Biomedical/Biological Sciences Courses

Below is a list of Biomedical/Biological Sciences courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Anatomy and Physiology (BMS101/102)

Students are introduced to the fundamental structures and functions of the human body both internally and externally, including all of the major systems, organs and tissues, and components of microbiology such as cytology and immunology. This course includes theoretical and practical components. This course is best suited for students in the first semester of studies. 

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 6    Hours: 90

Surface Anatomy (BMS103)

Students explore the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems through palpation while gaining a deeper understanding of the tissue layers that are affected during massage and acupuncture. This course has both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Theoretical and practical components are included. Some students find that it is helpful to first complete BMS101/102 Anatomy and Physiology.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Advanced Anatomy (BMS104)

This course takes a closer look at the musculoskeletal system, exploring deeper muscles, ligaments, and nervous innervation of the upper and lower limb. Students gain an understanding of orthopaedic connections for diagnostic and therapeutic application.

Prerequisites: BMS103 Surface Anatomy    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Botany/Horticulture (BMS112)

This class provides an introduction to the structure, function and diversity of flowering plants: how they grow, how their parts are interconnected, how groups of plants are related and how they adapt to and interact with their environment. Students learn how to identify plants through the use of field guides and field trips. Basic plant propagation techniques are discussed, including soils and plant nutritional requirements, with a view towards sustainable practices. Students experiment with seed and vegetative propagation of herbaceous plants and explore some plant-human relationships such as agriculture and conservation.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Intro to Biochemistry (BMS113)

Biochemistry is the science that applies chemistry to the study of living organisms and the structures that comprise living organisms. This course examines the chemical interactions within living cells that are essential for sustaining life. Basic principles of organic and cellular chemistry are introduced. Students become familiar with the structures, functions and properties of molecules involved in the fundamental processes of life.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

First Aid and CPR (formerly BMS221) (BMS121)

This course provides students with the skills required to perform CPR and to administer basic first aid. It also makes students aware of common clinical emergencies and how to handle them safely and effectively.

Prerequisites: NA    Credits: 1    Hours: 15

Natural Emergency Medicine (formerly BMS222) (BMS122)

In this course students learn to apply natural remedies – Acupressure, Herbal Remedies, and Homeopathics – to emergency situations both in the clinic and outside. Students learn to recognize and diagnose emergency conditions using biomedical techniques and provide effective therapy combining techniques learned in BMS121 and knowledge of natural healing remedies. This course is recommended during the first year of studies.

Prerequisites: NA    Credits: 1    Hours: 15

Pathophysiology (BMS201/202)

This course is a study of functional or physiologic changes of the human body that result from illness or disease. Specific concepts of microbiology are covered including virology, parasitology and bacteriology. Pathophysiology utilizes the knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body; for this reason, students must have a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Prerequisites: BMS101/102    Credits: 6    Hours: 90

Biochemistry (BMS211)

Building on the fundamentals of biochemistry that are covered in BMS113 or comparable remedial biochemistry courses, this course examines more closely biological molecules such as enzymes, transporters, and other proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins and cofactors, and chemical reactions that occur within living organisms such as respiration, metabolism, DNA replication and repair, and cell signalling.

Prerequisites: BMS101/102, BMS113    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Phytochemistry (BMS212)

This course introduces the chemistry of plants and how those chemical constituents interact with human physiology, pharmaceuticals and synergistically within individual plants. Groups of chemical compounds are examined including saponins, tannins, resins, alcohols, volatile oils, carbohydrates, phenolic compounds, coumarins, anthraquinones, flavones, bitters, glycosides and alkaloids.

Prerequisites: BMS113    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Western Diagnosis/Laboratory Tests (BMS231)

This course examines the process of medical diagnosis from the perspective of Western Medicine and introduces students to the battery of medical tests available. Emphasis is placed on effective history taking and physical examination (also integral to TCM diagnosis), and a functional understanding of test results and situations in which such tests are indicated. Basic pharmacology is introduced so that students have a better understanding of the physiological effects of commonly prescribed chemical substances.

Prerequisites: BMS201/202    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Integrated Physical Examination Skills (BMS232)

This course provides an introduction to the relevance, value, structures and techniques of hands-on physical assessment. Students will explore the 5 major examination systems with a combination of theory and classroom practice where they will learn to apply examination techniques and develop hands-on clinical skills. Students will learn techniques such as: auscultation with a stethoscope, assessment of blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer, organ palpation, conventional pulse assessment and much more. The course prepares students for a future in a world of integrated medicine where natural medicine practitioners must grasp Western concepts and be competent in communicating and co-managing various conditions with other healthcare professionals.

Prerequisites: BMS201/202    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Plant Biochemistry, Physiology and Ecology (BMS233)

Building from introductory courses in biochemistry and phytochemistry, this course examines both why and how plants produce substances that provide the foundations of human nutrition and plant-based treatments. Discussions integrate the basics of plant physiology, ecology, and biochemistry from the plants’ perspective, with an emphasis on the applicability of this perspective in human, agricultural, and ecological health.

Prerequisites: BMS211, BMS212/CBOT403    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

Western Pharmacology (BMS431)

This course is an introduction into the vast pharmacopoeia of drugs used in Western Medicine as well as their biologic origins when relevant. Basic drug interactions are covered, in addition to pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug and toxin metabolism.

Prerequisites: BMS201/202    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

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