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Thompson Rivers University

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. This course 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

  • 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

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Lilley, L., Snyder, J., Sealock, K., Seneviratne, C. (2021). Lilley's Pharmacology for Canadian Health Care Practice. (4th ed). Elsevier Canada.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9780323694803

Note: Any edition is acceptable


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

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 (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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