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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. $35 lab fee. Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program; NURS 210. Corequisite: NURS 211.  This nursing course is offered to nursing students at the campus site they regularly attend.  The lecture portion of the course may be offered by in-classroom instruction or by interactive video classroom technology.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the nursing program; NURS 210.

Corequisite: NURS 211.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring (1st 8 weeks) and Summer.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Pharmacology and the Nursing Process (6th Edition)
By Lilley, L., Rainforth Collins, S., Harrington, S. & Snyder, J. (Mosby Elsevier)
Current Drug Handbook

Course Objectives
  • To discusss the collection of biopsychosocial data with emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  • To describe cultural implications with pharmacological therapies.
  • To discuss the nursing process in planning pharmacological therapies.
  • To describe nursing collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team for pharmacological therapies.
  • To discuss teaching and learning to improve patient outcomes with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  • To interpret the nursing process with emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  • To interpret professional behaviors valued by nursing with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies in clinical practice.
  • To choose evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide practice with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  • To interpret the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  • To discuss principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies.


Measurable Learning Outcomes:

• Explain basic pharmacologic terms. • Explain and demonstrate the critical thinking skills to safely manage the medication administration process. • Apply medication-specific knowledge and patient learning principles when educating patients about their medication regimes. • Describe how drugs are classified. • Describe a nurse's legal and ethical responsibilities in medication administration. • Verbalize and demonstrate the nursing process as it relates to medication administration in different patient care situations. • Identify and utilize authoritative sources for drug information. • Explain the influence of cultural and psychological beliefs on drug therapy. • Describe the actions, indications, precautions, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and nursing management of medications affecting major body systems. • Describe the differences between chemical generic and trade names of drug products.

Topical Outline:

• Terminology • Classification of drugs • Pharmacotherapeutics • Pharmacodynamics • Pharmacokinetics • Medications as they relate to major body systems

Method of Instruction: Lecture, interactive video classroom technology, case studies, quiz, video, powerpoint, group discussion.

Testing: HESI Evolve Total Testing - Pharmacology

*Columbia College Nursing Network (CCNN)


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Date: July 1, 2011
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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