PNP401 - Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse II

Outline info
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Subject Title
Pathophysiology for the Practical Nurse II

Subject Description
Students will build on PNP301 and continue the study of human disease.  The mechanisms of disease will be studied by body systems.  The processes will be related to a variety of common diseases.  Overall, the mechanisms of disease will be studied in a systems format and will be considered for the effect that they produce on the structure and function of the body. Common diseases will be used to illustrate the biological concepts of pathology.

Credit Status
Successful completion of this required course provides one credit towards the Practical Nursing Diploma

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon completion of this course the student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts of pathophysiology and the general principles of disease
  2. Recognize common dysfunctions of selected organs or organ systems.
  3. Examine how the various dysfunctions of an organ or organ system affect the human body as a whole
  4. Consider the effects of disease on the structure and functioning of the body
  5. Apply knowledge of medical etymology to the comprehension of terms describing pathophysiological conditions
CNO Entry to Practice Competencies
 Demonstrates knowledge in critical thinking and problem solving skills
 Demonstrates knowledge in nursing health and social sciences.
 Formulates clinical judgments that are consistent with clients’ needs and priorities by responding to changing situations that affect client’s health and safety.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All Module 300 PN subjects.

Co- Requisites:
PNH 401

Topic Outline

  • Fluid and Electrolytes
  • Pathophysiology of cancer
  • Skin Disorders
  • Reproductive Disorders
  • Renal Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

Mode of Instruction
3 hours per week x 14 weeks = 42 hours

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including, but not limited to: discussion, seminars, independent and group work, lecture, computers and simulations. Select classes may be facilitated via Blackboard in an online format.

Prescribed Texts

VanMeter, K.C., & Huber, R.J. (2018). Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (5th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier. 9780323414425

Reference Material
Jarvis, C. (2014). Physical examination and health assessment. (2nd Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Saunders.

Tortora, G.J. (2011). Introduction to the human body: Binder ready version. (9th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Promotion Policy
A minimum “C” grade is required for one credit toward the Practical Nursing Diploma.

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Quizzes (20%)

Midterm (30%)

Presentation/Assignment (15%)

Final Exam (35%)


Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. Failure to produce documentation within the timeframe will result in a grade of zero in the missed evaluation. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

Students must attain a minimum overall mark of 60% in order to pass this subject.  Failure to meet the above will result in a grade of "F".

Late Assignments:

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified. Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments are subject to a penalty of 10% per week and will not be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignments due date.

Expected English Competencies:

Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding that all written work must demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
  •     writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
  •     spelling and punctuation are correct
  •     appropriate vocabulary used
  •     sentences are structured correctly
  •     work to flow logically through supporting statements
  •     work to be arranged in correct format (i.e. reports, essays)
Effective: January 5, 2017

Approved by: Lisa Harfield