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Pharmacology for Health Care Professionals

Course NumberPHM 285
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: Completion of BIO 152 or BIO 131 and 132 or BIO 240 and 241with a minimum grade of C. Presents the basic foundation of pharmacology. Offers drug information in group classification format and includes drug indications, action, contraindications, side effects, implications for administration, and related client/family teaching, integrates anatomy and pathophysiology, microbiology and drug administration concepts. Credit may be earned in NUR 285 or PHM 285, but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate application of pharmacologic principles and related concepts in the context for clinical case studies.
  1. Principles of pharmacology, history, sources, drug names, classification.
  2. Regulation, control, and legal aspects of drug administration, dosage forms.
  3. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, drug monitoring.
  4. Drug reactions and interactions.
  5. Drug administration, types of drug orders.
  6. Integration of anatomy and physiology, microbiology, laboratory monitoring into each drug classification category.
  7. Basic pathophysiology of diseases discussed and purpose of drug therapy.
  8. Nursing process and ability to work up a medication sheet and care related drug education.
  9. Identification of drug effectiveness.
  10. Common drug names (generic and brand name) for each classification.
  11. Each drug classification:
    1. indication of use
    2. specific site of action/mode of action
    3. precautions/contraindications
    4. side effects
  12. Implications: client assessment and teaching, lab monitoring, and evaluation

Utilize appropriate drug related information sources.
  1. Research drugs I pharmacological texts.
  2. Use laboratory and diagnostic testing references necessary for specific drug therapies.

Address patient/family concerns related to drug therapy.
  1. Discuss special consideration related to gerontology, over-the-counter drugs, culture and psychological aspects of therapy.
  2. Identify patient/family teaching needed for each drug classification.

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