Course Overview

Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 is the first of two courses that will help provide the prerequisite foundation for aspiring healthcare professionals. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the structure, biology, organization, and function of cells, tissues, and organs. The integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems are introduced and explored.

Note: This course is a lecture only. If needed, please register for the accompanying lab (HA&P1-457) separately.

FacultySara Aucoin, PT, DPT
Credits3 undergraduate
OfferedOnline Asynchronous
PrerequisitesHBIO-450, equivalent, or consent of instructor
Cost$1,620.00 (Fees included)
Registration DatesJune 4th- September 6th, 2024


What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous - there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a. general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos
  • Listening to podcasts


  • Mini quizzes
  • Learning checkpoints

Other Assignments

  • Exams
  • Case studies
  • Research summaries

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 10-15
  • The Human Body: An Orientation
  • Chemistry Comes Alive
  • Cells: The Living Units
  • Tissues: The Living Fabric
  • The Integumentary System
  • Bones and Skeletal Tissues
  • Joints
  • Muscles and Muscle Tissue, The Muscular System
  • Fundamentals of the Nervous System and Nervous Tissue
  • The Central Nervous System
  • The Peripheral Nervous System
  • The Autonomic Nervous System
  • Special Sense

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Recommended

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Lecturer, Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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