Pharmacology I

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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.


Course Details


Admission to the ADN program

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



Amy Sampson, RN MSN
Office: Bldg Q, Rm 213
Phone: 850-718-2453


Required textbooks/ course materials:

ATI Optimal Essentials Package – Pharmacology Book included in this package

Jump Drive with at least 4MB memory

Purchased as part of the Reference Package in NUR1020: Skidmore-Roth – Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nurses 15e


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

Health People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals

ACEN Standards


Course-level learning outcomes:

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 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.







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Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will:

  • Assign textbook readings and facilitate student navigation in ATI for assignments with content coverage.
  • Lead lecture and class discussion.
  • Provide further appropriate supplementary materials that align with the material presented in the textbook and content covered in class.
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments.
  • Hold weekly office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time.
  • Be available to students via office telephone, Canvas email, and appointments as necessary and according duty schedule.

 The students will:

  • Arrive to class on time and in proper dress code.
  • Ensure all clinical requirements (immunizations, certifications, etc.) are current and uploaded to Castle Branch.
  • Engage in assigned readings and participate respectfully in class discussion.
  • Complete ATI assignments on time per course calendar to engage in course content.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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