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Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Catalan, Dutch, Russian, English...

Skills you will gain

Dolor AssessmentMetabolic PathwaysVital SignsPain Management
Learners taking this Course are
  • Paramedics
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Catalan, Dutch, Russian, English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Week 1: Pulse/Heart Rate

10 videos (Total 104 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
1.2a Your Beating Heart 10m
1.2b ECG Demonstration 12m
1.3a Heart Valves, Part 1 8m
1.3b Heart Valves, Part 2 9m
1.3c Assessing Heart Rate Demonstration 8m
1.4a Cardiac Cycle, Part 1 6m
1.4b Cardiac Cycle, Part 2 13m
1.4c Assessing Pulse Demonstration 6m
1.5 Cardiac Output 12m
3 readings
Week 1 Lecture Outline10m
Week 1 In-Video Quizzes10m
Lecture Transcripts (SRT Files)10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz46m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Week 2: Blood Pressure

6 videos (Total 65 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
2.2 Blood Vessel Structure 15m
2.3 Blood Circulation 10m
2.4a Maintaining Blood Flow 11m
2.4b Assessing Blood Pressure Demonstration 11m
2.5 Blood Pressure Regulation 8m
3 readings
Week 2 Lecture Outline10m
Week 2 In-video Quizzes10m
Lecture Transcripts (SRT Files)10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz40m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Week 3: Metabolism

5 videos (Total 53 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
3.2a Cellular Respiration, Part 1 6m
3.2b Cellular Respiration, Part 2 13m
3.3 Assessing Metabolic Rate Demonstration 14m
3.4 Metabolic Lab Discussion5m
3 readings
Week 3 Lecture Outline10m
Week 3 In-video Quizzes10m
Lecture Transcripts (SRT Files)10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz44m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Week 4: Temperature

5 videos (Total 71 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
4.2 Maintaining Body Temperature 15m
4.3 Hypothermia & Hyperthermia18m
4.4 Fever8m
4.5 Assessing Body Temperature Demonstration 10m
3 readings
Week 4 Lecture Outline10m
Week 4 In-video Quizzes10m
Lecture Transcripts (SRT Files)10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz42m
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By BRSep 30th 2018

Yes, it is very useful to me and I will suggest to my friends to take this course. My sincere Thanks to Connie B. Scanga, PhD, she taken the all lecture clearly and her lecture was easy to understand.

By ABJun 30th 2017

I really enjoyed to the professor and the idea of learning the material with her students. It made me feel as if I was in the classroom learning with them. She broke down the material in a great way.

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Connie B. Scanga, PhD

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School of Nursing

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