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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR6471
Tracking Number - 2968

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-12-12
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 10/31/12. Elective - MS Nursing. GC approved 11/15/12. to USF Sys 11/15/12. to SCNS 11/26/12. Approved eff 1/1/13. Nmbr 6147 approved as 6471

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-10-12
  2. Department: Nursing
  3. College: NR
  4. Budget Account Number: 620100020
  5. Contact Person: Dewel Lindsey
  6. Phone: 8133969978
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: NGR
  9. Number: 6471
  10. Full Title: Concepts of Pain Pathophysiology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Concepts of Pain Pathophys
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 10
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the basic anatomy and physiology and mechanisms underlying the pain pathology. After the successful completion of the course the students will be able to advance to clinical aspect of the pain assessment and treatment

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Offered as enrichment course (not part of program/concentration/certificate)
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Lack of pain management specific electives
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Knowledge in the specific content area.
  29. Objectives: 1. Describe theories of pain from a historical perspective

    2. Discuss the basic mechanisms and pathways underlying the pain experience

    3. Understand the primary afferent fibers and its role in perceiving the sense of pain.

    4. Describe the dorsal horns of the spinal cord relaying pain perception to the subsequent ascending pathways and supraspinal systems contributing to the processing of pain.

    5. Identify the concepts of the modulation of noceceptive information in light of pain reception at the cerebral cortex.

    6. Understand the mechanisms and hypotheses explaining the different phase of pain and describe the genetics of pain.

    7. Demonstrate the importance of pain management in clinical scenarios including consequences of unmanaged or inadequate pain control.

    8. Understand the autonomic-endocrine-immune interaction in acute and chronic pain

    9. Demonstrate the knowledge of pathology of common pain syndromes

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Competency in the understanding of the pain physiology

    2. Correct demonstration of anatomical identification of pain pathway.

    3. Demonstrate the mechanisms and hypotheses explaining the different phases of pain

    4. Identify pain syndrome related to common medical conditions

    5. Apply key concepts of physiological pain management to clinical senarios

    6. Describe the automonic, endocrine, and immune interaction in acute and chronic pain

    7. Competency in understanding common pain pathology

    8. Identify consequences of unmanaged pain.

    9. Describe the genetics of pain

  31. Major Topics: 1. History of pain medicine and theories of mechanisms of pain

    2. Primary afferent fibers: cell bodies and nociceptors

    3. Inflammatory modulators and mediators of pain

    4. Dorsal horns of the spinal cords and ascending pathway

    5. Supraspinal systems contributing to the processing of pain

    6. Modulation of nociceptive information

    7. Common diseases and their pain manifestation

    8. Mechanisms and hypotheses explaing the different phases of pain

    9. Central nervous system interaction in pain modulation

    10. Pathophysiologic mechanisms of neuropathic pain

    11. Emotion and psychobiology of pain

  32. Textbooks: Textbook of Pain Management (2011), Wall and Melzack. 5th Edition.

    Elsevier Publishing Company

    Physical Diagnosis of Pain (2nd ed.) Waldman. Saunder Elsevier Co.

    Pain, Clinical Manual (2nd ed.) McCaffery and Pasero. Mosby

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Exams



  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Exams



  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: Nursing
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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