(3 S.H.) (Elective, RN-to-MS Professional Pathway)
This course includes principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics as a foundation for the use of medications in the clinical management of diseases. Major classes of drugs will be discussed in terms of actions; therapeutic and other effects; adverse, allergic and idiosyncratic reactions; indications and contraindications. The importance of sound diagnostic reasoning in the selection of pharmacological interventions with attention to safety, cost, simplicity, acceptablity and efficacy will be stressed. The responsibilities related to prescribing medications will be emphasized. Prerequisite: NURS 404 - Molecular/Genetics and Immune Mechanisms or instructor permission. Grade only.