NURS 405

Essential Concepts of Pharmacology III

1 Undergraduate credit
Effective May 10, 2014 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course builds on the content presented in NURS 306 and NURS 404. Students will explore principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics in relation to specified categories of pharmacotherapeutics. Students will explore drug prototypes from major drug categories, including their actions, therapeutic and adverse effects, contraindications and interactions with other drugs, for select specialty populations with complex health needs. Competence Statement Knows concepts of pharmacology well enough to identify risks and benefits associated with specified categories of pharmacotherapeutics for select specialty populations with complex health needs.

Learning outcomes


  • Identify physiologic characteristics of infants, children and pregnant women that affect pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • Classify prototype drugs of major categories of pharmacotherapeutics prescribed for select specialty populations.
  • Apply pharmacological concepts for safe medication management for select specialty populations.