This learning program is designed to introduce you to the physiology of the nervous system. The program begins with an overview of the function of the nervous system, in particular that of the brain, spinal cord, and autonomic nervous system (ANS). You will then learn about the electrophysiology of the nervous system and how neurons use their electrical properties to transmit information from one cell to another. You will also learn about the various neurotransmitters secreted by neurons and how they are involved in signal transmission.
Upon completion of this learning program, you will be able to::
Explain the function of the nervous system.
Describe the physiological basis of neural communication.
Identify the different classes of neurotransmitters.
Differentiate the signaling pathways in neural communication.
THE FUNCTION OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Popup: Stretch Reflex
Popup: Tendon Reflex
Popup: Flexor Reflex
Popup: Crossed Extensor Reflex
ELECTROPHYSIOGY OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Electrical Properties of Neurons
The Resting Membrane Potential
The Action Potential
Popup: Refractory Period
The Graded Potential
Continuous and Saltatory Conduction
Popup: Ionotropic Receptors
Popup: Metabotropic Receptors
Side Note: Digging Deeper – Clinical Relevance of Dopamine Pathways
Side Note: Did You Know? – Types of Serotonin Receptors
ATP and Other Purines
TEST YOUR ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE
END OF PROGRAM
This course is accredited for continuing education (CE) by the following organizations:
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
CPD Hours: 1