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About the Course

The vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration rate, and pain – communicate important information about the physiological status of the human body. In this six-part course we explore the anatomy and physiology underlying the vital signs so that you will develop a systematic, integrated understanding of how the body functions. Relevant body systems are reviewed including cardiovascular and respiratory, followed by explanations of how the function of these systems affects vital signs. We discuss normal ranges, normal variants, and the mechanisms that underlie changes in the objective measurement of vital signs. The course also includes demonstrations of appropriate techniques for measuring vital signs in yourself and others. The course is designed for a broad, general audience but will be particularly interesting for individuals working in healthcare, those considering a career as a healthcare professional, lay caregivers, those with an interest in personal health and fitness, or anyone who simply wants to understand how the body functions....

Top reviews

Sep 29, 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.

Aug 15, 2018

Great Course ! It provides important information regarding anatomy and physiology of the main systems in our body. The video lectures are very interactive and Dr. Scanga has a great ability to teach.

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By Harry C

Nov 12, 2016

Amazing Course - well detailed and thorough. Ideal for beginners.

By Tanya K

Oct 10, 2020

Exceptionally well put together!

I very much enjoyed this class .

By Orlando J

Oct 3, 2020

This was a great course to take and a lot to learn from as well.

By David C

Jun 7, 2020

Excellent Class!!! Really help me understand vital signs better.

By Laura D

Mar 19, 2020

Es justo lo que buscaba aprender sobre medicina básica.


By Penny D

Jan 20, 2019

Excellent course! Information well presented and easy to retain.

By Feng L Y

Jul 21, 2016

It is a wonderful course that teaches me physiology and anatomy.


Apr 23, 2020

Excellent course, You will learn everything you need about V.S.

By Berenice H M

Dec 6, 2019

es uno de los mejores cursos me encanto eh aprendido algo nuevo

By Daniel E E

Nov 30, 2019

I really enjoyed the course. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Professor Sanga

By Barbara A P

Sep 21, 2020

Great class, easy to follow and great breakdown of information

By Edward S

Jun 1, 2020

Excellent content. I thoroughly enjoyed this course.

Thank you.

By Ahmed A A M

Jun 7, 2018

One word... Thanks Dr. Scanga for your brilliant teaching way.


Nov 21, 2016

A great quick introduction. Must attend for every human being!

By Maria E V

Oct 21, 2020

I enjoyed the course very much and found it very interesting.

By Joanna S g

Sep 16, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed the way this course has been put together.

By Adriana F C M

Jun 30, 2020


By Sabaa M

Nov 21, 2019

Lecture videos are very good at helping to learn key concepts

By Tony S

May 14, 2017

Great information that helps me to understand my body better.

By Felix K H S

Aug 13, 2020

very engaging material and lecturers. Very enjoyable course.

By Avtar S

May 27, 2020

Very good course for a layman to learn the essential basics.

By Sharoda R

May 4, 2020

Prof Scanga was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the course.

By Nicoletta a

Apr 21, 2020

Wonderfully and very clear structured and taught. Thank you!

By Шеметюк С А

Apr 17, 2020

Happy to understand deeply how my body works! Thank you 🙏💕

By Mijail O Q R

Aug 19, 2019

Basic, but excellent course to star to study the human body.