This course focuses on general concepts in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics related to drug actions and interactions, metabolism and distribution, and adverse effects. Special consideration will be for the nursing role in developing the clinical application of drug therapy. Concepts in applied mathematics are applied to solution preparation, dosing, and various drug delivery systems are emphasized.
Student Learning Objectives
Upon course completion, students are expected to be able to:
Describe the molecular basis that occurs in drug-receptor interactions along with the subsequent effect of body systems and cells.
- Apply general concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in drug therapy.
- Examine drug metabolic pathways and describe factors that will affect drug metabolism.
- Develop competency in performing clinical drug and dosing calculations.
- Discuss drug distribution with regard to efficacy and toxicity of drugs.
- Apply the terms ED50, LD50, TD50, Therapeutic Window, and Therapeutic Index.
- Describe major classification of drugs used in acute care treatment of disease.