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Anatomy and Physiology: Introduction

AP introductionThis module provides a brief overview of anatomy and physiology. Students learn why anatomy and physiology are essential concepts to understand for healthcare professionals. Students are introduced to the six levels of structural organization, cells, and the chemical processes that support life, including the importance of homeostasis. Anatomical terminology used throughout other modules in the Anatomy and Physiology curriculum is introduced. Finally, students receive an overview of how organs and body systems work together to support a healthy human body.

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Phase 1: Explore


Medical Terminology

This activity provides students the opportunity to learn the prefixes, root words, and suffixes that make up basic medical terminology.


Trivia Questions

This trivia challenge includes a mix of interesting and challenging facts to kickstart student learning. This activity can be done individually or in teams as a game.

Phase 2: Learn & Practice


Unit 1: Introduction

In this unit, students learn why the knowledge of anatomy and physiology are essential to healthcare professionals. Students also define anatomy and physiology and identify the difference between the two types of study.


Unit 2: Building Blocks of the Human Body

In this unit, students learn about the six levels of structural organization delve deeper into understanding tissue and organs.


Unit 3: Everything Begins with Cells

In this unit, students take a closer look at cellsThey learn the functions of the cell, parts of the cell, and the importance of the biological macromolecules.


Unit 4: Cell Reproduction

In this unit, students learn about the two types of cell reproduction, including processes of cell reproduction and the differences between the processes.


Unit 5: Chemical Processes that Support Life

In this unit, students define homeostasis and understand its importance in the body. They also learn about many functions within the body that support homeostasis.


Unit 6: Anatomical Terminology

In this unit, students learn about anatomical positions, body planes and cavities, and quadrants and regions of the body. Students define and identify these terms.


Unit 7: The Body at Work

In this unit, students receive a summary of how organs and body systems work together to support a healthy and whole human body.


Phase 3: Reflect


Questions and Discussion

This activity provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon and apply what they learned to situations in their lives and health-related settings. 

Students can complete this assignment as homework or teachers can use the questions to lead a class discussion.


Phase 4: Reinforce


Crossword Puzzle

For this activity, students complete a crossword puzzle to reinforce the glossary words and medical terminology learned in the lessons. Students can work individually or in small groups to complete the puzzles.

Advanced Treatment Research Project

Students research an advanced treatment for a disease or disorder to better understand medical procedures beyond the typical treatments. Students are encouraged to explore current, innovative, cutting-edge, non-traditional, and other treatment options as part of this project.

Students can work individually or in small groups to create a research paper or presentation.

Careers Research

In this activity, students research three healthcare careers. This activity is an opportunity to apply what they learned in the lessons to career opportunities. This activity can be completed as homework, as in-class work, or as a presentation.

Diseases and Disorders Research

Students research a disease or disorder in greater detail than presented in the module. Students explain the etiology, pathology, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and potential disease prevention. This activity can be completed as homework, as in-class work, or as a presentation.

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