Pharmacology for LPNs PNUR 9032*

Course Description

This course is for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).  This self-paced online course provides opportunity to review Canadian Pharmacology.  Learners will demonstrate entry level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) pharmacology knowledge.  This self-guided online course is 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.  Tests 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. Tests are incorporated into the units to measure achievement. Learners have access to all course materials and are permitted to work on the units out of sequence.  This course has a flexible delivery module as some units may be review, and other units represent new learning.  Learners are permitted to re-write one (1) of the three (3) tests if unsuccessful, after forty-eight (48) hours.  To achieve mastery, learners must complete all tests successfully.

Please note:  Applicants intending to register for Consolidated Clinical (PNUR 9130/9034/9020) are required to show proof of English proficiency.  Please see the Consolidated Clinical websites for full details.

Course Format

This is a fully online, self-paced course.  This course is approximately 100 hours of self-guided online learning and learners must complete the course by the deadline, extensions are not possible.  Learners should be prepared to spend anywhere from 5-6 hours per unit (total of 9 units) online, supplemented by additional research and study time.  It is anticipated that students will complete at least one (1) unit per week dependent upon knowledge acquisition abilities and previous level of foundational knowledge.  Tests are an additional two (2) hours, three (3) times within the course.  The average student spends approximately 100 hours on coursework including tests and research.  Note it is recommended learners register prior to the start of the course however, late registrations are permitted up to six weeks after start of the course but this will limit time available in the course.

Course Cost

$550.00 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 our office, in writing. Learners are advised to contact their Canadian Nursing Regulatory Body for advisement if they are not successful after a second attempt. Third attempts are not permitted. 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 after the start of the course to ensure learners 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/tests.  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

Learning resources of approximately $100 CAD are an expected requirement when purchasing this course.  Fees are the responsibility of the learner and will be paid to the vendor directly.

It is the belief of FOHPS that these resources are vital and offer exceptional value as the resources are utilized in multiple FOHPS courses.  Students purchase the resource at the beginning of their educational journey for courses and may remain available for two (2) years after initial purchase.  The average cost of the e-resource is about $100 Canadian* dollars which is much less than most hardcover nursing textbooks. 


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