Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
NRS 233
Course Title:
Pathophysiological Processes II
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Course Description

This sequel to Pathophysiological Processes I continues to explore pathophysiological processes that contribute to disease states across the lifespan and human responses to those processes. Students will learn to make selected clinical decisions in the context of nursing regarding using current, reliable sources of pathophysiology information, selecting and interpreting focused nursing assessments based on knowledge of pathophysiological processes, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding pathophysiological processes, and communicating with other health professionals regarding pathophysiological processes. The course addresses additional pathophysiological processes not contained in Pathophysiological Processes I. Prerequisites: NRS 232.

Intended Outcomes for the course

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Access and interpret current, reliable information about selected pathophysiological processes.
2. Select and interpret focused nursing assessments based on knowledge of clinical manifestations, developmental considerations, and potential complications of selected pathophysiological processes in clients across the lifespan.
3. Teach persons from diverse populations  across the lifespan regarding selected pathophysiological processes, focusing on:

  • explaining how the risk factors relate to specific pathophysiological processes,
  • describing selected pathophysiological processes in appropriate terms,
  • explaining how the signs and symptoms relate to specific pathophysiological processes,
  • explaining which signs and symptoms to report to a health professional, and
  • explaining how developmental factors relate to pathophysiology, symptom experience, symptom reporting, and symptom management.

4. Communicate effectively with other health professionals regarding selected pathophysiological processes, focusing on:

  • using appropriate technical language,
  • clarifying technical details of pathophysiological processes, and
  • prioritizing and reporting pertinent information regarding a client€™s status.

Course Activities and Design

Required readings
Clinical stories and case review
Student presentations
Group work

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Summary of literature search in professional database
Multiple choice exams
Written assignments
Group and individual projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, concepts, issues:
Intro to disease states
Pathophysiology of diseases
Evidence based research
Medical terminology
Life span considerations in various disease states
Teaching techniques for various ages, developmental stages
Communication with other professionals
Team work
Clinical decision making
Interpretation of data