Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology – NURS 711

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides the student with an understanding of physiology and pathophysiology for advanced practice nurses. An emphasis on homeostasis, systems interactions and pathophysiology will be the foundation for case based learning of common diseases and conditions seen in primary care.




Advanced Practice Nurses must possess an advanced understanding of physiology and pathophysiology to make clinical decisions, manage diseases and conditions at the APRN level serving clients across the life span and special populations frequently encountered in the clinical setting. A system based approach and Interactive Case Based Learning supports application of theory, interdisciplinary clinical research and evidence-based practice to advance understandings of clinical prevention, disease and dysfunction, including genetics, epigenetics, cellular, organ, and system pathophysiologic alterations, clinical manifestations, evaluation and treatment.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate evidence-based practice and research to expand understanding of physiology and pathophysiology to make clinical decisions, manage disease, and conditions at the advanced-practice nurse level. (PLO 1, DNP Essentials I, NONPF Scientific Foundation Competencies 1–3.)
  2. Appraise Christian principles, policy, ethical, social and legal considerations to provide client-centered clinical decision making which incorporates clients’ attitudes, values, beliefs, and cultural/religious background. (PLO 7 DNP Essentials V, NONPF Ethics Competencies 3, Policy Competencies 3.)
  3. Analyze and interpret pathophysiologic findings through a system approach, clinical manifestations, diagnostic and laboratory tests to prevent disease, and manage disease and conditions. (PLO 5, DNP Essentials, NONPF Scientific Foundation Competencies 1–3.)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of genetics, genomics, and technology to provide client risk assessment; provide genetic education, counseling, testing, and results interpretation (PLO 1, 4, 5, DNP Essentials IV, NONPF Technology and Information Literacy Competencies 1.)

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, WebEx class meetings, and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Module/Week 1—the student will prepare a Discussion Board Forum thread and reply to 2 students on the topic of genetics and genomics and the Essentials for nurses. Module/Week 5—the student will prepare a Discussion Board Forum thread on the topic of anemias and reply to 2 students.

Neuro Paper/WebEx Presentation

The student will work in pairs to write a Neurological system and the role of the DNP/FNP. Students (pairs) will submit a 6–8-page paper written in current edition APA format submitted via Blackboard SafeAssign during Module/Week 3. The student will then present a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation and submit the slides during Module/Week 4 WebEx Seminar.

Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Case/Practice Guidelines Presentation

The student will be divided into pairs to develop a PowerPoint presentation for a case on a designated topic, including a discussion of pathophysiology, professional practice guidelines, advanced practices nurse’s role, and including a treatment /management plan with health promotion. The PowerPoint presentation will be submitted during Module/Week 6 via Blackboard SafeAssign. The student will then present an abbreviated version of the PowerPoint presentation during Module/Week 7’s WebEx 2 Seminar. That module/week’s assignment will also be submitted via Blackboard SafeAssign during Module/Week 7.

WebEx Class Seminars/Meetings (2)

The student will meet via WebEx with the professor and classmates at appointed time during Modules/Weeks 4 and 7. The student will complete WebEx 1 and WebEx 2 assignments in preparation for class participation and activities.

Exams (3)

Three exams will be administered throughout the course based on designated course materials. The student will complete the test using proctor testing software in Blackboard. Exams will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions.

Final Exam

A comprehensive exam will be administered at the end of the course. Proctor testing software will be used in Blackboard to administer the exam.

Proctorio Best Practices for Students

  • The student must take exams using Proctorio Proctoring Services. All exams are closed book; no notes or aids may be used.
  • The student must always use the Chrome web browser when taking a Proctorio-enabled exam.
  • The student must make sure he or she has the Proctorio Chrome extension installed
  • The student must make sure his or her computer has a working webcam and microphone
  • When he or she is on the course page in Blackboard, the student can access 24/7 live chat for any questions that he or she might have.
    • To access live chat, the student can click on the gray shield icon in the top right-hand corner of his or her Chrome browser.
  • Additional methods to contact support:
    • Phone:
      • Local Phone Number: (480) 428-4089
      • Toll Free Phone Number: (866) 948-9248
    • Email:
      • Access the help and support center through the Proctorio Chrome extension
    • Articles on problems that may be experienced and general information
  • There is no need for the student to schedule exams. He or she can simply go into Blackboard and take the exam that the instructor has provided.
  • Data Security—Only the student’s institution has access to the student’s exam attempt, not Proctorio nor anyone else.
  • The student should find a quiet, comfortable location to take your exam.
  • The student should also take the Proctorio practice quiz his or her instructor has provided to prepare for actual exams.