SRJC Course Outlines

6/13/2024 1:35:29 PMNR 255 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  NR 255Title:  COMP PHARMACOLOGY UPDATE  
Full Title:  Comprehensive Pharmacology Update
Last Reviewed:10/17/2011

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:  PHARM 255

Catalog Description:
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This course examines the basis for pharmacological treatment of common disease states. Selected drug classifications will be discussed with emphasis on pharmacokinetics and dynamics, mechanisms of action, clinical use, adverse reactions, drug interactions, contraindications, patient education and compliance. Intended for students in the ADN, LVN, Psychiatric Technician, and Pharmacy Technician programs.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ANAT 140; AND Eligibility for either ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course examines the basis for pharmacological treatment of common disease states. Selected drug classifications will be discussed. Intended for students in the ADN, LVN and Psychiatric Technician Programs.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Completion of ANAT 140; AND Eligibility for either ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1.   Describe drug mechanism of action, receptors, principles of drug
    action and special considerations as pertains to the older adult,
    pediatrics and childbearing patients.
2.   Discuss variables that influence pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic
    principles of drug action.
3.   Describe functions of components of the central nervous system and
    common neurotransmitter substances.
4.   Implement a plan of care for individuals who require the
    administration of opioid analgesics, opioid antagonists and
    nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
5.   Identify characteristics of commonly used benzodiazepines,
     barbiturates, anti-anxiety and sedative-hypnotic agents.
6.   Identify major anticonvulsant drug classifications, including
    examples of drugs and their primary method of seizure control as well
    as the common adverse reactions.
7.   Differentiate between antidepressant drugs: tricyclic
    antidepressants, second-generation agents, monoamine oxidase
    inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and miscellaneous
    agents, with the corresponding side effect profile.
8.   Provide examples of cardiovascular agents including mechanism of
    action, dosage and common side effects for the cardiac glycosides,
    antidysrhythmics, antihypertensives, antianginals, anticoagulants,
    and hyperlipidemic agents.
9.   Discuss the use of cromoyln, sympathetic agonists, ipratropium,
    leukotriene antagonists, xanthine derivatives, and corticosteroid
    agents in the treatment of respiratory diseases.
10.  Compare different antimicrobial therapeutic classifications and
    understand their mechanism of actions and side effects.

Topics and Scope
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1.    Principles of drug action/side effects, adverse reactions.
2.    Pharmacokinetics, dynamics in older adults, & pediatrics, maternal
     patients and special considerations.
3.    Central Nervous System analgesics
4.    Antianxiety, sedatives/hypnotics, psychotrophic agents
5.    Anticonvulsants
6.    Cardiovascular system, congestive heart failure, cardiac glycosides,
     and antihyperlipidemic
7.    Antidysrhythmics
8.    Diuretics, antihypertensives
9.    Vasodilators, antihemorrheologic drugs
10.   Blood, anticoagulants
11.   Respiratory system, bronchodilators, antiasthmatics
12.   Anti-infective drugs

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1.  Read and review assigned test pages, approximately 34 pages per week,
   lectures, and flashcards.
2.  Ten quizzes, one midterm, one final.
3.  Ten one-page writing assignments answering case scenario questions.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 15%
Case study
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 85%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Class attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Pharmacology in Nursing, McKenry, L. et al (2005) Mosby.
Instructor prepared materials
Pharmacology in Nursing website:
National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination website

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