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Anatomy & Physiology I:  Animations, Movies & Interactive Tutorial Links

North Harris College Biology Department’s web site with comprehensive set of links to animations, movies and tutorials for the following systems:  Cells, Integument, Skeletal, Articulations, Muscular, Nervous (w/separate sets for Brain, Spinal Cord, and Special Senses), Endocrine.

Anatomy & Physiology II:  Animations, Movies & Interactive Tutorial Links

North Harris College Biology Department’s web site with comprehensive set of links to animations, movies and tutorials for the following systems:  Blood, Heart, Vascular, Respiratory, Immune (Defenses), AIDS, Digestive, Nutrition, Urinary, Embryology, Reproductive and Genetics Human Anatomy Online

This site has some animations, tutorials and great line diagrams for each system of the body.

A&P Home Page

This site contains digital pictures of just about every anatomical model one could imagine.  If you don’t have access to models, this would be a great substitute.

Animation Player

This site from the University of Maryland Medical Center has several animations of various body systems and disorders.  They are designed for the lay person.

Interactive Health Tutorials

Similar to the above site, this site from the National Library of Medicine contains tutorials for the lay person on just about any disorder.

Medical Dictionary

From U.S. National Library of Medicine, this site allows the student to type in a word and receive a written pronunciation, usage (e.g., adjective, noun) and definitions.

University of Minnesota WebAnatomy

This site contains a great image bank, along with games and practice quizzes that students can take on any system in the body. 

How Stuff Works:  Health:  Animations

This link connects with a list of animations that one can play relating to all sorts of health topics.  Shockwave player is required.  


Cells Alive!

This comprehensive site contains several animations of cells, describing the parts of cells and showing how cells work.  It may also be useful in the body defense unit, as it has animations of phagocytosis and other immunological processes (see sub category Immunology on web site).

Site also has puzzles and quizzes, as well as a cell gallery.

Tissues of Life

This site is from the Science Museum of Minnesota and deals with tissues of the body at a lay person’s level.  Includes games (“super healers” and “tissue invaders”), interviews with scientists who work with tissues, read the “Stem Cell Comic” and explore various tissue types.  There’s even a section called “Tissues for Teachers!”

AL’s Tutorial for Histology

This interactive site from the University of British Colombia has a written tutorial with links to visuals on the right half of screen.  It provides good diagrams of different types of tissues, should you wish to elaborate on that topic.

Histology Tutorials

This site, part of the University of Utah Medical School Library site, has a large collection of images relating to normal tissues and also pathology (disorders). 


AL’s Tutorial for Integumentary System

This interactive tutorial from the University of British Colombia has text tutorial on left half of screen that contains links to diagrams on the right side.  Though this site goes into more detail than the text, you may find the diagrams and organization of topics useful.


AL’s Tutorials for Skeletal system:

Bone Tissues & Bone Types

Skeleton Bones

Skeleton:  The Joints

These three tutorials are from the University of British Colombia.  They go into more detail than our text but provide excellent diagrams of things covered in our text (for instance, spongy vs. compact bone) and allow students a chance to practice what they know.

NHC Daily Skeletal Anatomy Practice Quizzes

This site has links to all sorts of quizzes for students to practice their knowledge of skeletal anatomy.


This site contains great images of skeletal bones.  To access the human, go to the left side of screen where it says “Select a Taxon” and use the pull-down menu to select “Human”.  Then you can select which region or bone you wish to view.


Sliding Filament animation

Don’t let the grasshopper at the beginning fool you.  This animation provides a really nice breakdown of the organizational levels of the skeletal muscle, as well as the basics of muscle contraction.   In the latter, it labels some structures we chose to leave out at the elementary level, but if you introduce it properly, students will be able to see this in action! 

Muscles Tutorial

This tutorial by J. Crimando is a great tool for practicing the names of muscles.  Students choose an area of the body, then move the mouse over a muscle and identify it.  A click of the mouse then tells them the name.  

LUMEN Master Muscle List

This site has a list of all the muscles in the body on the left side of page.  Click on a muscle name and it appears on the right side, complete with additional information about origin, insertion, action and innervation.   Those details are a bit more than our students will use, but the diagrams are great.

Actin Myosin Crossbridge 3D Animation

From San Diego State University College of Sciences, this animation is true to life, but contains some components left out of our text (to simplify the process for introductory students).  This one is a little less helpful than the one at top of list.


Synapse Tutorial

This site has a simple animation of what occurs at a synapse.


How Do Enzymes Work?

This simple animation shows how the enzyme amylase breaks apart a starch molecule.


A simple animation of peristalsis that can be copied to your lecture slides.


Blood Typing Game

This game helps students practice what they know about blood typing.

Blood Coagulation Animation

This animation from “How Stuff Works” shows blood coagulation in a simple manner.


Go to this site, then click on “Immune System” in the menu box.  Then, you’ll get a list of topics just below that box.  Choose “Phagocytosis” for a good animation of this process.

Immunity Animations

This site contains several animations relating to the adaptive defenses. 


Blood Flow Through Your Heart

This very good site contains a step-by-step tutorial of blood flow through the heart and has animations that you can play. 

How Stuff Works: The Heart

This animation illustrates the vessels and other parts of the heart.  It also traces a dye as it flows through the heart.

Habits of the Heart

This site, from the Science Museum of Minnesota, describes the heart from a lay person’s view.  Site has animations of the heart valves, blood flow to/from the heart, and a virtual stethoscope for locating the heart and listening to the heart sounds.  It also has a practice exercises for identifying the parts of the heart and a teachers’ resource section.

HHMI Visible Heart

View a transparent heart model as blood flows through it.  You may also click on the menu bar at left to visit a virtual museum that has exhibits on the history of stethoscopes, EKG, treatment for heart defects, and other things relating to the cardiovascular system.

Healthy Heart Animation

From Columbia University Surgery Department, this site has great diagrams of conduction system in heart as well as other animations of the heart and various diagnostic tests. 

Heart Tutorial

This tutorial is like an earlier muscle tutorial.  The student places the mouse over a part on a picture of the model and then identifies it.  Click the mouse and the name of the part will appear.  Very good practice site for students.

Heart Information Center Tutorial

From the Texas Heart Institute, this patient guide gives a simple tutorial on the heart, along with interactive features that allow the student to participate.  Includes links to similar tutorials on other aspects of cardiovascular system.

Heart Anatomy Review

This site has a “fill in the blank” activity to help students review the heart anatomy.  From the University of Wisconsin.


Learn About Your Respiratory System

This link to the American Lung Association site shows a cartoon view of each part of the respiratory system and describes its function.  You can also see an animation of how a person breathes and link to an animation that shows why we breathe.

The Lungs--Science Museum of Minnesota

This is part of the “Heart” exhibit, but includes a section on the lungs, from a lay person’s standpoint.  An animation shows how the diaphragm and intercostal muscles play a role in breathing. 

How Cilia Work

This animation shows how cilia in the trachea move.

How Smoking Affects Cilia

This animation shows how cilia are affected by smoking

Healthy & Diseased Lungs

This site from the American Lung Association has photographs of healthy lungs, plus those of diseased lungs (emphysema and lung cancer). 

The Respiratory System

From McGill University in Canada, this site has simple animations that illustrate inspiration & expiration (both in “How do we breathe?”) and also the functional anatomy of the lungs. 

Gas Exchange & Effects of Pollutants

This link has an animation that illustrates normal gas exchange in the alveoli.  You can then click on boxes indicating various types of pollutants and learn how the affect gas exchange.

What is Asthma?

This site has a tutorial that describes the parts of the lungs, and then shows what happens when a person has asthma. 


This simple animation initially shows a box with perfume molecules inside.  When the viewer clicks to open the box, diffusion of the perfume molecules takes place.

This animation is also like the one above, but the diffusion happens a little more slowly, more like it does in reality.

This link has a grid with pink and green boxes, each color on one side of a membrane.  When the animation begins, the boxes begin to bounce around.  With time, there will be an equal concentration of greens and pinks on both sides. 


Kidney Anatomy

This animation tutorial shows the structure of the kidneys. 

The Kidneys

This animation shows the location of the kidneys in the body, their functions, and what happens in kidney failure. 

The Kidney and Kidney stones

This site has a tutorial on kidney stones, as well as helpful information about renal anatomy

Kidney Stones

This site has a very simple animation of the effect of a kidney stone in the ureter. 

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

This site has an animation that explains urinary tract infections, as well as additional information about the disorder.


This animation illustrates the process of urine formation, all the way through urination.  Requires Shockwave Player.

Kidney Quiz

This site has a very good basic quiz on the kidney.  Students can practice their knowledge.


How Cells Divide

This animation from the PBS website (NOVA program) compares the processes of mitosis (for regular cell division) and meiosis (production of gametes).

A Guide to Inherited Disorders

This web site from Cold Spring Harbor Labs has information about many inherited disorders, including sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and cystic fibrosis.

The Menstrual Cycle

This animation for the lay person illustrates the menstrual cycle.

From Conception to Birth

This site has animations and illustrations that show the stages of fetal development from conception through birth.