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Pharmacology for LPNs PNUR 9032*

All summer 2021 classes will be delivered remotely. In order to meet the requirements of remote delivery, students registering in summer 2021 term courses will need to have an electronic device, and access to the internet via WIFI or other source, to complete courses and access KPU services.  Please note: cellphones are not an option for video-conferencing, ipad/tablet or laptop with video capabilities required.


Course Description

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 9130) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical website for full details.

Course Format

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 average student spends 100 hours approximately on coursework, including exams and research.  The course is open for the full semester (14 weeks) though learners may complete sooner. No extensions are available.

Course Cost

$500.00 CAD, plus GST  (Please note: All Faculty of Health, Professional Studies course fees are non-refundable/non-transferrable.)

Course Grade

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.

Entrance Requirements

Pre-licensure and post-licensure LPNs with basic nursing knowledge in Pharmacology, with previously demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with:

  1. Basic algebra for dosage calculations
  2. Human anatomy and physiology & disease process

This course may be available to other health professions, with permission.

How to Register

Registration is completed via Elevate.  The course to search is PNUR 9032.      

Registration Deadline

Registration for this course closes six (6) weeks 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 Elevate by searching for PNUR 9032 and on our home page under "Upcoming Courses". 

Text Books (mandatory)/Course Materials

Reliable 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 available from the publisher, online (new or used), and available from the Kwantlen bookstore (limited quantities).
  • Canadian Drug Guidebook current edition


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