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PNR 121 - Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: 3 Clinical Hours: 0 Credits: 2

Description: This course is an introduction to basic concepts of pharmacology. Dosage calculations, medication administration, and common drug classifications are among the concepts explored. 

Prerequisite(s): Take COL 101 ENG 101 PSY 201 BIO 112  and MAT 110  or MAT 120  with a minimum grade of C.   
Course Topics:
  • Dimensional analysis approach to solving dosage calculations
  • Legal aspects affecting drug administration and principles of pharmacology
  • Prototype drugs within specific classifications:
    • Chemotherapeutic Agents
    • Drugs acting of the Immune System
    • Drugs acting on the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems
    • Drugs acting on the Autonomic Nervous System
    • Drugs acting on the Endocrine System
    • Drugs acting on the Cardiovascula System
    • Drugs acting on the Renal System
    • Drugs acting on the Respirtory System
    • Drugs acting on the Gastrointestinal System

Textbook information can be found on the Book Inn website
Required Materials:
  • Calculator (No graphing calculators)
  • ATI-PN materials for first semester students
  • Nursing Uniform as outlined in the Practical Nursing Program Handbook
  • Spartanburg Community College Practical Nursing Sutdent Handbook - Current academic year
  • SCC Student Planner and Handbook - Current academic year

Grading System:
An overall grade of B or higher is required for transferability.

A =  90 - 100
B =   80 - 89
C =   70 - 79
D =   60 - 69
F =     0 - 59

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify the mechanism of action, adverse effects, contraindications, side effects, drug/food interactions and nursing considerations of pharmacological therapies. (PLO 1)
  2. Discuss the use of informatics and safe administration of pharmacological and parenteral therapies. (PLO 1)
  3. Calculate dosages for patients receiving pharmacological and parenteral therapies. (PLO 1)
  4. Discuss patient safety concerns and pertinent data (labs, vital signs, allergies, potential interactions) related to administration of pharmacological and parenteral therapies. (PLO1)
  5. Identify common classifications of medications and safety assessments to make prior to administering them. (PLO 1)

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  • Identity Verification
  • Required materials for all online courses
  • Mandatory Attendance Requirement
  • Orientation and Support
  • Proctored Exams

Standard SCC Course Policies:
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  • Academic Integrity
  • Add/Drop period
  • Attendance
  • Classroom Conduct
  • Equal Access
  • IT Access
  • Online Behavior
  • Online Confidentiality
  • Services For Students with Disabilities
  • Student Concerns
  • Student Help Services
  • Withdrawals

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