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COPD: Understanding and Treatment (PD-CUA01)


Course Description

Do you or a loved one have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? COPD is emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or both. About 80 - 90% of COPD diagnoses are caused by smoking. Once COPD occurs, the disease is not reversible. With practical tools and an effective plan, you will have a good understanding of this lung disease, its treatment options, and coping strategies. Our COPD course will help you be better prepared to cope or care for a loved one with the disease.


COPD: Understanding and Treatment Module 1

Understanding Your Diagnosis, Protections, and Entitlements

This module will discuss the COPD Epidemic in America. Carefully examined throughout module one is what exactly COPD is, how it affects the lungs, and how it progresses over time. Those with COPD experience a multitude of issues, including changes in family, work, and other lifestyle choices. Also included in module one is direction for how to manage this disability and insurance.

The COPD Epidemic in America
Risk Factors and Symptoms
The Disease Progression and Its Stages
Working When You Have COPD
Disability and Medicare

COPD: Understanding and Treatment Module 2

Understanding and Managing Your Medical Treatment

In this module students will learn about some of the medical aspects of COPD. Module two covers how to work with a health care provider, what tests to expect before and after a diagnosis, and the treatments commonly used with COPD; all very important topics covered when initially being diagnosed with COPD. Also included in this module is an overview of changes one should make at home to keep their environment healthy.

Working with Health Care Providers
Common Tests
Medications and Treatments for COPD
Using Home Oxygen
Staying Healthy

COPD: Understanding and Treatment Module 3

Practical Tips for Living with COPD

Living with COPD often creates havoc within your normal daily activities. Module three will explore ways to modify tasks in order to maximize energy and reduce the fatigue associated with COPD. Once limits are determined, one can return to a more normal lifestyle.

Getting Out
Physical Activity and Energy Level

COPD: Understanding and Treatment Module 4

Coping with the Emotional Impact of COPD

When initially diagnosed with COPD, people often display symptoms of depression and anxiety. Module four will examine how to emotionally adapt to a COPD diagnosis and lifestyle. Included in module four is ideas for how spouses, partners, caregivers, and the community can provide assistance to those with the diagnosis.

Spouses, Partners and Caregivers
All the Feelings
Community Help
Advanced Directives


1 month




There are no specific prerequisites for this class. It is designed for anyone desiring to enhance their skills or learn the topics covered in the class.





This class is an independent-study course.  Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material.  A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.


Internet Access

Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
1 GB RAM minimum recommended
Operating Systems
Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
Web Browsers
Google Chrome is highly recommended
Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
Cookies MUST be enabled
Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
Adobe PDF Reader
Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don't have PowerPoint)

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