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Physiology Laboratory Experimental Practical For Pharmacy Students In Nigeria

Physiology Laboratory Experiment for pharmacy students in Nigeria
Physiology Laboratory Experiment
Physiology deals with the function of the body. Physiology experimental practical study how the body functions and how it reacts to external stimuli.
This is one of the knowledge pharmacy students need if they must be the drug expert that they are known for. That is why pharmacy curriculum incorporated physiology experimental practical into year two for two semesters.

Physiology experimental practical is just for a year. This means that the study will be just the surface. They need the basics.


Physiology experiments represent one of the core basic sciences towards understanding pathophysiologic processes, mechanisms of drugs actions and applying rational pharmacotherapeutics decision making in the treatment of disease.

Physiology laboratory experiments provide demonstration of processes learned in the human physiology classes. Topics such as muscle, nerve, and cardiac physiology are covered. Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical and biochemical function of humans and serves as the function of modern medicine.

Since it is just for a year, the experiments are not that much. They entail introduction in the first week to physiology laboratory practical, equipment, the method of reports and grading. The rules guiding experiments may be explained for clarity.

Physiology School Laboratory

This is a brief description of the interior of a physiology laboratory.

An inner room where fragile and expensive equipment are always keep. It could be the office of the laboratory technician there.

The general laboratory room made up of about two to four big tables. On top of each table is a sink or more with a running tap. By the sides are various machines for various experiments. So unfortunate pharmacy students will never touch most of them. Under the table are spaces where bags and other none needed objects are kept. Experiments for pharmacy will have to do with less equipment. Some of the experiments do not even require an equipment.

Equipment Found In Physiology Laboratory

Some common equipment that pharmacy students will use;
  • Stop watch/clock
  • Centrifuge
  • Glucose meter
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Sphygmomanometer
  • PH meter (scale)
  • Weight scale
  • Laboratory animals (animal house mostly owned by pharmacology department)
  • Thermometer
  • Stethoscope
  • Basic units for length (ruler)
  • Reagents
  • Microscope
  • Incubator
  • Electrocardiogram

Physiology Laboratory Practical Experiment

  • Diffusion and osmosis (movement through membranes and membrane action potentials)
  • Tonicity and relation of concentration of one solution with another
Other experiments are:
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart sound
  • Nerve conduction
  • Pulse rate
  • Pulse reaction time
  • Temperature
  • Colorimetric analysis
  • Stroke volume
  • Force and pressure
  • Cardiac output (cardiac function)
  • Blood group and phenotype
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