NURS 530A Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology

This course provides the foundation for clinical decision making processes and diagnostic reasoning in advanced practice nursing, focusing on pathophysiological processes in major organ systems in individuals. By applying advanced knowledge of the complex physiological functions and pathophysiological processes related to the care of individuals with health care problems, students should be able to understand the relation between the symptoms and the disease, which might be helpful in differential diagnosis.  The aim of this course is to teach students the pathogenesis of various symptoms and diseases within physiological systems of cellular and sub-cellular origin, biochemical, and anatomical changes across the life span.  Thus students gain knowledge needed to assess acute and chronic health problems, to understand the mechanisms of disease essential to the role of the professional nurse in determining the appropriate nursing management of the patient.