PNA100 - Anatomy & Physiology for the Practical Nurse

Outline info
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Subject Title
Anatomy & 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.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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 Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Diploma Program.


Topic Outline

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

Mode of Instruction
Classroom:  4 hours per week x 14 weeks = 56 hours

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including, but not limited to: discussion, seminars, independent and group work, lecture, computers and simulations. Select classes may be facilitated via Blackboard in an online format. 

Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. . If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Students interested in pursuing hybrid or online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

  • teacher facilitated
  • cooperative learning groups
  • independent study
  • mini-lectures and discussion

Prescribed Texts
Tortora, G.J. and Derrickson, B.H. (2013). Introduction to the Human Body: Binder Ready Version, 10th Edition.  New York, NY: Wiley. 


Reference Material
Martini, F.H., & Bartholomew, E.F. (2009). Essentials Of Anatomy & Physiology (5th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings Publishing Co. Ltd.

Marieb, E.N. (2009). Essentials Of Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings Publishing Co. Ltd.


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


Promotion Policy
A minimum “C” grade is required for one credit toward the Practical Nursing Diploma.

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

Term Test 1 20%
Term Test 2 20%
Term Test 3 20%
Final Comprehensive Exam 40%

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. Failure to produce documentation within the timeframe will result in a grade of zero in the missed evaluation. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

Students must attain a minimum overall mark of 60% in order to pass this subject.  Failure to meet the above will result in a grade of "F".
Expected English Competencies:

Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding that all written work must demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:

•     writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
•     spelling and punctuation are correct
•     appropriate vocabulary used
•     sentences are structured correctly
•     work to flow logically through supporting statements
•     work to be arranged in correct format (i.e. reports, essays)

Safe Assign:

Students are required to submit assignments through Safe Assign. Safe Assign compares submitted assignments against existing sources to identify areas of overlap. You can only submit your assignment once through Safe Assign. Students may also be required to submit a hard copy of the assignment. The process of submitting assignments will be discussed in class.

Late Assignments

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified. Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments are subject to a penalty of 10% per week and will not be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignments due date.


Quizzes 25%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Comprehensive Exam 45%

Approved by: Lisa Somers