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Gain Valuable Knowledge and Be Well on Your Way to Becoming a Physical Therapist - 10 Courses in this Bundle

  1. Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide

  2. Pain Assessment and Management

  3. Human Anatomy and Physiology

  4. Human Anatomy and Physiology II

  5. Handling Medical Emergencies

  6. Healing Environments

  7. Holistic and Integrative Health

  8. Food, Nutrition, and Health

  9. Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion

  10. Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing

1. Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide: Gain Valuable Knowledge and Be Well on Your Way to Becoming a Physical Therapist

Prepare for a rewarding career as a valued member of the physical therapy team while learning all about the human body, specific disorders, and the way physical therapists treat these disorders through our physical therapy aide online course! 

We'll begin by exploring the history of physical therapy and the relationships between physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy aides. You'll get training on how to communicate effectively with other health care professionals and patients. You'll also come to understand the medical documentation that physical therapists use and principles of ethics and law that affect the PT aide.

Physical therapists often use words and terms that may be unfamiliar to you, so we'll devote some time to learning much of the language of PT. We'll then spend two lessons studying the body's 11 organ systems. You'll learn the names of the organs in each system, their main functions, and some common disorders.

Health care professionals must take extra care to avoid the spread of infection, so we'll go over that important subject. Along with infection control, you'll learn proper body mechanics and how to safely move patients. We'll also cover the normal gait cycle, and you'll learn how to help patients walk with assistive devices like walkers, crutches, and canes.

Physical therapists use physical agents like heat, cold, ultrasound, and electricity to treat many of their patients, so we'll explore these agents. You'll learn when PTs use them and important precautions. We'll move on to a discussion of exercise, and we'll spend a lesson studying the principles of strengthening, aerobic, and range-of-motion exercises. 

We'll close with a study of balance and coordination disorders. You'll learn about the vestibular system—an important mechanism that helps you keep your balance. We'll also talk about treating children with developmental coordination disorder and developmental delays.

By the time you finish this six-week course, you'll have gained valuable knowledge and be well on your way to becoming an important member of the physical therapy team!

2. Pain Assessment and Management: Learn Effective Pain Management Strategies

Pain assessment and management is a crucial part of compassionate and effective patient care. Many providers, patients, patients' families, and regulatory agencies are requiring health care providers to be more accurate with their pain assessment skills and more effective in their pain management strategies. Scientific advancements in the understanding of the mechanisms of pain, multidisciplinary methods of assessment and management, and the improvement of medications to treat pain have contributed to the wealth of knowledge in this area.

This certificate program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health care professionals who work with patients who are in pain. By providing an educational experience that examines key issues related to pain assessment and management, this certificate program will gives you the relevant and practical information you'll need to improve your practice and provide the most effective care to your patients.

3. Human Anatomy and Physiology: Learn Principles of Genetics and Gain an Understanding of How Traits are Passed from OneGeneration to the Next

We'll place an emphasis on the organization of the human body and the differences between nonliving matter and living organisms. We'll also cover cell anatomy and physiology because all life processes are ultimately carried out at the cellular level. 

After we've established this foundation, we'll survey the anatomy and physiology of each of our 11 organ systems. You'll learn how our nervous system allows us to receive, process, and interpret sensation and send messages to our muscles and glands. We'll cover the skeletal and muscular systems, learning how they make movement possible, and also about some of their little-known but equally essential functions.

This course explains how the circulatory and respiratory systems work together to provide our bodies with the oxygen our tissues need, and how they work together with the skin and kidneys to rid our bodies of wastes. You'll learn how our bodies fight off diseases, and how our digestive system converts the food we eat into energy and the tissues of our bodies. We'll also spend time on the endocrine system, which supplies the hormones we need for our survival, and the reproductive system, that group of organs that allows life to be passed on to another generation.

We'll also discuss functions of the different organ systems that you'll probably find surprising. In addition, each lesson includes information about specific disorders that sometimes happen to our bodies, and we'll also talk about some recent advances in medicine. By the end of this course, you'll have a greater appreciation and understanding of the marvelous complexity of the human body!

4. Human Anatomy and Physiology II: Study How your Brain Receives and Processes Information

We'll start with basic histology—the study of the different tissues in the body.  You'll learn about the structure and function of epithelial, connective, nervous, and muscular tissue.  You'll come to understand the different sub-types of these tissues, where they're located, and the special jobs they perform.

From there, we'll move on to a discussion of the different senses.  We'll study how your brain receives and processes information from your skin, joints, muscles, and special balance organs in your ears.  Then we'll discuss the sensations of sight, sound, taste, and smell.  You'll learn about the organs that receive these sensations and how the brain makes sense of them.

We'll also delve into the important topic of cellular metabolism—the chemical reactions that occur in cells.  You'll find out about the major types of chemical reactions and see why food, oxygen, and water are essential for these chemical reactions to occur.   And you'll learn about classes of chemicals called acids, bases, and salts, and their significance in the body.

Then we'll focus on the human life span.  We'll start with a detailed explanation of the process of fertilization, proceed to a discussion of pregnancy and childbirth, and finally, talk about significant events that occur from infancy through old age.   You'll also discover ways to slow down the aging process. 

By the end of this Certificate in Human Anatomy and Physiology II Online Course, you'll have an even greater appreciation of the complexity and wonder of the human body!

5. Handling Medical Emergencies: Focuses in Handling Emergencies and Deal With Appropriate Care

This Certificate in Handling Medical Emergencies Online Course will identify common medical emergencies affecting children and adults, help you recognize signs and symptoms, and teach you how to render appropriate emergency care. For adults, you will learn how to recognize and manage chest pain, heart attack, stroke, diabetic problems, seizures, breathing difficulty, burns, and allergic reactions. For children, you will also learn about poisoning, fever, childhood illnesses, injuries from accidents, and the signs of abuse.

6. Healing Environments: Learn All Aspects of a Healing Environment

The design of a health care facility can contribute greatly to the well-being of patients, staff, and the wider community. In this innovative certificate program, you'll examine how Optimal Healing Environments (OHEs) impact the health of individuals and communities on a physical, social, psychological, and spiritual level.

You'll learn how evidence-based design can create environments that foster healing and support the mission of health care facilities. You'll explore the effect of all the elements of an environment, including color, light, sound, and art, and the role they play in supporting physical and emotional health. In addition, the program examines how a facility can use a focus on nature to create a sense of connection, how to benefit from the use of technology while mitigating the emotional stress that can result from it, and the importance of such environmental aspects as clean air and water.

At the end of this program, you'll appreciate all aspects of a healing environment and be able to describe methods of enhancing personal and work environments so they support the health of individuals and surrounding communities in a sustainable, healing manner.

7. Holistic and Integrative Health: Learn the Fundamentals of Person-empowered Approach to Health Care

Increasingly, today's consumers are seeking health care providers who focus on wellness and natural healing. As a result, the exciting and rewarding field of integrative health is growing rapidly.

In this 12-lesson Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health program, designed for both health care professionals and consumers, you'll learn the fundamentals of this person-centered and person-empowered approach to health care. You'll cover topics including holistic stress management, health and the human spirit, energy healing, elements of meditation, healing environments, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, humor and health, music therapy and sound healing, nutrition, therapeutic massage and bodywork, and healing effects of physical activity.

As you explore the diverse systems that fall under the umbrella of integrative health, you'll gain an awareness of the philosophies of health and healing that unite all of these systems. You'll discover the benefits of emphasizing wellness, building a strong relationship between provider and client, promoting self-healing, and using nutritional approaches and other natural healing techniques. Above all, you'll gain a new respect for human individuality and the healing power of the integrative health approach.

8. Food, Nutrition, and Health: Discover a Holistic Overview of Current Food and Nutrition Issues

Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. The goal of this certificate program is to provide a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.

Throughout this certificate, you'll become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health as well as the health of our planet. You'll examine the impact of stress on the body and the health crisis posed by obesity in the U.S. You'll also learn how we can change our eating habits for more healthful outcomes, including swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, adding probiotics to the diet, and harnessing the healing effect of herbs.

Ultimately, you'll gain insight into how food interacts with our bodies on multiple levels—physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual—as well as the impact it has globally. This certificate is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field and those who are interested in the topic.

9. Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion: Gain an understanding the role food and water play in health

(12 contact hours) Nutrition is a major determinant of health as well as a factor in many common chronic diseases. In this certificate program, you'll gain an understanding the role food and water play in health, and see how making appropriate changes in one's diet can have powerful effects on health throughout life.

You'll examine how the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide as traditional, largely plant-based diets are being replaced by high-fat, energy-dense diets with a substantial content of animal-based foods.

You'll also explore the relationship between nutrition and disease. Consumers and health-care providers alike must understand this relationship so they can choose quality foods that support optimal health.

This certificate addresses these issues and more and provides a solid foundation of for both health care professionals and those wishing to enter the fields of nutrition, health promotion, and lifestyle and wellness coaching.

10. Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing: Steps on Building Health and Wellness Business

Have you dreamed of creating your own business in health and wellness? Becoming an entrepreneur in this growing field can provide you with independence, flexibility, personal fulfillment, control over your own life, and incredible financial rewards. In this innovative program, you'll learn how to make your dreams of building a health-related business a reality.

This program will guide you through the steps to building your own business. You'll explore the different options for creating your business and learn how to develop a successful business plan that reflects your vision and allows you to compete in your target market. You'll gain information about financing your business, and see how to create an effective marketing strategy to help ensure your success.

You'll also examine the secrets of successful entrepreneurs. Throughout the program, you'll get access to sample documents and worksheets. By the end, you'll have virtually everything you need to embark on creating your own health and wellness business.

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  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
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  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
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  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

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Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

The Ultimate Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide Online 10 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Introduction to Physical Therapy
In our first lesson, I'll introduce you to the profession of physical therapy (PT). You'll learn about the history of PT and how two wars and an epidemic created a need for this profession. To help you understand what makes PTs different from other health care professionals, we'll discuss the types of patients who need PT and the types of treatment PTs use. You'll understand the important difference between PTs, PT assistants, and PT aides as you come to understand the special role of PT aides.

Communication for the Physical Therapy Aide
As a PT aide, you'll communicate with many different people, so in today's lesson, we'll focus on the communication skills you'll need to help you communicate with your supervising PT, patients, and their families. You'll learn about some of the challenges you'll face when communicating with sick or injured people, and how to demonstrate the traits of empathy, respect, and patience. We'll also spend some time on SOAP notes—the method many medical personnel use to document their evaluations and patient treatments.

Ethics and Law for the PT Aide
This very important lesson will help you stay out of trouble because today, we'll discuss law and ethics for the PT aide. You'll learn the differences between law and ethics and why you must be concerned about both. We'll go over the American Physical Therapy Association's Code of Ethics, relating its principles to PT aides. We'll also talk about the American Hospital Association's A Patient's Bill of Rights so you'll know how you should treat patients in different situations. You'll want to understand both negligence and malpractice, so we'll cover those topics, too. Finally, we'll spend some time on the very important topic of patient confidentiality. You can face stiff penalties if you violate patient confidentiality, so I want to make sure you thoroughly understand this topic.

The Language of Physical Therapy
Have you ever noticed that every profession has its own unique language? The health care profession is no different. As a PT aide, it's vitally important that you understand the language that PTs use, so we'll focus on that in this lesson. We'll cover planes of the body and directional terms. You'll also learn the terms that define the body's major regions and body cavities. The movements of joints have special names, so I'll define them and share lots of graphics that demonstrate these movements. We'll finish with some other terms related to function and movement in the last chapter.

Anatomy and Physiology: Part 1
In this lesson, we'll begin our discussion of the body's organ systems. We'll go over how your body is organized, from atoms to an entire individual. We'll discuss the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. You'll learn about the organs in each of these systems, the jobs they perform, and disorders affecting these systems that are commonly treated by PTs.

Anatomy and Physiology: Part 2
We'll continue our discussion of the organ systems in this lesson. To start out, we'll go over how our organ systems are interrelated and how a problem with one system will affect the others. We'll then move on to a discussion of the integumentary (skin), digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Just like in Lesson 5, you'll learn about each system's organs, function, and some common disorders. We'll finish the lesson with a discussion of the most important concept in human physiology—homeostasis. Homeostasis means the drive of your body to keep many different variables, like blood pressure and temperature, within a certain range. I'll tell you why this is so crucial and how you might be asked to monitor homeostasis while caring for patients.

Safety for the Physical Therapy Aide: Part 1
We'll start discussing specific safety issues in this lesson, focusing on infection control. Anyone working in healthcare must understand the meaning of infection, its causes, and how its spreads. To help you understand this, we'll discuss the chain of infection and what you can do to break that chain so infection doesn't spread from one person to another. We'll spend some time on an infection called MRSA because it's so common and dangerous. Since proper hand hygiene is the most effective way to stop infection from spreading, we'll go over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines. We'll also talk about patient-care equipment, environmental control, and the role of vaccinations.

Safety for the Physical Therapy Aide: Part 2
We'll discuss important safety issues again in this lesson, but this time, instead of infection, we'll focus on proper body mechanics and safe patient transfers. Body mechanics means the posture of your body and how you move it. You must understand proper body mechanics to protect yourself from injury. We'll start out with a discussion of the anatomy of the spine since the spine gets hurt most often when we ignore proper body mechanics. We'll talk about proper posture and the importance of paying attention to your center of gravity. We'll also go over a list of principles for using proper body mechanics and guidelines for moving patients in a variety of different situations. We'll end with a discussion of lifting machines, which PTs now commonly use to transfer patients.

Helping Patients Walk
Most of us take walking for granted, but many patients must learn to walk again after an illness or injury. PTs often ask their aides to help with this, so you must understand what types of conditions make it hard for people to walk. You should also understand the normal gait cycle, so I'll spend some time on that topic and tell you about common deviations from normal gait. We'll spend quite a bit of time discussing different ambulatory devices including parallel bars, walkers, crutches, and canes and how they're used in PT.

Using Physical Agents
PTs use physical agents, rather than medications or surgery, to treat patients. These agents include heat, cold, ultrasound, traction, and electricity. To explain these agents, we'll start with a discussion about the relationship between a disease or injury and one's ability to perform activities of daily living. We'll then follow a fictitious Mrs. Smith as she struggles to recover from a car accident. You'll learn about the physical agents her PT chooses and how they affect her body. We'll end with a discussion of contraindications (when an agent should never be used) and precautions (when an agent must be used with extra care).

Use of Exercise: Part 1
Along with physical agents, PTs use exercise to treat patients. In this lesson, I'll introduce you to three types of exercise—strength training, aerobic exercise, and range-of-motion exercise. You'll learn how muscles are put together and why resistance is necessary to build strength. I'll teach you about three important principles you should know when supervising a strength training program. We'll also go over aerobic exercise, and you'll learn how it increases a person's ability to use oxygen. Finally, you'll learn about range-of-motion exercises. You'll find out how PTs measure how far a patient can move a joint and why joints sometimes become limited in their motion. We'll talk about different types of range-of-motion exercises and important principles to follow.

Use of Exercise: Part 2
In our final lesson, we'll explore balance, coordination, and developmental delays. We'll focus on children in this lesson, although the information will be helpful if you're treating adults, too. You'll learn about a special sensory system called the vestibular system and how important it is for maintaining balance. I'll give you examples of activities PTs use to treat children with balance problems, and you'll learn about the adaptive response—something PTs continually look for when treating children. We'll move on to a discussion of developmental coordination disorder, and you'll learn how important it is for professionals to properly diagnose this condition. We'll end this course with the subject of developmental delays. You'll learn about developmental milestones and how PTs treat children who fail to meet those milestones. We'll also discuss how PTs use developmental activities with adults who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.

Course 2 - Certificate in Pain Assessment and Management Online Course

There are 6 units of study

  • Pain Assessment and Management: Theory and Assessment Principles   
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Interventions and Treatment
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Management in Special Populations—Surgery, Cancer, and HIV    
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Management in the Adult—Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Management in Special Populations—Children and The Elderly
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Treatment at the End of Life

Course 3 - Certificate in Human Anatomy and Physiology Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Introduction to the Living Processes
Our first lesson will introduce you to the fascinating subject of human anatomy and physiology. Since chemical reactions drive all of our bodies' functions, we'll start by reviewing some basic chemistry. Then we'll discuss how the human body is organized and the four main types of molecules it contains. We'll even touch on a little history because humans used to have some pretty funny ideas about living organisms. Later, you'll learn why a living human being is so different from one who's died. Finally, we'll discuss homeostasis—that drive we have to keep many different variables (like temperature and blood pressure) within a narrow range. By the time you're done with this lesson, you'll be ready to learn more about the structure and function of our bodies.

The Human Cell
The smallest living unit of the body is the cell, and it's so amazing, it deserves a lesson of its own. Even though almost all cells are microscopic, they're jam-packed with many different kinds of organelles and surrounded by complex membranes. I think you'll be amazed at their complexity as we discuss their different functions. We'll also talk about how cells reproduce, and we'll finish up with a discussion on cancer—which is cell reproduction gone amok. 

Understanding Heredity
In this lesson, we'll tackle the subject of heredity. It's probably the most technical of all the lessons because we'll be exploring genetics. You'll learn how genes determine your physical and mental characteristics, and how your parents' genetic material determine these traits. You'll learn the important differences between reproductive cells and all of the other cells in the body. Then we'll spend some time talking about a man who lived in the 1800's—Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics—because his insights paved the way for our modern understanding of heredity. After that, we'll discuss some different genetic disorders as you learn about specific mutations in the genetic code that can cause problems. 

The Nervous System
We'll move on to the organ systems in today's lesson. We'll start with the one I find most interesting—the nervous system. You'll learn how it's organized, its different jobs, and the structures that make thinking, feeling, and moving possible. You'll also learn how the nervous system works when we think we're in danger or we've suddenly been affected by physical pain. We'll use our knowledge about chemistry in this chapter, too, as we talk about how nervous impulses are transmitted. Finally, we'll talk about some disorders of the nervous system—what causes them and their effects.

The Skeletal System
Our bones have several functions, and some aren't so obvious. For example, did you know that red blood cells are made in your bones? Or that bones store minerals that are essential for the function of your nerves and muscles? In today's lesson on the skeletal system, we'll explore the structure and function of bones, and then we'll talk about different types of joints and the amazing structure of your spinal column. You'll learn about some common disorders of this system and what you can do to keep your bones strong. 

The Muscular System
Like the skeletal system, the muscular system is crucial for movement, but it has other functions, too. We'll discuss them in detail in today's lesson. Muscles are also a lot more complicated than they appear, so we'll spend some time talking about both the structures that we can see and the structures that we can't see without a microscope. We'll go over some of the specific muscles in the body and how they work together to perform specific movements. You'll also learn why even simple movements involve chemical reactions and a close coordination between this system and the nervous system. In the last chapter, we'll look at several common injuries to different parts of the muscular system. 

The Respiratory System
We'll focus on the respiratory system in this lesson. As you're probably aware, it's the group of organs that allow you to get that crucial substance—oxygen—to all the cells in our body. But your respiratory system has some other functions that we'll touch on in this lesson. You'll learn about the anatomy of your respiratory organs and which muscles are crucial for breathing. You'll also become aware of the differences between ventilation, external respiration, internal respiration, and cellular respiration. And we'll talk about some illnesses that could affect your respiratory system, compromising your ability to breathe. 

The Circulatory System
There's so much to learn about the circulatory system! In this lesson, we'll explore the composition of blood, the various blood cells, and the different kinds of blood vessels in your body. Of course, the heart is a crucial part of the circulatory system, so we'll talk about its chambers, valves, coronary vessels, and electrical system. You'll learn how blood travels around the body and its important functions. We'll spend some time on two of the most common health problems people experience—high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. You'll finish this lesson knowing the importance of taking care of this organ system. 

The Lymphatic System and Fighting Disease
In today's very interesting lesson, you'll learn all about the disease-fighting ability of your body. Did you know that your body is constantly bombarded with germs that want to make you sick? We'll talk about that in this lesson, as well as some of the many ways your body fights back to keep you well. The human body also has a system of vessels (similar to blood vessels) called the lymphatic system. We'll talk about its disease-fighting role as well as some of its other functions. You'll learn about some of the other organs in your body that are involved in the battle against disease. At the end of this lesson, we'll talk about different ways the body's disease-fighting ability can be compromised and why sometimes the body turns on its own cells. 

The Integumentary and Urinary System
Today we'll take a close look at two different organ systems—the integumentary system (the skin) and the urinary system. Both of these systems work to get rid of waste products that would kill you if they were allowed to build up in your body. You'll learn, too, how important these two systems are in maintaining homeostasis. We'll spend quite a bit of time on the structure of these two systems. People are often surprised to learn how complex even the skin can be. And the structures of the urinary system, particularly the kidneys, are quite amazing. At the end of this lesson, you'll learn about kidney failure and the challenges of dialysis and kidney transplantation.

The Digestive System
You'll never think about food the same way again after this lesson on the digestive system! Just writing about it made me want to be a bit more careful about what I eat. You'll learn about all the different structures involved with converting food into the chemicals our bodies need to grow, repair tissues, and carry on all the functions of life. We'll also discuss the role of the three main types of foods and the importance of many different vitamins and minerals. When you finish this lesson, you'll understand the value of eating a variety of foods and how good food choices will enhance your health. We'll spend some time discussing two common digestive disorders, and then we'll talk about one of the most common kinds of cancer—colon cancer.

The Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
We'll end this course with a discussion about the endocrine and reproductive systems. You'll learn how the endocrine and nervous systems work together to regulate all of your body's functions. We'll discuss some specific endocrine glands, the hormones they produce, and how they influence each other. Homeostasis again becomes something important to talk about because of the crucial role of the endocrine system. We'll also cover both the female and male reproductive systems. You'll learn about their anatomy and how the endocrine system affects their organs, making reproduction possible. We'll end this chapter with a discussion about two fairly common disorders—diabetes and endometriosis.

Course 4 - Certificate in Human Anatomy and Physiology II Online Course

There are 12 units of study

The Four Types of Tissues

In our first lesson, you'll learn about the four major types of tissues—epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissue. We'll go over their major characteristics, how they're named, their functions, and where they're located. You'll discover some hints on identifying some specific tissues with a microscope, and I'll explain why every organ in your body contains all four major types of tissues.

Cutaneous Sensation

In this lesson, we'll explore the topic of sensation as you learn about the sensations of touch, pressure, temperature, and pain. You'll discover the differences between free nerve endings, Merkel disks, Meissner corpuscles, root hair plexuses, and Pacinian corpuscles. We'll also talk about sensory adaptation and referred pain, and you'll learn where in the brain messages from sensory receptors end up. We'll end the lesson with a discussion of three disorders of cutaneous sensation—tactile defensiveness, congenital insensitivity to pain, and peripheral neuropathy.

The Senses of Proprioception and Equilibrium

Today, you'll learn about sensory receptors (muscle spindles, Golgi tendon organs, and joint proprioceptors) that tell your brain how much tension is in your muscles and the position of your body parts. You'll learn why accurate information from these receptors is so important and how the brain uses their information to help you plan your movements. We'll also discuss the sense of equilibrium—that sense that lets you know if you're upright and if you're in danger of falling. You'll study the structures of the vestibular system and learn how they contribute to both static and dynamic equilibrium. I'll summarize this lesson by telling you what happens when a person experiences proprioceptive or vestibular dysfunction.

The Sense of Vision

Now it's time to learn about the physics of light and color and find out how light is bent and focused. Today, you'll learn about the composition of the eyes, including their three coverings and the structures inside the eyeballs. We'll talk about special sensory receptors called rod and cones, and how information they receive is sent to the brain and analyzed. We'll end this lesson with a discussion about three common eye disorders—glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

The Sense of Hearing

In this lesson, you'll discover the physics of sound. You'll learn why sounds differ in pitch and loudness, and you'll find out about a quality of sound called color. We'll then talk about the different structures that make up the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. You'll learn what happens when sound waves enter the ear and how information from the ear travels to the brain for analysis. We'll end this lesson with a discussion of hearing loss.

The Senses of Smell and Taste

Today, we'll finish up our study of the senses with a discussion on the senses of smell and taste.  You’ll learn about the structures that respond to chemicals of smell and taste, and how the sensations of smell and taste are perceived in the brain.  We’ll also talk about disorders of both of these senses, and you’ll have an opportunity to perform a fun experiment to test the importance of smell to the perception of flavor.

Cellular Metabolism

In this lesson, we'll go over the fascinating topic of cellular metabolism—the chemical reactions that occur in your body’s cells. We’ll review the important concepts of homeostasis and negative feedback, and you’ll learn that homeostasis is maintained by thousands of chemical reactions that occur every second. Those chemical reactions either build larger molecules from smaller ones or break apart larger molecules into smaller ones, so we'll discuss what happens in those two major types of reactions. You’ll also learn about the capture and storage of energy, the role of enzymes in metabolic pathways, and disorders of cellular metabolism.

Water, Acids, Bases, and Salts

In today's lesson, we'll continue our study of important chemicals in the human body. We'll start out by reviewing the differences between atoms and ions, and the differences between ionic and covalent bonds. We'll then move on to a study of water, its unique properties, and its important functions. You'll learn that water breaks apart molecules called electrolytes, and that the three major types of electrolytes include acids, bases, and salts. We'll discuss the pH scale—a way to measure the degree of acidity in a substance, and you'll learn about the conditions called acidosis and alkalosis. We'll finish up the lesson with a discussion about imbalances of three important ions—sodium, potassium, and calcium.

Prenatal Development

Today, we'll go over the wonders of prenatal development. You’ll learn about the roles both men and women play in the creation of the zygote—the very first cell that starts a new human life. We’ll then follow that new creature through the amazing changes that happen during the first eight weeks after fertilization (the embryonic period). We’ll also discuss significant events that occur during the rest of the pregnancy (the fetal period). At the end of this lesson, I’ll tell you about some common causes of both male and female infertility.

Pregnancy, Childbirth, the Postpartum Period, and Breastfeeding

In this lesson, you'll learn about pregnancy from the mother's point of view. We'll start with a discussion about the placenta, and then we'll talk about the way pregnancy affects the mother's different organ systems. We'll also discuss the events of childbirth and what a mother experiences during the postpartum period. Many women choose to breastfeed (lactate), so I'll also tell you how breasts prepare for lactation, how milk is produced, and how it's secreted. We'll end this lesson with a discussion of a complication of pregnancy called gestational diabetes.

The Neonatal Period, Infancy, and Childhood

In today's lesson, we'll focus on the neonatal period, infancy, and childhood. We'll start with a discussion of normal circulation of blood in children and adults and compare that to circulation in the fetus. That's so you can understand the big changes that occur in the heart, blood vessels, and lungs as soon as a baby takes his first breath. We'll then talk about other changes in the first four weeks after birth (the neonatal period), and we'll move on to a discussion of reflexes and brain maturation during the first year and significant changes that occur during childhood. At the end of this lesson, you'll learn about a common developmental disorder in children called cerebral palsy.

Puberty, Adulthood, and Old Age

In our final lesson, we'll go over puberty, adulthood, and old age. You'll learn how hormones work during puberty and what physical changes occur during that time. We'll also discuss changes that occur during young adulthood and middle age and spend some time on menopause. I devote a chapter to the topic of senescence;the process of aging during the years 65 and over. In that chapter, you'll learn several reasons why getting older causes age-related changes. We'll end this lesson with a discussion of ways to slow down the aging process.

Course 5 - Certificate in Handling Medical Emergencies Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Introduction to Medical Emergencies

Every day, thousands of medical emergencies occur in the United States. In our first lesson, you'll learn what happens when someone dials 911 to report the emergency. You'll see how emergency 911 operators do their jobs, who will respond to the emergency, and what will happen after emergency medical services personnel arrive at the scene. We'll also explore how you can help without exposing yourself to legal liability. Then, we'll start going over the human body so you'll know why your organs work like they do!

The Initial Assessment

Today, you'll learn how to make sure you stay safe at the scene of an emergency—from watching out for traffic and identifying hazards, to protecting yourself from transmitted diseases. Then, you'll learn the ABCs of emergency care so you'll know what steps to take in order to help someone in need. Also, you'll see how to take a reading of a patient's respiration and pulse to determine if the heart and lungs are working normally.

Heart Disease and Heart Attack

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the USA. In today's lesson, you'll learn what causes heart disease and how you and your family can prevent it from happening to yourselves. We'll discuss angina and heart attacks, and I'll tell you why you may not want your family member to go to the closest hospital if you suspect they may be having heart problems!

Respiratory Illness and Disease

Would you know what to do if your child suddenly choked on a small toy or piece of food? Today's lesson addresses choking and breathing problems, the leading causes of accidental deaths in children. You'll also learn about asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, and carbon monoxide poisoning. And I'll show you how using everyday household cleaning products might be dangerous!

Head and Brain Injuries

In this lesson, you'll learn all about the body's master organ—the brain! We'll discuss concussions, head injuries, seizures, and strokes. You'll see how the pupils of the eyes give you important information about brain function, and how to recognize the signs of a stroke, one of the most common events leading to adult disability.

Bleeding and Burns 

Do you know what the largest organ of the body is? Surprise—it's your skin! In today's lesson, we'll go over what happens when you injure your skin—whether you've scraped, cut, torn, punctured, or burned it. We'll also go over how to recognize the signs of bleeding, even if the bleeding is internal and out of your sight. You'll see how to stop all types of bleeding and how to treat all types of burns, including electrical, chemical, thermal, and even severe sunburns!

The Nine Types of Shock

In today's lesson, you'll learn all about shock . . . not the electrical kind, but the type that prevents oxygen from getting to your body's cells. You'll learn how to recognize and treat shock caused by infections, allergic reactions, bleeding, breathing problems, diabetes, heart problems, spinal injuries, and simple fainting. You'll also see what to look for to determine if an unconscious person has a chronic medical problem, with no one around to tell you about it!

Medical and Environmental Emergencies

Today, we'll go in depth to learn about underlying medical problems such as diabetes, gallstones, hepatitis, appendicitis, and kidney stones. You'll also learn about heat and cold emergencies, from heat exhaustion and heat stroke to frostbite and hypothermia. And you'll find out what's happening if your patient's eyeballs look yellow!

Managing Poisoning

Almost 3 million children are victims of accidental poisoning each year. In this lesson, you'll learn how poisoning occurs—how it gets into a child's body through absorption, inhalation, ingestion, or injection. You'll see why poison control centers have been established throughout the country and how you can reach one using a single phone number. Most important, you'll learn what to do and what not to do before medical help arrives at your house.

Fractures and Sports Injuries

Today, we'll focus on injuries to the bones and joints. We'll explore fractures, sprains, and strains, as well as how to handle neck and back injuries without causing further harm to your patient. You'll learn how to use common items to make splints to stabilize an arm or leg until help arrives. Then, we'll talk about common sports injuries affecting adults and children. You'll also learn about athletic trainers and the roles they serve in organized team sports.

Child Development and Specific Injuries

Children aren't just little adults! In this lesson, you'll learn how children react to injury and illness, and how you can interact with them during the various stages they go through as they grow up. You'll learn the differences in their anatomy as they get bigger, how their vital signs change, and how they're so much more susceptible to shock than adults are. And we'll explore common childhood emergencies such as infection, fever, and seizures. Then, we'll examine the early warning signs of substance abuse among teenagers and talk about a difficult topic—teen suicide and self-injury.

Critical Illnesses, SIDS, and Abuse

In our final lesson, you'll learn about illnesses common to children—croup, epiglottitis, asthma, and meningitis. We'll also explore SIDS—Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and learn why researchers think it occurs and steps you can take to reduce its risk. We'll close by discussing the nationwide problem of child neglect and abuse, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of physical and sexual abuse, and why just one phone call can make a major positive step in an abused child's life!

Course 6 - Certificate in Healing Environments Online Course

There are 9 units of study

  • The Power of Design—Healthy Buildings, Healthy Communities
  • Creating Healing Relationships    
  • Color and Health – Exploring the Connection
  • Light, Health, and Healing    
  • Sound and Art: Using The Ears and Eyes to Heal
  • Nature and Healing—The Power of Connection    
  • The Air We Breathe—How Air Quality Affects Health and Well-Being    
  • How Safe Is Your Water?
  • Our Rewired Brains—Technology and Health

Course 7 - Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health Online Course

There are 12 units of study

  • Holistic Stress Management
  • Health and the Human Spirit
  • Energy Healing
  • Healing Elements of Meditation
  • Place and Space: Healing Environments
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: an Ancient Approach to Healing
  • Ayurvedic Medicine: Ancient Foundations of Health Care
  • Humor and Health
  • Music Therapy and Sound Healing
  • Nutrition: An Integrative Approach
  • Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Healing Therapies
  • Healing Effects of Physical Activity and Movement

Course 8 - Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health Online Course

Discover a Holistic Overview of Current Food and Nutrition Issues

Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. The goal of this certificate program is to provide a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.

Throughout this certificate, you'll become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health as well as the health of our planet. You'll examine the impact of stress on the body and the health crisis posed by obesity in the U.S. You'll also learn how we can change our eating habits for more healthful outcomes, including swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, adding probiotics to the diet, and harnessing the healing effect of herbs.

Ultimately, you'll gain insight into how food interacts with our bodies on multiple levels—physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual—as well as the impact it has globally. This certificate is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field and those who are interested in the topic.

Course 9 - Certificate in Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion Online Course

The Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion certificate program consists of a total of 7 courses:

  • The Politics of Food
  • Hunger and Malnutrition
  • Genetically Engineered Foods 
  • Food and Mood: What's the Connection? 
  • Foodborne Diseases 
  • How Safe Is Your Water? 
  • Nutrition, Toxins, and Chronic Disease

Course 10 - Certificate in Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing Online Course

There are 6 units of study

  • Starting Your Own Business in Holistic and Integrative Health: Preparing for the Change
  • Choosing the Business Structure for Your Health and Wellness Business
  • Creating a Business Plan for Your Health and Wellness Business    
  • Financing Your Business in Health and Wellness
  • Marketing Your Health and Wellness Business
  • Secrets of Successful Healthcare Entrepreneurs

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Gain Valuable Knowledge and Be Well on Your Way to Becoming a Physical Therapist - 10 Courses in this Bundle

  1. Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide

  2. Pain Assessment and Management

  3. Human Anatomy and Physiology

  4. Human Anatomy and Physiology II

  5. Handling Medical Emergencies

  6. Healing Environments

  7. Holistic and Integrative Health

  8. Food, Nutrition, and Health

  9. Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion

  10. Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing

1. Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide: Gain Valuable Knowledge and Be Well on Your Way to Becoming a Physical Therapist

Prepare for a rewarding career as a valued member of the physical therapy team while learning all about the human body, specific disorders, and the way physical therapists treat these disorders through our physical therapy aide online course! 

We'll begin by exploring the history of physical therapy and the relationships between physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy aides. You'll get training on how to communicate effectively with other health care professionals and patients. You'll also come to understand the medical documentation that physical therapists use and principles of ethics and law that affect the PT aide.

Physical therapists often use words and terms that may be unfamiliar to you, so we'll devote some time to learning much of the language of PT. We'll then spend two lessons studying the body's 11 organ systems. You'll learn the names of the organs in each system, their main functions, and some common disorders.

Health care professionals must take extra care to avoid the spread of infection, so we'll go over that important subject. Along with infection control, you'll learn proper body mechanics and how to safely move patients. We'll also cover the normal gait cycle, and you'll learn how to help patients walk with assistive devices like walkers, crutches, and canes.

Physical therapists use physical agents like heat, cold, ultrasound, and electricity to treat many of their patients, so we'll explore these agents. You'll learn when PTs use them and important precautions. We'll move on to a discussion of exercise, and we'll spend a lesson studying the principles of strengthening, aerobic, and range-of-motion exercises. 

We'll close with a study of balance and coordination disorders. You'll learn about the vestibular system—an important mechanism that helps you keep your balance. We'll also talk about treating children with developmental coordination disorder and developmental delays.

By the time you finish this six-week course, you'll have gained valuable knowledge and be well on your way to becoming an important member of the physical therapy team!

2. Pain Assessment and Management: Learn Effective Pain Management Strategies

Pain assessment and management is a crucial part of compassionate and effective patient care. Many providers, patients, patients' families, and regulatory agencies are requiring health care providers to be more accurate with their pain assessment skills and more effective in their pain management strategies. Scientific advancements in the understanding of the mechanisms of pain, multidisciplinary methods of assessment and management, and the improvement of medications to treat pain have contributed to the wealth of knowledge in this area.

This certificate program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health care professionals who work with patients who are in pain. By providing an educational experience that examines key issues related to pain assessment and management, this certificate program will gives you the relevant and practical information you'll need to improve your practice and provide the most effective care to your patients.

3. Human Anatomy and Physiology: Learn Principles of Genetics and Gain an Understanding of How Traits are Passed from OneGeneration to the Next

We'll place an emphasis on the organization of the human body and the differences between nonliving matter and living organisms. We'll also cover cell anatomy and physiology because all life processes are ultimately carried out at the cellular level. 

After we've established this foundation, we'll survey the anatomy and physiology of each of our 11 organ systems. You'll learn how our nervous system allows us to receive, process, and interpret sensation and send messages to our muscles and glands. We'll cover the skeletal and muscular systems, learning how they make movement possible, and also about some of their little-known but equally essential functions.

This course explains how the circulatory and respiratory systems work together to provide our bodies with the oxygen our tissues need, and how they work together with the skin and kidneys to rid our bodies of wastes. You'll learn how our bodies fight off diseases, and how our digestive system converts the food we eat into energy and the tissues of our bodies. We'll also spend time on the endocrine system, which supplies the hormones we need for our survival, and the reproductive system, that group of organs that allows life to be passed on to another generation.

We'll also discuss functions of the different organ systems that you'll probably find surprising. In addition, each lesson includes information about specific disorders that sometimes happen to our bodies, and we'll also talk about some recent advances in medicine. By the end of this course, you'll have a greater appreciation and understanding of the marvelous complexity of the human body!

4. Human Anatomy and Physiology II: Study How your Brain Receives and Processes Information

We'll start with basic histology—the study of the different tissues in the body.  You'll learn about the structure and function of epithelial, connective, nervous, and muscular tissue.  You'll come to understand the different sub-types of these tissues, where they're located, and the special jobs they perform.

From there, we'll move on to a discussion of the different senses.  We'll study how your brain receives and processes information from your skin, joints, muscles, and special balance organs in your ears.  Then we'll discuss the sensations of sight, sound, taste, and smell.  You'll learn about the organs that receive these sensations and how the brain makes sense of them.

We'll also delve into the important topic of cellular metabolism—the chemical reactions that occur in cells.  You'll find out about the major types of chemical reactions and see why food, oxygen, and water are essential for these chemical reactions to occur.   And you'll learn about classes of chemicals called acids, bases, and salts, and their significance in the body.

Then we'll focus on the human life span.  We'll start with a detailed explanation of the process of fertilization, proceed to a discussion of pregnancy and childbirth, and finally, talk about significant events that occur from infancy through old age.   You'll also discover ways to slow down the aging process. 

By the end of this Certificate in Human Anatomy and Physiology II Online Course, you'll have an even greater appreciation of the complexity and wonder of the human body!

5. Handling Medical Emergencies: Focuses in Handling Emergencies and Deal With Appropriate Care

This Certificate in Handling Medical Emergencies Online Course will identify common medical emergencies affecting children and adults, help you recognize signs and symptoms, and teach you how to render appropriate emergency care. For adults, you will learn how to recognize and manage chest pain, heart attack, stroke, diabetic problems, seizures, breathing difficulty, burns, and allergic reactions. For children, you will also learn about poisoning, fever, childhood illnesses, injuries from accidents, and the signs of abuse.

6. Healing Environments: Learn All Aspects of a Healing Environment

The design of a health care facility can contribute greatly to the well-being of patients, staff, and the wider community. In this innovative certificate program, you'll examine how Optimal Healing Environments (OHEs) impact the health of individuals and communities on a physical, social, psychological, and spiritual level.

You'll learn how evidence-based design can create environments that foster healing and support the mission of health care facilities. You'll explore the effect of all the elements of an environment, including color, light, sound, and art, and the role they play in supporting physical and emotional health. In addition, the program examines how a facility can use a focus on nature to create a sense of connection, how to benefit from the use of technology while mitigating the emotional stress that can result from it, and the importance of such environmental aspects as clean air and water.

At the end of this program, you'll appreciate all aspects of a healing environment and be able to describe methods of enhancing personal and work environments so they support the health of individuals and surrounding communities in a sustainable, healing manner.

7. Holistic and Integrative Health: Learn the Fundamentals of Person-empowered Approach to Health Care

Increasingly, today's consumers are seeking health care providers who focus on wellness and natural healing. As a result, the exciting and rewarding field of integrative health is growing rapidly.

In this 12-lesson Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health program, designed for both health care professionals and consumers, you'll learn the fundamentals of this person-centered and person-empowered approach to health care. You'll cover topics including holistic stress management, health and the human spirit, energy healing, elements of meditation, healing environments, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, humor and health, music therapy and sound healing, nutrition, therapeutic massage and bodywork, and healing effects of physical activity.

As you explore the diverse systems that fall under the umbrella of integrative health, you'll gain an awareness of the philosophies of health and healing that unite all of these systems. You'll discover the benefits of emphasizing wellness, building a strong relationship between provider and client, promoting self-healing, and using nutritional approaches and other natural healing techniques. Above all, you'll gain a new respect for human individuality and the healing power of the integrative health approach.

8. Food, Nutrition, and Health: Discover a Holistic Overview of Current Food and Nutrition Issues

Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. The goal of this certificate program is to provide a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.

Throughout this certificate, you'll become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health as well as the health of our planet. You'll examine the impact of stress on the body and the health crisis posed by obesity in the U.S. You'll also learn how we can change our eating habits for more healthful outcomes, including swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, adding probiotics to the diet, and harnessing the healing effect of herbs.

Ultimately, you'll gain insight into how food interacts with our bodies on multiple levels—physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual—as well as the impact it has globally. This certificate is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field and those who are interested in the topic.

9. Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion: Gain an understanding the role food and water play in health

(12 contact hours) Nutrition is a major determinant of health as well as a factor in many common chronic diseases. In this certificate program, you'll gain an understanding the role food and water play in health, and see how making appropriate changes in one's diet can have powerful effects on health throughout life.

You'll examine how the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide as traditional, largely plant-based diets are being replaced by high-fat, energy-dense diets with a substantial content of animal-based foods.

You'll also explore the relationship between nutrition and disease. Consumers and health-care providers alike must understand this relationship so they can choose quality foods that support optimal health.

This certificate addresses these issues and more and provides a solid foundation of for both health care professionals and those wishing to enter the fields of nutrition, health promotion, and lifestyle and wellness coaching.

10. Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing: Steps on Building Health and Wellness Business

Have you dreamed of creating your own business in health and wellness? Becoming an entrepreneur in this growing field can provide you with independence, flexibility, personal fulfillment, control over your own life, and incredible financial rewards. In this innovative program, you'll learn how to make your dreams of building a health-related business a reality.

This program will guide you through the steps to building your own business. You'll explore the different options for creating your business and learn how to develop a successful business plan that reflects your vision and allows you to compete in your target market. You'll gain information about financing your business, and see how to create an effective marketing strategy to help ensure your success.

You'll also examine the secrets of successful entrepreneurs. Throughout the program, you'll get access to sample documents and worksheets. By the end, you'll have virtually everything you need to embark on creating your own health and wellness business.

For comprehensive inormation on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

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Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

The Ultimate Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide Online 10 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Introduction to Physical Therapy
In our first lesson, I'll introduce you to the profession of physical therapy (PT). You'll learn about the history of PT and how two wars and an epidemic created a need for this profession. To help you understand what makes PTs different from other health care professionals, we'll discuss the types of patients who need PT and the types of treatment PTs use. You'll understand the important difference between PTs, PT assistants, and PT aides as you come to understand the special role of PT aides.

Communication for the Physical Therapy Aide
As a PT aide, you'll communicate with many different people, so in today's lesson, we'll focus on the communication skills you'll need to help you communicate with your supervising PT, patients, and their families. You'll learn about some of the challenges you'll face when communicating with sick or injured people, and how to demonstrate the traits of empathy, respect, and patience. We'll also spend some time on SOAP notes—the method many medical personnel use to document their evaluations and patient treatments.

Ethics and Law for the PT Aide
This very important lesson will help you stay out of trouble because today, we'll discuss law and ethics for the PT aide. You'll learn the differences between law and ethics and why you must be concerned about both. We'll go over the American Physical Therapy Association's Code of Ethics, relating its principles to PT aides. We'll also talk about the American Hospital Association's A Patient's Bill of Rights so you'll know how you should treat patients in different situations. You'll want to understand both negligence and malpractice, so we'll cover those topics, too. Finally, we'll spend some time on the very important topic of patient confidentiality. You can face stiff penalties if you violate patient confidentiality, so I want to make sure you thoroughly understand this topic.

The Language of Physical Therapy
Have you ever noticed that every profession has its own unique language? The health care profession is no different. As a PT aide, it's vitally important that you understand the language that PTs use, so we'll focus on that in this lesson. We'll cover planes of the body and directional terms. You'll also learn the terms that define the body's major regions and body cavities. The movements of joints have special names, so I'll define them and share lots of graphics that demonstrate these movements. We'll finish with some other terms related to function and movement in the last chapter.

Anatomy and Physiology: Part 1
In this lesson, we'll begin our discussion of the body's organ systems. We'll go over how your body is organized, from atoms to an entire individual. We'll discuss the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. You'll learn about the organs in each of these systems, the jobs they perform, and disorders affecting these systems that are commonly treated by PTs.

Anatomy and Physiology: Part 2
We'll continue our discussion of the organ systems in this lesson. To start out, we'll go over how our organ systems are interrelated and how a problem with one system will affect the others. We'll then move on to a discussion of the integumentary (skin), digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Just like in Lesson 5, you'll learn about each system's organs, function, and some common disorders. We'll finish the lesson with a discussion of the most important concept in human physiology—homeostasis. Homeostasis means the drive of your body to keep many different variables, like blood pressure and temperature, within a certain range. I'll tell you why this is so crucial and how you might be asked to monitor homeostasis while caring for patients.

Safety for the Physical Therapy Aide: Part 1
We'll start discussing specific safety issues in this lesson, focusing on infection control. Anyone working in healthcare must understand the meaning of infection, its causes, and how its spreads. To help you understand this, we'll discuss the chain of infection and what you can do to break that chain so infection doesn't spread from one person to another. We'll spend some time on an infection called MRSA because it's so common and dangerous. Since proper hand hygiene is the most effective way to stop infection from spreading, we'll go over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines. We'll also talk about patient-care equipment, environmental control, and the role of vaccinations.

Safety for the Physical Therapy Aide: Part 2
We'll discuss important safety issues again in this lesson, but this time, instead of infection, we'll focus on proper body mechanics and safe patient transfers. Body mechanics means the posture of your body and how you move it. You must understand proper body mechanics to protect yourself from injury. We'll start out with a discussion of the anatomy of the spine since the spine gets hurt most often when we ignore proper body mechanics. We'll talk about proper posture and the importance of paying attention to your center of gravity. We'll also go over a list of principles for using proper body mechanics and guidelines for moving patients in a variety of different situations. We'll end with a discussion of lifting machines, which PTs now commonly use to transfer patients.

Helping Patients Walk
Most of us take walking for granted, but many patients must learn to walk again after an illness or injury. PTs often ask their aides to help with this, so you must understand what types of conditions make it hard for people to walk. You should also understand the normal gait cycle, so I'll spend some time on that topic and tell you about common deviations from normal gait. We'll spend quite a bit of time discussing different ambulatory devices including parallel bars, walkers, crutches, and canes and how they're used in PT.

Using Physical Agents
PTs use physical agents, rather than medications or surgery, to treat patients. These agents include heat, cold, ultrasound, traction, and electricity. To explain these agents, we'll start with a discussion about the relationship between a disease or injury and one's ability to perform activities of daily living. We'll then follow a fictitious Mrs. Smith as she struggles to recover from a car accident. You'll learn about the physical agents her PT chooses and how they affect her body. We'll end with a discussion of contraindications (when an agent should never be used) and precautions (when an agent must be used with extra care).

Use of Exercise: Part 1
Along with physical agents, PTs use exercise to treat patients. In this lesson, I'll introduce you to three types of exercise—strength training, aerobic exercise, and range-of-motion exercise. You'll learn how muscles are put together and why resistance is necessary to build strength. I'll teach you about three important principles you should know when supervising a strength training program. We'll also go over aerobic exercise, and you'll learn how it increases a person's ability to use oxygen. Finally, you'll learn about range-of-motion exercises. You'll find out how PTs measure how far a patient can move a joint and why joints sometimes become limited in their motion. We'll talk about different types of range-of-motion exercises and important principles to follow.

Use of Exercise: Part 2
In our final lesson, we'll explore balance, coordination, and developmental delays. We'll focus on children in this lesson, although the information will be helpful if you're treating adults, too. You'll learn about a special sensory system called the vestibular system and how important it is for maintaining balance. I'll give you examples of activities PTs use to treat children with balance problems, and you'll learn about the adaptive response—something PTs continually look for when treating children. We'll move on to a discussion of developmental coordination disorder, and you'll learn how important it is for professionals to properly diagnose this condition. We'll end this course with the subject of developmental delays. You'll learn about developmental milestones and how PTs treat children who fail to meet those milestones. We'll also discuss how PTs use developmental activities with adults who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.

Course 2 - Certificate in Pain Assessment and Management Online Course

There are 6 units of study

  • Pain Assessment and Management: Theory and Assessment Principles   
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Interventions and Treatment
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Management in Special Populations—Surgery, Cancer, and HIV    
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Management in the Adult—Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Management in Special Populations—Children and The Elderly
  • Pain Assessment and Management: Treatment at the End of Life

Course 3 - Certificate in Human Anatomy and Physiology Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Introduction to the Living Processes
Our first lesson will introduce you to the fascinating subject of human anatomy and physiology. Since chemical reactions drive all of our bodies' functions, we'll start by reviewing some basic chemistry. Then we'll discuss how the human body is organized and the four main types of molecules it contains. We'll even touch on a little history because humans used to have some pretty funny ideas about living organisms. Later, you'll learn why a living human being is so different from one who's died. Finally, we'll discuss homeostasis—that drive we have to keep many different variables (like temperature and blood pressure) within a narrow range. By the time you're done with this lesson, you'll be ready to learn more about the structure and function of our bodies.

The Human Cell
The smallest living unit of the body is the cell, and it's so amazing, it deserves a lesson of its own. Even though almost all cells are microscopic, they're jam-packed with many different kinds of organelles and surrounded by complex membranes. I think you'll be amazed at their complexity as we discuss their different functions. We'll also talk about how cells reproduce, and we'll finish up with a discussion on cancer—which is cell reproduction gone amok. 

Understanding Heredity
In this lesson, we'll tackle the subject of heredity. It's probably the most technical of all the lessons because we'll be exploring genetics. You'll learn how genes determine your physical and mental characteristics, and how your parents' genetic material determine these traits. You'll learn the important differences between reproductive cells and all of the other cells in the body. Then we'll spend some time talking about a man who lived in the 1800's—Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics—because his insights paved the way for our modern understanding of heredity. After that, we'll discuss some different genetic disorders as you learn about specific mutations in the genetic code that can cause problems. 

The Nervous System
We'll move on to the organ systems in today's lesson. We'll start with the one I find most interesting—the nervous system. You'll learn how it's organized, its different jobs, and the structures that make thinking, feeling, and moving possible. You'll also learn how the nervous system works when we think we're in danger or we've suddenly been affected by physical pain. We'll use our knowledge about chemistry in this chapter, too, as we talk about how nervous impulses are transmitted. Finally, we'll talk about some disorders of the nervous system—what causes them and their effects.

The Skeletal System
Our bones have several functions, and some aren't so obvious. For example, did you know that red blood cells are made in your bones? Or that bones store minerals that are essential for the function of your nerves and muscles? In today's lesson on the skeletal system, we'll explore the structure and function of bones, and then we'll talk about different types of joints and the amazing structure of your spinal column. You'll learn about some common disorders of this system and what you can do to keep your bones strong. 

The Muscular System
Like the skeletal system, the muscular system is crucial for movement, but it has other functions, too. We'll discuss them in detail in today's lesson. Muscles are also a lot more complicated than they appear, so we'll spend some time talking about both the structures that we can see and the structures that we can't see without a microscope. We'll go over some of the specific muscles in the body and how they work together to perform specific movements. You'll also learn why even simple movements involve chemical reactions and a close coordination between this system and the nervous system. In the last chapter, we'll look at several common injuries to different parts of the muscular system. 

The Respiratory System
We'll focus on the respiratory system in this lesson. As you're probably aware, it's the group of organs that allow you to get that crucial substance—oxygen—to all the cells in our body. But your respiratory system has some other functions that we'll touch on in this lesson. You'll learn about the anatomy of your respiratory organs and which muscles are crucial for breathing. You'll also become aware of the differences between ventilation, external respiration, internal respiration, and cellular respiration. And we'll talk about some illnesses that could affect your respiratory system, compromising your ability to breathe. 

The Circulatory System
There's so much to learn about the circulatory system! In this lesson, we'll explore the composition of blood, the various blood cells, and the different kinds of blood vessels in your body. Of course, the heart is a crucial part of the circulatory system, so we'll talk about its chambers, valves, coronary vessels, and electrical system. You'll learn how blood travels around the body and its important functions. We'll spend some time on two of the most common health problems people experience—high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. You'll finish this lesson knowing the importance of taking care of this organ system. 

The Lymphatic System and Fighting Disease
In today's very interesting lesson, you'll learn all about the disease-fighting ability of your body. Did you know that your body is constantly bombarded with germs that want to make you sick? We'll talk about that in this lesson, as well as some of the many ways your body fights back to keep you well. The human body also has a system of vessels (similar to blood vessels) called the lymphatic system. We'll talk about its disease-fighting role as well as some of its other functions. You'll learn about some of the other organs in your body that are involved in the battle against disease. At the end of this lesson, we'll talk about different ways the body's disease-fighting ability can be compromised and why sometimes the body turns on its own cells. 

The Integumentary and Urinary System
Today we'll take a close look at two different organ systems—the integumentary system (the skin) and the urinary system. Both of these systems work to get rid of waste products that would kill you if they were allowed to build up in your body. You'll learn, too, how important these two systems are in maintaining homeostasis. We'll spend quite a bit of time on the structure of these two systems. People are often surprised to learn how complex even the skin can be. And the structures of the urinary system, particularly the kidneys, are quite amazing. At the end of this lesson, you'll learn about kidney failure and the challenges of dialysis and kidney transplantation.

The Digestive System
You'll never think about food the same way again after this lesson on the digestive system! Just writing about it made me want to be a bit more careful about what I eat. You'll learn about all the different structures involved with converting food into the chemicals our bodies need to grow, repair tissues, and carry on all the functions of life. We'll also discuss the role of the three main types of foods and the importance of many different vitamins and minerals. When you finish this lesson, you'll understand the value of eating a variety of foods and how good food choices will enhance your health. We'll spend some time discussing two common digestive disorders, and then we'll talk about one of the most common kinds of cancer—colon cancer.

The Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
We'll end this course with a discussion about the endocrine and reproductive systems. You'll learn how the endocrine and nervous systems work together to regulate all of your body's functions. We'll discuss some specific endocrine glands, the hormones they produce, and how they influence each other. Homeostasis again becomes something important to talk about because of the crucial role of the endocrine system. We'll also cover both the female and male reproductive systems. You'll learn about their anatomy and how the endocrine system affects their organs, making reproduction possible. We'll end this chapter with a discussion about two fairly common disorders—diabetes and endometriosis.

Course 4 - Certificate in Human Anatomy and Physiology II Online Course

There are 12 units of study

The Four Types of Tissues

In our first lesson, you'll learn about the four major types of tissues—epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissue. We'll go over their major characteristics, how they're named, their functions, and where they're located. You'll discover some hints on identifying some specific tissues with a microscope, and I'll explain why every organ in your body contains all four major types of tissues.

Cutaneous Sensation

In this lesson, we'll explore the topic of sensation as you learn about the sensations of touch, pressure, temperature, and pain. You'll discover the differences between free nerve endings, Merkel disks, Meissner corpuscles, root hair plexuses, and Pacinian corpuscles. We'll also talk about sensory adaptation and referred pain, and you'll learn where in the brain messages from sensory receptors end up. We'll end the lesson with a discussion of three disorders of cutaneous sensation—tactile defensiveness, congenital insensitivity to pain, and peripheral neuropathy.

The Senses of Proprioception and Equilibrium

Today, you'll learn about sensory receptors (muscle spindles, Golgi tendon organs, and joint proprioceptors) that tell your brain how much tension is in your muscles and the position of your body parts. You'll learn why accurate information from these receptors is so important and how the brain uses their information to help you plan your movements. We'll also discuss the sense of equilibrium—that sense that lets you know if you're upright and if you're in danger of falling. You'll study the structures of the vestibular system and learn how they contribute to both static and dynamic equilibrium. I'll summarize this lesson by telling you what happens when a person experiences proprioceptive or vestibular dysfunction.

The Sense of Vision

Now it's time to learn about the physics of light and color and find out how light is bent and focused. Today, you'll learn about the composition of the eyes, including their three coverings and the structures inside the eyeballs. We'll talk about special sensory receptors called rod and cones, and how information they receive is sent to the brain and analyzed. We'll end this lesson with a discussion about three common eye disorders—glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

The Sense of Hearing

In this lesson, you'll discover the physics of sound. You'll learn why sounds differ in pitch and loudness, and you'll find out about a quality of sound called color. We'll then talk about the different structures that make up the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. You'll learn what happens when sound waves enter the ear and how information from the ear travels to the brain for analysis. We'll end this lesson with a discussion of hearing loss.

The Senses of Smell and Taste

Today, we'll finish up our study of the senses with a discussion on the senses of smell and taste.  You’ll learn about the structures that respond to chemicals of smell and taste, and how the sensations of smell and taste are perceived in the brain.  We’ll also talk about disorders of both of these senses, and you’ll have an opportunity to perform a fun experiment to test the importance of smell to the perception of flavor.

Cellular Metabolism

In this lesson, we'll go over the fascinating topic of cellular metabolism—the chemical reactions that occur in your body’s cells. We’ll review the important concepts of homeostasis and negative feedback, and you’ll learn that homeostasis is maintained by thousands of chemical reactions that occur every second. Those chemical reactions either build larger molecules from smaller ones or break apart larger molecules into smaller ones, so we'll discuss what happens in those two major types of reactions. You’ll also learn about the capture and storage of energy, the role of enzymes in metabolic pathways, and disorders of cellular metabolism.

Water, Acids, Bases, and Salts

In today's lesson, we'll continue our study of important chemicals in the human body. We'll start out by reviewing the differences between atoms and ions, and the differences between ionic and covalent bonds. We'll then move on to a study of water, its unique properties, and its important functions. You'll learn that water breaks apart molecules called electrolytes, and that the three major types of electrolytes include acids, bases, and salts. We'll discuss the pH scale—a way to measure the degree of acidity in a substance, and you'll learn about the conditions called acidosis and alkalosis. We'll finish up the lesson with a discussion about imbalances of three important ions—sodium, potassium, and calcium.

Prenatal Development

Today, we'll go over the wonders of prenatal development. You’ll learn about the roles both men and women play in the creation of the zygote—the very first cell that starts a new human life. We’ll then follow that new creature through the amazing changes that happen during the first eight weeks after fertilization (the embryonic period). We’ll also discuss significant events that occur during the rest of the pregnancy (the fetal period). At the end of this lesson, I’ll tell you about some common causes of both male and female infertility.

Pregnancy, Childbirth, the Postpartum Period, and Breastfeeding

In this lesson, you'll learn about pregnancy from the mother's point of view. We'll start with a discussion about the placenta, and then we'll talk about the way pregnancy affects the mother's different organ systems. We'll also discuss the events of childbirth and what a mother experiences during the postpartum period. Many women choose to breastfeed (lactate), so I'll also tell you how breasts prepare for lactation, how milk is produced, and how it's secreted. We'll end this lesson with a discussion of a complication of pregnancy called gestational diabetes.

The Neonatal Period, Infancy, and Childhood

In today's lesson, we'll focus on the neonatal period, infancy, and childhood. We'll start with a discussion of normal circulation of blood in children and adults and compare that to circulation in the fetus. That's so you can understand the big changes that occur in the heart, blood vessels, and lungs as soon as a baby takes his first breath. We'll then talk about other changes in the first four weeks after birth (the neonatal period), and we'll move on to a discussion of reflexes and brain maturation during the first year and significant changes that occur during childhood. At the end of this lesson, you'll learn about a common developmental disorder in children called cerebral palsy.

Puberty, Adulthood, and Old Age

In our final lesson, we'll go over puberty, adulthood, and old age. You'll learn how hormones work during puberty and what physical changes occur during that time. We'll also discuss changes that occur during young adulthood and middle age and spend some time on menopause. I devote a chapter to the topic of senescence;the process of aging during the years 65 and over. In that chapter, you'll learn several reasons why getting older causes age-related changes. We'll end this lesson with a discussion of ways to slow down the aging process.

Course 5 - Certificate in Handling Medical Emergencies Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Introduction to Medical Emergencies

Every day, thousands of medical emergencies occur in the United States. In our first lesson, you'll learn what happens when someone dials 911 to report the emergency. You'll see how emergency 911 operators do their jobs, who will respond to the emergency, and what will happen after emergency medical services personnel arrive at the scene. We'll also explore how you can help without exposing yourself to legal liability. Then, we'll start going over the human body so you'll know why your organs work like they do!

The Initial Assessment

Today, you'll learn how to make sure you stay safe at the scene of an emergency—from watching out for traffic and identifying hazards, to protecting yourself from transmitted diseases. Then, you'll learn the ABCs of emergency care so you'll know what steps to take in order to help someone in need. Also, you'll see how to take a reading of a patient's respiration and pulse to determine if the heart and lungs are working normally.

Heart Disease and Heart Attack

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the USA. In today's lesson, you'll learn what causes heart disease and how you and your family can prevent it from happening to yourselves. We'll discuss angina and heart attacks, and I'll tell you why you may not want your family member to go to the closest hospital if you suspect they may be having heart problems!

Respiratory Illness and Disease

Would you know what to do if your child suddenly choked on a small toy or piece of food? Today's lesson addresses choking and breathing problems, the leading causes of accidental deaths in children. You'll also learn about asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, and carbon monoxide poisoning. And I'll show you how using everyday household cleaning products might be dangerous!

Head and Brain Injuries

In this lesson, you'll learn all about the body's master organ—the brain! We'll discuss concussions, head injuries, seizures, and strokes. You'll see how the pupils of the eyes give you important information about brain function, and how to recognize the signs of a stroke, one of the most common events leading to adult disability.

Bleeding and Burns 

Do you know what the largest organ of the body is? Surprise—it's your skin! In today's lesson, we'll go over what happens when you injure your skin—whether you've scraped, cut, torn, punctured, or burned it. We'll also go over how to recognize the signs of bleeding, even if the bleeding is internal and out of your sight. You'll see how to stop all types of bleeding and how to treat all types of burns, including electrical, chemical, thermal, and even severe sunburns!

The Nine Types of Shock

In today's lesson, you'll learn all about shock . . . not the electrical kind, but the type that prevents oxygen from getting to your body's cells. You'll learn how to recognize and treat shock caused by infections, allergic reactions, bleeding, breathing problems, diabetes, heart problems, spinal injuries, and simple fainting. You'll also see what to look for to determine if an unconscious person has a chronic medical problem, with no one around to tell you about it!

Medical and Environmental Emergencies

Today, we'll go in depth to learn about underlying medical problems such as diabetes, gallstones, hepatitis, appendicitis, and kidney stones. You'll also learn about heat and cold emergencies, from heat exhaustion and heat stroke to frostbite and hypothermia. And you'll find out what's happening if your patient's eyeballs look yellow!

Managing Poisoning

Almost 3 million children are victims of accidental poisoning each year. In this lesson, you'll learn how poisoning occurs—how it gets into a child's body through absorption, inhalation, ingestion, or injection. You'll see why poison control centers have been established throughout the country and how you can reach one using a single phone number. Most important, you'll learn what to do and what not to do before medical help arrives at your house.

Fractures and Sports Injuries

Today, we'll focus on injuries to the bones and joints. We'll explore fractures, sprains, and strains, as well as how to handle neck and back injuries without causing further harm to your patient. You'll learn how to use common items to make splints to stabilize an arm or leg until help arrives. Then, we'll talk about common sports injuries affecting adults and children. You'll also learn about athletic trainers and the roles they serve in organized team sports.

Child Development and Specific Injuries

Children aren't just little adults! In this lesson, you'll learn how children react to injury and illness, and how you can interact with them during the various stages they go through as they grow up. You'll learn the differences in their anatomy as they get bigger, how their vital signs change, and how they're so much more susceptible to shock than adults are. And we'll explore common childhood emergencies such as infection, fever, and seizures. Then, we'll examine the early warning signs of substance abuse among teenagers and talk about a difficult topic—teen suicide and self-injury.

Critical Illnesses, SIDS, and Abuse

In our final lesson, you'll learn about illnesses common to children—croup, epiglottitis, asthma, and meningitis. We'll also explore SIDS—Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and learn why researchers think it occurs and steps you can take to reduce its risk. We'll close by discussing the nationwide problem of child neglect and abuse, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of physical and sexual abuse, and why just one phone call can make a major positive step in an abused child's life!

Course 6 - Certificate in Healing Environments Online Course

There are 9 units of study

  • The Power of Design—Healthy Buildings, Healthy Communities
  • Creating Healing Relationships    
  • Color and Health – Exploring the Connection
  • Light, Health, and Healing    
  • Sound and Art: Using The Ears and Eyes to Heal
  • Nature and Healing—The Power of Connection    
  • The Air We Breathe—How Air Quality Affects Health and Well-Being    
  • How Safe Is Your Water?
  • Our Rewired Brains—Technology and Health

Course 7 - Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health Online Course

There are 12 units of study

  • Holistic Stress Management
  • Health and the Human Spirit
  • Energy Healing
  • Healing Elements of Meditation
  • Place and Space: Healing Environments
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: an Ancient Approach to Healing
  • Ayurvedic Medicine: Ancient Foundations of Health Care
  • Humor and Health
  • Music Therapy and Sound Healing
  • Nutrition: An Integrative Approach
  • Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Healing Therapies
  • Healing Effects of Physical Activity and Movement

Course 8 - Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health Online Course

Discover a Holistic Overview of Current Food and Nutrition Issues

Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. The goal of this certificate program is to provide a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.

Throughout this certificate, you'll become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health as well as the health of our planet. You'll examine the impact of stress on the body and the health crisis posed by obesity in the U.S. You'll also learn how we can change our eating habits for more healthful outcomes, including swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, adding probiotics to the diet, and harnessing the healing effect of herbs.

Ultimately, you'll gain insight into how food interacts with our bodies on multiple levels—physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual—as well as the impact it has globally. This certificate is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field and those who are interested in the topic.

Course 9 - Certificate in Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion Online Course

The Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion certificate program consists of a total of 7 courses:

  • The Politics of Food
  • Hunger and Malnutrition
  • Genetically Engineered Foods 
  • Food and Mood: What's the Connection? 
  • Foodborne Diseases 
  • How Safe Is Your Water? 
  • Nutrition, Toxins, and Chronic Disease

Course 10 - Certificate in Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing Online Course

There are 6 units of study

  • Starting Your Own Business in Holistic and Integrative Health: Preparing for the Change
  • Choosing the Business Structure for Your Health and Wellness Business
  • Creating a Business Plan for Your Health and Wellness Business    
  • Financing Your Business in Health and Wellness
  • Marketing Your Health and Wellness Business
  • Secrets of Successful Healthcare Entrepreneurs

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Course ID No.: 007PTA10CB
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6-8 Weeks Per Course
Time required: 240 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

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