Understanding the Integumentary System

Understanding the Integumentary System 

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the learner with the integumentary system. Information about the anatomy of the skin, skin health, and changes to the skin that result from aging is presented. The process for recognizing, preventing, and responding to skin changes and injuries are reviewed. Chronic and contagious skin conditions are discussed, along with ways to promote healthy skin.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

1.25 HOURS

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.20 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

1.25 HOURS

Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1933711

California Department of Public Health (CNA)

1.25 HOURS

Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.

The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.

This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-UIS-V2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2025
Learning Objectives:
Identify the 3 layers of the skin.
Recognize the causes and signs of pressure injuries.
Recognize contagious skin conditions and measures to take to prevent spreading them.
Recall strategies a person can take to support healthy skin.
Describe the differences between chronic and contagious skin conditions.

Understanding the Integumentary System

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: The Integumentary System

The Function of the Skin

Anatomy of the Skin

Indicator of Health


Defense Barrier

Risk Factors



Section 3: Pressure Injuries

How Pressure Injuries Form

Stages of Pressure Injuries

Other Causes of Skin Injury



Section 4: Chronic Skin Conditions

What Makes it Chronic

Dry Skin

Age Related

Skin Tears






Section 5: Contagious Skin Conditions

Understanding Contagious Conditions



Herpes Virus




Section 6: Strategies for Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin


Section 7: Conclusion


Course Contributor


Instructor: Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN
Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN, was a subject matter expert for Relias. She has 25 years of healthcare experience in both acute and post-acute healthcare environments. Her experience includes leadership and management across the healthcare spectrum. She has owned and operated an assisted living business. Carlson's clinical practice includes acute care, long-term acute care, home health and hospice. Carlson has served for over a decade in various board positions for State Nursing Associations, including president. She has been a nurse planner for multiple continuing education events and has experience as a leader in the design and implementation of an ANCC-CNE accredited approver unit for a multi-state nursing consortium. Carlson is certified as Critical Care Registered Nurse.    Disclosure: Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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