The Pathophysiology course provides a thorough overview of the concepts of disease processes. Students will learn about a broad spectrum of diseases, from a systems perspective.
This self-directed course consists of 26 units with associated quizzes. The quizzes must be completed online and are self-marking. There is no final examination for this course.
To review the unit topics please visit the Curriculum Overview tab.
Students may apply online anytime during the year to begin the course. There are no application prerequisites for this course.
|Screen Resolution||800×600 (minimum); 1024×768 (recommended)|
|Internet Browser||Firefox 4, Internet Explorer 9, Safari 5, Google Chome 11, Opera 9|
|Internet Connection||Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required|
|Software||Word processing software, Adobe Reader|
|Other||Access to a scanner|
Students must have basic computer knowledge and internet navigation skills in order to complete the course. Students should have access to a computer with Window 7 or higher in order to access the required program resources and to ensure optimal performance. Students choosing to use Mac or Linux operating system must have experience using alternate remote access software.
Please note that CHA Learning staff can only assist Windows operating system users and provide technical support in relation to our website, we do not provide technical support for internet and/or basic computer use.
Information on required materials will be posted on the CHA Learning Gateway.
The Pathophysiology course is divided into 26 units:
- Introduction to Pathophysiology
- Inflammation and Healing
- Immunity and Abnormal Responses
- Neoplasms and Cancer
- Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Imbalances
- Skin Disorders
- Cardiovascular Disorders
- Blood and Lymphatic Disorders
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Introduction to Basic Pharmacology and Selected Therapies
- Nervous System Disorders
- Stress and Associated Problems
- Complications of Aging
- Immobility and Associated Problems
- Substance Abuse and Associated Problems
- Disorders of the Eyes, Ears and Other Sensory Organs
- Respiratory System Disorders
- Digestive System Disorders
- Urinary System Disorders
- Endocrine System Disorders
- Congenital and Genetic Disorders
- Complications of Adolescence
- Complications of Pregnancy
- Reproductive System Disorders
At the completion of the Pathophysiology course, you will be able to:
- Apply biomedical terms typically encountered in health care documentation including pronunciation and spelling.
- Apply medical abbreviations and acronyms found in health care documentation with respect to their general meaning.
- Understand the role of risk factors in health and disease.
- Demonstrate the usage of various resources to clarify understanding of medical terms and conditions.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the structural units of the body including cells, tissues, organ, and body systems.
- Examine the anatomical structures, their location and associated physiological functions, for each tissue, organ, and body system.
- Demonstrate the course of a pathological condition in terms of etiology, clinical manifestations, changes in structure and function, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and prognosis.
- Compare normal and abnormal results of the more common diagnostic interventions
- Explain types of interventions related to pathological conditions
- Judge the consistency or inconsistency between the health care professional’s diagnoses and the content of the complete health record.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between body systems or functions and the whole body.