PNUR 114 - Pharmacology 1

This introductory course examines the principles of pharmacology required to administer medications in a safe and professional manner.  Medication administration requires the application of the nursing process for clinical decision-making. The routes of medication administration introduced, and complementary, Indigenous and alternative remedies, and polypharmacy across the lifespan are also explored.


Hours: 30 (Lecture Hours: 30)


Total Weeks: 10


- Admission to the Practical Nursing Program
- PNUR 099 Human Anatomy & Physiology for Practical Nurses with a grade of C+ or equivalent.


Non-Course Prerequisites:


PNUR 110 Professional Communication 1
PNUR 111 Profession Practice 1
PNUR 112 Health Promotion 1
PNUR 113 Variations in Health 1
PNUR 115 Integrated Nursing Practice 1     


Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
Course outcomes will be met through examination and exploration of the following:
    - Introduction to pharmacology
    - The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) role and legal responsibilities involving medication administration
    - Pharmacodynamics
    - Pharmacokinetics
    - Drug actions and interactions
    - Drug classifications according to body systems
    - Principles of medication administration
    - Drug distribution systems
    - Basic terminology used in pharmacology
    - Nursing process and pharmacology
    - Routes of medication administration:
          - Oral
          - Rectal
          - Topical
          - Parenteral
          - Percutaneous
    - Introduction to complementary, Indigenous and traditional healing alternatives
    - Vitamin Supplements
    - Herbal Preparations
    - Homeopathy
    - Basic medication dosage calculations
    - Polypharmacy across the lifespan


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the course the learner will be able to:
1.   Describe the responsibility of the LPN in administration of medication
2.   Explain how drug standards and the drug legislation affect drug regulation in Canada
3.   Explain the purpose of the Canadian drug laws and their application to nursing practice
4.   Describe the concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
5.   Identify basic terminology used in pharmacology
6.   Describe the principles of pharmacology as related to common drug actions and interactions
7.   Demonstrate competency with basic mathematical drug calculations
8.   Identify commonly used drug classification systems in Canada
9.   Explain the principles of medication administration.
10. Describe the routes of medication administration.
11. Apply the nursing process as it relates to medication administration.
12. Identify various classes of medications used to treat specific disorders/illnesses.
13. Identify complementary, Indigenous, and alternative therapies.


Grading System: Pass/Fail


Passing Grade: In order to pass this course, students must achieve 80% on both the final pharmacology theory exam and the overall pharmacology theory grade.  They also must achieve 100% on the pharmacology math exam in order to pass this course.  A maximum of one rewrite is available for the final theory exam and two rewrites are available for the math exam to obtain a passing grade.  See the Practical Nursing Program Handbook for more information.


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Percentage of Group Work: 0


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.