PNA200 - Anatomy & Physiology for the Practical Nurse

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-30 10:27:41.997
Last review date 2018-07-30 10:27:41.998

Subject Title
Anatomy & Physiology for the Practical Nurse

Subject Description
This course continues with the study of normal anatomy and physiology begun in PNA100.  Additional body systems will be studied.

Credit Status
One credit in the Practical Nursing Program

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

Upon completion of this course the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Apply concepts of medical etymology to interpret terminology related to the structure and function of the body.
  2. Describe the relationships between cells, tissues, organs, and body systems.
  3. Describe the location, structure, and functioning of the major body systems studied
  4. Identify the relationships between body organ systems, homeostasis, and the complementary nature of structure and function.
CNO Entry to Practice Competencies
  Demonstrates knowledge in critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  Uses a theory-based approach
  Demonstrates knowledge in nursing, health and social sciences
  Reviews literature and collaborates with colleagues and other resources in selecting assessment tools or techniques

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.


Topic Outline

  • Respiratory System
  • Endocrine System
  • Urinary System
  • Regulation of body temperature
  • Fluids, electrolytes, acid base balance
  • Reproductive system (male & female)
  • Obstetrical Physiology

Mode of Instruction
One 3 hour class per week x 14 weeks

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.

Prescribed Texts

Tortora, G.J. and Derrickson, B.H. Introduction to the Human Body 11th Edition.  New York, NY: Wiley.   978-1-119-39273-6

Reference Material

Promotion Policy
A minimum “C” grade is required for a nursing course credit in the Practical Nursing Program.

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 30%
Term Test 2 30%
Online Assignments & Quizzes 5%
Final Comprehensive Exam 35%

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".

“A minimum overall term/cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required in order to remain in the Nursing program.”

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.

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 your assignment due date, 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 assignment due date.

Approved by: Lisa Harfield