BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

PRNS-225 - Pharmacology A - 4.00 Credits

PRNS-225 - Pharmacology A - 4.00 Credits

Course Details
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 include medications used to treat constipation, eye and ear disorders and the Integumentary system. Complementary, Indigenous and alternative remedies, and polypharmacy across the lifespan are explored. The learners will gain an understanding of pharmacology and medication administration across the lifespan. Also included are the topics of substance abuse and addiction.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Access to Practical Nursing Diploma - Level A
  • Course offered:
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)
  • Prerequisites : Program Admission, or Permission of Dept. Head.
    Corequisites : PRNS 222, PRNS 228, PRNS 227, PRNS 226, PRNS 223, Program Admission, or Permission of Dept. Head.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 60
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. NB. Minimum A- grade is required in the Theory portion of this course, and a minimum A+ grade is required in the Math portion of this course in order to progress into further PRNS courses. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • describe the responsibility of the Licensed Practical Nurse in administration of medication;

  • explain how drug standards and the drug legislation affect drug regulation in Canada;

  • explain the purpose of the Canadian Drug Acts and their application to nursing practice;

  • describe the concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics;

  • identify basic terminology used in pharmacology;

  • describe the principles of pharmacology as related to common drug actions and interactions;

  • demonstrate competency with basic mathematical drug calculations;

  • identify commonly used drug distribution systems in Canada;

  • explain the principles of medication administration;

  • describe the routes of medication administration;

  • apply the nursing process as it relates to medication administration;

  • identify medications used to treat specific disorders;

  • identify complementary, Indigenous and alternative therapies;

  • describe medication classifications, actions, interactions, adverse effects, and nursing implications relative to body systems including: endocrine, neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal systems, and miscellaneous drug classifications;

  • describe the effects, uses and indications for antimicrobials, and the relationship to drug resistance;

  • relate drug interactions, polypharmacy, and food/drug effects from medication used across the lifespan, particularly in the older adult;

  • relate theoretical understanding of narcotic side effects, indications for use, and legal responsibilities; and

  • describe the potential interaction of complementary, Indigenous and herbal preparations with prescription medications.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Lilley, L.L., Harrington, S., & Snyder, J.S. Pharmacology for Canadian health care practice. Current edition. Toronto. Mosby Elsevier.
  • Skidmore-Roth, L. Mosby’s nursing drug reference. Current edition. Toronto. Mosby Elsevier.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: The NVIT Access to Practical Nursing curriculum materials have been adapted from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education Practical Nursing Program curriculum. Any total or partial reproduction or changing of this product by any means is prohibited without written permission from NVIT.

    Education Council approved June 26th, 2013.
    Current Course Offerings:
    PRNS-225-01     13 Sep 2024 - 17 Jan 2025
    F1:00PM - 4:00PM2024-09-13
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-09-25
    F9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-09-27
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-10-09
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-10-16
    F9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-10-18
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-10-23
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-10-30
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-11-06
    W2:00PM - 4:00PM2024-11-13
    F9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-11-15
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-11-20
    F9:00AM - 8:00PM2024-11-22
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-11-27
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2024-12-04
    W2:00PM - 4:00PM2024-12-11
    F9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-12-13
    TH9:00AM - 12:00PM2024-12-19
    W2:00PM - 5:00PM2025-01-08
    TH1:00PM - 4:00PM2025-01-16
    F9:00AM - 12:00PM2025-01-17