PNA100 - Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse

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Subject Title
Anatomy and Physiology for the Practical Nurse

Subject Description
This course is the study of normal anatomy and physiology.  Study includes organization of the body, the cell, tissue, organs and four of the major body systems. An introduction to microbiology is included.

Credit Status
One credit in the Practical Nursing Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Use the terminology related to the structure and function of the body.

2. Describe the relationships between cells, tissues, organs, and body systems.

3. Identify the basic chemical concepts and principles as they are related to human anatomy and physiology.

4. Identify the structural characteristics and functional processes common to all human cells.

5. Describe the location, structure, and functioning of the major body systems studied.

6. Discuss the effects of microbes on the human body.

7. Develop an awareness of the relationships between body organ systems, and the concept of homeostasis.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite – None

Co-requisite – None

Topic Outline

  • Organization of the Body
  • Anatomical Terminology
  • Nutrition
  • Cells
  • Tissues
  • Integumentary System
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Principles of Growth & Development
  • Nervous System
  • Lymphatic System and Immunity
  • Microbiology
  • Digestive System

Mode of Instruction
4 periods/week

PNA100 may be offered as a hybrid course consisting of 3 periods in the classroom and 1 period facilitated online via Blackboard each week.

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including, but not limited to: discussion, seminars, independent and group work, lecture, computers and simulations.

Prescribed Texts
This is an Open resource textbook that is in electronic format.
It can be retrieved from the link below.  (Free use).
OpenStax. (2013, March 6). Anatomy and physiology.  Retrieved from

Required Supplies
Students are required to provide their own supplies for assignments.

Student Progression and Promotion Policy
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:

  • Average of 50% or better for the two tests.
  • 50% or better on the overall course.

Grading Policy

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (

Modes of Evaluation
A minimum “C” grade is required for one credit toward the Practical Nursing Diploma. 
Modes of Evaluation

Test #1 Inclusive of weeks 1, 2 and 3 20% Week 4
Test #2 Inclusive of weeks  4, 5 and 6 20% Week 7
Test #3 Inclusive of weeks  7, 8 and 9 20% Week 11
Assignment Case Study or Other Assignment(s) 5% Week 5
Final Exam Comprehensive 35% Week 14
If an extension is required for an essay or other individual assignment, the request must be received prior to the assignment due date. Grade deduction for late submission of an assignment is 5% per day.
In recognition of the significance of exceptional communication skills in the workplace, marks are deducted for language errors. Please see the detailed assignment descriptions and rubrics for more information.
Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero, as per Academic Policy.
If a test or exam is missed due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the course professor and Academic Coordinator and review the PND program General Information and Guidelines document for Deferred Testing Guidelines.

Approved by: Nina Koniuch