Anatomy and Physiology ONLINE Certificate Course

The beauty of healing with essential oils includes a relationship with and an understanding of the human body.

Online Anatomy and Physiology Course
includes Pathophysiology

This course has taken the better part of three years to complete, from seed to full expression. While I was a student at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, I undertook studies in healthy physiology and then pathophysiology. I absolutely fell in love with both. By learning healthy physiology first, I could understand more about how an homeostatic imbalance happened. From the tissue, organ, or system perspective, I began to also see how essential oils could be utilized to support the physiology of the body rather then always trying to treat a ‘disease’.

Our new Anatomy and Physiology course is designed in a similar fashion. This course covers the very basics of pathophysiology without being a pathophysiology course in and of itself. We go into more depth with various homeostatic imbalances in our Aromatic Scholars certification course, Aromatic Medicine course, and other independent modules offered online.

Our goal is to have you develop a relationship to the body in health and then gain insights into what may happen when homeostasis goes out of balance. We have titled each module to reflect the contributing role that system has to the human organism and to life.

Online Anatomy and Physiology Course

Certificate Course Outline

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Building Blocks of Life

Welcome to Anatomy and Physiology Course
Lesson 1: Introduction to Core Concepts and Teaching Approach
Lesson 2: Introduction to the Human Body
Lesson 2b: Homeostasis
Lesson 3: Cellular level of organization
Lesson 4: The Cytoplasm: Where the Magic Happens
Lesson 5: The Destiny of Cells
Lesson 6: The Tissue Level of Organization
QUIZ: M1 Building Blocks of Life
Module One PDF: Building blocks of life

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Physical Barriers

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Skin
Lesson 1a: Function of Lipids in the Skin
Lesson 2: Functions of the Skin
Lesson 3: Wound healing and tissue repair
Lesson 4: The dermal microbiome
Lesson 5: The Endocrine system and the Skin
Lesson 6 The Endocannabinoid system and the Skin
Lesson 7: Skin and the Aging process
QUIZ: M2 Physical barrier
Module Two PDF: Physical Barriers

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The Fuel of Life

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Digestive System
Video: About the digestive system
Lesson 2: The mouth and salivary glands
Lesson 3: The pharynx and esophagus
Lesson 3b: Tissue layers – From esophagus to large intestine
Sprout: The Enteric Nervous System
Lesson 4: The Stomach
Video: How We Digest Food
Lesson 5: The Small Intestine
Lesson 5a: The Liver and Gall bladder
Video: The Liver
Lesson 5b: Absorption and Small Intestine (part II)
Lesson 6: The Large Intestine
Sprout: Metabolism
QUIZ: M3 Fuel of Life
Module Three PDF: Fuel of Life



Lesson 1: Introduction to musculoskeletal system
Lesson 1b: Homeostasis gone awry
Lesson 2: Muscles
Lesson 2b: ATP and the muscles
Lesson 2c: Mechanisms of muscle damage, repair, and regeneration
Lesson 3: Connective tissue
QUIZ: M4 Movement
Module Four PDF: Movement


Transportation & Vitality

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Cardiovascular System
Lesson 2: Cardiovascular Circuits: the movement of blood
Lesson 3: The Heart’s electrical system
Lesson 4: The Blood
Lesson 5: Blood vessels transport blood
QUIZ: M5 Transportation and Vitality
Module Five PDF: Transportation and Vitality

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Protection and Survival

Lesson 1: The Lymphatic system
Lesson 2: Role of lymphatic system in immunity
Lesson 3: Lymphoid organs
Lesson 4: Secondary lymphoid organs
Lesson 5: Transport of dietary lipids
Lesson 6: The immune system
Quiz: Protection and Survival
Module Six PDF: Protection and Survival

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Breath of Life

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Respiratory System
Lesson 1a: Physiology and Gas Exchange
Lesson 2: Respiratory Defense System
Lesson 3: pH Regulation
Lesson 4: Posture, Breath, and the Stress Connection
Module Seven PDF: The Breath of Life
Quiz: Respiratory System

nervous system communication


Lesson 1: The Nervous System
Lesson 2: The Central Nervous System
includes: Mental Illness, Debunking the ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Myth, Inflammation and Mental Health, Neurodiversity: Difference, Not Disorder, Other Neurological Disorders
Lesson 3: The Peripheral Nervous system
Lesson 4: The Endocrine SYStem
Quiz: Communication
Module Eight PDF: Communication


Elimination & Homeostasis

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Urinary System
Video: The Urinary System Videos
Lesson 2: Mechanism of Filtration
Lesson 3: The Kidneys Part II
Lesson 4: Urinary Excretion
Quiz: Urinary System
Module Nine PDF: Elimination and Homeostasis

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Species Survival

Lesson 1: Introduction to the reproductive system
Lesson 2: The male reproductive system
Lesson 3: The female reproductive system
Lesson 3b: The menstrual cycle
Lesson 3c: Menopause
Lesson 3d: The female reproductive system – Part II
Quiz: Reproductive System
Module 10 PDF: Species Survival

Anatomy and Physiology for Aromatherapy Book
NEW!!! Textbook available

Optional: Purchase Anatomy and Physiology Textbook (click here to learn more about book)

Students who enroll in the Anatomy and Physiology course or who are students of our Aromatic Scholars or Aromatic Medicine course, receive a discount on book. Please email Lindsey or check out offer inside course!

Who is this course for?

Everyone interested in deepening their knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology! This course is your doorway into the formulating with essential oils and herbs in a more effective and knowledgeable way.

Our Anatomy and Physiology course is designed for:

  • Aromatherapy Practitioners
  • Wellness Advocates
  • Massage Therapists and Estheticians
  • Herbalists interested in integrating a wide range of body care products into their herbal practice and product offerings.
  • Parents who would like to be empowered to care for themselves, their family and friends.

The Anatomy and Physiology online certification course is self-paced.

Begin as soon as you sign up!

Tuition: $149.00


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Meet Your Anatomy and Physiology Instructor

About Jade Shutes Aromatherapy
Jade Shutes

Jade Shutes is an aromatherapist, herbalist, author, researcher, gardener, and aromatic distiller.

She holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining Board (ITEC). She also holds a certificate in herbal medicine.

An aromatherapy practitioner, researcher, and educator for over three decades, Jade is passionate about aromatics and believes the sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses for healing the mind/body/psyche in this era of upheaval and change. She is considered a thought leader in the aromatherapy community and is highly respected for her balanced, progressive, and inspiring education.

Jade is the founder and visionary of the School for Aromatic Studies. She is the past president for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (2000-2003 and 2013-2015), author of “Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers”, co-author of “The Carrier Oil Palette”, and the main author of the “Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy.


The Anatomy and Physiology online certification course is self-paced.

Begin as soon as you sign up!

Tuition: $149.00