May 18, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NP 602 - Advanced Pharmacology

Utilizes a case approach (problem-based & practice focused) where the focus will be on understanding the pharmacological action of drugs as well as critically analyzing case studies with appropriate application of evidenced-based pharmacotherapeutics. The course will incorporate use of discussion board interaction, clinical case analysis, and prescription writing assignments to demonstrate development of clinical decision-making skills essential to safe, effective, and ethical pharmacological interventions for health optimization across the life span.

Prerequisites & Notes
NP 603

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: None

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Demonstrate a sound process to address clinical decision-making and reasoning while incorporating pharmacotherapeutics into advanced clinical nursing practice. 
  • Integrate pathophysiology, physiology, and pharmacotherapeutics within a systematic approach to clinical management within various organ systems. 
  • Understand the role and responsibility of the advanced practice nurse in prescribing and managing pharmacological therapy. 
  • Articulate differences in pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacogenomics in diverse patient populations and cultures. 
  • Explain clinical-reasoning strategies while articulating concepts of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. 
  • Integrate knowledge of over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, and complementary and alternative medicine in clinical practice. 
  • Recognize and address issues of substance abuse (both prescription and illicit drugs) into safe clinical practice. 
  • Discuss the need for community resources, patient education, and adherence to therapy within various cultures. 
  • Write a prescription correctly with appropriate elements while recognizing the accountability, responsibility, and scope of practice. 
  • Recognize generic and brand names of medications, classes of drugs, side effects, drug interactions, efficacy parameters, pregnancy and lactation categorization, and indications of drugs.

Credits: 3

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