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Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Coders

This course examines the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiological function and the resulting human responses. It will provide you with an understanding of pathophysiological changes, including how pathological processes are manifested and how they progress in the body. You also will learn about medical pharmacology and will gain insight into the ways in which drugs modify biological function. In addition, you will explore the effects of drugs on different organ systems and disease processes; the mechanisms by which drugs produce their therapeutic and toxic effects; and the factors influencing their absorption, distribution, and biological actions.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of the basic concepts of pathophysiology at the cellular level related to injury
  • The ability to identify basic pathological factors that influence the disease process and the various pathological processes related to the targeted body systems
  • Familiarity with the impact and abnormal functions upon the organ(s) associated with the disease process of targeted body systems
  • Knowledge of clinical manifestations associated with the diseased organ(s)
  • Familiarity with the two primary properties of a drug receptor and an understanding of how a receptor differs from an inert binding site
  • An understanding of agonist and antagonist drug properties
  • Knowledge of the effect(s) of competitive and noncompetitive antagonists on the dose-response curve for an agonist
  • Familiarity with the importance of drug distribution in regard to efficacy and toxicity of drugs
  • An understanding of how drug distribution may contribute to the termination of the actions of some drugs
  • Familiarity with the concepts of loading dose, maintenance dose, volume of distribution, clearance, and elimination half-life
  • Knowledge of examples of commonly prescribed drugs that follow zero-order, first-order, and dose-dependent kinetics

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