NUR 332 Pathophysiology

Examine the basic processes associated with disease.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3

In NUR 332 Pathophysiology, you’ll build upon prior clinical knowledge to examine how body systems interact during times of illness and how nursing care is impacted.

Course Description

By understanding how abnormal physiological processes cause and affect disease, you’ll gain a broader understanding of disease diagnosis and treatment. This Utica College course will examine the basic principles and processes of pathophysiology.

  • ::  Cellular communication
  • ::  Genetics
  • ::  Forms of cellular injury
  • ::  Fluid and electrolytes
  • ::  Acid - base balance
  • ::  Immunity
  • ::  Stress
  • ::  Coping
  • ::  Illness

You’ll understand how a breakdown of the body’s systems or functions impacts a person’s health. You’ll also review methods of diagnosis and treatment for conditions that result from these breakdowns.


Sample Assignment

You’ll work in a group to develop a concept map for the pathophysiology behind a specific illness and impact on nursing care. The physiologic system will be assigned by your professor, but illness will be determined by your group.


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Abnormalities that you’ll explore include cellular dysfunction that results in tumors and cancer. You’ll consider the role of homeostasis in the proper functioning of the body as a whole. You’ll review the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems to better understand coronary artery disease, heart failure, lung disease and more. Diseases and conditions of the central nervous system — including brain injury — will be examined as you review the ways in which neurological functions impact physiologic processes.

You’ll focus on cholecystitis, gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatitis, liver and kidney disease as you recognize the importance of proper gastrointestinal/genitourinary functioning. You’ll review factors that can lead to a breakdown in a body’s immune system and weaken its defense against foreign antigens.


How do alterations in neurological functions impact physiologic processes throughout the body?

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You’ll also consider the many conditions related to proper hormone functioning, from parathyroid-gland disorders and diabetes to reproductive cancer, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. From bone healing after trauma to muscular dystrophy, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and skin disorders, you’ll see how musculoskeletal system breakdowns can affect health.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, you’ll focus on core topics or themes. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • ::  Pathophysiology Overview and Cell Biology
  • ::  Homeostasis
  • ::  Cardiopulmonary System
  • ::  Neurologic System
  • ::  GI/GU Systems
  • ::  Immune System
  • ::  Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
  • ::  Integumentary and Musculoskeletal Systems

Learning Outcomes: Your Top 8 Takeaways

You’ll gain insight into the processes of each of the body’s systems in NUR 332.

  1. Analyze the basic anatomy and physiology of each organ system.
  2. Characterize the basic concepts of pathophysiology at the cellular level related to injury, the self-defense mechanism, mutation, and cellular proliferation.
  3. Examine the basic pathological factors that influence the disease process.
  4. Compare and contrast the relationship between normal physiology and pathophysiology in altered disease states.
  5. Analyze the impact and abnormal functions upon the organ(s) associated with the disease process of each organ systems.
  6. Evaluate and apply current evidence based practice to pathological changes in selected disease states.
  7. Correlate abnormal functions of the body systems with relevant disease processes.
  8. Predict the main focus of nursing care for selected diagnoses.

Learn More

In NUR 332, you’ll explore the disordered physiological systems result in disease. For more information about this course or other courses in Utica College’s online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree, request more information or call us at 315.732.2640 or toll-free 866.295.3106.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.