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PHSC 4340Pharmacology for the Health ProfessionsSummer 2017TIME AND LOCATION: OnlineFACULTY:Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD,RN[email protected]SEMESTER HOURS: 4 creditsCOURSE PLACEMENT & PROGRAM:UndergraduateThis course is intended for undergraduate/pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students in the School of Nursing. PREREQUISITES:Anatomy & Physiology or permission of course coordinatorCO-REQUISITE: COURSE DESCRIPTION:The course is designed to provide the fundamentals of pharmacology to students entering the health professions. Topics will include the general principles of drug delivery, drug absorption, drug distribution, drug action and drug elimination, with attention to the development of reasoning skills necessary to identify, avoid, and resolve practical drug-related problems. Drugswill be presented according to therapeutic or functional classification. Active learning strategies will be utilized to improve student learning. Students will be given quizzes to stimulate timely reading of the assignments, and will be responsible for a group project to stimulate communication and group learning. All quiz and exam questions will be in NCLEX format. COURSE OBJECTIVES:Upon completion of this course the student will:1.Identify commonly used prototype drugs by therapeutic or functional classification.2.Explain mechanisms of action, describe physiologic effects, and list common adverse reactions for representative medications in each of the major drug classes.3.Describe how age, size, renal or hepatic function, or gene expression might influence drug therapy.4.Utilize a variety of drug information resources to solve patient-related problems.5.Develop strategies for improving drug therapy outcomes by improving compliance, avoiding adverse drug reaction, and avoiding drug-drug and drug-food interactions.6.Apply information learned in the course to treat given patient scenarios in a virtual environment through use of Shadow Health Software.7.Work effectively in a group to develop a professional report suitable for patient information about a non-prototype drug.COURSE TEXTBOOKS:Required for course:Adams, M., Holland, N., & Urban, C. (2014). Pharmacology for nurses: A pathophysiologic approach (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.Date Approved: 11/2016
PHSC 4340/Pharmacology for the Health Professions*Hard copies of the textbook can be purchased at the university bookstore. An e-book version of the text is available from the publisher’s eStore.Recommended:The required text for a previous or concurrent course may be an appropriate adjunctive resource for this course1.Pathophysiology2.Nursing Diagnosis3.Medical Dictionary4.NCLEX Preparatory MaterialsREQUIRED COURSE SOFTWARE:Shadow Health. (2015) The Digital Clinical Experience. (See page 10 for full details).