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Anatomy 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 of them.

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 separated.

[Note: 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

Medical Terminology


What is Anatomy?

What is Physiology?

What is
Medical Terminology

Anatomy, for 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 organs. 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. Medical terminology is a formal study of the names of all structures of the human body, physiological processes, and the systematic naming of diseases and disorders.


David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015