Human Anatomy and Physiology

From: $98.00 / month for 8 months

Recommended Prerequisite: high school biology and chemistry
Grades: 10th–12th
Live Class: Wed 11:00–12:00 p.m. ET
Dates: August 23–April 29
Price: $699

Instructor: Dr. Karen Joseph

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Course Description


Of all the subjects you learn in school, there is one that you carry around with you every day. You use this subject every minute of your life, even when you are sleeping. Without this subject, you could not learn any of the other subjects. Of course, we are referring to Human Anatomy and Physiology.

In this course, you become the subject of your own study. You will learn about the shape, structure, and complex and interrelated systems that keep you moving, breathing, and thinking. We’ll do lab experiences that will enhance your understanding of the design and function of your body. In addition, we’ll participate in virtual dissections (and a few optional real dissections for students who so choose) that will allow you to observe structures closely analogous to the human body in other organisms.

This course is designed so that you come away with a much better understanding of how your body works, which will be beneficial no matter what career field you choose. It will be especially useful for those wishing to pursue a career in healthcare or the life sciences. The price of this course includes full access to an online resource called “Visual Body”. Visual Body and teacher created lessons comprise the content of the course. No textbook is required.

Course Structure

A typical week in Human Anatomy and Physiology will consist of online lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Lessons will include a combination of online instruction, audio and video sections, hands-on activities, and Virtual Body activities, as well as daily short quizzes and periodic longer examinations to support and assess understanding.  I use numerous audio recordings and videos to help students learn the correct pronunciation of new terms as well as to deepen their understanding of the content. Since this course provides a high school credit, there will be some lab activities, one or two lab reports, and a few additional short writing assignments. Students generally spend about 30 minutes per day doing course work.

On Wednesdays at 11 am Eastern Time, we will have a live class.  The live classes may include reviews of topics from the previous week, an introduction to the coming week, topics to provide extension of the content and/or a case study that brings the current topic to life. Although it is always best if students attend the live classes, I will post the recording of the class so that students who can’t attend can watch later.

Who should enroll?

This course is for students in grades 10-12 who have already taken biology and chemistry (strongly recommended). Human Anatomy and Physiology builds on concepts learned in biology and chemistry, so it is in the student’s best interest to have completed these courses first or concurrently.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will complete daily computer graded quizzes, periodic teacher graded quizzes and short essays, numerous lab experiments and projects, virtual and/or real dissections, three to four lab reports, etc.


I respond to emails containing questions from students within 24 hours. I make every attempt to grade assignments within 48 hours. Lab reports and longer essays are graded within one week.

Required Texts


  • All course materials are provided by the teacher; they are included in the price of the course.

5 reviews for Human Anatomy and Physiology

  1. Debra Bell

    Dr. Joseph is teaching A&P for Aim Academy Online beginning in 2021-22. The following reviews are for the previous instructor.

  2. Bella

    I personally worked really well with the way this class was taught. The guided notes and open book approach for most things helped me focus on understanding the structures and processes taught in each module, rather than having to just rigidly memorize terms without knowing what they mean. Lectures were also engaging and colorful, and though student interaction was a little tough at times when I wasn’t sure what to say, I wouldn’t change that at all because it definitely helped me learn and made lectures more enjoyable. I also LOVED how energetic you are about this subject – I’m a big biology nerd, to be honest, and your enthusiasm made me happy. 🙂 In addition, I appreciated how we took time a few months ago at the beginnings of a couple lectures to talk briefly about COVID-19; the whole situation is confusing and scary and it’s too easy to find misinformation online in the age of the internet, so I’m really glad that you took the time to talk about it with us and explain the general science behind the virus. Overall, this class was both enjoyable and appropriately challenging, and I learned a lot.

  3. Student

    Anatomy and Physiology was a good foundation before I go on to study nursing. It had the right amount of challenge involved and I would recommend this course to anyone who was looking for a class to give them a foundation before college.

  4. Matthew Williams

    Dr. Kanner is a master at teaching Anatomy and Physiology. When she says that A&P was her favorite subject, she means it! From the brain all the way to the urinary system, Dr. Kanner explains her material well. Over the course, I learned things about my body that I did not even know; I did not even know what the word Homeostasis meant before this class. Now, I know that homeostasis is a process that allows our bodies to survive and maintain stability. That is just an example. Dr. Kanner is straightforward, kind, extremely helpful, and ready to work. For those who are pursuing a health career, you need to take this class, as it will set you up for college and health professional schools (medical, dental, nursing, etc.). However, if you are not pursuing a health profession, this class is still excellent to take because you are learning about your body and all the different systems that make you who you are. Dr. Kanner’s Anatomy and Physiology class prepares you for success in the classroom and outside of the classroom. I myself would constantly be talking about what I learned from A&P to my family all the time. With this class, you definitely will need to put in the work and a couple hours a day as there is so much to learn and topics to bediscussed about…I mean, it is the human body and its functions! This class was enjoyable from start to finish from the labs, to the homework, to the tests, and finally to the discussions. This class is not easy, but if you put in the time, the work, and your mind to it, then the class will be great.

  5. Kristina

    Anatomy and Physiology was one of my favorite classes. I learned so much about the human body. Dr. Kanner was always happy to answer all my questions. I would definitely recommend this class even if you aren’t going into medicine.

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Instructor Bio

Dr. Karen Joseph

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Dr. Karen Joseph earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. After working for several years, she began homeschooling her 3 children in 1989.  As a homeschooling mom, she has taught every subject at every grade level, but her favorite subject is science!  She taught science classes, ranging from Middle School Life Science and Earth Science to High School Biology to Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology at a Pennsylvania Public Cyber Charter School for 12 years. She was the recipient of the 2009 Pennsylvania Charter School Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Joseph believes that science should be fun, and she works to create classes that have a strong hands-on component, and that will ignite in her students a passion to know more about the wonderful world they live in.

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