This course introduces basic concepts of pharmacology and applies clinical reasoning to the safe administration of medications. Pharmacologic principles, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology are studied. The mechanism of actions and adverse reactions of prescribed drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal drugs, and dietary supplements on the various systems are discussed. Life-span, gender, and culture/ethnicity considerations will be explored. The nursing process in relation to drug therapy is discussed and applied in patient scenarios. This course is required for the B.S. in Nursing. Only students admitted to the Nursing major may register for this course.
NURS320 is a 3 credit course.