NUR 230 - PHARMACOLOGY SYLLABUS
DIVISION: Arts & Sciences Date: January 2014
CURRICULUM IN WHICH COURSE IS TAUGHT: Registered Nursing
COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE: NUR 230 Pharmacology
CREDIT HOURS: 3
I. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: NUR 230 emphasizes general pharmacology for Registered Nursing students covering general principles of drug actions/reactions, major drug classes, specific agents within each class, principles of drug administration, and nursing process application.
II. RELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE TO CURRICULA OBJECTIVES IN WHICH IT IS TAUGHT: This course is designed to teach Registered Nursing students the science of pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on the care provider role of the AD nurse related to the safe administration of medications to the adult patient. The curricula objectives are incorporated into the content throughout this course.
III. REQUIRED BACKGROUND: Each student must have successfully completed the following courses: NUR 111, NUR 226, BIO 231 and 232, MTH 126. Students are expected to use critical thinking, communication and reasoning skills throughout the course.
IV. COURSE CONTENT:
1. Principals of Drug Administration
2. Pharmacology of Drug Classifications and Drugs within each Classification
3. Action of Drugs
4. Contemporary Issues in Pharmacology
5. Delivery of Nursing Care for Pharmacologic Agents
6. Application of the Nursing Process in Drug Therapy
V. Learner Outcomes:
1. Describe pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
2. Discuss the principles of drug administration and their nursing implications.
3. Apply previous knowledge to calculate correct dosages of selected medications.
4. Differentiate between generic and trade names of selected medications.
5. Describe legislation pertinent to medication administration.
6. Recognize resources available for consultation concerning pharmacologic agents.
7. Differentiate drug classifications, mechanisms of action, routes of administration, indications and contraindications for use, adverse effects, and nursing implications of selected medications.
8. Apply the nursing process in relation to drug therapy.
Students will be assessed by some combination of quizzes, tests, papers, exams, case studies, computerized NCLEX programs or projects as determined by faculty.
All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of Standard English.
This course supports the following competencies and objectives:
DCC Educational Objectives:
Cultural and Social Understanding