NSG-285: Pathophysiology for Nurses

Health and Human Services
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Pathophysiology for Nurses
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
BIO-233 and BIO-234, or the equivalent with a ā€œCā€ grade or better. Students waiting to enter the nursing program or those who are currently in a BSN completion program.
Catalog Course Description

Enhances basic knowledge and understanding of human diseases. Reviews the etiology and the pathogenesises of diseases using the system approach. Also reviews etiology, risk factors, long term effects, and prognoses of commonly occurring health issues.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Review of human disease including: immunity, respiratory cardiovascular, renal, microskeletal, urine/fecal, reprductive, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems.
  2. Review normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.
  3. Commonly prescribed classifications of medication.
  4. Defense mechanisms, adaptation, and genetic influences of diseases.
  5. Signs and symptoms of diseases.
  6. Diagnostic laboratory tests and their relevance to diagnosis of the disorder or disease.
  7. Problems and Responses of the Nervous System, Endocrine System to include normal anatomy and physiology as it relates to the disease process of the Nervous System and Endocrine System
  8. Problems and Responses of the Musculoskeletal System to include normal anatomy and physiology in relation to the disease process
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate enhanced critical thinking skills necessary for care of the adult with commonly occurring medical, and surgical health problems using the systems approach.
  2. Explain pathophysiological factors that affect health and ability to care for self.
  3. Identify diagnostic tests and common interventions necessary to care for patients.
  4. Review commonly prescribed medications used to treat disorders.
  5. Discuss primary, secondary, and tertiary health care systems. Review of disease prevention is incorporated into the course.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
Assessments of academic achievement may include, but are not limited to written assignments, research papers, case studies and multiple choice testing.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2019