This course introduces the nursing student to human pathophysiology and disruptions in homeostasis resulting in, or as a result of, alterations in tissue or organ function due to genetic, genomic, cellular, biochemical, structural or environmental causes. Topics focus on select conditions or diseases linked to physiological systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, immune/inflammatory, hematological, and skeletal/integumentary) that occur throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on integrating pathophysiology, clinical presentation, therapeutic modalities and nursing interventions for effective clinical nursing practice.
- Differentiate between normal physiologic processes and pathophysiologic processes across the lifespan.
- Explain the impact of genetics on disease processes.
- Analyze the underlying etiology of disease processes.
- Describe the pathogenesis of disease processes.
- Describe the clinical manifestations of disease processes.