Patho Pharm 2 Course Page

Below are the topics, handouts, and notes for Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I. If you click on the title of a topic, you will be taken to the lecture files (mp3) for that topic. Alternatively, you may download the lectures as a zip file or subscribe as a podcast.

Patho Pharm 2 Lectures: Podcast Feed Subscribe with iTunes Download as Zip File (447 MB)


The podcasts in this section are reviews for the final exam. This section is also a place to put the syllabus and other class handouts.

Patho Pharm 2 Syllabus

Important Notes

  1. The So you think you're good test is a minimum expectation of what you should know and be able to analyze after taking Patho Pharm 1 and 2. If you can consistently score 100% on it, the rest of nursing school will be a breeze. If you struggle with it you will struggle with the rest of nursing school.
  2. Herbals do not appear on any podcast but will be on the Final Exam.


  1. Quiz 1 - Diabetes and Endocrine
  2. Quiz 2 - Renal and Musculoskeletal
  3. Quiz 3 - Cardiovascular
  4. Quiz4 - Neuro, Genetics, HIV
  5. Quiz5 - GI, Cancer


Diabetes is a BIG topic. It's actually several diseases, all characterized by high blood sugar. You have to know the acute and chronic results of high blood sugar, plus the intricacies of the two major forms of the disease (which are nothing alike) AND the treatments and drugs.

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Endocrine disorders and treatments
Main two are hyper/hypothyroid
And hyper/hypo Cortisol (Cushing's/Addision's)

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And arthritis (no notes or podcasts for arthritis)

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Renal and Diuretics

Fluid and Renal physiology
Kidney Diseases

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This is the biggest unit this semester and extremely important. For those of you who don't deserve to be nurses, you'll get a chance to redeem yourself (hint, the answer is aspirin). This unit builds heavily on last semester and renal. Review the peripheral nervous system, inflammation, and anticoagulants/antiplatelets. You will also need to memorize the CK-MB and Troponin lab values. The unit is broken up into:

  • Blood pressure
  • Arterial and venous diseases
  • Coronary Artery Disease and Myocardial Infarction
  • Dysrhythmias and Heart Failure


Falls into three main areas:
Upper GI (Esophagus, Stomach, Duodenum)
Lower GI (Colon)
Accessory GI (Liver, Gall Bladder, Pancreas)

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Neuro (Central)

Review peripheral nervous system
Big CNS disorders: Alzheimer's, Epilepsy, Parkinson's
Psych Drugs: Antidepressants, Anxiolytics, Hypnotics, Antipsychotics
Miscellaneous nervous disorders

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Genetics and Cancer


DNA and Protein synthesis
Simple Mendelian genetics, polygenic inheritance, Multifactorial inheritance
Common genetic disorders
Emerging trends

Additional Genetics Resources


Cellular Adaptations and Neoplasms
Pathogenesis and Manifestations of Cancer
Basic Chemotherapy principles

Additional Cancer Resources


Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS

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