This continuing education program is accredited and can be taken for either CE accreditation or general learning.  If taken for credit, this course provides one contact hour for nurses (California Board of Nursing), RTs (American Association of Respiratory Care), EMS professionals (CAPCE), and CRNAs (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, B Credit).

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to give a foundational understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of pulmonary anatomy and physiology and understand the normal functioning of the respiratory system. 
  • Explain how ventilation and circulation interact in the oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide elimination process. 
  • Define the ventilation-perfusion relationship.
  • Describe the muscles of breathing and how they participate in the control of breathing.