This course is for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Learners will demonstrate entry level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) pharmacology knowledge under the guidance of a Tutor. The course is self-paced online and divided into multiple units, each with a pre-test, which identifies the learner’s foundational knowledge with a focus on areas for enhanced learning. Learners are expected to spend five (5) to six (6) hours per unit online, supplemented by additional research and study time. It is anticipated that learners will complete one (1) unit per week dependent upon knowledge acquisition abilities and previous level of foundational knowledge. Exams are an additional two (2) hours, three (3) times within the course. Learners must meet all learning objectives by reviewing and completing learning activities and course worksheets. Exams are incorporated into the units to measure achievement. Learners are permitted to re-write one (1) of the three (3) exams if unsuccessful. Learners have access to all course materials and are permitted to work on the units out of sequence. This course has a flexible delivery model as some units may be review, and other units represent new learning.
Please note: Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 1130) are required to show proof of English proficiency. Please see the Consolidated Clinical website for full details.
This self-paced, online tutor available Pharmacology for LPNs course is offered every semester. Learners who register late do not have the full fourteen (14) weeks available to them. Learners should be prepared to commit a minimum of five(5) - six (6) hours online per week for at least nine (9) weeks. The course is open for the full semester (14 weeks) though learners may complete sooner. No extensions are available.
$500.00 CAD, plus GST (Please note: All Faculty of Health, Professional Studies course fees are non-refundable/non-transferrable.)
Successful grade for this course is Mastery.
Learners who are not successful in PNUR 9032, Pharmacology for LPNs, may attempt the course for a second time. Learners requesting a second attempt are required to seek permission from the Director, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. No exceptions. Please note, there is no appeal mechanism within KPU for students receiving non-mastery.
Pre-licensure and post-licensure LPNs with basic nursing knowledge in Pharmacology, with previously demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with:
- Basic algebra for dosage calculations
- Human anatomy and physiology & disease process
This course may be available to other health professions, with permission.
How to Register
Registration is completed via Flexreg. The course to search is PNUR 9032.
Flexreg limits registration for all courses to 30 days from the start of class. As registration for this course is extended beyond 30 days from the start of class, each month a new registration option will open on Flexreg to permit ongoing registration. However, final registration for this course closes 1 month prior to the end of the semester to ensure students have sufficient time to complete the course.
Current Course Schedule
Current course schedules are available on Flexreg by searching for PNUR 9032, select "Course Details", and select "Meeting times". Please note: the "Meeting times" noted on each monthly registration option may pertain to the registration timeline and not the course schedule. Once registered see the course Moodle site for details on course deadlines if "Meeting times" reflect registration dates.
Text Books (mandatory)/Course Materials
Internet access required. Wi-Fi technology not recommended for quiz/exams. Online course modality may not be fully functional when utilizing iPads &/or android devices.
Textbook required. Do not start the course without the text.
- Pharmacology for Canadian Health Care Practice, current edition, By Linda Lane Lilley, PhD, RN, Shelly Rainforth Collins, PharmD, Julie S. Snyder, MSN, RN-BC and Beth Swart, BScN, MES available from the publisher https://evolve.elsevier.com, online (new or used), and available from the Kwantlen bookstore (limited quantities).
- Canadian Drug Guidebook current edition
Please contact our Program Assistant at 604.599.2232 or email