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School: Macmillian Institute of Applied Health Sciences
Credential:Ontario College Certificate
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Location: College Campus/Online



OVERVEIW: This course will introduce you to the concepts of pathophysiology as selected body systems and diseases are studied. You will examine the acute changes that may occur in the human body and explore how the body compensates for these changes during illness.


Anatomy and Physiology II

Nursing Practice II

Nursing Theory II 

Professional Growth II 

Health Assessment


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 Co-requisites for this course:

Pharmacology I 

Professional Growth III 

This course is a pre-requisite for:

Nursing Practice IV

Pathophysiology II

Pathophysiology II

Pathophysiology II

Nursing Theory IV


1. Propose approaches to concepts related to acute health challenges.1.  Compare and contrast between the Etiology, Signs and Symptoms, Pathophysiological Processes, and Nursing and Collaborative Interventions in the client experiencing cute health disorders. 2.  Explain the effects of acute infection in the body.
2. Explain physiological manifestations of fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance experienced in the medical-surgical setting.1. Interpret pathological that relates to fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance. 2. Propose actual nursing interventions required to care for acute clinical conditions such as fluid/electrolyte balance, acid/base balance, dehydration, defense mechanisms, hypersensitivities, and stress experienced by the medical surgical client.
3. Analyze what aids the healthcare professional to care for the human body as it compensates from an acute health challenge.1.  Determine alterations of neurological function, hormonal function, cardiovascular function, pulmonary function, renal and urinary tract function, reproductive function, digestive functions, musculoskeletal function, and function of the integument.
4. Distinguish and compare common acute health challenges and their effect on the human body.1.  Apply critical thinking when caring for clients with cardiovascular, neurological, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and musculoskeletal disorders. 2.  Interpret assessments of the signs and symptoms of acute disease processes. 3.  Identify appropriate diagnostic tests associated with acute health challenges.

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Required ResourceVanMeter, KarinGould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions – Text and Study Guide PackageElsevier9780323240871  
Required ResourceLewis, Heitkemper, & DirksonMedical Surgical Nursing: in CanadaMosby97817717204894th 
Required ResourcePaganaMosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory TestsMosby978-192-6648-644 

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