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Course SummaryShowcase your pathophysiology knowledge to potential employers and strengthen your resume with this interactive, fun course. In just a few weeks time, you can earn a Pathophysiology Certificate just by watching our short video lessons and taking multiple-choice quizzes and chapter tests.
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About This Course
This Pathophysiology Certificate course includes short, engaging video lessons that discuss diseases and disorders affecting each of the body's organ systems. Use the lessons along with the corresponding multiple-choice quizzes to learn about conditions ranging from metabolic derangements to blood disorders, and earn your certificate in as little as two weeks.
Who's This For?
This entry-level course could prove useful to allied health professionals or anyone else interested in learning how diseases develop and progress.
This pathophysiology course is designed for students who're already familiar with foundational biology topics. If you're new to this field or just need a refresher in the basics, you might consider checking out one or more of our biology courses covering introductory biology, basic genetics, microbiology or anatomy and physiology. While not required, completing these courses could help improve your understanding of our pathophysiology lessons.
Benefits of the Certificate
Earning our physiology certificate is a quick and cost-effective way to improve your knowledge in this area, whether for professional or personal reasons. You might use this certificate to:
- Demonstrate your interest in continuing education
- Keep your physiology knowledge up-to-date
- Enhance your resume or LinkedIn profile
- Supplement your college application
Pathophysiology Program Breakdown
This pathophysiology course includes 20 chapters. Introductory lessons provide you with an overview of what the field of pathophysiology entails. As you progress through the course, you'll get a more in-depth look at conditions affecting each of the body's major systems.
The Basic Components of Pathophysiology
Review cell structure and discover conditions affecting the number or size of cells in the human body. Identify common causes and indications of cell injury.
The Consequences of an Abberant Immune System
Investigate the causes and consequences of chronic inflammation. Learn how the body responds to this condition.
The Pathophysiology of Neoplasia
Learn what neoplasia is and find out how tumors metastasize. Peruse some of the strategies for treating cancer.
Skin Related Pathology
Review the structure and function of human skin. Identify types of skin allergies and inflammatory disorders. Study treatments for skin cancer and systemic lupus erythematosus.
Trauma and Injury to the Nervous System
Pinpoint receptors for different types of pain. Examine the effects of head injuries, epidural hematomas, spinal cord trauma and vascular abnormalities of the nervous system.
Major Disorders Involving the Nervous System
Learn to recognize the symptoms of everything from nervous system tumors and meningitis to multiple sclerosis and autism. Discuss these conditions' treatment options.
Congenital Cardiovascular Defects
Get an overview of heart anatomy before studying phases of the cardiac cycle. Survey the different types of heart conditions and diseases.
Acquired Cardiovascular Abnormalities
Identify causes and symptoms of tachycardia, high and low blood pressure, pericardial effusion and other cardiovascular abnormalities.
Pathologies of the Respiratory System
Study the relationship between heart and lung functioning. Examine chronic pulmonary diseases and the symptoms associated with respiratory failure. Take a closer look at such conditions as pulmonary embolisms, cystic fibrosis and lung cancer.
Important Renal Anatomy and Physiology
Explore the anatomy of the kidneys. Investigate the functions of the nephron and renal tubules.
Diseases of the Urinary System
Learn how kidneys regulate the body's acid-base balance. Identify symptoms of renal failure and recognize its effect on the body. Study treatment options for kidney and bladder stones, renal and bladder cancer and polycystic kidney disease.
Conditions Affecting the Gastrointestinal System
Examine the anatomy of the stomach, small intestine, pancreas, gallbladder and liver. Get an overview of motility and malabsorption disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Familiarize yourself with conditions ranging from cirrhosis and colorectal cancer to pancreatitis and viral hepatitis.
Study hormone function alongside the organs and glands comprising the endocrine system. Take a look at risk factors for diabetes. Peruse symptoms and treatments for Cushing's disease, adrenal-genital hyperplasia and other types of metabolic derangements.
Blood Disorders: Anemia
Learn to recognize disorders resulting from abnormal blood cells, such as hemolytic anemia, sickle cell anemia and thalassemia.
Investigate normal blood coagulation and wound healing alongside symptoms of hemophilia, polycythemia and thromboemboli. Identify causes of acquired immune deficiencies.
Learn the differences between leucopenia and leukocytosis. Explore tests and potential treatment options for leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
Alterations of the Musculoskeletal System
Review components of the skeletal and muscular systems. Pinpoint parts of the body affected by such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and osteomyelitis.
Reproductive System Disorders
Get an overview of uterine diseases, endometrial cancer, ovarian disorders, breast cancer and menstrual disorders. Study infertility treatments and symptoms associated with hypogonadism, cryptorchidism and prostate cancer.
Clinical Test Results: Electrolytes, Cells, and Blood Proteins
Examine normal electrolyte and protein levels in the blood and learn what abnormal test results might indicate. Discover the uses of platelet and coagulation tests.
Clinical Test Results: Organ Function and Health
Peruse the types of tests used to measure blood glucose levels, urine pH and specific gravity, kidney functioning and liver values. Explore the uses of tests assessing arterial blood gas and blood oxygen levels as well as pulmonary and brain stem functioning.
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