Spring 2018

NURS 3314-001 Pathophysiology (Alternate Entry)

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This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
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This course will meet on campus the first and last day of the course, see schedule.  The course will meet online on a weekly basis .


Nancy McGowan,RN, PhD
Office: 2.222
Office telephone:  210-567-5310
Office hours:  by appointment
Email:  Mcgowann@uthscsa.edu


This course focuses on concepts of pathophysiology essential to understanding the diseases and disabling conditions that can affect the body systems across the lifespan.


Credit Hour Allocation                        Clock Hour Allocation
3 semester hours                             3 clock hours class (45 class hours)


Admission to the Graduate Nursing Alternate Entry Program


At the completion of the baccalaureate program the student will demonstrate the following:

  1. Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the liberal arts and sciences in professional nursing education and practice.
  2. Apply knowledge and skills of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement and patient safety in promoting safe, high-quality care for diverse patients across healthcare systems and environments.
  3. Analyze and apply evidence from research and other information sources as a basis for nursing practice.
  4. Incorporate knowledge and skills in using information systems and a range of patient-care technologies to facilitate delivery of quality patient care.
  5. Advocate for financial and regulatory healthcare policies, processes, and environments that improve the nature and functioning of the healthcare delivery system and nursing practice.
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals to promote positive working relationships, improve patient health outcomes, and deliver quality, safe patient care.
  7. Promote individual and population health by assessing factors that influence individual and population health and apply principles and culturally appropriate health promotion and disease-prevention strategies. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  8. Demonstrate consistent application of the core values of the discipline of nursing and the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  9. Integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of baccalaureate prepared nurses by providing professional nursing care to diverse patients and populations across the lifespan, healthcare settings, and healthcare environments.


   1.  Identify the risk factors, causes, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations,
       and diagnostic tests related to concepts of disease across the lifespan.
       [Essentials I, III, VIII]
   2.  Describe the mechanisms the body uses to react to stressors and trauma.
       [Essentials I, III, VII]
   3.  Explain the influence of genetics and genomics triggers in cell
       differentiation.  [Essentials I, III, VII, IX]
   4.  Identify the role of the nurse in recognition, assessment and interventions
       for pathophysiological processes. [Essentials VII, IX]


A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Grading Scale:
A = 90-100 points
B = 80-89 points
C = 70-79 points
D = 60-69 points
F = Below 60 points

Points distributed for the following activities:
Online Group Discussions
Online Case Studies
Quizzes x5
On Campus Grand Rounds Presentation


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.



Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


Huether, S & McCance, K. (2012). Understanding Pathophysiology (5th Ed.). Mosby, St. Louis ISBN:978-0-323-07891-7


Huether, S & McCance, K. (2012). Study guide for Understanding Pathophysiology (5th Ed.) Mosby, St. Louis. ISBN 978-0-323-08489-5


I.     Introduction to pathophysiology
II.    Altered cells and tissues
III.   Inflammation and tissue repair
IV.   Altered immunity
V.    Infection
VI.   Genetic and developmental disorders
VII.  Altered cellular proliferation and differentiation
VIII. Altered fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance
IX.   Altered neuronal transmission
X.    Altered somatic and special sensory function
XI.   Altered hormonal metabolic regulation
XII.  Altered reproductive function
XIII. Altered ventilation and diffusion
XIV. Altered perfusion
XV.  Altered nutrition
XVI. Altered elimination
XVII. Degenerative changes in aging
XVIII. Combining complex pathophysiologic concepts: Diabetes Mellitus

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

We will meet on campus for our first class day on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 9 to 11:50 am in room 2.206 in the ALTC. Please read the first Chapter in Huether & McCance's text on Understanding Pathophysiology. See you there!

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