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Course Code: PNUR 3350
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Students are introduced to the theory and principles of pharmacology as they relate to psychiatric nursing practice. Students will apply their knowledge of the pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of medications within the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Conceptual Framework and the nursing process. Students will focus on understanding the classification of medications used in the management of acute (Episodic) and chronic (Ongoing) health variances and will develop a holistic perspective in examining the relationship among medications, the person and the environment. Students will examine health promotion issues related to pharmacology in the context of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as intervention. Students will develop an understanding of the legal and legislative implications related to pharmacological management as they pertain to psychiatric nursing practice.

Course Content

The course concepts include:  Introduction to pharmacology;pharmaceutics, pharmadynamics and pharmacokinetics;common terms in pharmacology; Psychiatric nursing role/responsibilities; Scope of Practice for Psychiatric Nurses: Standards, Limits and Conditions; College of Pharmacists; medication adherence strategies; effects of medication on clients' system; nursing process;  pharmacological principles and the following categories of medications:

  • Anti-depressant Agents
  • Pain Management : Opioid and Non-opioid Agents
  • Over the Counter Medications
  • Corticosteroids
  • Bronchodilators and Respiratory Agents
  • Anti-anxiety Agents
  • Sedative and Hypnotics
  • Hypertensive Agents
  • Antidysrythmics
  • Antianginal
  • Cardiac Glycosides
  • Diuretics
  • Antilipemics
  • Anticoagulants
  • Antibiotics, Antifungals, Antiviral
  • Antibiotic Resistant
  • Anti-psychotic Agents
  • Anti-parkinsonian Agents
  • Mood Stabilizers
  • Anti-epileptic Agents
  • HIV and TB Medicatons
  • General and Local Anesthetics
  • Anesthesia for ECT and Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
  • Anti-diabetic Agents
  • Blood Forming Agents

Methods of Instruction

Students will acquire knowledge and skill and learn to apply concepts through a variety of means of instruction and activities, including: lecture, demonstrations, audio visual aids, case studies, critical thinking exercises and teamwork.

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, successful learners will have developed a comprehensive knowledge base in pharmacology particularly the role of pharmaceutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of various classifications of medications relevent to psychiatric nursing practice.  Learners will understand their psychiatric nursing role and responsibilities in relation to safe and effective drug therapy/ administration and promotion of medication adherence for clients.

course prerequisites

PNUR 2101; PNUR 2121; PNUR 2130; PNUR 2175; PHIL 3125; PNUR 2171; PNUR 2170; PNUR 2201; PNUR 2221; PNUR 2230; PNUR 2285; PNUR 2261


PNUR 3301; PNUR 3321; PNUR 3330; PNUR 3361


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.