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Best EMT Anatomy & Physiology Courses Review

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In today’s fire service, we are no longer tasked with just knowing how  to fight fire, but also how to contain hazardous material spills, vehicle extrications, trench rescues & many more odd types of rescues, but one of the biggest functions we do in the fire service is providing emergency medical services to the public.

Knowing this, any level provider in the EMS world needs and should know their human anatomy and physiology just as well if not better than fighting fire itself.

Why do you ask?

Because about 80% of all the calls that any department runs are medical related. I recently went in on this article about the necessary and required knowledge that paramedics need to have in order to be successful in their positions.

So I want to review some anatomy and physiology courses, but before we do that, we need to establish what makes a great anatomy course.

They should be :

  1. Video based
  2. Comprehensive
  3. Offer printouts/handouts to follow along
  4. Testing your knowledge

We’ll review the following programs:

  1. Human Anatomy course by Dr. James Ross

2. Bootcamp Anatomy & Physiology course

Video Based

The reason video based courses tend to work really well is because it can be difficult to follow along and remain engaged when studying from a textbook. I personally like anatomy & physiology when it comes to learning more about a disease or condition i have personally witnessed other people go through, or if I have ran across it during EMS calls, and did not know how it worked.

Reading it from a textbook is one thing, but when you are watching a video, and they are able to connect one idea and show how it relates with another, then it all makes much more sense.

I’ll give you an example.

A patient with an extremely fast heart rate is unable to bring his/her own heart rate down, even if they are sitting still or laying down. A medication called Diltiazem (better known as Cardizem) is a “calcium channel blocker”. 

This already sounds like I’m speaking another language to most people. But this is where knowing your Anatomy & physiology play a huge role. This medication affects the patient down to the cellular level.

Blocking the calcium ion (calcium channel blocker) causes a slow down in the heart’s electrical activity (which signals the heart muscle when to contract), causing the patient’s heart rate to slow down. Pretty cool right?

Comprehensive

The next important thing the course needs to be is in depth. Just like the example I gave before, it needs to be pretty detailed, at the same time easy to follow. 

If the program is unable to help you connect the dots or tie everything together for you, you may have a hard time learning all of this and staying motivated to learn it.

Print-outs/Hand-outs

Another very helpful feature of very good Anatomy & Physiology courses are print outs or hand outs. Some people learn much more effectively when they are able to physically hold some paper and write on it.

This does however solidify the information you just learned when you write it down, even if you already know it.

Testing Your Knowledge

The course should also test your knowledge. What good is a course, if it cannot test what you’ve learned, that way you can discover your knowledge gaps?

Anyway, let’s review some of my personal favorite A&P courses.

Human Anatomy Course (Dr James Ross)

First on the list is the human anatomy course by Dr James Ross. I bought this course while I was in Paramedic school, since I needed a very in depth understanding on human anatomy, I enrolled in this course. Here are the pros and cons.

Pros: 

  • Very detailed videos
  • Clinical tips
  • Clinical Pharmacology

Cons: 

  • Includes great information, that may not be necessary for the prehospital setting
  • Narrator voice slightly monotone

Click here to learn more about the human anatomy course

Anatomy & Physiology Course (Bootcamp.com)

Another great course is the bootcamp anatomy & physiology course. Some things that really stood out to me about this course were the images. They will compare illustrations side by side with real life images of that exact body part.

This is literally perfect for paramedic students when it comes to learning what anatomy looks like, especially when you need to know what vocal cords look like, when learning about how to perform endotracheal intubations.

Here are some of my Pros & Cons:

Pros:

  • High definition videos and photos
  • Highly detailed notes and slideshows
  • Tests & quizzes

Cons: 

  •  No pharmacology
  • Some things not applicable to EMS

Click here to learn more about the Bootcamp anatomy & physiology course.

Conclusion

There are many other great courses out there that offer wonderful free content as well such as things you can watch by Ninja nerds on youtube, or the Paramedic Coach. 

The problem with free videos online are not always organized in a way that will make it easy for you to build on
Make sure to check out more posts about EMS knowledge right here.

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