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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

High School Science: Hematology and Immunity

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Class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to April 11, 2012. No class February 22 (midterm) or April 4 (Holy Week).
Total classes: 12
Starting time: 12:30 pm Eastern (11:30 Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
Fee: $160 if you register on or before November 1, 2011. $185 after Nov. 1 for all 12 classes. (Note: Enrollment is limited. A waiting list will be created if the course fills.)
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: We may have only three types of blood cells, yet blood carries our oxygen, repairs our injuries, stops our bleeding, and it fights off infections and more. Explore Hematology and Immunology in this twelve-week course.
Course outline:
Week 1: Blood Function, Composition, and Hematopoiesis
Week 2: Coagulation and Coagulation Disorders
Week 3: Hemoglobin and Blood Typing
Week 4: The Complete Blood Count and Blood Smear
Week 5: Anemias and Bone Marrow Disorders
Week 6: Exam I
Week 7: Immune System Anatomy, Pathogens, and Nonspecific defenses
Week 8: Antigens, Antibodies, and Types of Immunity
Week 9: Humoral Immunity
Week 10: Cell-mediated Immunity
Week 11: Immune Hormones and Patterns of Immune Response
Week 12: Exam II

Course materials: Students must have access to a compound light microscope with 400x magnification, 1000x preferable. The following supplies need to be ordered from Home Science Tools or other biological supply company:
     BE-BLDTEST Blood Test Kit
     MS-ANEMIA Human blood slide, anemia, smear
Human blood slide, Wright's stain, smear
Homework: Students will have written homework assigned most weeks. Each week there is an open-book quiz available 30 minutes before class and there are two open-book exams during the semester.

Instructor's biography:  Kris Correira has a long background in medicine and teaching. She is a physician assistant who worked in a busy emergency department for sixteen years. She has been teaching in the paramedic program at Quinsigamond Community College since 1993, and now also teaches a lab in Human Biology for Non-Majors at Eastern Connecticut State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological Sciences and Computer Science from Wellesley College, and her Physician Assistant Certificate and Masters of Health Professions degree from Northeastern University. She is currently working towards her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Higher Education online from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Equipment requirements: Classes are online, live and interactive. Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Mrs. Correira will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services. 

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