NURS 317 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

3 credits, Fall

Explores the mechanisms, manifestations, and processes of disease. Common cellular and biochemical abnormalities and disease states in major body systems are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the gastro-intestinal, respiratory, and endocrine body systems along with fluid and electrolyte balance and psychiatric disorders. Principals of disease transmission and immunological responses are integrated, as well pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics for treatment of respective disease processes across the lifespan in diverse populations. Knowledge gained in this course prepares students to administer pharmacological agents in the provision of nursing care, to monitor their effects in the individual, and to teach clients and families about disease processes and medication regimens. This is the first in a series of two courses.

Prerequisite(s): Must meet all progression criteria for third-year status in the nursing major as outlined in the University catalog including a grade of "C" or better in NURS 110 and BIO 240