NUR 333 Pharmacology

Gain a deeper understanding of drug interactions, either man made or natural, and their effects on various physiologies.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3

As a nurse, you encounter pharmaceuticals in your daily practice. In NUR 333, you will review nursing care practices related to pharmacology to ensure patient safety and effective administration of prescribed drugs.

Course Description

Prescribed drugs are designed to act a specific way once taken. However, many things can affect how a patient will react to medication, including allergic reactions, adverse drug reactions and more. In NUR 333 Pharmacology, you’ll examine what factors can influence the actual effectiveness of drugs in the body and gain an understanding of each step of the nursing process as it relates to drug therapy.


Sample Assignment

Each week, you will review patient scenarios. Referencing at least three sources, you will respond to the questions raised in these case studies.


You’ll consider the effects of drug-drug, drug-alternative therapy, drug-food, and drug-laboratory test interactions and review the important points that must be assessed and considered before administering a drug in order to prevent medication errors.

You’ll look at the effect that several classes of drugs and therapeutic agents have on the body. You will consider the therapeutic actions, indications and pharmacokinetics interactions associated with drugs used for each of the body’s systems. This will include understanding the nursing considerations and teaching needs for patients receiving each class of medication.


How may other medications, herbs and food affect the desired outcome of a drug?

Discuss this and more in NUR 333 Pharmacology.


You’ll compare and contrast the prototype drug for each class of pharmaceutical with other drugs in its class. As you gain insight into the changes that occur in the different systems of the body when influenced by pharmacological agents, you’ll also realize the effect of drugs on these systems across the lifespan.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, you’ll focus on core topics or themes. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • ::  Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology
  • ::  Chemotherapeutic Agents
  • ::  Drugs Acting on the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems
  • ::  Drugs Acting on the Endocrine System and Reproductive Systems
  • ::  Drugs Acting on the Autonomic Nervous System
  • ::  Drugs Acting on the Cardiovascular System
  • ::  Drugs Acting on the Renal System and Respiratory System
  • ::  Drugs Acting on the Gastrointestinal System

Learning Outcomes: Your Top 8 Takeaways

You’ll gain insight into the effective use and purpose of pharmaceuticals in NUR 333.

  1. Research the actions and uses of pharmacological therapies.
  2. Outline administration alerts.
  3. Distinguish between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  4. Compare and contrast adverse effects and contraindications.
  5. Analyze the treatment for overdose and antidotes if applicable.
  6. Describe nursing’s role in pharmacological therapies.
  7. Compare key components to patient education as it relates to medications.
  8. Apply evidence-based practice to the medication administration process.

Learn More

In NUR 333, you will review safe, effective nursing care practices related to pharmacology. For more information about this course or other courses in Utica College’s online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree, request more information or call us at 315.732.2640 or toll-free 866.295.3106.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.