NURS 3194 - Applied Pathophysiology


This course provides an overview of the pathophysiology of selected conditions focusing on the etiology, pathogenesis, physiological changes, and clinical manifestations of common health problems.Genetic and cultural influences on health will also be addressed. Emphasis is upon both the physiological changes that contribute to disease production, physiological changes that occur as a result of disease and the body's compensation for these changes, as well as the application of this knowledge to the assessment of patients with commonly occurring disease and injury processes.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Summarize normal physiology of the human body.
  2. Compare and contrast the common concepts, signs and symptoms, and terms used to refer to pathophysiological processes (e.g. etiology, pathogenesis, morphology, complications, sequelae, diagnosis, normality, clinical course, risk factors, morbidity, and mortality)
  3. Explain the general changes in cell structure and identify the causes and mechanisms of cell injury and death and apply them to the pathophysiology of common diseases and disorders within the human body.
  4. Describe the etiology, pathogenesis, physiological changes, and signs/symptoms associated with common disorders of the body systems.
  5. Evaluate pathophysiological changes that affect the care of various patient populations.

Credit Hours



  • Admission to the RN-BSN Program

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