PNE 173 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  January 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Practical Nursing


Course Number and Title:           PNE 173, Pharmacology for Practical Nurses


Credit Hours:    1-2            Hours/Wk Lecture:    1-2              Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Studies history, classification, sources, effects, uses and legalities of drugs. Teaches problem solving skills used in medication administrations. Emphasizes major drug classes and specific agents within each class.   Lecture 1-2 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


Prepares the student for the practice of administration of medication by teaching how to calculate proper dosages and giving the student a general background and understanding of the science of pharmacology.


III.           Required background: 


Must be admitted to the Practical Nursing Program.


IV.          Course Content:


A.               Add, subtract, multiply, divide and round off decimals.

B.               Change an improper fraction to a mixed number and a mixed number to an improper fraction

C.               Read, write, add, subtract, multiply, divide and round off decimals.

D.               Convert decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals.


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to correctly interpret a medication order

B.   Read a medication label and calculate drip rates for intravenous fluids

C.   Be able to identify potential adverse effects of medications

D.   Understand basic concepts and principles of content areas

Students will be assessed by some combination of quizzes, tests, papers, exams, or special projects as determined by faculty.  All students must successfully complete the clinical portion of the course in order to pass.


All students must also complete a weekly pathophysiology report.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning