Pharmacology

http://www.miracosta.edu/PHAR

The Nursing and Allied Health Department offers pharmacology courses as part of the Nursing program.

Contact Information

Chair: Julie Vignato

Dean: Sandy Comstock

www.miracosta.edu/PHAR

Department: Nursing and Alllied Health

Office: Building OCT420, 760.795.6796

Courses

PHAR 100: Basic Pharmacology--Dosages and Calculations

Units: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 20 or eligibility determined by the math placement process.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours. (1230.20)

This course introduces important concepts, methods, and principles of administering medications. Topics include drug action and drug interaction, drug classifications, terminology, pertinent abbreviations, legalities, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics as well as problem solving for accurate measurement of medications using the apothecary and metric systems, conversion of these systems, ratio, proportion, and other formulas.

PHAR 150: Pathopharmacology I

Units: 2
Prerequisites: Admission into the RN program.
Corequisite: NURS 180 and NURS 181 (ADN).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours. (1221.00)

This introductory course presents the basic knowledge required for safe, legal, and ethical medication administration including dosage calculation. It emphasizes the nurse's role and individual accountability in pharmacologic therapy. Topics include mechanisms of action, indications, absorption, metabolism, distribution, and elimination in relation to pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, integumentary, sensory, and other selected systems. Portions of this course may be presented in an online format.

PHAR 151: Pathopharmacology II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: PHAR 150 (ADN).
Corequisite: NURS 182 and NURS 183 (ADN).
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours. (1221.00)

This course continues the study and application of pharmacological therapy in nursing and emphasizes safety as a primary nursing responsibility. It highlights mechanisms of action, indications, absorption, metabolism, distribution, and elimination in relation to pathophysiology of the reproductive, endocrine, respiratory, immune, and other selected systems. Topics include how growth, development, and cultural factors influence drug therapy. The course emphasizes patient/family education in medication management as well as legal and ethical issues related to medication administration. Portions of this course may be presented in an online format.

PHAR 201: Pharmacology Review & Update

Units: 2
Prerequisites: NURS 280.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in PHAR 151.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours. (1221.00)

This course reviews pharmacology principles, safe medication administration, and dosage calculations. It emphasizes therapeutic drug use in relation to health problems and updates information regarding drug classifications and prototype agents.

PHAR 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

PHAR 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.