Oct 01, 2022  
2015-2016 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2015-2016 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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NU 607 - Advanced Pharmacology

This course is designed to advance the graduate student’s knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics and pharmacotherapeutics of health and disease states across the lifespan. Major categories of pharmacologic agents are examined in the context of the life span, culture, health and disease sates. Emphasis is placed on the use of evidence-based practice and current guidelines in the selection and management of medication regimens for patients and populations.

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisite:  NU 608


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

  • Examine how principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenetics and pharmacoeconomics influence pharmacological therapeutics (AACN I, IX).
  • Analyze pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic characteristics such as indications, contraindications, mechanism of action, therapeutic effects, clinical response, adverse effects and toxicity of major drug categories (AACN I, IX).
  • Correlate the pathophysiology of a disease with the therapeutic action of an intervention (AACN I, VII, VIII).
  • Evaluate safety factors for the efficacious use of pharmacological agents in the context of disease and health states, lifespan, culture and gender (AACN I, VII, VIII).
  • Synthesize and apply evidence-based guidelines and research findings in the pharmacologic management of major health problems (AACN IV, VII, VIII, IX).
  • Develop comprehensive and appropriate patient education concerning drug regimens, side effects, interactions with – other prescription and/or nonprescription drugs, herbal preparations and food supplements (AACN V, VII, VIII, IX).
  • Discuss the need for community resources, patient education, and adherence to therapy within various cultures (AACN VI, VII, VIII, IX).

Credits: 3

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