DENH 620

Pharmacology Principles of Clinical Application

2 Graduate credits
Effective August 22, 2009 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This blended/hybrid course is designed to prepare the Masters of Science Advanced Dental Therapy (MSADT) student with the pharmacology knowledge and skill necessary to think critically when providing patient-centered care. Effective care begins with sorting through the patient's medical/dental health status and pharmacological report. Based on a comprehensive analysis, the student will discern appropriate treatment modifications and necessary drug prescriptions/interventions to ensure optimal and safe patient care. Drug classes, pharmacologic effects, adverse reactions, drug contraindications and interactions will be addressed practically and reinforced through case-based learning.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Science: Advanced Dental Therapy program.

Learning outcomes


  • Apply pharmacology principles to assess proper drug administration and therapy.
  • Summarize drug classes pertinent to dentistry and patient-specific health and well-being.
  • Utilize drug information resources for effective and efficient inquiry.
  • Appraise a patient's medication history for necessary patient-centered treatment modifications.
  • Prevent and manage adverse drug reactions.
  • Abide by MN Statute 150A.106 with advanced dental therapy practices and collaborative management authorization to provide, dispense and administer analgesics, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.
  • Engage in trends and constant change within the pharmaceutical industry.