|HCS||NURNP||2320||2||Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders|
This course builds upon the knowledge base developed in the pathophysiology course, extending and applying this content to psychiatric disorders. It is designed with a threefold purpose: (a) to transition students from general concepts utilized in advanced practice to specific theories that are unique to the role of the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner; (b) to develop an appreciation of current biological theories as a major dimension in understanding the etiology, course, and outcome of selected psychiatric disorders; and, (c) to prepare students to utilize research findings as the empirical basis for the advanced practice of nursing. Content will focus on the major biological theories of psychiatric disorders in relationship to their respective technologies, neuroanatomical structures, neurochemical pathways, specific behaviors and symptomatology. Current research findings will be presented to supplement theoretical content.