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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

NUR 213 - Pathophysiology
Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MIC 201; NUR 203.

Catalog Description: System approach to the examination of etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations underlying disease across the life span. Related research and diagnostics tests will be examined.

Course Goals & Outcomes

This course is designed to teach the student the basic concepts of pathophysiology. This encompasses an examination of the levels of prevention, etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations underlying alterations according to biological life process across the life span.

By the end of this course you will be able to :

Explain the basic concepts of altered health.

  • Describe the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of common physiological alterations occurring over the lifespan.
  • Discuss the manifestations of specific altered states of health.
  • Appreciate the general medical/surgical treatment strategies for common diseases and disorders.
  • Appreciate the application of research findings in selected pathophysiological disorders.
Course Syllabus

This is a 3 credit lecture/discussion course that meets two days per week. The learner will assume an active role in the learning experience through class discussion, case studies and the use of active electronic devices (clickers).

The topics covered in the course include:

  • Cellular Pathology
  • Genetics
  • Neoplasia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Stress and Adaptation
  • Pain
  • Hematological Alterations
  • Pulmonary Alterations
  • Hepatobiliary Alterations
  • Cardiovascular Alterations
  • Immunity Alterations (HIV/AIDS)
  • Neurological Alterations
About The Professor

This course is taught by multiple instructors, please refer to the URI Course Schedule.

Reasons To Take This Course

This is a required nursing course that offers the student the opportunity to apply the information studied in anatomy, physiology, and NUR 203, Comprehensive Health Assessment. In addition, this course provides the foundation for understanding the rationale for the nursing strategies, patient education, and pharmacological regimen the professional registered nurse utilizes when delivering patient care.

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