Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, FAAN, DCC, FNAP
Sally K. Miller, PhD, AGACNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP
This course addresses the growing need for a thorough course in the principles of pharmacotherapeutics taught by highly skilled NP educators. Prescribing has become a major part of the role of advanced practice nurses. At the same time, prescribing has become more complex and polypharmacy is more prevalent with the possibility of adverse interactions. Thus, a course of this caliber is critical to the preparation of advanced practice nurses. The course is taught in an intensive format by two of the nation’s most respected NP educators. Universities around the country have integrated this course into their graduate NP programs. The material constitutes the equivalent of a 3 credit university course in pharmacology.
Because states’ requirements vary, it is important that you contact your Board for details regarding educational requirements for prescriptive authority.
- The Nurse Prescriber: Key legal and legislative issues
- Principles of Safe Prescribing: Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, drug interactions
- Prescribing in Special Populations: Older adults, pregnancy, lactation, children
- Pharmacologic Management in Type 1 and Type 2 DM: Oral agents, insulin and non-insulin preparations
- Principles of Antimicrobial Therapy: Intervention in bacterial infection
- Thyroid Disorders: Evaluation and Intervention
- Vitamin, Mineral and Herbal Preparations: Issues of safety and efficacy
- Drugs that Affect the Respiratory System: Beta2 agonists, methylxanthines, anticholinergics, mast cell stabilizers, inhaled and systemic corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers, over-the-counter cough and cold medications
- Intervention in Select Hematologic Conditions
- Hormonal Contraception and Post Menopausal Hormone Therapy
- Laboratory Monitoring During Drug Therapy
- Drugs that Affect the Cardiovascular System: Drugs used to treat hypertension, coronary artery disease, and heart failure
- Pharmacologic Treatment of Lipid Abnormalities
- Drugs that Affect Clotting
- Drugs that Affect the Central Nervous System: Antidepressants, anxiolytics, adrenergic agonists, dopamine agonists
- Drugs that Affect the GI System: H2 receptor antagonists, proton pump inhibitors, antacids, prokinetic, antidiarrheals, including over-the-counter medications
- Management of Viral and Fungal Infection
- Management of Pain; opioids, NSAIDs and others including over-the-counter medications
- Pharmacologic Considerations for Topical Medications
- Controlled Substances: A focus on safe and effective prescribing
This course covers the content normally included in a graduate level pharmacology course. It is intended to meet the additional pharmacology education requirements of many states for prescribing authority. Consequently, certificates will reflect actual hours earned.
The Fitzgerald Clinical Pharmacology Course for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Clinicians was initially approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing in 2011 and continues to meet the required 45 hours of coursework specific to advanced pharmacology for Pennsylvania CRNP Prescriptive Authority.