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Applied Pathophysiology for Healthcare Practitioners

Institution code: 

One semester

Study hours: 200 hours (36 taught, 6 tutorial, 158 self directed study and reflection)


What are the aims of the module?

  • Apply in-depth knowledge of the biological sciences to influence and enhance care of the client group.
  • Critically examine a range of research and literature to support healthcare interventions and examine clinical effectiveness.
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of the advances in healthcare practice which have a foundation in applied pathophysiology.
  • To enable the student to understand the pathogenesis of disease and the effect of disease on body function.

Dates of Attendance:







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Should you require any academic advice about this module please contact the Course Leader/Module Leader

Course modules

What will I study?

  • Fundamentals of pathophysiology – cell physiology, homeostasis, disease/illness.
  • CV System – shock, heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, ECG’s and arrhythmias, hypo/hypertension.
  • Respiratory System – respiratory failure, restrictive lung disease, obstructive lung disease, ventilation.
  • Renal System – fluid and electrolyte balance, acid base balance, renal failure, nephritic and nephritic syndrome.
  • Endocrine System – hyper/hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency.
  • Gastrointestinal System – upper GI disorders.
  • Integumentary System.
  • Reproductive System.
  • Nervous System.
  • Musculoskeletal System.
  • Immunology- physiology of the immune system, common immunologic disorders (anaphylaxis, lupus).
  • Haematology – anaemias, clotting disorders.

How will I be assessed?

2 hour Written Examination – MCQ and Short Answer questions.

Written assignment which identifies 5 cases drawn from the students own area of practice. 


Career Overview Mark has worked in as variety of healthcare settings since beginning a career in nursing in 1984. Whilst initially Mark's nursing practice was within acute medical areas covering a range of specialities and conditions, he subsequently moved into more specialised are...