This course will examine the most common chronic diseases and disorders in society today. The intent of the course is to identify the normal and abnormal physiology and explore the impact of those changes in the body systems. The care of people with chronic diseases and disorders will be outlined, with a focus on specific interventions and skills needed to provide care safely to these people.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe basic normal physiology of body systems.
- Identify the risk factors associated with specific chronic diseases.
- Explain the basic pathophysiology of chronic diseases and disorders.
- Identify the signs and symptoms of common chronic diseases and disorders.
- Examine chronic disease impacts and current treatments.
- Identify interventions and skills necessary to caring for people with specific chronic diseases and disorders.
- Examine the universal classification of functional status associated with health conditions.
- Explain models that conceptualize chronic disease and disability.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)
Case Studies (Weeks 1-7)
Final Presentation (Week 8)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)
- Falvo, Donna. Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability. 6th ed. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2018. ISBN-10: 1-284-10540-7 or ISBN-13: 9781284105407
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
|Topics: Conceptualizing Health and Disability/Aging with Disability|
|Topic: The Nervous System|
|Topics: Psychiatric Conditions and Substance Use|
|Topics: Immune System Diseases and Cancers|
Topics: Endocrine System and Musculoskeletal System
|Topics: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems|
|Topics: Renal and Gastrointestinal Systems|
Topics: The Eyes and Ears
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.