Jan 28, 2023  
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NU 608 - Advanced Pathophysiology

Understanding the pathophysiology of disease process is critical to effectively evaluating the patient, planning/managing care, teaching & facilitating quality patient care. This course focuses on the pathophysiologic processes across the lifespan and the development of clinical reasoning skills that distinguish the relationships between normal physiology and specific alterations produced by injury and disease. A critical analysis of selected major health problems emphasizing etiology, epidemiology, genetics & environmental influences, clinical manifestations and diagnostics are examined.

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Differentiate between normal & abnormal compensatory mechanisms as the body responds to disease (AACN I).
  • Identify the etiological factors that contribute to specific alterations in health status of clients across the life span (AACN I, VII, VIII).
  • Use knowledge of environmental factors that influence genetically linked diseases (AACN I, VII, VIII).
  • Describe the etiology, developmental considerations, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of major health problems (AACN I, VII, VIII).
  • Correlate and analyze select diagnostic and laboratory findings from a physiological/pathophysiological perspective (AACN I, V).
  • Integrate concepts of pathophysiology to clinical reasoning to provide health teaching, health promotion, disease prevention & management (AACN I, VII, VIII).
  • Synthesize and apply evidence based guidelines and research findings to manage and/or teach about major health problems (AACN IV, VII, VII).

Credits: 3

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