NURS 530 APRN 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 problems, the student can differentiate between normal and abnormal underlying mechanisms of changes in physiology by comparing and contrasting differential diagnosis within physiological systems of cellular and sub-cellular origin, biochemical alterations and anatomical changes across the life span. Thus students gain knowledge needed to assess acute and chronic health problems, to recommend clinical and pharmacological interventions and to support decisions for restoring and maintaining health.