PNM300 - Pharmacology for the Practical Nurse

Outline info
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Last review date 2017-07-17 00:15:02.7

Subject Title
Pharmacology for the Practical Nurse

Subject Description
Drug classifications, modes of administration and dosage calculations will be studied. The student will prepare for safe administration of medication in the practice setting.

Credit Status
1 Credit towards the Practical Nurse Diploma Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Perform mathematical calculations such as fractions, proportions, ratios, decimals, and metric conversion.

2. Calculate dosages in system international units using simple math.

3. Apply understanding of the general principles of pharmacology to client situations.

4. Use knowledge of medical terminology, drug calculations CNO (College of Nurses of Ontario) Medication Standards and legalities to safely administer medications.

5. Facilitate health promotion strategies related to safe usage of medications.

6. Integrate cultural and psycho-social aspects of drug therapy into caring practice.

7. Demonstrate an understanding of drug classifications and selected drugs- Parental administration, fluids and electrolytes, diuretics, antibiotics, antifungals and anti-inflammatory agents.

8. Demonstrate an ability to link critical thinking processes with pharmacology related content in client situations that require nursing knowledge and intervention and assessment.

9. Demonstrate efficient use of the drug reference book.

10. Demonstrate responsibility for time management, course work and arranging tutor assistance if needed.

11. Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate a teaching plan related to use of medication.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All Module 2 subjects

Corequisites: PNH301, PNP301

Topic Outline

  • Pharmacology terminology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Drug Classifications
  • Legalities and nursing responsibilities with drug administration
  • Safety aspects of drug administration.
  • Cultural, ethical, psychosocial and lifespan considerations with drug administration
  • Client and family health teaching.

Mode of Instruction
4 hours per week x 14 weeks = 56 hours
A variety of teaching methods will be used including, but not limited to facilitated cooperative learning, discussion, seminar, tutorial, lecture, simulations/role play, audio/visual, case studies, and independent study.  Select classes may be facilitated via Blackboard in an online format.

Prescribed Texts
College of Nurses of Ontario. (2008). Compendium of standards of practice for nurses in Ontario. Toronto, ON: author.

College of Nurses of Ontario. (2015). Medication revised 2015. Toronto, ON: Author.

Lilley, L. L., Harrington, S., & Snyder, J.S. (2011). Pharmacology for Canadian health care practice (3rd Cdn. Ed). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Morris, D. G. (2014). Calculate with confidence (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby. 

Kozier, B. J., Erb, G., Berman, A. J., Snyder, S., Raffin Bouchal, D. S., Hirst, S. P., Yiu, L., Stamler, L., & Buck, M. (2013). Fundamentals of Canadian nursing. (3rd Cdn. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson.

Skidmore-Roth, L. (2017). Mosby’s 2017 nursing drug reference. (30th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Required Supplies
A basic 8-digit calculator.  Basic 8-digit calculators can be used but scientific, programmable electronic devices, cell phones or other non-basic types of calculators are excluded from use on all tests and examinations.

Promotion Policy
A grade of 60% is required for promotion.

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Test  1 20%
Term Test 2 20%
Term Test 3          20%
Final Comprehensive Exam 40%
Total 100%

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. Failure to produce documentation within the timeframe will result in a grade of zero in the missed evaluation. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

Students must attain a minimum overall mark of 60% in order to pass this subject.  Failure to meet the above will result in a grade of "F".

Expected English Competencies:

Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding that all written work must demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
  •     writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
  •     spelling and punctuation are correct
  •     appropriate vocabulary used
  •     sentences are structured correctly
  •     work to flow logically through supporting statements
  •     work to be arranged in correct format (i.e. reports, essays)

Approved by: Lisa Somers