Anatomy and Physiology for Biofeedback Certification

There are four ways that you can satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology requirement:

  • Regionally-accredited Anatomy and Physiology courses
  • Previous regionally-accredited courses that collectively cover Anatomy and Physiology
  • BCIA-accredited distance-learning course.
  • MOOC - Massive Open Online Courses - to be eligible, the course must be submitted first to BCIA for pre-approval.

Regionally-Accredited Anatomy and Physiology Courses

You may take human anatomy, human anatomy and physiology, human biology, or a human physiology course at a regionally-accredited college or university for a grade or pass/fail (but not audited).

If your course does not have one of the above titles, you must submit a course syllabus, catalog copy, or a letter from the professor to verify that the course did indeed cover the subject material as outlined. You are responsible for previewing the course to ensure that it covers the organization of the human body and all 11 systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, special senses, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive.

Previous Regionally-Accredited Anatomy and Physiology Courses

If you believe that several of your regionally-accredited courses collectively covered the organization of the human body and all 11 systems, you may write to BCIA and request a special review for equivalency. All requests must be received in writing via email and must include copies of relevant transcripts, course syllabi, catalog copy, and/or letters from your professors to confirm the content that each course satisfied, and a check for $100 to initiate the review.

Study At Your Own Pace - This has been retired as of April 30, 2016.  We left the information up for those of you who have already started to complete the requirement using this option.

You may obtain Human Anatomy and Physiology (7th or 8th ed.), by Marieb and Hoehn, read chapters 1 – 7, 9 – 14, 16, 18 – 25, and then file an intent to sit for an exam covering the information in these chapters.You may take the 120 multiple-choice question exam at one of BCIA's scheduled exam sites or choose the special exam option using a university or library proctor. For further information, please read the Client Information Paper.

BCIA-Accredited Distance Education Programs
The courses below were built with the behavioral clinician in mind and the material is geared toward what one needs to know to successfully understand and use biofeedback techniques.

  • The Behavioral Medicine Research & Training Foundation Anatomy & Physiology/Human Biology for Behavioral Clinicians course is accredited by BCIA. For more information, visit their website at
  • BioSource Software - Human Physiology for Biofeedback

Course Suggestions

Applicants who have been seeking to fulfill the human anatomy/physiology requirement have suggested the following accredited online courses. BCIA does not accredit these courses; they are listed simply as suggestions.  There are many more options available to you.  Please find something that suits your personal style, checkbook, and the time you have available.

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