HLTH 2121: Pharmacology Principles and Applications

Students explore basic concepts of pharmacology required to safely administer medications to a diversity of clients across the lifespan in a variety of health care contexts. It provides students with a working knowledge of drug therapy and prepares them to use a comprehensive, systematic, and evidence-based approach to drug therapy when treating patients with various health challenges. Drug therapy is present within a framework of body systems, using client care situations to enhance the integration of content learned in human anatomy and physiology. The major drug classes are discussed using prototype drugs.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the use of pharmaceuticals in a Canadian context
  • Identify regulations in place to ensure public safety surrounding pharmaceutical use
  • Determine & use quality pharmacology resources
  • Discuss mechanism of action, common side effects and considerations of medications used to manage a range of common health conditions in different body systems
  • Apply understanding of pharmacological concepts to a case study
  • Challenge values & beliefs surrounding pharmaceutical use in the north American context

Course topics

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Principles of Pharmacology

Module 3: Cardiovascular Medications

Module 4: Respiratory Medications

Module 5: Endocrine Medications

Module 6: GI Medications

Module 7: Nervous System Medications

Module 8: Anti-infectives

Module 9: Big Pharma

Required text and materials

Lilley, L., Harrington, S., Snyder, J., Swart, B. Pharmacology for Canadian Health Care Practice. (3rd ed.). Toronto, ON: Mosby Elsevier Canada, 2017.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-927406-68-7

Additional requirements

Students will require a computer and internet access.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam.

Students using this course to satisfy any TRU Nursing Program requirements must achieve 60% in this course and 60% on the final exam.

Assignment 1: Online Postcard Assignment 20%
Assignment 2: Case Study 35%
Assignment 3: Big Pharma Reflection 5%
Final Examination * 40%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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