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NURS 5104/6104/7104 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5104/6104/7104 - Advanced Pharmacology

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course focuses on pharmacology and therapeutics used in the treatment of selected health conditions commonly encountered by the advanced practice nurse.  Emphasis is placed on the decision-making process utilized to safely and effectively prescribe and monitor pharmacotherapeutics appropriate to the client situation.

Course Outcomes:

At the successful completion of this course, the learner will:

1. Analyze factors, including pathophysiological processes, pertinent to making the most effective drug selection for diverse clients across the lifespan with specific medical diagnoses (EPSLO 1) (FNP GRC 1) .

2. Analyze client indicators of therapeutic, ineffective, contraindications, or adverse responses to drug therapy (EPSLO 1) (FNP GRC 1).

3. Safely select effective drugs for the treatment of clients across the lifespan with specific medical diagnoses (EPSLO 1 and 3) (FNP GRC 1).

4. Apply appropriate client teaching for safety of prescribed drug therapy (EPSLO 1) (FNP GRC 1).

5. Utilize current drug research and clinical guidelines in prescribing the most effective drug regimens for clients across the lifespan (EPSLO 1 and 3) (FNP GRC 1).

6. Synthesize pharmacotherapeutic, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics related to medication and complementary alternative therapy use (EPSLO 1) (FNP GRC 1). 

7. Demonstrate safe, legal, and legible drug prescriptions (EPSLO 1 and 3) (FNP GRC 1).  

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

None specifically.

Course Topics:

1. The Role of the Nurse Practitioner

2.  Basic Principles of Pharmacology

3.   Rational Drug Selection

4.  Legal and Professional Issued in Prescribing

5.   Writing Safe Prescriptions

6.  Adverse Drug Reactions for all drug classifications

7.  Pharmacogenomics

8.  Neutraceuticals, Herbals, and Nutritional Supplements

9.  Pharmacoeconomics

10.  Over-the-counter medications

11.  Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System.

12.  Headaches, Anxiety,  Depression medications

13.   Treating Inflammatory Processes and Acute/Chronic Pain Management

14.  Treating Infectious Diseases

15.  Pneumonia,  Tuberculosis, Upper Respiratory Infections, Otitis Media, Otitis Externa,

16.  Drugs Affecting the Respiratory System

17.  Asthma and COPD, Smoking Cessation.

18.  Treating Eye, Ear, Integument Disorders

19.  Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System

20.  Treating Cardiovascular Disease, Renal Disease, Angina, Heart Failure, and Hypertension

21.  Treating Hyperlipidemia

22.  Drug affecting the Hemopoietic System

23.  Treating with Anticoagulants and treating anemia's

24.   Drugs affecting the Reproductive System

25.   Treating  with Hormone Replacement, Osteoporosis, STD's, Contraception, UTI's, and HIV.

26.  Drugs that affect the Gastrointestinal System

27.  Treating GER, GERD, PUD.

28.  Treating Endocrine Disorders: DM Type 1 and 2,  Thyroid, and Adrenal Disorders

29.  Special Consideration for Women, Men, Children, LBGT, Elderly, and Ethnic differences are threaded throughout the course.

Specific Course Requirements:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore  to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Webcam:  If this requirement poses a concern please contact your faculty

Proctor U account

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There are 8 content quizzes, a mid-term  and a final exam.

The student will have only one attempt for each content quiz, the mid-term examination, and the final examination.  The midterm and final examinations will be proctored using the Proctor U online service.  Please follow the directions under content to set up the Proctor U account.

It is important that students review the Proctor U student guide before the test date.  Students must connect online with Proctor U before starting any examination.

There are 5 prescription quizzes that are taken in this course.  You will have 120 minutes to take the first prescription quiz, 90 minutes to take the second prescription quiz, and 60 minutes for the remaining quizzes. 

Grading Procedures:

Quiz Review

Students will have the opportunity to review questions answered incorrectly for the module content quizzes and the prescription quizzes. The student will have 20 minutes after the completion of each content quiz for review.  The prescription quizzes have no time limit for review.

Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
under 70%F


Assignments and Projects:
DescriptionPercentage of Grade

5 prescription quizzes @ 100 points each (see rubric). Each quiz has 10 questions @ 10 points each.

8 content quizzes @ 100 points each. Each quiz has 30 questions at 3.33 points each.35%
2 Discussion Boards10%
Mid-tern exam @ 100 points. Mid-term has 100 questions @ 1 point each.25%
Final Exam @ 100 points. Final has 100 questions @ 1 point each.25%


Class Participation:

Discussion Board-Rubric can be viewed by clicking on the actual discussion board topic.

Participation in online class discussions (10%). Each discussion board question is graded on the basis of 10 points for completeness of the answer that is referenced from the literature provided and the textbook, writing in APA format with in text citations, and responses to two of the postings of colleagues.   One point/day will be deducted for postings after the due date. 

Each discussion board posting must begin with the student’s name (Jane Doe), course and section number (Nurs5000R50), semester and year (Summer 2017). Failure to include each of these items may result in the posting not being recognized for credit.

It is an expectation that each student posts throughout the discussion board time frame, rather than posting all responses at or near the close of the discussion board.

Each student is required to also upload each of their discussion board postings (cut and paste the identical posting) to the Discussion Board Dropbox (see dates in calendar). This is in addition to posting on the discussion board itself. Discussion board postings will be assessed for similarity with the results accessible to faculty only.  

Be advised that all discussion board responses have specific requirements that each student must follow for ALL of your content posts.  These requirements will apply to all responses inside any content Module.

  1. Be considerate of your classmates opinions and ideas.  Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements. 
  2. You will be required to make an original posting to each question within the discussion board.  Your postings should be of significant length to show that you have given appropriate reflection on the questions and an understanding of the posting material.
  3. You will be required to reply to at least two of your classmates original posts with your comments and thoughts to their posting
  4. Please cite your sources.  You will be required to cite both the text and one outside source (this could be an internet or text citation) for each of your original postings.  Your replies to other students do not require citations.
  5. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks. 
  6. Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.  Discussion forums may be locked once the forum deadline has passed.  Once this deadline has passed, you may not be able post your comments, and therefore, lose points
Late Policy:

Late quizzes/exams earn the grade of 0 (zero). Rare exceptions may be considered. If a student has extenuating circumstances believed to be reasonable to request an extension on any assignment, the request must occur before the assignment is due.  It is at the sole discretion of the course faculty whether or not to allow any variation in the due dates.  Examples that may be approved are unexpected illness, hospitalization, death in the family, etc.  Work schedules and things of that nature will not be approved.  Students must plan their personal/work schedules accordingly.  If the student has an event that will require them to be without internet service for any extended period of time, they must plan to complete assignments ahead of that time.

If barriers or challenges to progress in this course are encountered, the student must discuss those issues with the course faculty prior to the achievement of a final grade in this course.

The TN eCampus MSN Curriculum Committee strongly recommends, and the Executive Committee has approved, that the course faculty assign a grade of ‘F’ for the course when a student submits another person’s work as their own, or re-submits their own work from a previous course.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 24, 2018