from the Learn & Practice section:

  • Unit 1: Word Parts: Roots
  • Unit 2: Word Parts: Suffixes and Prefixes
  • Unit 3: Abbreviations
  • Unit 4: Anatomic References

Each unit includes digital lessons, study resources, review challenges, and assessments to help students learn and use medical terms.

You can utilize these units in one of two ways, depending on your preference:

  • Instruct students to complete the units as part of your daily class work
  • Require students to complete the units at home prior to discussing topics in class

After your students have worked through the units, it’s time to incorporate the Reflect and Reinforce activities.

These activities work great as supplemental pieces to fill in class time or to assign as homework.

As you wrap up this portion of your coursework, use the module test to measure how well your students learned the content.

Overall, when it comes to using the Medical Terminology module, these lessons and activities will help set them up for success in learning about each body system!

Pro Tip: There are some “review games” within the module that are great for additional practice and reinforcement. Allow your students to access the Medical Terminology module throughout the entire length of your course to make the most of them!

2. The Anatomy and Physiology Module


The Anatomy and Physiology module contains 19 curriculum hours of content to provide an overview of the body systems and how they work together.

Within the Anatomy and Physiology module, you’ll find:

  • One Explore activity
  • 13 Learn & Practice units
  • One Reflect activity
  • Three Reinforce activities
  • One module test

So how can you best use the HealthCenter21 Anatomy and Physiology in your year-long course?

When you’re ready to start discussing the specific body systems, it’s time to incorporate this module!

Because the bulk of the curriculum is contained in the Learn & Practice units, we’ll focus specifically on how you can best use them:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 2: Integumentary System
  • Unit 3: Skeletal System
  • Unit 4: Muscular System
  • Unit 5: Nervous System
  • Unit 6: Sensory System
  • Unit 7: Cardiovascular System
  • Unit 8: Lymphatic System
  • Unit 9: Respiratory System
  • Unit 10: Digestive System
  • Unit 11: Urinary System
  • Unit 12: Endocrine System
  • Unit 13: Reproductive System

Each unit contains digital lessons that discuss the functions and parts of the system as well as common diseases and disorders that can affect it.

The best way to incorporate these units into your Anatomy and Physiology course is by using them to kick off your own lessons on the body systems!

Before discussing each new body system in your class, assign the related Learn & Practice unit as homework to give your students an introduction.

Then during class time, dive into the details by using your Anatomy and Physiology textbook to help guide your classroom lessons.

Here’s one teacher’s experience with using this type of blended learning structure:

“This program allows my students to get a jump start on class content before beginning formal lectures. The students are then able to recognize terminology and grasp new concepts more easily.”

stacey-metzger-circleStacey Metzger

Grosse Ile High School, MI

Many teachers we work with also mix in hands-on activities throughout their classes to keep students engaged in learning the details of each system.

Overall, using a blended learning strategy will help your students learn the background information from HealthCenter21, allowing you to spend class time answering questions and digging into the details.

Pro Tip: Assign the Reinforce projects during times when you don’t want to introduce new material, such as before a long weekend or as an end-of-the-semester activity.

3. The Diseases and Disorders Module


The Diseases and Disorders module includes seven curriculum hours of content focused on various diseases and disorders that affect the human body.

Specifically, the Diseases and Disorders module contains:

  • Three Learn & Practice units
  • Two Reinforce projects
  • One module test

So how can you use this module in your Anatomy and Physiology course?

The Diseases and Disorder module was designed as an expansion of the Anatomy and Physiology module.

Because of this, we suggest assigning the Diseases and Disorders module after discussing all of the body systems in your course.

By taking this approach, the module’s lessons and activities help students further explore how certain diseases and disorders impact the body systems.

You can assign students to complete the Learn & Practice units either in-class or as homework, depending on how your syllabus is laid out.

Currently, you’ll find lessons on Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, however later in 2020 there will also be lessons on Asthma and Diabetes!

Pro Tip: The Reinforce project on Diseases and Disorders Research is a great way to wrap up the semester with group work and presentations!

4. The Daily Quiz Challenge

The Daily Quiz Challenge is a unique piece of the HealthCenter21 system that offers a 10-question, non-graded review challenge each day when your students log in.

The questions include topics found within the Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology modules that students often need more practice with.

So what’s the best way to use the Daily Quiz Challenge in your A&P course?

The Daily Quiz Challenge is an excellent bell ringer activity to kick off your class every day.

We recommend using it all year long as a way to give your students extra practice with vocabulary and to reinforce long-term retention!

Pro Tip: To encourage your students to participate in the Daily Quiz Challenge, you can review a participation report and highlight students who have the highest scores on your class leaderboard!

Teach Anatomy and Physiology (and more) with HealthCenter21

At the end of the day, these are our best recommendations for using HealthCenter21 as a supplement in your Anatomy and Physiology classes.

But if you’re like most health science teachers we work with, you likely teach more than just A&P in your program!

Teachers like you find the most success with HealthCenter21 when they use it in multiple courses to introduce the basics, help students hone skills, and prepare students for certifications.

With more than 650 curriculum hours of content, HealthCenter21 can work in many of your courses either as a supplement or a main instructional resource!

“The HealthCenter21 curriculum is comprehensive, frequently updated, and there are so many ways to use it. You can teach using the PowerPoints and interactive lessons to customize your lectures. Plus it’s great to use for flipped learning or if a student needs an enrichment assignment.”

mary-flanaganMary Flanagan

Delaware County Technical School, PA

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