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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 212
Course Title: Pharmacology for Nursing
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course is designed to provide the nursing student with a sound basis for the clinical application of pharmacology. The basics of core drug knowledge, including pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, with patient-related variables affecting pharmacotherapy are presented. Emphasis is placed on learning drug classification by categories affecting various body systems and disease states. Legal aspects of drug administration, including nursing safeguards, are included. Students who have had a previous Pharmacology course for nurses may apply for a course waiver.  If the student has not had a previous Pharmacology course, the student may complete the test-out process, take this course in-seat, or take the course online with faculty approval. Lab fees may apply.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisites: Admission to either the Associate or the Bachelor Level Nursing program; NURS 209 and NURS 210 (ASN); MATH 150 (BSN). 


Course Rotation for Day Program:

For the ASN and BSN course rotations, see the Day course schedule.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Pharmacology and the Nursing Process
By Lilley, L., Rainforth Collins, S. & Snyder, J. (St. Louis MO: Mosby: Elsevier)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the collection of biopsychosocial data with emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  2. Describe cultural implications with pharmacological therapies.
  3. Discuss the nursing process in planning pharmacological therapies.
  4. Describe nursing collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team for safe pharmacological therapies.
  5. Discuss teaching and learning to improve patient outcomes with an emphasis on safety and the various pharmacological therapies.
  6. Interpret the nursing process with emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  7. Interpret professional behaviors valued by nursing with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies and safety in clinical practice.
  8. Choose evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide practice with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  9. Interpret the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner with an emphasis on safety while managing pharmacological therapies.
  10. Discuss principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship with an emphasis on safe pharmacological therapies.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Pharmacological terminology.
  • Critical thinking skills with regards to the medication administration rights in order to safely manage the medication administration process. 
  • Medication-specific knowledge and patient learning principles regarding patient medication regimes.
  • Classification system(s) of drugs
  • Nurse's legal and ethical responsibilities in medication administration.
  • Authoritative sources for drug information. 
  • Actions, indications, precautions, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and nursing management of medications affecting major body systems. 
  • Nursing process as it relates to medication administration in different patient care situations.
  • Safety in regards to medication administration
  • Generic and trade names of drug products.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: Online Course 25; In-seat Course 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Tina Dalrymple Date: December 8, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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