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NURS325 - Integrated Pathophysiology and Clinical Pharmacology

Course Details

Course Code: NURS325 Course ID: 4840 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course is only open to students who are enrolled in the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program. This course explores the connections between pharmacological interventions and pathophysiology across the life span. The study of genetics/genomics, culture, and integrative health provides a theoretical context for the delivery of patient-centered care. An understanding of the dynamic relationship between comorbidities and medication interactions facilitates the development of an individual plan of care. An analysis of human responses to pharmacological interventions will be explored through case studies, evidence-based research, and group projects. (Prerequisite: NURS300)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the RN-BSN Program Outcomes (PO):

1. Analyze the scientific underpinnings of pharmacologic interventions and preventions strategies as they relate to pathophysiological conditions.

2. Explore the relationship of genetics and genocis and their impact on the science of pharmacology.

3. Utilize a holistic caring perspective to explore the complex interrelationships between pharmacologic interventions and the human response across the lifespan while paying attention to changing demographics.

4. Use an ethical framework to evaluate ethnic/ancestral, cultural, religious, fiscal, legal, and societal implications as they relate to pharmacologic interventions.

5. Formulate an evidence-based plan of care that integrates the dynamic relationship between comorbidities and pharmacologic interactions across the life-span.

6. Evaluate the role of the professional nurse in financial, regulatory and legistlative policies that impact pharmacotherapy in health care systems.

7. Examine the effects of interprofessional collaboration necessary to promote patient safety and quality health outcomes at the individual and population level.

8. Analyze issues, trends, and the impact of the application of information management and other technological support systems on the pharmacologic intervention and prevention strategies at the individual and populatino level.

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Baccalaureate Essentials covered in this course include II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX.


Please join the discussions each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Discussions are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. In this class there are 9 graded discussions. The Week 8 discussion is a Reflection discussion, and you will be graded on completion of the reflection questions, not on the content.


  • Post the initial response to each discussions by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to more than 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the discussions.
  • All discussions can be accessed in the Discussions section of the course.
  • Respond to all questions posed to you in your initial post by instructor and/or peers.

An initial post must precede the response posts to peers. An initial post received after Wednesday 11:55 pm will receive a 10% deduction for each day, for 3 days, prior to discussions being graded. This means the highest grade possible for a late submission of 3 days, is 70%. However, response posts are due by Sunday 11:55 pm. If response posts are not submitted by this time, the discussion is over. Therefore, no points can be awarded for collaboration, and the highest grade possible for late submission past 3 days is 60%.

Tests/ Quizzes

There will be two multiple choice quizzes in this course. Quiz 1 covers material from Weeks 1-3, Quiz 2 covers material from Weeks 4-8.

Written Assignments

There are 2 graded assignments due throughout the course. All assignment instructions and grading rubrics are located in the Assignments area of MyClassroom. Assignments are due by 11:55 pm EST on the Sunday of the week they are assigned, or as indicated in the Assignments area.

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.