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Anatomy & Physiology

Division: Div C – High School

NC Essential Standards Alignment: Biology

Event Rules: See the National Rules manual

Event Score Sheet: None

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials: Something to writing instrument.

Clarifications: None


This event is usually done as stations that teams rotate through, though it can also be set up as a sit down test with more in depth case studies.  Teams may be viewing any combination of models, pictures, diagrams/charts, or recorded/written descriptions. They will then be asked to answer questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, etc)  related to the samples including but not limited to: basic anatomy identification, related diseases and conditions, making observations, inferences, predictions, calculations, analyses and conclusions.  The topic for the 2023 tournament season is Respiratory, Digestive, and Immune Systems. 


Each team may bring one 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper that may contain information on both sides in any form and from any source along with two stand-alone, non-programmable, non-graphing calculators.


High score wins. Predetermined questions and the quality of free-response answers will be used to break ties.

Common Mistakes:



– The topics to be covered are clearly outlined in the official rules. Write these topics out and make notes as you study each area.

– For each area, make sure basic anatomy can be identified both in a diagram and on a model.

– Have a definitions page to study from for each topic area for tricky terms.


Question: Anatomy – The event rules say for the skeletal system to know the bones of the axial and appendicular skeletons. Then it says for the national tournament ONLY, that they need to label the bones of the skull. The skull is part of the axial skeleton, so do we actually need to know the bones of the skull even for regionals?

Answer from the regional/state supervisor: We will NOT be asking skull questions here in North Carolina.

Event Resources:

2019 Coaches Clinic Handout (2020 Rules)

General Anatomy, covers all systems:
InnerBody interactive study tool will help ID parts and recommend resources for diseases and conditions
Interactive study tool from Healthline
Instant Anatomy
Anatomy of the Human Body
Human Anatomy Online

A Map of the Cardiovascular System
How the Kidney Functions

Sample Events:

2014 Div C Anatomy and Physiology Test
2010 Div C Anatomy and Physiology Test