Online Graduate Pharmacology Course

(for college credit given by your university)

Title: Advanced Pharmacologic Applications in Primary Care Credit Hours: 3 credit hours

Pre-Requisite: Must be a current graduate student enrolled at an institution

Interested in taking the course? Follow these steps to begin:

  1. Have your faculty member or advisor complete the faculty approval form and return to Aimee Hatfield at Aimee.Hatfield@uky.edu: Download faculty approval form here
  2. Once you have submitted the faculty approval form, register online at www.ukconce.org/default.aspx 
  3. After our office has received your registration, you will be emailed instructions to access and begin the online course

Click here to download syllabus

Course Description 
This course is designed to prepare clinical nurse specialists, NPs, NS, and midwives to accurately describe, administer, and counsel patients regarding appropriate and safe medication regimens. In addition nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialist will be prepared 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.

Please note: The content in this college credit course meets the general DNP Essentials requirement. It does not meet the requirement for specialty tracks.

Course Objectives 
Upon completion of the course, the 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.

 

Cost:

After completing the Pre-Approval form

  • Adv. Pharmacology for college credit (Modules 1-14) - $500

 

Mikael D. Jones, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy
College of Nursing
Room 285
College of Pharmacy
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY  40536

Phone: 859-257-6265 Email: mjone5@email.uky.edu

All questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Jones. He will respond within 24-48 hours. If you have not received a response in that time frame please contact him again as the message might not have reached him. For technical assistance during the Web course call (859) 323-3851.

 

Teaching/Learning Methods: This is a self-directed learning using core Power-point presentations, word documents, World-Wide Web sites, and case solving activities. Students must have access to computer facilities, the Internet, a web browser that is equivalent to Internet 6 Explorer or higher, email address, and a printer. 

 

Evaluation and Examinations: Each unit will have an examination consisting of 10-20 multiple choice questions. A comprehensive final must also be completed at the end of the course. The questions will test both understanding and application of the unit material.

Grading Scale 

Unit Examinations (14 units X 20 points each)

280 points

Final Assessments

140 points
________

TOTAL

420 points

The total score will be reported to your institution as a percentage. Your institution will assign the final letter grade that you earned for the course.

 

Class Times: This course is a web course and will use a distance learning format. The course will be taught via the Web-enhanced format utilizing the assigned websites, core PowerPoint presentation, word documents, textbook reading assignments and other self-directed learning activities.   

 

Suggested Texts 

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

Note about above text: This handbook provides a monograph on many of medications covered in this course. I recommend using it to practice looking about common medication information. Also you may utilize this resource on the quiz.

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.

 

Core Learning Unit Materials Units will be available online with continued availability. Assigned readings in the required ext are intended to supplement student comprehension of assigned Learning Units.

 

Tentative Course Schedule

Unit 1:

 Introduction to Course

 Basic Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

 

See Moodle for Web-based material

Required Textbook Reading Chapters 1 and 2 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 2:

Drugs affecting the Autonomic Nervous System

  1. Cholinergic Agonists
  2. Cholinergic Antagonists
  3. Adrenergic Agonists
  4. Adrenergic Antagonists

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapters 3,4,5,6, and 7 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

 

Unit 3:

 Nervous System I

  1. Seizure Disorders
  2. Parkinsonism and other movement disorders
  3. Dementia

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapters 8  and 12 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 4:

Nervous System II

  1. Antipsychotic agents and Lithium
  2. Antidepressant Agents
  3. Sedative-hypnotic Agents
  4. Stimulants

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapters 9, 10, 11, 16  in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 5:

Nervous System III

  1. Opioid analgesics and antagonists
  2. NSAIDS
  3. Agents to treat Headache

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapters 14, 36 (pp.447-457;464-469) in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

 

Unit 6:

Respiratory System

  1. Asthma/COPD
  2. Allergic rhinitis
  3. Cough/Cold
 

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapters 29  and 30 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 7:

 Cardiovascular and Renal Systems I

  1. Antihypertensive agents
  2. Drug used in Congestive heart failure
  3. Agents used in Angina  and Myocardial Infarction

 

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapters17, 18, 19, and 21 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 8:

Hematologic system I

  1. Agents used Anemias
  2. Agents used in Dyslipidemias

 

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Required Textbook Reading Chapters 23 and 33 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 9:

 Hematologic System II

  1. Agents used Thromboembolic disorders

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapter 22 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

SPRING BREAK

 

Unit 10:

Endocrine System

  1. Thyroid disorders

Diabetes

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapters 24 and 25 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 11:

 Reproductive System

  1. Hormone Replacement Therapy
  2. Hormonal Contraceptives
  3. Menstrual Disorders

Osteoporosis

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Required Textbook Reading Chapters 26 and 35 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology 

Unit 12:

 Anti-Infectives I

  1. Antibiotics

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Required Textbook Reading Chapters 37, 38, 39, and 40 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 13:

  Anti-Infectives II

  1. Antifungals
  2. Antivirals

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapters 42 and 45 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

Unit 14:

Gastrointestinal System

  1. Nausea /Vomiting
  2. Diarrhea/Constipation
  3. Peptic Ulcer
  4. GERD

See Moodle for Web-based materials

Required Textbook Reading Chapter 31 in Lippincott’s Illustrated Review: Pharmacology

 

Contact 
Each unit will consist of objectives, study questions, a core PowerPoint presentation (or Word document), textbook reading assignments and Web-based material.

Contact Aimee Hatfield at Aimee.Hatfield@uky.edu or (859) 323-3851 for additional information.