NURS 6010: Advanced Pharmacology (3)

Lecture: 3, Lab: 0, Other: 0

This course builds upon basic knowledge in pharmacology and presents content on pharmacological principles, including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics essential for nurses in advanced practice roles. The course is designed to provide the advanced practice nurse with knowledge of pharmacological agents commonly used in the treatment of young children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Emphasis is on the pharmacological management of common acute and chronic illnesses. Content includes, but is not limited to, drug indications, mechanisms of action, dosages, drug interactions, side effects and allergic responses. Also included is prescriptive drug protocols; the FDA approval process; prescription writing; legal and ethical ramifications of prescription writing and ordering by the advanced practice nurse; legislative and health policy issues pertinent to pharmacology, and client education.