Respiratory System Part 1: The Foundation

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After completion of this course you will receive 2 Continuing Education Units
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Course Synopsis:

   The Greek word for breath is pneuma and can be translated as spirit, soul or life. To breathe is to live. Breathing is an activity our bodies perform seventeen to twenty thousand times a day. The most important function of breathing is to provide gas exchange. This means oxygen goes into our bodies and carbon dioxide comes out. Our bodies have the amazing ability to control and regulate our breathing patterns based on our needs. Breath is life. Without the activity of inspiration (breathing in) and expiration (breathing out) life ceases to occur. We need oxygen to live, in fact, our bodies only last a few minutes without it.

   When you breathe in air its journey starts at the nostrils. Once air passes through the nasal cavity its next destination is the pharynx. Donn Kropp, our expert registered nurse, will be your entertaining guide as we follow the exciting tale of the oxygen molecule through the respiratory system and lay a comprehensive foundation for your understanding of this life-giving body system.

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Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe oxygen and carbon dioxide and their roles
  • Understand the Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System
  • Describe the mechanism and function of breathing

Course Instructor Profile:

 Donn Kropp founded CLiCKPLAY Continuing Education University out of a desire to bring others to greater levels of health and wellness. With over ten years of emergency and trauma room experience, Donn brings a seasoned, yet fresh approach to continuing education.

Course Approvals

This course is approved by the following governing boards & organizations:

  • CA Board of Registered Nursing: CA Provider # CEP 15849
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing: CE Provider #50-14108
  • California Board of Vocational Nursing Provider # V10810
  • Psychiatric Technicians Provider # V10806
  • DSS/CCL Division for Adult Residential Facilities (ARF) Vendor Approval # 2000149-735-2: Course Approval # 149-0212-24232
  • DSS/CCL Division for Residential Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Vendor Approval # 2000149-740-2: Course Approval # 149-0212-24236
  • DSS/CCL Division for Group Homes (GH) Vendor Approval # 2000149-730-2: Course Approval # 149-0212-24229
  • Far Northern Regional Center


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Writers and References

Writer(s): Donn Kropp, RN, BSN


  • Haton, Anthea; Jean, Hopkins Susan, Johnson Charles William, McLaughlin Maryanna Quon Warner David, LaHart Wright, Jill D. (2009). Human Biology and Health. Englewood Cliffs,: Prentice Hall.
  • West, John B.. Respiratory physiology– the essentials. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.
  • American Lung Association. 2011. The Respiratory System. Retrieved 5/10/2011 from



Anatomy & Physiology 1

Length: 27 minutes

This lesson is part 1 of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system.

Mechanism & Function

Length: 17 minutes

In this lesson we’ll explore the mechanism and function of the respiratory system.

Conclusion & Final Quiz

Length: 20 minutes

This lesson concludes our course on the respiratory system. Once you pass the final quiz get your certificate of completion instantly!