Course Summary
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10 weeks (15 hours a week of inside and outside class time).
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 pathophysiology


The course objective is to provide a comprehensive overview of foundational concepts in Pathophysiology. Emphasis is placed on the following core topics: cell biology; hematology; the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; the renal system and fluid/electrolyte mechanisms; neurology and the musculoskeletal systems; the gastrointestinal system and nutrition; the endocrine and reproductive systems; and clinical applications related to various systems.

Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of the normal physiology of each body system
  • describe the major functions and roles of the major body systems
  • identify and distinguish the main components, networks, and processes involved in each major body system
  • describe the main concepts and principles of abnormal physiologic conditions (disease)
  • describe the mechanisms employed by body systems in response to pathogens and stressors
  • explain abnormal physiologic mechanisms and pathways associated with disease processes
  • differentiate normal and abnormal physiologic processes and clinical manifestations
  • analyze and form conclusions for case studies in pathophysiology
  • identify clinical risk factors, etiology, manifestations and presentations, and diagnostic tools related to disease treatment plans

General Topics:

  • Cell biology mechanisms of cell injury and neoplasia
  • Host defense and hematology
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Renal system
  • Fluids and electrolytes
  • Acid-base mechanisms
  • Neurology
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Nutrition
  • Endocrine system
  • Reproductive system
  • Clinical applications relating to the various systems
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Discussion Boards

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials