N160 Pharmacology for Nurses

Course Provides a methodical approach for administering drugs and monitoring the patient’s response to drug therapy. Content includes general principles of pharmacology, as well as legal, ethical, and safety aspects of medication administration. Focuses on the interaction between core drug knowledge (pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, contraindications or precautions, adverse effects and drug interactions) and core patient variables (health status, lifespan and gender, diet, lifestyle and habits, environment, inherited traits, and US cultural groups). Emphasizes nursing responsibilities maximizing therapeutic effects, and minimizing adverse effects. Provides the foundation of basic pharmacology required for a nurse.
Primary Material Type:
Saddleback College
Funding Source:
nursing, pharmacology

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance -- Hospitals (622)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations -- Registered Nurses (29-1111)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
  • Credential
  • Stacked/Latticed Credential Model
  • Associate Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
  • Upper division of Bachelors degree or equivalent
Time Required:
typical 16 week semester
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Presentation only - requires user to navigate through content.
Quality Assurance Organization:
Healthcare Editorial Board
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Using an approved rubric to conduct the evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Other Rubric
Course Note:


Accessibility Statement:
Accessibility Features:
  • Reading Layout - Page numbers match printed material
  • Structural Markup - Lists
  • Non Flickering Content

Copyright / Licensing

Primary License:
Creative Commons License
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