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NURS604 - Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

Course Details

Course Code: NURS604 Course ID: 5011 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course builds on the undergraduate knowledge of pharmacology and the relationship of pharmacological therapies to patient health and outcomes, as well as pathophysiological conditions. Students study the actions and effects of medications as well as complementary and alternative therapies on the human system across the life span. Using a variety of theories and frameworks, students use clinical reasoning to evaluate ambiguous and complex clinical presentations. Students discuss the role of the advanced practice nurse educator in ensuring safe medication practice in a variety of settings.

Course Schedule

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

Current Syllabi

The following objectives are aligned with the MSN Program Outcomes (PO):

  1. Critically analyze the relationship between pathophysiological conditions and pharmacological interventions. (PO4)
  2. Apply scientific principles and the nursing process to the development of care delivery for patients with complex pathophysiological conditions. (PO4, PO5)
  3. Utilize current evidence-based research and clinical practice guidelines to support appropriate pharmacological and complementary therapies. (PO4, PO5, PO7)
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of nursing and pharmacologic interventions relative to care of specific populations. (PO4)
  5. Integrate knowledge of genetics and genomics in the care delivery. (PO4)
  6. Examine the role of the advanced practice nurse educator in promoting safe medication practices. (PO1, PO2, PO7)

Module Learning Objectives are located within the course.

Masters Essentials covered in this course include I, II, 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 6 graded discussions, the Introduction Discussion and five (5) weekly discussions.


  • 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 are weekly quizzes in this course. These quizzes are timed (30 minutes to answer 15 questions) and can only be attempted one time.

Written Assignments

There are 3 written 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.

Required Course Textbook:

All required readings and resources are available within MyClassroom.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology: Essentials for Clinical Practice (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Springer Publishing Company Lib
Author:Tkacs, Herrmann and Johnson
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.