Nursing Continuing Education

Online Advanced Pharmacology for APRNs


This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pharmacology across the lifespan as it is primarily applied to Advanced Practice Nurses.  Concepts of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and pharmacogenomics will be discussed. The textbook is required and additional handheld pharmacology software is HIGHLY recommended.


Online June 12 - December 30, 2017

Register at any time through November

Fee: $495

45 total Contact Hours

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1.    Describe specific nursing practice issues related to administrative, legal and economic aspects of pharmacological management.

2.    Explain the indications, rationale, efficacy, and risks for pharmacotherapeutics agents commonly prescribed in primary care settings.

3.    Apply the principles of pharmacology relative to pharmacotherapeutics across age levels including the impact of race, ethnic group, and special populations on drug dosing and drug selection regimens.

4.    Analyze the rationale for selection of medications used to treat individuals with frequently encountered primary care conditions based on factors such as pharmacokinetics, cost, efficacy, genetic characteristics, adherence, and quality of life issues.

5.    Examine schedule II prescribing practices including fiscal/ethical and legal implications, pain management therapies, prevention of abuse, and diversion of.

6.    Evaluate the impact of personalized medicine on prescribing.

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HB 216 – Transition from Certification to Licensure

Effective April 6, 2017 eliminates the certificate of authority (COA) and the Certificate to Prescribe (CTP) and replaces them with a license that includes prescriptive authority for all Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNPs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs).

CNPs, CNSs and CNMs who hold an active Certificate of Authority (COA), but never obtained a Certificate to Prescribe (CTP), Certificate to Prescribe – Externship (CTP-E), or the required 45 hours of advanced pharmacology in the last five years, are not immediately eligible for APRN licensure under HB 216.

If these COA holders do not obtain the 45 hours of advanced pharmacology and/or fail to submit adequate documentation of the completed course of study as part of 2017 COA renewal/APRN license issuance process by December 31, 2017, they must cease APRN practice on January 1, 2018. COAs will no longer be recognized beginning in 2018.

Cleveland State University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-012, 8/1/2018)

Participants must complete all self-assessment quizzes, case studies, the comprehensive final exam, and an evaluation form to receive contact hours. Instructors and planners have declared no conflicts of interest pertaining to this activity and no commercial support or sponsorship has been provided for this program.