Course Description
This is a complete Pharmacology course that in-class instruction by our Nursing Educators going through the whole course. This course is given at different locations in CA and in other states via partnerships with other institutions. This course introduces learners with little or no prior biology knowledge to Pharmacology.

Course Outcomes
Online AccessThis course introduces information concerning sources, effects, legalities, and the safe use of medications as therapeutic agents. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibility, accountability, pharmacokinetics, routes of medication administration, contraindications and side effects regarding drug therapy. 

Class Hours: 54-Hours
Equivalent Credit Hours: 3 Semester Hours

Pharmacology Objectives
At the conclusion of the Pharmacology Course participants will be able to

1. Define/recognize common terms and abbreviations used in pharmacology.
2. Identify the basic pharmacokinetic properties and pharmacodynamics of medications.
3. Discuss how aging across the lifespan impacts the effects and administration of medication.
4. Discuss the nurse’s responsibility when implementing drug therapy.
5. Demonstrate competence in the knowledge of commonly used drugs and their action.
6. Demonstrate competence in calculation of medications.
7. Recognize/understand the pharmacotherapeutics of and nursing implications for drugs used in the treatment of individuals with alterations affecting:
   (a) skin and cell integrity;
   (b) perception, coordination, and movement;
   (c) ingestion, digestion, absorption, and elimination;
   (d) cardiovascular status;
   (e) oxygen / carbon dioxide exchange;
   (f) fluid and electrolyte balance; and
   (g) regulatory function

Pharmacology Topics Outline        



Chapter 1: Introduction to Pharmacology: Drug Regulation and Approval
Chapter 2: Drug Classes, Schedules, and Categories
Chapter 3: Methods of Drug Administration
Chapter 4: What Happens After a Drug Has Been Administered
Chapter 5: Herbs and Dietary Supplements
Chapter 6: Substance Abuse
Chapter 7: Drugs Affecting Functions of the Autonomic Nervous System
Chapter 8: Drugs for Anxiety and Insomnia
Chapter 9: Drugs for Emotional and Mood Disorders
Chapter 10: Drugs for Psychoses and Degenerative Diseases of the Nervous System
Chapter 11: Seizures
Chapter 12: Drugs for Pain Control
Chapter 13: Drugs for Anesthesia
Chapter 14: Drugs for Coagulation Disorders
Chapter 15: Drugs for Hypertension
Chapter 16: Drugs for Heart Failure
Chapter 17: Drugs for Dysrhythmias
Chapter 18: Drugs for Angina Pectoris, Myocardial Infarction, and Cerebrovascular Accident
Chapter 19: Drugs for Shock and Anaphylaxis
Chapter 20: Drugs for Lipid Disorders
Chapter 21: Drugs for Inflammation, Allergies and Immune Disorders
Chapter 22: Drugs for Bacterial Infections
Chapter 23: Drugs for Fungal, Viral, and Parasitic Infections
Chapter 24: Drugs for Neoplasia
Chapter 25: Drugs for Pulmonary Disorders
Chapter 26: Drugs for Gastrointestinal Disorders
Chapter 27: Vitamins, Minerals and Nutritional Supplements
Chapter 28: Drugs for Fluid, Acid-Base, and Electrolyte Disorders
Chapter 29: Drugs for Endocrine Disorders
Chapter 30: Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Reproductive System
Chapter 31: Drugs for Muscle, Bone, and Joint Disorders
Chapter 32: Drugs for Skin Disorders
Chapter 33: Drugs for Eye and Ear Disorders



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