Spring 2022

NURS 6145-01 Special Population Pharmacology: Applied Critical Care Pharmacology (AGACNP)

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Welcome to Special Population Pharmacology!  This is a content heavy course that will require outside reading.  The case studies are intended to help you consolidate the pharmacological needs of complex patients.  It is not intended for you to copy standardized orders from your hospital or another institution.  Most of the quiz content will come from the lecture, therefore attendance is necessary.  I will post the power points in the modules however, I will not record the lecture.  

Please review the basics of pharmacology.  I have posted in the first modules terms you should be familiar with prior to starting this course.  


Bridges, Amanda, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC
Office phone number 210-450-8026
Office Room Number: 2.212
Office hours: By Appointment
Assistant Professor/Clinical 


This course is designed to build upon the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner student’s knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to develop comprehensive prescription plans for acute, chronic, complex and critically ill older adolescent and adult patients.


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 plan for acute, chronic, complex and critically ill older adolescent and adult patients. (DNP Essentials I, II, III, VII; NONPF Competencies Scientific Foundation 2, Independent Practice 3)
2.  Create appropriate and safe pharmacologic interventions for the treatment of acute, chronic, complex and critically ill older adolescent and adult patients. (DNP Essentials III, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3)
3.  Identify potential interactions between over the counter drugs, vitamins, herbal, and/or other supplements commonly used in the pharmacologic management of acute, chronic, complex and critically ill older adolescent and adult patients. (DNP Essentials I, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3, 4)
4.  Demonstrate safe, evidence-based medication management related to complex medical regimens in high-risk and vulnerable populations. (DNP Essentials II, III, VIII; NONPF Competency: Independent Practice 3, 4, 8)
5.  Write appropriate, legal prescriptions and drug orders for acute, chronic, complex and critically ill older adolescent and adult patients. (DNP Essentials I, VIII; 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)


Grade Percentages on Scale 0-100

Case Studies: 60%
Quizzes: 40%

Further details and information on grading criteria are contained in the course information packet on Canvas



Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


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.


The Samford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2020, Gilbert, David. ISBN-13: 978-1944272135.

ICU Quick Drug Guide.  Lee, Jennifer Pai. ISBN-13:978-0323680479

Pharmacology.  Whalen, K (7th). Wolters Kluwer.


www.uptodate.com subscription

Epocrates application


See Canvas Modules

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

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

The first day of class will be at 1:00 on Wednesday, Jan 12th and located in Lib 2.088.  The class will meet every other week from 1-2:50pm.

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