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Foundations of Pharmacology

This class is designed for PHCNP students to prepare them for advanced therapeutic skills required for the program and for the Therapeutics I course. Students will examine the foundational pharmacological principles regarding pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics. Antibiotic classes, indications, selection process, drug contraindication, and therapy duration will be reviewed. Students will also be provided with an introduction to required prescription components and practice prescription writing. 

Learners who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  • Define common terms used in pharmacology.
  • Discuss the application of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics in drug therapy.
  • Discuss the relevance of pharmacokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion) in relation to drug therapy.
  • Discuss general principals of antibiotic therapy.
  • Explain how antibiotics work against infections in the body.
  • Classify antibiotics by their general category.
  • Discuss the mechanism of action, indications, cautions, contraindications, routes of administration, and drug interactions for the classes of antibiotics.
  • Identify drug-specific adverse and toxic effects for each the antibiotic classes discussed.
  • Identify required legal components of a prescription.

Learners who complete the class will receive a Certificate of Participation.


Students are encouraged to register by August 15 to review the self-paced modules before the class date. Self-paced modules take approximately 10 hours to review.

Online class date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 8:30am-4:30pm

Format: Self-paced modules, and one live, online class

Fees:     

Prerequisites: 

  • Participation in this class will prepare PHCNP students with the advanced therapeutic skills required for the program and for the Therapeutics I course.  This class is open to any Medical Practitioner who would like to refresh their knowledge however it is geared toward students enrolled in the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) program. Proof of admission may be requested.

Sherry Morrell

Sherry Morrell

Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Assistant Professor-Faculty of Nursing University of Windsor

Education

PhD Health Science and Rehabilitation, University of Western Ontario
Master of Clinical Science -Wound Healing, University of Western Ontario
Master's, Nursing, University of Windsor
Bachelor's, Nursing, University of Windsor
RN Diploma St. Clair College

Sherry Morrell has worked at the University of Windsor in the Faculty of Nursing since 2006. She is teaching in the undergraduate BScN and graduate NP nursing programs. She has a wide variety of teaching experience; examples include anatomy, health assessment, pharmacology, and experiential labs. Concurrently, Sherry works as a nurse practitioner in the community. Most recently at Grand Maris Urgent Care, and prior, Windsor Regional Hospital Emergency Department.


Instructor Gina Pittman

Gina Pittman MN, NP, PhD(c)

Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Limited-term Lecturer-Faculty of Nursing University of Windsor

Education

PhD in Nursing, University of Windsor
Master's, Nursing, University of Windsor
Bachelor of Nursing Degree, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Gian Pittman has worked at the University of Windsor in the Faculty of Nursing since 2015. She is teaching in the undergraduate BScN and graduate NP nursing programs. She has a wide variety of teaching experience; examples include professional nursing, pharmacology, and fourth year labs. Currently, Gina also works as a nurse practitioner in the community at two local urgent care centres.

This class is offered through Blackboard Collaborate. Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access.

Blackboard Requirements

All class details can be accessed through Blackboard. A link will be provided through email and you will have access the first day of class.

Please activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Blackboard. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.

Blackboard.uwindsor.ca works best with Google Chrome. You can also use Firefox or Safari. It is suggested that you avoid using Internet Explorer. There is a “Navigating Your Online Course” module and technical tutorials that you can review for a brief orientation to Blackboard once you log in. Feel free to review the full Blackboard preferred system requirements.

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