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Advanced Anatomy & Physiology

17 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Text Materials Shipped and Test Online

Contents: Text and audio (CD) shipped to you. online multiple-choice test.


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Text, audio (CD) and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.


Already own the text Anatomy & Physiology: The Massage Connection? Call us at 1-800-364-5722, 9am to 5pm, to discuss your enrollment options.


This course covers anatomy and physiology beyond what you learned in school including the following systems: the integumentary, skeletal and joints, muscular, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, and urinary.

The textbook used in this course was written to better meet the specific educational needs of massage therapy students and professionals by focusing on anatomy and physiology subject matter deemed most relevant to the profession.

Each chapter discusses one body system and contains information boxes with highlighted facts, precautions, and guidelines pertinent to bodyworkers. The addition of full color illustrations throughout the text brings content to life, illustrates the most important information and makes complex details easy to understand. Pathology boxes are included highlighting pathology information pertinent to the body system being discussed in the chapter.

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The material can be reviewed many times again. The information about the massage as it is effective for each of the body systems was awesome. Even in my original class studies we did not have that advantage.


This was the absolute best Anatomy & Physiology course for massage I have seen or studied. It is presented in such a way - it keeps your interests and challenges - without exhausting you with details.

A. L. Wetter, LMT, ABMP

I loved it, the materials are EXCELLENT, and something I can use over and over again. I am SO PLEASED with this program. Thank you!

C. Dorris, LMT

Excellent book and course. Renewed my love for learning and found MANY helpful areas for expanding in my massage practice.

C. Franco, LMT, NCTMB

The course was great! This was my first time taking a home study course and it was very beneficial. Thanks for making this course available to take at home.

E. Balli, LMT

I would highly recommend this course to other practitioners. Very well done; easily understood. Great use of my time. I love the whole packet. Thank you!

J. Hamilton, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

This course was far more advanced and detailed than the anatomy class I took in college. I learned much more detailed information about the human body.

P. Wingfield, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

This course went well beyond my expectations. It was a great learning tool for me. Thanks.

Sarah Nelson, LMT

I really appreciated the textbook used for this course. The structure of the text is similar to college level textbooks full of tables and facts for easy reference. This book was less dull than my previous anatomy physiology book I used in school. I really liked the, "table talk, what ails you, and the massage connection tables." They are full of valid and relevant information for those involved in massage and bodywork. I will keep this with my collection of books and it will serve as a good reference book when needed. Great course. Thanks

Anwar Ibrahim

Loved the course. This it what I covered in massage school so it made a great revisory course if you've been out of school for a while!!!

Keiley Shimada, LMT

Great course as both a review of A&P and also to learn more/go in depth in certain areas. Definitely recommend it!

Melanie Ashmore, LMT

Great course. Love the textbook. I can use this both in my massage practice and also in my classroom. I would take another online course from you again.

John Koran, LMT

This course was very interesting and is very detailed! If you want to know more about the human body I would recommend this course!

Jodi Beiriger, LMT

Very nicely put together. No tricks, just making sure you knew the important information. I thoroughly enjoyed this course.

Jennifer Watson, RMT

I learned quite a bit, more than I expected to. I found the terminology difficult since I hadn't had anatomy or physiology in over 20 years. I think it'll be useful in my work. The level of detail in the pictures, charts, and diagrams was most useful since I am a visual learner.

Sharon Witte, CMT

This is my second time getting my CEU's through integrative health and I am very pleased with the materials and all that I have (re)learned in hands on tapes and in study guides. I have recommended your site to many.

Tulsi Anne Rose, LMT

Really enjoyed this course. I must admit that I thought it would really be boring and needed this course for a refresher/references resource, yet found it refreshingly fun.

Rachel A. Flick

This is the second time I have used Integrative Health Care for my CE requirements. The course material is very thorough and well written. The Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, The Massage Connection book has some of the best anatomical illustrations I've seen. And the sections in each chapter that show a direct relationship between the information and how it relates to massage, were interesting, informative and relevant. It would be great if you could offer a course for massage therapists on specific therapeutic stretches and exercises that can be used during massage or taught to clients to assist in their healing process.

Leisha Campbell, LMT

It is hard to say how many hours it took to study the material and complete the exam. I read the chapters in the book that I was least familiar with, and researched the questions that I did not know or was unsure of. At first I thought that having the test in front of me and answering the questions prior to the test was not going to be enough of a challenge, and I did not think that I would learn as much as I did. However, as I took the exam, I answered the questions without the help of my printed version of the test, and ended up receiving a 99% on the exam! Much to my surprise I did retain what I had researched and studied, and in the end I learned quite a bit and refreshed my memory on other topics I had forgotten. Thank you! This was an excellent class, and I would highly recommend it!! Jodi

Jodi Mathews, LMT, NCTMB

I really appreciated the sections of how the anatomy text fit directly into massage! Great text book!

Kimberly Rowland, RMT

The text book was excellent. I will enjoy it for years to come.

Tonya Ben Mansour, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify and give examples of homeostasis, the anatomical planes and sections; distinguish between terms and positions, differentiate the various chemicals, structures of the chemicals, cells, tissues and systems of the body and recognize and identify the body regions, cavities and linings.
  • Learn to identify the functions and structures of the Integumentary system.
  • Label the anatomy of the skeletal system: distinguish between the axial and appendicular skeletion; name and locate the bones in the cranium, spinal column, and appendages; classify joints in the body; use terms of movement.
  • Identify and locate the structure of the muscles and neuromuscular unit summarize the functions of the muscles and identify and locate the muscles of the head, neck, torso, upper and lower limbs.
  • Identify and classify the levels of the nervous system and their functions; summarize the synapses and neurotransmitters; outline the CNS, ANS, and sympathetic and parasympathetic systems; label the structure of the spinal cord and explain its function; name and locate cranial and spinal nerves.
  • Locate the glands of the body and their characteristics; describe the function of the glands in the endocrine system.
  • Outline and label the structures of the reproductive system, including the male and female genitalia and physiological changes during pregnancy.
  • Classify the elements of blood, outline blood vessels in the body, name and locate the arteries and veins of the limbs and explain the dynamics of blood flow.
  • Name and locate the lymphatic drainage vessels and distinguish the patterns of drainage; describe the function of the immune system.
  • Name and locate the organs of the respiratory system and describe the mechanics of respiration, including the muscles involved.
  • Outline and identify the components of the gastrointestinal system; describe the process of digestion and absorption of food; describe metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.
  • Label the components of the urinary system and explain the functions of each structure.
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