Pharmacology I

Course Code: NUR1141

Credit Hours: 2

Effective beginning: Spring 2021


Course Description:
This course introduces the study of drugs, drug standards and legislation, and is designed to provide the nursing students with a basic background of drug classifications, actions, dosages, and side effects. This course includes basic drugs and reviews the mathematical computations that are necessary for safe administration in the clinical setting. Drug therapy will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Students will demonstrate safe techniques of medication administration in the skills laboratory prior to administering medications in the clinical area. All courses without the NUR prefix may be taken prior to entering the program. NUR courses must be taken in the semester that they are scheduled per the academic advising guide and admission schedule. Microbiology with Lab must be completed by the end of the semester advising guide. Humanities must be completed by the end of the semester listed on the academic advising guide. Students may not progress to the following semester unless all courses in the present semester have been completed with a “C” or higher.

Course Details


Prerequisites: BSC 2085C/L, ENC 1101, MAC 1105, SLS 1101, PSY 2012

Corequisites: NUR 1020C/L, NUR 1280C/L, BSC 2086C/L


Kali Gray, MSN, RN
Bldg. Q, Rm 214
(850) 718-2294



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Jump Drive with at least 4MB memory


McCuistion, L., Dimaggio, K. V., Winton, M.B., Yeager, J.J. (2021). Pharmacology A Patient-Centered Nursing Process Approach, (10th Ed). Saunders. ISBN 9780323642477

McCuistion, L. EAQ for Pharmacology Nursing (10th Ed.) ISBN: 9780323680004

Skidmore-Roth (2019). Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nurses (13th Ed), Mosby. ISBN: 780323532822


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

The nursing graduate will be able to:

N1. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication within a variety of health care contexts.

N2. Provide patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to a diverse patient population.

N3. Demonstrate clinical judgement in the delivery of nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings.

N4. Demonstrate use of information and technology for nursing care.

N5. Will demonstrate professional practice as defined by the State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice for the registered nurse.

Professional Standards

Professional standards that guide the student learning outcomes include the following sources: Healthy People 2020, National Patient Safety Goals, and NLN standards. 

ACEN Standards

Healthy People 2020

National Patient Safety Goals


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Convert between different systems of measurement (household, metric and apothecary).

Explain absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, time-response aspects, and mechanisms of drugs.

State the classification, actions, and adverse effects for basic medications in pharmacology.

Demonstrate of safe preparation and administration of medications, including the “6 Rights” of Medication Administration.

Research references to obtain information related to basic pharmacology.

Explain drug standards and legislation, the nurse’s role, responsibilities and legal considerations in drug therapy.

Demonstrate ability to use equipment correctly and implement techniques for safe and effective preparation and administration of medication.

N1-N5 for all

Tests, Quizzes, Cumulative Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Portfolio



Lecture, discussions, projects, selected readings, handouts, audio lectures, audio-visuals, skills lab, return demonstration, clinical lab, simulation lab, and/or computer lab.

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