Contact for Course Information
Leah Fink, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, PO Box 9229
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
Phone: (304) 293-1521
FAX: (304) 293-3850
Critical Course Dates
Guest pass applications (required by non-WVU students before registering) must be received by Online WVU by May 1, 2017.
Summer semester start date (all students): May 15
Summer end date: July 17
Note: Instructions for guest pass applications are listed below. Please do not leave this until the last minute. Registration for the course cannot be initiated until the guest pass has been issued.
3 credit hours, offered Summer Term 2017
PCOL 260 is an upper-level undergraduate course designed for anyone with an interest in drugs and medicine. It is most often taken by students majoring in nursing, dental hygiene, and pre-medical/-dental fields, and is also of interest to students in forensics, athletic training, and exercise physiology as well as conscious health care consumers.
Pharmacology 260 examines the science behind the uses of drugs, covering a variety of common prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, supplements and herbal medicines, and drugs of abuse. The clinical use, mechanism of action, and important side effects of each class of drugs are explored within the context of the body's organ systems.
This course is given through West Virginia University, a fully accredited institution. While transfer of credit is always dependent upon acceptance by the degree granting institution, this course is generally acceptable for degree programs in nursing, dental hygiene and other undergraduate fields.
Qualifications and Prerequisites
2 semesters of undergraduate biology (e.g. freshman biology) or the Anatomy and Physiology course often taken by students in nursing and other health professions.
Tuition and Costs
- Non-WVU undergraduates with guest pass: $999 ($333/credit hour)
For graduates or current WVU students, please see http://financialservices.wvu.edu/files/d/ec89d502-aaa3-4980-870e-501b6748e34f/wvu-fee-schedule-ay17-ug-web.pdf for fees or contact WVU Online via the information provided in "Registration Information" below.
- Book: About $65 - $90, depending on book and condition.
One of the textbooks listed below is required and is selected based on the chosen "track." For more information about selecting a text, see Course Details (textbooks).
- Nursing and General Health Professionals: Pharmacology for Nurses: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 4th Edition, by Michael Adams and Leland N. Holland. (Prentice Hall. 2013; ISBN 0-13302618-3).
- Dental Hygiene: Applied Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist , 7th Edition, by Elena Bablenia Haveles. (Elsevier, 2016; ISBN: 0323171117).
- Pre-Med and Pre-Pharmacy: Pharmacology 6th Edition (Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews Series) , by Karen Whalen, Richard Finkel, Thomas Panavelil. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2015; ISBN: 1451191774).
Components of the Course
Online Lecture Notes
Detailed notes like what you would take in class, only better! Includes:
- Lecture notes provide background on the physiology relevant to an organ system or disease state as well as detailed information on the drugs that treat these conditions.
- Interactive questions and answers designed to help you understand key points
- Audio buttons to let you hear the pronunciation of each drug's name
- Important terms are highlighted for you
- Color illustrations and diagrams
- All notes available both on-line and in Acrobat format (.pdf) suitable for printing, off-line viewing or archiving.
Audio mini lectures
- Mini-audio lectures available in MP3 format for listening either at a computer or via MP3 player (e.g. iPhone)
- Allows you to multitask while studying!
Communication with the Instructor
- Question sets customized to make pharmacology more relevant for three career tracks: nursing and patient care, dental hygiene and pre-dentistry, and pharmacy and pre-medical.
- Exam/quiz review sessions are conducted via the course chat room
- Threaded discussion forum: a place for public posting of your questions
- And, of course, email and phone
- 4 Exams - given online
- 1 Final exam - given online
- Question sets - one per week
Register at WVU Online (800) 253-2762 or online.wvu.edu/contact.You can use a Guest Pass to register for the course without applying for admission to WVU.
- Guest Pass information
- Download the Guest Pass registration form (PDF file)
Information for the "Registration Form" section of the Guest Pass form:
- CRN# = 50505
- Subject = PCOL
- Course # = 260
- Section # = 7D1
- CR Hrs = 3.