Advanced Pharmacologic Applications in Primary Care

CE Contact Hours: KBN# 3-0008-01-13-065-078 45 KBN (37.5 ANCC) contact hours (14 modules at 3.2 per module)

Cost: $36.00 per module 

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, midwives and other nurses to accurately describe, administer, and counsel patients regarding appropriate and safe medication regimens. In addition, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists will be prepared for medication prescriptive authority within their scope of practice. Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of the major drug classes will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems, with emphasis on the application of these agents.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics.
  2. Describe the most commonly prescribed agents in the major drug classes.
  3. Explain the mechanism of action of the major drug classes.
  4. Analyze the adverse effect and drug interaction profiles of the major drug classes and individual drugs within these classes.
  5. Make appropriate therapeutic treatment decisions for individual patients utilizing drugs from the major drug classes.
  6. Apply the laws governing the prescribing of drugs when writing prescriptions.

Faculty: Mikael D. Jones, PharmD, BCPS, assistant professor, Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy, University of Kentucky

  • Module 1: Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Module 2: Drugs affecting the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Module 3: CNS I
  • Module 4: CNS II
  • Module 5: CNS III
  • Module 6: Respiratory System
  • Module 7: Antihypertensive, Antianginals and Agents Used to Treat CHF
  • Module 8: Pharmacologic Treatment of Anemias and Dyslipidemias
  • Module 9: Hematologic System- Hemostasis and Thromboembolic Disorders
  • Module 10: Endocrine
  • Module 11: Reproductive System
  • Module 12: Antimicrobial Agents Part I
  • Module 13: Antimicrobial Agents Part II
  • Module 14: Gastrointestinal Pharmacology

Disclosure: Mikael D. Jones, PharmD, BCPS, has nothing to disclose.

Suggested Texts 

15th or 16th Edition Drug Information Handbook for Advanced Practice Nursing. Lexi-Comp, Inc. (Online or Smart Phone versions acceptable)

Harvey (2015). Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology, 6th edition, Lippincott W&W

Reading assignments made from the Pharmacology textbook are intended to supplement student comprehension of assigned Learning Units.

Teaching/Learning Methods: This is a self-directed learning using core PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, websites, and case-solving activities. Students must have access to computer facilities, the Internet, a Web browser equivalent to Internet Explorer 5 or higher, an email address and a printer.

Examinations and Evaluations: Each unit will have an examination consisting of 10 or more multiple choice questions.

Requirement for CE Credit: Participants must complete the content online, take the post-test and evaluation then print their certificate of completion.

When registering, please select "Adv. Pharm Module #_" to avoid confusion with other courses.