Pharmacotherapeutics

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a refresher for nurse practitioners regarding therapeutic management of patients presenting with commonly occurring concerns in primary care.

Much like a University level course, this course is composed of thirteen modules representing the broad range of challenging pharmacologic issues faced in primary care. These modules are offered through in an online format and allow learners to flexibly work at their own pace.  Learning in each module is delivered through an online lecture, assigned readings, online content, and activities designed to help learners apply the module concepts to questions and scenarios. Each module is divided into “sections” with topic themes. A course facilitator will support your learning needs throughout the course. Learners should expect to spend a maximum of 12 hours of study for each module. The amount of time each learner takes to work through module content will be affected by the learner’s familiarity with the topic area. Learners who are reviewing content may take less time than those who are very new to the content presented. For each section, learners will be presented with the most current evidence and guidelines to use as resource material for their ongoing practice. Each module requires the completion of a post test to support and verify your learning.

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe and effective practices in therapeutic management and prescribing.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of selected drugs.
  • Explain the relationships between the pharmacodynamic mechanisms of these drugs and their physiological responses.
  • Identify the indications, rationale, and mechanisms of action for the selected drugs commonly used in primary health care.
  • Design therapeutic care plans in collaboration with clients based on presenting symptoms, client age, and lifespan issues.
  • Educate clients regarding the expected effects of drugs prescribed, client outcome, potential adverse drug reactions, and proper administration.
  • Evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of interventions (pharmacotherapeutic and non-pharmacotherapeutic).
  • Proficiently write prescriptions which meet legal and professional requirements.
  • Provide counseling in regard to appropriate non-pharmacological modalities that will support the client’s therapy.

For each module, learners are advised to follow the format as listed below:

  1. Read the section of the module presented online.
  2. Read the required readings
  3. Work through the Quiz section related to the module section
  4. Complete module post-test (pass mark 70%).
  5. Complete module feedback
  6. Move to the next module section.

Modules

  1. Part A: Principles of Pharmacotherapeutics
    Part B: Issuing Prescriptions and Dispensing Medication
  2. Treatment and Prevention of Infection
  3. Treatment and Prevention of Respiratory Conditions
  4. Treatment and Prevention of Gastro-Intestinal Conditions
  5. Treatment and Prevention of Genitourinary Conditions
  6. Treatment and Prevention of Ophthalmologic Conditions
  7. Treatment and Prevention of Dermatologic Conditions
  8. Treatment and Prevention of Cardiovascular Conditions
  9. Treatment and Prevention of Endocrine conditions
  10. Treatment and Prevention of Hematological Conditions
  11. Treatment and Prevention of Neurological Conditions
  12. Treatment and Prevention of Reproductive Health Concerns
  13. Treatment and Prevention of Pain and Inflammatory Conditions

 

Introductory Registration Cost: 780.00 plus HST

There are no refunds for this course once registration is complete.

For more information regarding this course, please feel free to contact Brenda Halabisky at Brenda.Halabisky@uottawa.ca