Asides the required paid bedside nursing experience, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) seeking eligibility to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam in the State of California must complete a pharmacology course of at least 54 theory hours that covers the following content:
- Knowledge of commonly used drugs and their action;
- Computation of dosages;
- Preparation of medications;
- Principles of administration..
This online course is designed to provide in-depth overview of pharmacology concepts and practice application for entry-level nurses. Contents include principles of medication preparation and administration, dosage calculation, and commonly used medications and their actions. Graded quizzes are done online. An average grade of at least 75% will earn you 54 hours credit for Pharmacology which you can use to satisfy the Pharmacology course requirement under the Equivalency Method 3 of the CA Board of Vocational Nursing.
This course is designed to meet the pharmacology needs of students enrolled in nursing programs, pre-allied health majors and would be beneficial for others in the allied health field who desire a greater understanding of pharmacological principles and agents.
This class will cover the following topics: Foundations of Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, Drug Calculations, and Understanding the Pharmaceutical Agents by Classification.
This class was developed to meet the requirements for Pratt Community College’s nursing program that is being taught at the Cowley College Allied Health Center in Winfield. This class may meet the requirements for other nursing or allied health programs. However, this class may not fulfill the requirements for other nursing programs or other allied health programs — students are advised to check transferability at their primary school.
Upon completion of the course, the student will develop competencies in the principles of pharmacology and have a greater understanding of medications in each of the pharmaceutical classification categories.