The Blood Anatomy and Physiology

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The Blood Anatomy and Physiology

The Blood Anatomy and Physiology
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Course Length:

  • 42 topics
  • 50 minutes of seat time


  • English

Course Features:

  • Audio narration
  • Animations
  • Progress Checks
  • Pop Quizzes
  • Final Assessment

Target Audience:

  • Medical professionals
  • Medical students
  • Pharmaceutical representatives
  • Nurses


This learning program is designed to introduce you to the basic principles of hematology, specifically the cells, tissues and organs that comprise the hematopoietic system. You will learn about the various cellular and non-cellular components of blood, how blood cells are formed (hematopoiesis) and the different types of blood cells that protect the body against injury, infection, and disease. You will also learn about the functions of the blood, with a focus on the hemostatic or clotting response and the mechanisms through which it is regulated. The program concludes with a discussion of blood groups and the principles underlying blood transfusion.

Upon completion of this learning program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the cellular and non-cellular components of blood
  • Understand the normal formation and development of blood cells
  • Describe the structure of white blood cells
  • Describe the structure of red blood cells and the importance of hemoglobin
  • Describe the origin of platelets
  • Summarize the functions of blood
  • Explain the hematopoietic cascade and its regulation
  • Summarize the factors and mechanisms involved in coagulation, fibrinolysis and anticoagulation
  1. Getting Started
    1. Sound Check
    2. Disclaimer
    3. Welcome
    4. Navigation Instructions
  2. Staying Focused
    1. Introduction
    2. Learning Objectives
  3. Test your Current Knowledge
    1. Pretest
  4. Components of Blood
    1. Plasma
      1. Plasma proteins
      2. Soluble gases
      3. Electrolytes
      4. Nutrients
    2. Formed Elements
      1. Red blood cells
      2. White blood cells
      3. Platelets
    3. Progress Check
  5. Functions of Blood
    1. Transportation
      1. Exchange of gases (O2/CO2)
      2. Exchange of nutrient/waste
      3. Messenger functions
    2. Regulation
      1. Maintenance of homeostasis
    3. Protection
      1. Hemostasis
      2. The Immune Response
    4. Progress Check
  6. Hematopoiesis
    1. Hematopoieitic Cascade and its Regulation
      1. Hematopoietic stem cell
      2. Hematopoiesis
    2. Generative Lymphoid Tissue
      1. Fetal liver
      2. Bone marrow
      3. Thymus
    3. Secondary Lymphoid Tissue
      1. Spleen
      2. Lymph nodes
    4. Leukocytes
      1. Agranulocytes
      2. Granulocytes
    5. Erythrocytes
      1. Erythropoiesis: Production of Red Blood Cells
      2. Anatomy of a Red Blood Cell
    6. Platelets
    7. Progress Check
  7. Hemostasis
    1. The Hemostatic Response
      1. Vasoconstriction
      2. Platelet plug formation
      3. Blood coagulation
      4. Clot retraction
    2. Hemostatic Control Mechanisms
      1. Fibrinolysis
      2. Anti-clotting mechanisms
    3. Progress Check
  8. Blood Groups
    1. ABP Blood Antigen Group
    2. Rh Blood Antigen Group
    3. Transfusions
    4. Progress Check
  9. Test your Acquired Knowledge
    1. Summary
    2. Posttest
  10. Conclusion
  11. Glossary
  12. References

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