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NSU - Norfolk State University
NUR 153 : Syllabus
Prerequisite course for 2nd degree and LPN to BSN program tracks.
This course is designed to assist in developing skills necessary for the safe preparation and administration of medications. The course focuses on the Metric Apothecary and household systems of measurements. Students are provided practice in determing dosages for both adults and children.
Admission to the program or special permission of the Department Head

Required Textbooks:

  • Abrams, A., Pennington, S., & Lammon, C., Goldsmith, T. (2009). Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.
  • Lynn, P. (2008). Lippincott's Photo Atlas of Medication Administration (3rd ed). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.
  • Pelletier, D. (2009). Study Guide for Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy Rationales for Nursing Practice (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.
  • Kee, J. L. & Marshall, S. M. (2007). Clinical Calculations: With application to general and specialty areas (6th ed). St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders.

Suggested Resource Texts:

  • Hodgson, B. & Kizior, R. (2008). Nursing Drug Handbook. St. Louis, Missouri: Saunders
  • American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed). Washington, DC: Author.
  • Other course materials:
    • On-line Resources:
    • Each student is responsible for bringing a BASIC calculator to class.
    • Meds Publishing LSRN(Learning System for RNs)

This course is designed to assist the nursing student in developing a basic knowledge and understanding of therapeutic use of drugs in humans. It will focus on presenting a foundation of basic principles of administration of . the safe administration and calculation of parenteral, non-parenteral, pediatric, and intravenous medication administration. The course will give the student practice in determining proper dosages for both adults and children. The student will be introduced to the role of the nurse in administering medications, giving emphasis to the legal and ethical problems associated with medication administration and nursing accountability. The student is taught basic pharmacology skills and how to calculate the correct amount of prescribed medication/fluids to be given to patients. The skills of this course are designed to provide nursing students with additional background in pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on application of pharmacologic knowledge in the prevention and treatment of health problems across the lifespan. Strategies to improve client knowledge and adherence with medication regimens are explored. This course is designed to promote the use of critical thinking in the application of drug therapy, concentrating on major drug classes. Emphasis is placed on the integration of pharmacological concepts and the nursing process.
Main Objective:
This course will focus on (10) specific drug classification and their clinical application:
  • Analgesics
  • Non -Narcotic (NSAIDs)
  • Narcotic
  • Antibiotics (Anti-Infective)
  • Anticoagulants
  • Antacids
  • Antiemetics
  • Antihypertensives
  • Cardiac Glycosides
  • Diuretics
  • Insulins
  • Laxatives (Cathartics)

Measureable Objectives:
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate competency at or above the 78% level in basic mathematical operations. Accurately determine: how drugs are classified the main actions and mechanisms of actions of drugs the clinical application of specific drugs or drug classifications the common side effects, precautions, contraindications, interactions of/for named drugs, usual dosage and nursing implications.
  • Compute medication dosages for individuals throughout the life span.
  • Accurately interpret drug labels according to specified criteria.
  • Identify legislative acts which govern medication administration.
  • Discuss ethical issues related to the administration of medications.
  • Utilize the technological innovations of the “BLACK BOARD��? to access online assignments, readings and other course materials.
  • Lecture and discussion
  • Demonstration
  • Audio-Visual Aids
  • Classroom and individual practice
  • Peer Led Learning
  • On-line assignments and readings
  • Freshman Nursing Enhancement Drill
  • Simulation Technology
Expectations concerning Student conduct are as follows:
  • Students are encouraged to actively participate in class.
  • Students are expected to abide by the ACM Code of Ethics.
  • Students should place phones on pager or silent mode upon entering class.
E-Mail Policy:
Students are expected to check their NSU-email accounts regularly for correspondance from the university. Consult the NSU Student Handbook (pdf) on NSU's policy regarding student conduct such as attendance,illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc. by going to
The Nursing Department adheres to the University Policy on class attendance. The University expects students to attend all classes. While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that, on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for being absent. Once a student exceeds the number of allowed unexcused absences, an instructor may require an official university excuse. Not more than 20% of class meetings (excused and/or unexcused) may be missed by a student during a given semester. Please read your student handbook for more details.
All students who matriculate at Norfolk State University beginning Fall Semester 2001 and thereafter, will be required to take entry and exit examinations to assess their writing competency. Both examinations will be administered by the English Department during enrollment in English 101 and 102 respectively. The entry examination is untimed, multiple-choice, and computerized. The exit examination is a two-hour, essay format, and the topic will be relevant to the student discipline. Therefore, students enrolled in Computer Science courses will be required to complete writing assignments in addition to other requirements to assist them in their preparation for the exit examination. All students are required to take the exit examination prior to completing 90 semester hours.
The College of Science, Engineering & Technology (CSET) provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by visiting their website at
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
LOCATION: Student Services Center, Room 110D
CONTACT PERSON: Marian Shepherd - Coordinator SSDS
TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014
As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resorces needed for sucess, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook ( for further details.

  • In an effort to keep students informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU student email account frequently.
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