Guidelines for Pharmacology Hours*

To be designated as fulfilling pharmacology requirements for ARNP prescriptive authority, a presentation should include the following content.

  • Course content may include but not be limited to:
    • evaluating between drug and non-drug therapy or the appropriate combination of modalities.
    • determining the most appropriate and specific agent based upon assessment of the individual's current needs and underlying health problem.
    • monitoring for therapeutic and adverse effects of drug therapy.
    • preventing and minimizing adverse drug effects and, when necessary, appropriately treating these reactions.
    • providing information to patients in order to help the patient better comply with the therapeutic regime.
    • understanding and complying with state and federal regulations.
    • recognizing when consultation and referral are necessary.
  • Examples of topics of acceptable pharmacology courses include but are not limited to:
    • General principles of pharmacology.
    • Indications for use/contraindications.
    • Interactions, side effects, adverse effects.
    • Dosing.
    •  Routes of administration.
    • Individualization of drug therapy based on age, health status and other factors.
    • Risk vs. benefit factors.
    • Compliance.
  • Thirty (30) minutes of pharmacology content is required to receive the minimum of 0.5 credit hours.


*Source:  Guidelines for Acceptable Courses for ARNP PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORIZATION Approved by the Washington State Board of Nursing, DOH669-173 (10/90), State of Washington Department of Health, P.O. Box 1099, Olympia, WA  98507-1099, (360) 664-4211. 

JP Form #4, Rev. 1/5/15

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