PNE 174 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:  January 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:


Course Number and Title:           PNE 174, Applied Pharmacology for Practical Nurses


Credit Hours:                       Hours/Wk Lecture:             Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Applies problem solving skills in preparing and administering medications. Lecture 0-1 hour. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 3-6


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


The student will be able to administer medications with concern for safety, precision and attention to important physiological factors.  The student will assist with education and the nurse’s role in fostering responsibility for the maintenance of his/her well-being and the benefits derived from compliance to the prescribed medication treatment.


III.           Required background: 


The student must have successfully completed the first semester of Practical Nursing and the following courses:  STD 100, BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, HLT 130, HLT 141, PNE 161, and PNE 173.


IV.          Course Content:


A.               Principles of Medications administrations

B.               Drugs Affecting the Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems

C.               Drugs Affecting the Endocrine System

D.               Drugs Affecting the Respiratory System

E.               Drugs Affecting the Cardiovascular System

F.                Antimicrobials

G.               Drugs used to treat the Muscular System

H.               Drugs used to treat Disorders of the Urinary System


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Provide information about source, preparation and control of drugs

B.   Current updated information, including dose, therapeutic action and potential side effects will be included

C.   Have the ability to safely administer prescribed medication in accordance with the law, practicing agency and nursing standards.

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