Anatomy & Physiology

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Anatomy & Physiology

Pathways Overview

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway. Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, North’s two A&P survey courses, prepare you for paramedical fields and for advanced study of anatomy and physiology. You can fulfill requirements for various career training programs (medical assistant, nursing, EMT and others), satisfy AA degree requirements or prepare for transfer without a degree, or take individual courses if you are already in a 4-year school.

Academic Support & Scheduling Advantages

A&P faculty are dedicated to helping foster your career path and are well-qualified — with master’s degrees, many with PhDs, and all with years of successful teaching experience within their fields.

Each A&P course is available through multiple class sections, both days and evenings.

Tutoring is available in the biological sciences and A&P, with access to models, scopes and slides. There is also a strong tutoring program through the Math Learning Center.


Emphasis in the first A&P course is on the structure of cells and the tissues of the body (fundamental to further study of organs and organ systems), the concept of structure-function relationships and homeostasis (maintenance of the conditions necessary to sustain life), and the study of the skeletal system, skeletal muscles and the nervous system.

The second course builds upon the student’s knowledge of how cells and tissues work together within organs and organ systems to promote homeostasis. The emphasis is on other organ systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems.