Jun 15-Jul 31, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50
Instructor(s): Cherie McKeever

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Course Description

This course is designed for high school and post-secondary teachers of human anatomy and physiology and presumes the student already has a solid foundation in A&P. This course provides an introduction to the use of case studies as an effective way to integrate problem based learning into the human anatomy and physiology classroom. It is a methodology course designed for instructors who are already comfortable with fundamental physiological concepts. Students will review various physiological principles of the human body and then explore clinical applications of these principles via case studies. During the semester, students will participate in discussions regarding various physiological concepts, the use of case studies to improve student comprehension and build critical thinking skills, as well as critiques and modifications of presented case studies to help individuals build a collection of classroom-ready case studies. By semester’s end, each student will also develop an original case study for use in their high school or post-secondary A&P classroom.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week spending 15-20 hours each week, either online or offline, to stay current and successfully complete this compressed 3 credit graduate level course.


Cherie McKeever, DVM. Montana State University-Great Falls.


The course prerequisites are a minimum of 2 years successful science teaching experience, enrolled in MSSE degree, or by instructor approval. Participants must hold a bachelors degree in science, science education or a related area. Participants should have an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology principles either through teaching or undergraduate work.

Target Audience

Restricted Entry for Science Educators.

Time Commitment:

15-20 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount. You will be prompted to enter your membership number at the time you register.

Required Books/Materials

  • Teachers should have their favorite college level anatomy and physiology text on hand during the course for reference.
  • Other materials will be provided within the learning management system, Desire2Learn by you instructor.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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