Anatomy and Physiology Certificate

Program Outline

Here's how it works
Your certificate program consists of courses designed to take you step-by-step toward understanding anatomy and physiology. Your first course will be sent to you as soon as your enrollment has been accepted. Other courses will follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have study materials to work with.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: The goal of the Anatomy and Physiology Certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge of the major body systems necessary in many health careers, which can aid a medical professional seeking to reinforce the skills you need to analyze and interpret medical reports or an allied health professional preparing for licensure and certification exams.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and functions of the human body, including anatomy and its various branches, chemical organization, cells, tissues, organs, and various body systems, as well as special topics like pregnancy and human development
  • Explain the importance of maintaining homeostasis in the body
  • Discuss the processes involved with the senses of taste, smell, and touch
  • Identify common disorders and dysfunctions that may occur within the various organ systems

Textbook: Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions: An Interactive Journey

Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal. Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers. Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

SCI 135: Anatomy and Physiology Part 1

  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Chemistry of Living Things
  • Cells
  • Tissues
  • Organs
  • The Integumentary System
  • The Skeletal System
  • Bone Growth, Injury, and Healing
  • The Muscular System
  • Muscle Stimulus, Exercise, and Disorders
  • The Central Nervous System
  • The Peripheral and Autonomic Nervous System
  • The Sensor System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Hematic (Blood) System

SCI 136: Anatomy and Physiology Part 2

  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • The Heart as Part of the Cardiovascular System
  • Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
  • The Immune System
  • Respiration and Its Components
  • Digestion and Reabsorption
  • Metabolism
  • Body Temperature
  • Urine Formation
  • Kidney Metabolism and Sexual Reproduction
  • Pregnancy and Birth
  • Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Pathopsychology and Its Types
  • Genomics in Detail


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.

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