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Pathophysiology for the Medical Assistant

Course Number: MA 131
Transcript Title: Pathophysiology for the MA
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2014
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 50
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)

Course Description

Explores concepts of disease processes as they relate to the normal physiology of the major body systems, including: etiology, signs and symptoms of disease, treatment options and methods of evaluating cause and effect of diseases as it relates to the role of the medical assistant. Enrollment limited to those in the Medical Assisting program.

Intended Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Apply understanding of common disease states according to etiology or type of diseases and indicate the primary system or organ affected, distinguishing between primary disease manifestations, complications and sequelae.
  2. Conduct an initial screening and accurately summarize chief complaint of patients using knowledge of physical signs and symptoms and/or diagnostic findings that are associated with particular disease states.
  3. Perform basic triage of patients based on an understanding of disease progression and using correct medical terminology.
  4. State general methods of prevention and public health issues associated with infectious disease.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by answering theoretical and application multiple choice questions on information covered in lecture and reading assignments. Students may complete a variety of assignments to demonstrate understanding, including group work, case studies, and homework assignments.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be a combination of lectures, case studies, and individual and group work. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate understanding in written and oral form, individually and in groups.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The following list outlines the concepts, themes, and issues you need to understand and be able to use appropriately.

  1. Introduction to Disease
    • Understand the terms used to classify and describe diseases.
  2. Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Identify methods of diagnosis and modalities of treatment.
  3. Body Fluids and Electrolytes
    • Know the importance of body fluid and electrolyte balance in health and disease.
  4. Inflammation and Repair
    • Understand the basic process of inflammation and repair.
  5. Normal and Abnormal Immune Response
    • Understand the role of the immune system in health and disease.
  6. Bacterial Infection
    • Know the three basic types of pathogenic bacterial in relation to the major points involved in disease outcome.
  7. Viral, Rickettsial and Chlamydial Infections
    • Know common viral, rickettsial and chlamydial infections and how they differ from bacterial infections.
  8. Fungi and Parasites
    • Know the names of common fungal and parasitic diseases.
  9. Nosocomial Infections
    • Identify the most common infectious diseases associated with hospitalization.
  10. Neoplasms
    • Distinguish between benign and malignant neoplasms in terms of etiology, behavior and results. Recognize basic diagnostic methods and treatment modalities for cancer.
  11. Hereditary and Congenital Disorders
    • Introduce hereditary, genetic and congenital disorders in regard to cause.
  12. Cardiovascular Disorders
    • Introduce major pathological disorders of the cardiovascular system.
  13. Blood and Lymph
    • Introduce the major pathological disorders of the blood, hematopoietic system and lymphatic system
  14. Respiratory Disorders
    • Introduce the major pathological disorders of the respiratory system
  15. Digestive Tract Disorders
    • Review the normal physiology of the digestive system and relate this to the common pathological disorders as to etiology, diagnosis, signs and symptoms, treatment and prognosis
  16. Hepatobiliary Disorders
    • Review the normal physiology of accessory digestive system and relate this to the common pathological disorders as to etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
  17. Endocrine Disorders
    • Review the normal physiology of the endocrine system and relate this to the common pathological disorders as to etiology, diagnosis, signs and symptoms, treatment and prognosis.
  18. Genitourinary System Disorders
    • Review the normal physiology of the urinary system (male and female reproduction systems) and relate this to the common pathological disorders as to etiology, diagnosis, signs and symptoms, treatment and prognosis.
  19. Female Reproductive system and Breast
    • Review the normal physiology of the female breast and reproduction system and relate this to the common pathological disorders as to etiology, diagnosis, signs and symptoms, treatment and prognosis.