My ABSN program required it as a pre-req even though pathophys is covered in both chronic care and acute care. It's been REALLY helpful so far and the class itself wasn't as bad as I though it would be.
Patho is a pre req at my school. It's somewhat of a "weeder" class. Requires the use of critical thinking skills. Tough class, the exam questions were insane. The mechanism of the disease process was emphasized heavily as was "creating" drugs to treat diseases. I bombed the first exam but rallied and passed with a B. Whew!