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

Pathophysiology Course Overview

  • Self-directed course delivered entirely online
  • Enrol anytime
  • Approximately 150 hours of learning, to be completed in up to 12 months
  • Course material the same as what’s included in 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.

CHA Learning suggests taking Anatomy & Physiology prior to or concurrently with the Pathophysiology course. This is not mandatory, but recommended.

This course can be taken at the same time as Medical Terminology and/or Anatomy & Physiology

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.

Required Textbook

The required textbook must be purchased independently by the student, it is not included in the tuition price.

Book Title: Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, 6th Edition (2018) authored by Hubert, R.J. & VanMeter, K.C.

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:


  • 9780323414425


  • 9780323414418


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:

  • 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 the Enrol button and you will be prompted with steps to follow to complete your purchase.
  2. You will be able to access your program within 30 minutes of purchase.

Please ensure you purchase the textbook prior to enrolling as it is required to be able to begin the course. Information about the textbook can be found on the Requirements and cost tabs.


This course is evaluated based on the following:

  • Chapter quizzes
  • Midterm Exam
  • Final Exam
  • Two assignments

To achieve a certificate, students must achieve 50% on the final exam AND an overall average of 50% or more in the course.

Pathophysiology Course Certificate

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

Pathophysiology Credits

This course can be taken in combination with Medical Terminology and/or Anatomy & Physiology.

This course meets the HIM Program entry requirement for a minimum grade 12 science. CHA Learning recommends taking Anatomy & Physiology as the admission credit.

Completion of this course prior to entry to the HIM program exempts the learner from taking this course again within the HIM curriculum.



We offer bundle discounts should you wish to enrol in multiple biomedical science courses (Medical Terminology and/or Anatomy & Physiology)

Course LoadBundle DiscountFee
1 N/A $695
2 10% Off $1251
3 15% Off $1772

A textbook is also required, which students must buy independently. Find more information below.

All prices listed above are in CAD.

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

Required Textbook

The required textbook must be purchased independently by the student, it is not included in the tuition price.

Book Title: Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, 6th Edition (2018) authored by Hubert, R.J. & VanMeter, K.C.

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:


  • 9780323414425


  • 9780323414418


The Pathophysiology course is divided into 22 units:

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