Spring 2022

NURS 6144-01 Special Population Pharmacology: Applied Pediatric Pharmacology (FNP and PNP)

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Welcome to NURS 6144!

Our 1st class is 1/12/22 @ 1300.  A course orientation will be provided at that time.

Active participation is an expectation for each class. Please come prepared to contribute to the discussion!


Brandi Farrell, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC,PC
Assistant Professor/Clinical
UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing
E-Mail: farrellb1@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: 210-450-8695
Office Room: 2.336
Office Hours: by appointment
Office of Faculty Excellence

Karen Walker Schwab, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
Assistant Professor/Clinical
UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing
E-Mail: schwabk@uthscsa.edu
Office Phone: 210-450-8476
Office Room: 2.338
Office Hours: Listed in Starfish
Office of Faculty Excellence


This course is designed to build upon the family and pediatric nurse practitioner student’s knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to develop comprehensive prescription plans for acute, chronic, and mental health conditions commonly found in the pediatric primary care population.


Credit hour allocation: 1 semester credit hour
Clock hour allocation: 15 clock hours class


NURS 6338 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS 6302 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NURS 6210 Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning
NURS 6110 Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning: Clinical Application


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 pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics to create a comprehensive prescription plan for pediatric patients experiencing an acute, chronic or mental health condition. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, VII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, 3, Quality 1, 2, 3, 5, Practice Inquiry 6, Independent practice 1, 4, 6, 8)

2.  Design appropriate and safe pharmacologic interventions for the treatment of common pediatric acute, chronic and mental health conditions. (DNP Essentials III, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, 3, Quality 1, 2, 3, 5, Practice Inquiry 6, Independent practice 1-4, 6, 8)

3.  Distinguish legally sound and appropriate pharmacologic interventions for the management of the adolescent’s reproductive health. (DNP Essentials II, V; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, 3, Quality 1, 2, 3, 5, Practice Inquiry 6, Policy 1, 3, 5, Health Delivery 7, Ethics 1-3, Independent Practice 1-4, 6, 7)

Create a safe and comprehensive plan of care including appropriate pharmacologic management for the pediatric patient with ADHD, anxiety, or depression. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, VII, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, 3, Quality 1, 2, 3, 5, Practice Inquiry 6, Policy 1, 3, 5, Health Delivery 7, Ethics 1-3, Independent Practice 1-4, 6, 7)

5.  Identify appropriate over the counter drugs, vitamins, herbal, and/or other supplements for management of pediatric acute, chronic or mental health conditions as part of a comprehensive prescription plan. (DNP Essentials I, III, IV; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, 3, Quality 1, 5, Independent Practice 1-6)

6.  Safely manage childhood vaccinations from birth to age twenty-one. (DNP Essentials II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, 3, Quality 1, 2, 5, Practice Inquiry 6, Technology and Information Literacy 5, Policy 1, 3, 5, Ethics 1-3, Independent Practice 1-4, 5, 6)

7.  Identify adverse drug effects and reactions commonly seen in the pediatric population and describe appropriate management of these events. (DNP Essentials II, III; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, Quality 1, 5, Independent Practice 1, 2, 3)

8.  Write appropriate, legally sound prescriptions and drug orders for the pediatric patient. (DNP Essentials I, II; NONPF Competencies: Scientific Foundation 2, Leadership 6, Quality 2, Health Delivery System 3, 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)


Drug Therapy by Systems 40%
Psychopharmacology 25%
Vaccine Management 25%
Drug Formulary 10%

Additional details will be available inside the Canvas Course


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.


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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.


Riddle, M.A. (2018). Pediatric psychopharmacology for primary care (2ndedition). American Academy of Pediatrics. 



Taketoma, C.K. & Hodding, J.H. (2020). Lexicomp pediatric & neonatal dosage handbook (27th edition). Wolters Luwer. 



Stahl, S.M. (2021). Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology prescriber’s guide (7thedition). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-92601-0 paperback


Pediatric Prescribing Considerations
Drug Therapy by Systems
Adolescent Considerations 
Vaccine Management 

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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Please refer to "First Day Announcements" on the syllabus. 

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