HTH 2303 Pathophysiology

What Is Pathophysiology in Nursing?

Pathophysiology is the study of the physical and biological abnormalities in the body that occur because of a condition or disease. In some ways, the pathophysiology is considered the foundation of nursing practice, as it helps outline a nurse’s main responsibilities, such as assisting in the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, managing medications, assisting with diagnostic tests, and managing general health care and disease prevention for patients and their families. Nurses who know what pathophysiology is and are able to recognize its signs and symptoms can provide a higher quality of advanced care.

HTH 2303 – Pathophysiology


Provides education on the general mechanisms of disease processes and health problems. The most commonly occurring diseases of body systems are surveyed. Students use web-based information to research system disorders. Students are also introduced to ethical standards used in identifying the principles of pathogenesis and clinical significance of selected system disorders.


  1. Explain homeostasis as it relates to the metabolic processes.
  2. Identify hormone effects in the body.
  3. Identify the principles of immunology in systemic diseases.
  4. Discuss the etiology and pathogenesis of selected system disorders.
  5. Research system disorders using web-based information.


  1. HTH 2306
  2. HCA 1301


Gould’s pathophysiology for the health professions (Rev: 6th ed.)

Publisher: Elsevier (2018)

Author: Hubert, R. J., & VanMeter, K. C.

HTH 2303 Pathophysiology

**Unit I Discussion Part II:

One day, it may well be that an analysis of your deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) will become part of your medical history. Insurance companies want to

HTH 2303 Pathophysiology

**Unit I Discussion

Part II: One day, it may well be that an analysis of your deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) will become part of your medical history. Insurance companies want to access that data to determine the risk for certain illnesses. The companies already demand and have access to your medical history; is this much different? If a company will lower the premium if you submit your DNA, would you do it, or would you rather pay more premium? Why?HTH 2303 Pathophysiology

**Unit II Discussion

It has been said that migraine sufferers wish that a sign on their forehead would blink pain when they were hurting. Usually, we cannot see that someone else is hurting. In addition, there is no way to measure the amount of pain a person is suffering. If someone reports they are in pain, we must take their word for it.

What do you think about the use of narcotics in chronic pain? Most people would agree that someone in pain and dying of cancer should get all the narcotics they want. However, many times people are having chronic pain, and there is no demonstrable pathology. Should they also receive narcotics, in addition to other treatment modalities?

EMS 2301: Anatomy & Physiology I

**Unit I Discussion

Part II: After reading about the basics of anatomy and physiology, have you ever implemented these concepts within your everyday job functions and duties as a healthcare worker? How?

**Unit II Discussion Board Question

Top of Form

The Human Genome Project was launched in 1990 and completed in April 2003. The internationally supported project researched human DNA identification and mapping. The study was supported by six countries (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, and China). How can mapping DNA be beneficial to your role as an emergency medical worker today?

HCA 3302 Critical Issues in Health Care

**Unit I Discussion

Part II: In health care, there are many different ethical problems that arise on a daily basis. Of all the departments and positions, what do you believe is a top ethical issue that arises every day? Why do you feel this is such a big issue? Do you have any proposed solutions?

**Unit II Discussion

What ethical theories and principles apply in the decision to limit the use of reproductive technologies? Do you agree with these theories/principles in this case? Explain your thoughts.