I. Course Prefix/Number: NUR 260
Course Name: Pharmotherapeutics II
Credits: 1(1lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
1. Apply the nursing process in solving problems in assessing patient's responses to pharmacotherapeutics.
2. Determine the rationale for common meds used in pain management, medical-surgical nursing and pediatric nursing.
3. Discuss the sources from which data are accumulated for administration and evaluation of pharmacological treatments.
4. Describe the educational needs of patients receiving selected pharmacological agents.
5. 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
UNIT 1 - PEDIATRIC PHARMACOLOGY
1 Calculating safe dosages for children
2 Administration of medications to children
3 Medications for specific pediatric conditions
UNIT 2 - MEDICATIONS FOR THE CLIENT WITH CANCER
5 Adjuncts to chemotherapy - meds for side effects and to stimulate blood cells
6 Pain Management
UNIT 3 - MEDICATIONS FOR CLIENTS WITH NON-DIABETIC ENDOCRINE DISORDERS
7 Thyroid Medications
UNIT 4 - MEDICATIONS FOR CLIENTS WITH ORGAN
UNIT 5 - MEDICATIONS TO MANAGE SEIZURE DISORDERS
UNIT 6 - ANTICOAGULANTS AND THROMBOLYTICS
10 & 11 Heparin
UNIT 7 - MEDICATIONS FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE
12 & 13 Antibiotics
Drugs for TB
Topical Agents for Burns
UNIT 8 - MEDICATIONS FOR ACUTE CARDIAC CONDITIONS
14 & 15 Antianginals
UNIT 9 - MEDICATIONS USED IN CRITICAL CARE
16 First line emergency drugs
Dopamine and Doputamine
REVIEW AND FINAL EXAM
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
B. Writing: as appropriate
C. Study Guides: facilitating concepts
D. Mathematics: as required for medication and IV calculations in clinical
E. Computer Use: as required by course faculty
IX. Instructional Materials
Selected by course faculty.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Critical thinking questions: 28%
Two section finals (1 each discipline): 44%
Standardized Test (as assigned)
XI. Other Course Information
B. Class policy on:
Make-up of Tests:
Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed to, at the discretion of the instructor, take the test at a later date. In order to make up an exam, the student must notify the faculty member to report the absence prior to the pre-scheduled exam time online. (See ADN Guidelines.)
Incomplete Grades:See College catalog.
Failure to submit completed written assignments constitutes an unsatisfactory grade in the course unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.
C. 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
College Advancement: Publication and marketing
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.