314 Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice – 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 59 credit hours of pre-nursing courses. Concurrent with or after completion of Learning Strategies for Nursing Students; concurrent with or prior to Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical and Theory, or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Prerequisites for Student-at-Large: 6-8 credit hours anatomy and physiology, 3-4 credit hours chemistry, 3-4 credit hours microbiology, or with approval of the Dean of the Undergraduate Program and course faculty.

Description: This course provides a broad overview of the nursing management of drug therapy. Content includes general principles of pharmacology and the legal, ethical, and safety aspects of medication administration. Drug information includes core drug knowledge for major drug classifications and prototype medications on specific body systems, as well as patient variables that influence drug therapy such as health status, life span and gender, diet, and culture. Emphasis is placed on pharmacological principles and nursing responsibilities and how they apply to drug therapy.