NURS 707 - Applied Drug Therapy (3)

Course focuses on the clinical application of pharmacology needed in the provision of advanced practice nursing. The emphasis is on drugs commonly used in the family practice of ambulatory primary health care for the treatment of chronic diseases and minor acute illnesses, and on the integration of drug therapy as one component of therapeutic management plans. Patient teaching and methods to increase adherence to medication regimens are also included. The application of the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to clinical use of drugs will be explored, including therapeutic dosage patterns, side effects, drug interactions, contraindications, and the use of drugs in special populations such as children, the elderly and the pregnant patient. Entering students are assumed to have had previous baccalaureate instruction in pathophysiology and pharmacology.