Fall 2021

NURS 6302-001 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

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Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage: https://wp.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus/.

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Hello all:

Welcome to NURS 6302 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics! The first day of class will be Wednesday, August 25 at 1:00PM and we will meet online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared with you in a Canvas announcement prior to the first day of class. The Zoom link will also be posted inside the "Course Overview" module inside Canvas. Please familiarize yourself with our course in Canvas prior to the first meeting. I will send out an announcement as soon as the course is published and ready for exploration.

Thank you,
Dr. Zorek


Joseph A. Zorek, PharmD, BCGP, FNAP
Director, Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration
Office of the Vice President for Academic, Faculty & Student Affairs
Associate Professor, School of Nursing

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
E-mail: zorek@uthscsa.edu
Office Hours: By appointment


This course provides the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the therapeutic use of pharmacologic agents. The pharmacologic treatment of major health problems will be explored. Principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics will be examined. The effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharmacologic therapy will be emphasized. Legal aspects of prescribing will be fully addressed.


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


NURS 6338 Advanced Pathophysiology


Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program students will:

  1. Integrate nursing science, ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sources to provide the highest level of specialty nursing practices.
  2. Develop, implement, and evaluate healthcare practices in healthcare systems that ensure quality improvement and patient safety.
  3. Use analytic methods and evidence based practices to improve practice outcomes and the practice environment.
  4. Implement and evaluate ethical healthcare information systems and patient care technology to improve the quality of patient health outcomes and care systems.
  5. Advocate for healthcare practices that advance social justice, equity, and ethical policies within all healthcare arenas.
  6. Employ interprofessional collaborative teams to improve patient and population health outcomes and healthcare delivery systems.
  7. Lead the integration and institutionalization of (evidence based) clinical prevention and population based health guidelines.
  8. Use clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and specialized knowledge to design, deliver, and evaluate evidence based, culturally proficient care to improve patient, population, and health systems outcomes.


  1. Apply the principles of pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics in the selection and prescription of medication for a variety of patients. (DNP Essentials I, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, Independent Practice 3)
  2. Design appropriate pharmacologic interventions for treatment of the major health problems. (DNP Essentials I, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3)
  3. Identify potential adverse reactions of pharmacologic agents, including those caused by drug-drug, drug-diet and drug-disease interactions. (DNP Essentials II, III; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3, 4)
  4. Select appropriate methods of monitoring effectiveness of pharmacologic therapy. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, IV, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3, 4, 8)
  5. Critically evaluate the appropriateness of pharmacologic therapy in a given client case. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3, 4, 8)
  6. Discuss state and federal laws that regulate prescriptive practices. (DNP Essentials II, V; NONPF Competency Independent Practice: 1, 2, 3)
  7. Write appropriate, legally sound medication orders and prescriptions. (DNP Essentials II, III; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 1, 2, 3)




A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Grades will be determined via examination and participation according to the following breakdown:

- Examinations: 90% (3 examinations worth 30% each)
- Participation: 10%



Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


School of Nursing Netiquette Guidelines for Online Interaction

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Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


There are no required texts/references for this course. Required readings will be posted to Canvas as PDFs.


Recommended readings will be posted to Canvas as PDFs.



CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

The first class meeting on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, will begin promptly at 1:00PM in Zoom. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to enrolled students through a Canvas announcement and will also be posted to our Canvas course. Zoom will be used throughout the semester to facilitate synchronous, live interactions each week. The full calendar will be available for your review when the Canvas course is published, and I will send out an announcement as soon as that happens.


Dr. Zorek  

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