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Pharmacology Course Descriptions

PCOL 101    1 credit
Pharmacology in Nursing I

Explores pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs. The nurse's legal role and scope of practice related to administration and monitoring of medications will be discussed. Considerations related to patient age, condition and route of administration will be presented. Safety concerns related to medication administration including accurate dosage calculation and conversions. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in NURS 101 and NURS 101L.

PCOL 102    1 credit
Pharmacology in Nursing II

Using a body systems approach, this course continues to explore the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs. The nursing role in patient safety, documentation and patient education related to medication administration will be covered. Medications used to prevent or treat chronic illness will be discussed. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 102 and 102L.

PCOL 103    1 credit
Pharmacology in Nursing III

Using a body systems approach, this course continues to explore the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs. Special considerations of drug administration from conception across the lifespan will be highlighted. Safety concerns related to medication administration including dosage calculations based on weight will be presented. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 103 and 103L.

PCOL 104    1 credit
Pharmacology in Nursing IV

Builds on the foundation from PCOL 101, PCOL 102 and PCOL 103. Administering medications safely via the intravenous route and evidence-based best practice will be addressed. The nurse's responsibility in IV drug administration, complications and potential drug interactions will be discussed. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in NURS 104 and 104L.

 


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