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The Pathophysiology course provides a thorough overview of the concepts of disease processes. Students will learn about a broad spectrum of diseases, from a systems perspective.

Course at-a-glance

  • Self-directed course delivered entirely online
  • No final exam
  • Enrol anytime
  • 150 hours of learning, to be completed in up to 12 months
  • Course material derived from CHA Learning’s Health Information Management (HIM) program 

Who should take the Pathophysiology course?

This course is designed for anyone wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of pathophysiology, and those wishing to enter fields related to healthcare or health sciences. This course is eligible for exemption for those accepted to CHA Learning’s Health Information Management (HIM) program.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply biomedical terms typically encountered in health care documentation including pronunciation and spelling
  • Apply medical abbreviations and acronyms found in health care documentation with respect to their general meaning
  • Understand the role of risk factors in health and disease
  • Demonstrate the usage of various resources to clarify understanding of medical terms and conditions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structural units of the body including cells, tissues, organ, and body systems
  • Examine the anatomical structures, their location and associated physiological functions, for each tissue, organ, and body system
  • Demonstrate the course of a pathological condition in terms of etiology, clinical manifestations, changes in structure and function, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and prognosis
  • Compare normal and abnormal results of the more common diagnostic interventions
  • Explain types of interventions related to pathological conditions
  • Judge the consistency or inconsistency between the health care professional’s diagnoses and the content of the complete health record
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between body systems or functions and the whole body


There are no awards available for this course or program at this time. Click here to learn more about student awards.



To be successful in the Pathophysiology course, students should meet the following requirements.


English is the language of instruction for all CHA Learning courses. It is therefore recommended that students be competent in reading, writing and speaking English.


Students must have basic computer knowledge and internet navigation skills; and access to a computer with Windows 7 or higher.

Please note:

  • Students choosing to use Mac or Linux operating system must have experience using alternate remote access software.
  • CHA Learning staff can only assist Windows operating system users and provide technical support in relation to our website; we do not provide technical support for internet and/or basic computer use.

Other technical requirements:

Screen Resolution800x600 (minimum); 1024x768 (recommended)
Internet BrowserThe most recent version of one of the following:

Google Chrome
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Plug-insPop-up blocker: Disabled
Java Script: Enabled
Cookies: Enabled
Adobe Flash Player V13 (minimum)
Internet ConnectionBroadband (cable or DSL) connection required
SoftwareWord processing software AND Adobe Reader
OtherAccess to a scanner

Enrolment Process

There are no application prerequisites for this course. To enrol:

  1. Click on the enrol/apply button
  2. Add the product to your cart
  3. Create an account if you are new to CHA Learning or sign in to your existing account
  4. Complete the Billing Information page
  5. Enter your payment information, accept the terms and conditions and make your payment
  6. Within seven business days you will receive an email with instructions to access the course/program materials.


Students are evaluated on 26 chapter quizzes. Quizzes must be completed online and are self-marking. There is no final examination for this course.

Course Certificate

CHA Learning will award students a certificate for successful completion of the course.


  • $550 for Canadians
  • $750 for International Students

A textbook is also required, which students must buy independently. More information will be provided after enrolment.

All prices listed above are in CAD.

Please note: Bulk registration discounts are available for groups. Please review the Group Enrolment information here.


The Pathophysiology course is divided into 26 units:

  1. Introduction to Pathophysiology
  2. Inflammation and Healing
  3. Immunity and Abnormal Responses
  4. Infection
  5. Neoplasms and Cancer
  6. Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Imbalances
  7. Skin Disorders
  8. Cardiovascular Disorders
  9. Blood and Lymphatic Disorders
  10. Musculoskeletal Disorders
  11. Introduction to Basic Pharmacology and Selected Therapies
  12. Pain
  13. Nervous System Disorders
  14. Stress and Associated Problems
  15. Complications of Aging
  16. Immobility and Associated Problems
  17. Substance Abuse and Associated Problems
  18. Disorders of the Eyes, Ears and Other Sensory Organs
  19. Respiratory System Disorders
  20. Digestive System Disorders
  21. Urinary System Disorders
  22. Endocrine System Disorders
  23. Congenital and Genetic Disorders
  24. Complications of Adolescence
  25. Complications of Pregnancy
  26. Reproductive System Disorders
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