Anatomy and Physiology – Advanced Course

Distance Learning Course of 10 Lessons

Course Description

This course has been designed to provide a more in depth understanding of the human body and the accompanying physiological process that allow for its optimal functioning.

As well as revisiting and expanding on some basic principles such as the skeletal and muscular system, this course provides detailed explanations of some more complex aspects of anatomy such as the heart, the brain and spinal cord and the autonomic nervous system. This course also provides detailed aspects of a number of the physiological functions that occur in the human body.

Tuition & Fees

 895.00 CAD

The Skeletal System

Describe the main functions of the skeletal system
Identify the types of bone that make up the skeletal system
Identify the 5 main types of bone classification
Explain the structure of skeletal tissue
Describe the development of bone


What is a joint
Main types of joint
Synovial joints – their common characteristics and movement patterns
Anatomical position
Degrees of freedom of joints
Planes of the body
Training the skeleton

The Muscular System

Identify the three types of muscle tissue
Properties of skeletal muscle
Describe the functions of skeletal muscle
Identify different muscles shapes
What is the role of the muscle fibres
Identify the types of muscular contraction
Identify the structure of skeletal muscles
Explain the Sliding Filament Theory
Describe how muscle contraction is initiated
The all or none law
Explain how muscle contraction is controlled

The Chemistry of Using Food to provide Energy for the Body

How the food we eat is taken apart and utilized to provide energy
How food molecules are transported to cells where they will be used

Cellular Energy

describe where the energy to drive cellular activity comes from
explain what mitochondria are and how they function
explain where mitochondria are thought to have originated

The Heart

Describe the anatomical position of the heart, its size and its structure
Explain the passage of blood flow through the heart
Identify the mechanisms of the heart beat and how it is controlled
Describe the cardiac cycle
Describe how the heart is trained
Identify the main arteries that supply the heart with blood
Describe the relationship between the heart and blood pressure

The Brain

Summarise the functions of the central nervous system
Identify the structure and function of the five main parts of the brain
Explain the function of the ventricles of the brain
Explain the role of the meninges and cerebrospinal fluid

The Spinal Cord

Explain the structure and function of the spinal cord
Identify the peripheral nerves
Explain the type, function and distribution of the twelve cranial nerves
Explain the function and route of the spinal nerves.


Describe the structure of a typical neuron
Identify different types of neuron and explain their functions
Explain the function of nerve endings
Identify the electrical and chemical factors essential in the functioning of nerve tissue

Voluntary and Reflex Actions and the Automatic Nervous System

Explain the anatomical difference between a voluntary movement and a reflex action
Explain the roles of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
Identify the functions of the autonomic nervous system

On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Qualification 1: Anatomy and Physiology – Advanced Diploma

Anatomy and Physiology – Advanced Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

Qualification 2: Anatomy and Physiology – Advanced Certificate of Completion

Anatomy and Physiology – Advanced Certificate of Completion issued by eLearn Canada College.

With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor’s role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

This course is an online course. With online study you have access to your entire course from the start of your studies. You can access your course materials, and submit all of your question papers to your personal tutor, online from anywhere in the World using your unique student account.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependent upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 – 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 110 hrs.


There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrollment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR’s primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.

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