Anatomy & Physiology I

Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology I is the first in a set of two semester-long lab courses that introduce students to basic anatomy and physiology. The first unit covers directional terminology and those aspects of chemistry and cellular biology that students must master in order to study anatomy and physiology. It also teaches students how to use lab equipment safely. Then students learn about the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine, with separate lessons on the brain and the senses. Students make connections to their personal health and the prevention of disease for each body system studied. As they conduct research, complete wet labs, participate in a wide range of group activities, and take quizzes and exams, students develop the skills they need for college-level work and careers in the health professions.

The project for this course requires students to work in small groups to develop public service announcements (PSAs) that inform the public about a condition affecting a body system that they have studied. First they work together to write a research report, which forms the basis of the information presented in the PSA. Students present their PSAs to an invited audience at a health care PSA showcase. The driving question for the project is, “How can we, as health professionals, make best use of a PSA to inform the public about a condition affecting a body system?”

This course is expected to take a total of 73 50-minute class periods.

Course Scope & Sequence

The Scope & Sequence lists the learning objectives for each lesson, providing you with an overview of what your students will learn during the course. You can use these learning objectives as a guide to determine how the course enables your students to reach the requisite goals set for them.

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Lesson Descriptions

The Lesson Descriptions document includes a brief overview of every lesson in the course. This is the narrative companion to the course Scope & Sequence document.

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Course Support

If you have questions about this course, need a hand with a particular lesson, or just have a great idea to share, please contact Kevin English directly at We are available to support you in teaching the course while also gathering feedback to improve the NAF curriculum.

Project Overview

In every NAF course, students complete a culminating project and present it in the final lesson. Download the Project Overview to learn the details about the culminating project for this course and to find out what advance preparation the project entails.

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NAFTrack Certification Course Guide

NAFTrack Certification is a nationally recognized, standards-based set of tools developed by NAF to evaluate students’ readiness for college and career. By completing all NAFTrack Certification requirements, students demonstrate mastery of academic skills and career-related knowledge. The requirements are as follows: for each of four NAF courses, students complete all coursework, pass the end-of-course exam, and fulfill culminating project responsibilities, as evidenced by uploading key pieces of work.

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Correlations to the Common Core State Standards

This document identifies which of the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards are met by each lesson in the course. You can use these correlations as an aid to preparing your students for college and careers.

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We welcome questions and feedback about these course materials. For a prompt response, please email the NAF Instructional Managers directly at

The ZIP file below contains the current version of every file for this course. Be sure to download it before the start of each school year. If you just need a specific file or two, it's quicker to use the individual links listed on this page.

All Course Files (ZIP file)

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

Lesson 2: Surfaces, Planes, and Directions

Lesson 3: Biochemistry

Lesson 4: The Integumentary System

Lesson 5: The Skeletal System

Lesson 6: The Muscular System

Lesson 7: Midterm Exam

Lesson 8: The Nervous System

Lesson 9: The Brain

Lesson 10: The Senses

Lesson 11: The Endocrine System

Lesson 12: The Course Project

Lesson 13: Final Exam

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