I. Course Prefix/Number: NUR 160
Course Name: Pharmacotherapeutics I
Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course in advanced pharmacology concentrates on nursing implications in assessing patient's responses to pharmacotherapeutics. Content focus is on the nursing process in the administration of drug therapies within the disciplines of gerontology, maternity, and psychiatric nursing.
IV. Learning Objectives
Students would be able to do the following by the course completion:
- Apply the nursing process in solving problems in assessing patient's responses to pharmacotherapeutics.
- Determine the rationale for common medications used in pain management, end of life and in the nursing disciplines of gerontology, maternity and psychiatric nursing.
- Discuss the resources from which data are accumulated for administration and evaluation of pharmacological treatments.
- Describe the educational needs of patients receiving selected pharmacological agents.
- Determine the relationship between pharmacologic agents, and physiologic and pathophysiologic responses, in order to administer selected medications safely and effectively.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
|Medications for Pain Management|
|Medication Considerations in End of Life|
|Unit II||Alternative medications - vitamins and herbal treatments|
|Unit III||Medication Considerations for the Geriatric Clients|
|Clients with glaucoma; cataract|
|Clients with cardiovascular dysfunction|
|Clients with neurological dysfunction|
|Clients with orthopedic dysfunction|
|Clients with GI disorders|
|Clients with diabetes|
|Unit IV||Medication Considerations for the Obstetrical Clients|
|Unit V||Medications for Client with Pscyho-social dysfunction|
|Medications used in managing side effects of psychiatric drugs|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Interactive Video: CAI and Videos in Nursing Computer Lab
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Reading: as assigned by course faculty
- Writing: as appropriate
- Study Guides: facilitating concepts
- Mathematics: as required for medication and IV calculations in clinical
- Computer Use: as required by course faculty
IX. Instructional Materials
Selected by course faculty.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
|Theory:||Weekly Quiz (9 total)||45%||92-100= A|
|3 Unit Exams (1 each discipline)||55%||82-91 = B|
|Standardized Achievement Tests (HESI)||75-81 = C|
|Below 74 = D|
XI. Other Course Information
- Students are expected to attend all scheduled campus nursing classes.
Class policy on:
Make-up of Tests
Periodic pre-scheduled examinations shall be given during the semester. Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed, at the discretion of the instructor,to take the test at a later date. In order to make up an exam, the student must call the faculty member to report the absence prior to the pre-scheduled exam time. (See ADN Guidelines.)
See College catalog
Failure to submit completed written assignments constitutes an unsatisfactory grade in the course unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.
- Support Services:
Instructional Media Services
Enrollment Management: Enrollment, registration, evaluation and record keeping
Office of Research: Surveys and reports
Health Services: Health forms, physicals, and medical tests
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.