Adv Pharmacologic Applications in Primary Care


This course is designed to prepare clinical nurse specialists, NPs, NS, and midwives to accurately describe, administer, and counsel patients regarding appropriate and safe medication regimens. Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of the major drug classes will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems, with emphasis on the application of these agents.

This course is a collaborative course between the University of Kentucky and OU College of Nursing. This is a self-directed learning using core PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, Web sites, case-solving activities, and exams. Students must have access to computer facilities, the Internet, a web browser that is equivalent to Internet 5 Explorer or higher, an e-mail address, and a printer.

The course is offered in a hybrid format. Most of the course information is offered online. At the end of the course, students must attend a 1-day workshop to take a proctored final exam, work through selected case studies and learn about prescriptive authority practices for advanced practice nurses in Oklahoma. This course is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing as Category B education.


At the conclusion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics.
  • Describe the most commonly prescribed agents in the major drug classes.
  • Explain the mechanism of action of the major drug classes.
  • Analyze the adverse effect and drug interaction profiles of the major drug classes and individual drugs within these classes.
  • Make appropriate therapeutic treatment decisions for individual patients utilizing drugs from the major drug classes.
  • Apply the laws governing the prescribing of drugs when writing prescriptions.

View details of Course Modules and Objectives


Those successfully completing the course will be awarded 45 contact hours.

The University of Oklahoma Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurse Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.(Certificate #UOC-0616 - Approval expires 10/01/2019)

This course has been approved for Pharmacology hours by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for 45 contact hours of Category B education (based on 50 minutes per contact hour) for Advanced Practice Nurses Advanced practice nurses may be able to submit the hours earned in this course for a portion of their prescriptive authority continuing education for renewal of prescriptive authority recognition, if the course content is relevant to their scope of practice.


The cost of the course is $600, and can be paid by credit card, check, or money order.


Course is open enrollment. To register online click here or you can contact the University of Oklahoma Continuing Education Department at 405-271-2062.

You will have 6 months to complete this course. Once you have been given a password into the course, you are no longer eligible for a refund or cancellation fees.


The following books are required and are not included in the tuition. Reading assignments made are intended to supplement student comprehension of assigned learning units.The student is responsible for locating and paying for the following:

  • Katzung (2007/2009). Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 10th Edition or 11th Edition. Lange Medical Books, McGraw-Hill.
  • Finkel (2009). Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology ,4th edition, Lippincott W&W
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