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Human Anatomy & Physiology | 24-25

Blue Tent Anatomy & Physiology

In this online Human Anatomy & Physiology class, high school homeschoolers will study the most amazing organic machine--the human body. As they study, share, and compare the eleven body systems with their peers, they will discern how every aspect of the body is carefully interwoven to produce an incredible working organism.

  • Asynchronous Class: This text-based class utilizes a diverse array of print and digital resources. While offering students weekly interaction with the instructor and their classmates in their online classroom, there are no live classes.

  • Optional Live Study Hall: The instructor will offer a live study hall every other Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Eastern. Students can utilize this study hall in two ways:

    • Drop in. They can drop in to a Zoom study hall at any time for questions.

    • Homework time. They can log in to a Zoom study hall--with microphones muted and videos on or off--to work on their science homework, and then unmute to get immediate help when questions arise.

Class Details

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology | Traditional, full-year lab-science class​

  • Tuition & Fees:

    • Tuition: $700

    • Custom Lab Kit: Approximately $170

    • See all required class resources HERE.

  • Instructor: Bekah Hilton

  • Dates: August 19, 2024-May 4, 2025. See our FAQ for breaks.

  • Optional Live Study Hall: every other Thursday @ 1-3 p.m. Eastern

  • Grade level: 11th & 12th 

    • Prerequisite: Successfully completed a high school-level Biology class

  • Class size: 10​
  • See our FAQ for:
    • age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class fit recommendations

    • a complete list of days, times, and breaks

    • a list of CA charter schools where this course is a-g approved

  • Format:

    • Asynchronous

    • Students share an online classroom, interacting with their instructor and classmates weekly.​​

  • Average weekly time estimate: 5-6 hours

  • All Blue Tent science courses are NCAA-approved.

Virtual and Hands-On Labs

The hands-on labs and experiments in this course will enable students to view life through a different “lens.”

  • With the use of a microscope, they will examine body tissues and identify structures vital to maintaining homeostasis.

  • Labs will train them to ask questions, make observations and predictions, analyze data, construct arguments, and form conclusions—both individually and collaboratively with their classmates.

Performing dissections—with the close involvement of the instructor and the aid of virtual technology and videos—students will explore the internal designs and discuss the importance of body systems within a variety of species.

  • They will have the opportunity to dissect a sheep’s brain, heart, and kidney, as well as a cow’s eye and a fetal pig.

  • Taking a medical “case study” approach, they will be taught how apply their anatomy and physiology knowledge, critically analyze, synthesize their findings, and formulate conclusions.

  • With the guidance of your instructor, they then will learn how to effectively communicate their scientific findings in written investigative reports.

Digging Deeper

A second-semester research project will offer the opportunity to closely examine a medical condition of interest and investigate historical, mainstream, and cutting-edge treatment options.

  • Instruction and guidance will be provided by the instructor to help students learn the proper way to research, format, and write a scientific paper.

  • Students who have successfully completed a high school biology class will be well-suited for this course if they are:

    • interested in preparing themselves for a medical field—doctor, physician's assistant, nurse, physical therapist—or a sports field, such as exercise physiology or sports medicine

    • interested in taking another high school science, but not ready for or interested in chemistry or physics, and/or

    • interested in--or needing to take--a fourth year of science, having completed the basic requirements of biology, chemistry, and an earth or physical science.

  • Students can expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on classwork.

We hope students enjoy the dynamic interaction with the instructor and with other homeschooled high schoolers from across the country who all share an interested in science. Exploring the human body together at a microscopic and macroscopic level, they'll gain an even greater appreciation of the body’s artistry!

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