Physiology and Development

Course Info:

Course Introduction

Physiology and Development will introduce students to medical terminology and common abbreviations used in healthcare, normal structures and functions of the human body, and changes associated with aging. Students will be encouraged, in anticipating their role as Health Care Assistants (HCA) in a variety of settings, to explore strategies and methods of communication in patientcentred practice as it relates to aging clients.

Course Prerequisites

Completion of Communication Skills

Course Notes

Students are supplied with text books for ongoing reference. In addition to daily quizzes, presentations, individual and group projects, and chapter exams, there is a final exam upon completion of the course. Students must achieve a mark of 75% to successfully complete the course.

Course Breakdown

Medical Terminology: Identifying three word elements used in medical terms, and learning the meanings of the Greek and Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes

Body Structure and Function: Identifying the structure and describing the functions of the of each body system

Growth and Development: Identifying the stages of growth and development and the normal age ranges for each

Caring for Older Adults: Describing the effects of retirement, and the changes that occur in the body’s system during aging and the care required

  • Program: Healthcare Programs

  • Of interest to: Those actively pursuing Health Care Assistant training as part of their life-long career journey, and to provide the opportunity for students to develop the skills required to provide personal support services to clients and their families, and residents in the community, at home, and in long-term care facilities and institutions.

  • Course duration: This course consists of 8 days (40 hours) of daily, participatory learning sessions.

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