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This course is offered in cooperation with McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc and utilizes text from the textbook “Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist” by Peter C. Panus, PhD, PT, Bertram Katzung, PhD, MD, Erin E Jobst, PT, PhD, Suzanne L. Tinsley, PT, PhD, Susan B. Masters, PhD and Anthony J. Trevor, PhD © 2009.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course is based on what healthcare professionals in rehabilitation need to know about pharmacology.  Offering a complete but focused presentation of pharmacology as it affects patients in rehabilitation, while illuminating its ever-expanding role in the rehabilitation practice.

Throughout this course you will find valuable insights on the full range of pharmacology topics, from analgesics and muscle relaxants, to cancer chemotherapy – all taught from the vantage point of the practicing therapist.  You can expect complete, up-to-date descriptions of common adverse drug reactions relevant to therapeutic practice, as well as explanations of how drugs can disrupt functional and clinical outcomes along with corresponding therapy-based solutions to overcome these issues.  Also included are Problem-Oriented Patient Studies which feature the patient as the focal point of the case rather than drug therapy itself as well as at-a-glance summaries of the drugs available to treat specific conditions and disorders.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 573 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 4 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 1: Drugs Affecting the Cardiovascular System

Chapter 4:  Introduction to Autonomic Pharmacology
Chapter 5:  Drugs Affecting the Cholinergic System
Chapter 6:  Sympathomimetics and Sympatholytics
Chapter 7:  Antihypertensive Drugs 
Chapter 8:  Drugs Used in the Treatment of Angina Pectoris
Chapter 9:  Drugs Used in Heart Failure
Chapter 10:  Antiarrhythmic Drugs
Chapter 11:  Drugs Affecting the Blood

Module Goals

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the autonomic nervous system and the breakdown of the sympathetic (thoracolumbar) division and the parasympathetic (craniosacral) division.
  2. List the five key features of neurotransmitter functions that represent potential targets for pharmacologic therapy.
  3. Discuss central and peripheral integration and levels at which they occur.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge in the pharmacologic modification of the autonomic functions.
  5. Differentiate between sympathomimetics and sympatholytics.
  6. Define cholinergic.
  7. Differentiate between antimuscarinic receptors and antinicotinics receptors.
  8. Identify the two groups of direct acting agonist of the cholinergic system.
  9. Recognize the clinical application of the direct acting muscarinic agonist.
  10. Explain malignant hyperthermia.
  11. Discuss the clinical relevance for rehabilitation and the adverse drug reactions of anticholinergics.
  12. Differentiate between sympathomimetics and sympatholytics.
  13. List the endogenous adrenoceptor agonists, and discuss the chemistry and pharmacokinetics of each.
  14. Discuss the clinical applications of sympathomimetics.
  15. Identify the drug of choice for immediate treatment of anaphylactic shock.
  16. Recognize the clinical application of sympatholytics drugs.
  17. Demonstrate knowledge in antihypertensive drugs.
  18. Discuss high blood pressure and therapeutic strategies for patients with high blood pressure.
  19. Recognize the clinical use of β-blockers.
  20. Discuss the common use of Mannitol.
  21. Demonstrate knowledge in the drugs used in the treatment of angina pectoris.
  22. Explain the clinical indications as well as the adverse effects of calcium channel blocking drugs.
  23. Identify the adverse drug reactions of drugs used to treat angina pectoris and how these interfere with rehabilitation.
  24. Discuss drugs used to treat heart failure and differentiate between Class I, Class II, Class III and Class IV
  25. Recognize the antiarrhythmic drugs and discuss the action potentials in the cardiac cell.
  26. Demonstrate knowledge in the drugs that affect the blood.
  27. Identify nutrients that can prevent or correct red blood cell deficiencies.
  28. Explain hematopoietic growth factors.
  29. Discuss why heparin is the drug of choice when an anticoagulant must be used during pregnancy.