and Physiology (or A&P as it is lovingly known in
the health professions) is a requirement for
virtually all medical and allied-health students.
The depth and intensity of the A&P courses are
adjusted to the needs of the particular career path.
Students of pharmacy technology, for example, will
not undergo the same level of study as those
preparing for RN licensing. Even those going into
therapeutic massage therapy do more A&P than medical
assistants and emergency medical techs. So the
required levels of A&P are all over the map,
and that's why Free-Ed.Net offers a full complement
Schools, both physical or online,
usually offer A&P and medical terminology as
separate courses. And Free-Ed.Net does, too.
Ideally, though, the two should be integrated into a
single concept. Given the practical constraints of
traditional ways of doing things, the two remain
Free-Ed.Net has an experimental program under
development that combines the lower levels of
A&P with the corresponding level of terminology]
Anatomy & Physiology
What is Anatomy?
What is Physiology?
students of health sciences, is the
study of the physical structures
of the human body. This is in contrast
to physiology which is the study
of the functioning of the body and its
Physiology, as an
academic discipline in the allied
health sciences, is the study of
the inner workings of human beings,
including functions such as metabolism,
respiration, and reproduction. This is
in contrast to anatomy which is
the study of shape and structure
of the body and its organs.
terminology is a formal study of the
names of all structures of the human
body, physiological processes, and the
systematic naming of diseases and