Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
(5 pharm hours)
Author(s): Sindee K. Karpel, MPA, RRT
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Chris Kallus, MEd, RRT
  • Mattia Migliore, RPh, PhD
  • Barbara LeDuc, PhD, RN
Item#: N1588
Contents: 1 Course Book (80 pages)

Respiratory Care Pharmacology



Price $24.95
Item # N1588
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

In this course, nurses will gain essential information to build a safe and effective practice for administering respiratory medications. The course opens with a discussion of pharmacological principles, including drug interactions and phases of drug action. The discussion of drug dose calculations begins with a review of the metric system. Nurses will learn about making calculations with a dose schedule as well as calculations from percent strength solutions. Medicated aerosol therapy is described, and aerosol delivery devices are reviewed. The discussion of bronchodilators includes a description of the autonomic nervous system, including cellular action and airway and cardiac responses. Nurses will learn about adrenergic bronchodilators, anticholinergic bronchodilators, and methylxanthines (phosphodiesterase inhibitors). The discussion of mucus-controlling agents begins with a review of the mucociliary system and then describes bland aerosols and mucoactive agents. The section on exogenous surfactant agents includes a description of alveolar physiology and surfactant synthesis. Nurses will learn about corticosteroids, the nature of the inflammatory response, the clinical application of aerosolized steroids, and exogenous corticosteroid agents. The immunological response to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents is described, as are aerosolized anti-infective agents, including antiviral, antiprotozoal, and antibiotic agents. Finally, the course covers aerosolized/gaseous pulmonary vasodilators and their indications for the use. 

Kentucky APRNs - This course fulfills your pharmacology CE requirement

Course Objectives
  • Define key terms related to general pharmacological principles.
  • Calculate drug doses using percentage-strength solutions and dosage schedules.
  • Describe the factors that affect aerosol deposition in the lungs.
  • Compare modes of action indications and adverse effects that characterize the major classes of aerosolized and non-aerosolized respiratory pharmacologic agents.
  • Recommend the appropriate respiratory pharmacologic agent and delivery method based on patient clinical presentation.

Sindee K. Karpel, MPA, RRT, is the clinical coordinator for the Respiratory Care Program and professor in the Cardiopulmonary Sciences Program at Edison State College, Fort Myers, Florida.

Ms. Karpel received her baccalaureate degree from Queens College of the City University of New York, her certificate in Respiratory Care from the New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Respiratory Therapy Program, and her master’s of public administration with a major in health care administration from Long Island University. She has been a full-time respiratory care educator since 1993 and has been teaching respiratory care pharmacology since that time.

Ms. Karpel is the author of several articles on various respiratory care topics, two well-known respiratory care workbooks, and test-banks for popular respiratory care textbooks.

Chris Kallus, MEd, RRT, is a Professor and the Program Chair for the Victoria College Respiratory Care Program in Victoria, Texas. He began his teaching career at Victoria College in 1981, serving as the Director of Clinical Education until 1990, and then continuing to serve the College as Program Chair from 1990 to the present.

He is an active member of the American Association for Respiratory Care, Texas Society for Respiratory Care, and the Texas Community College Teachers Association. He is also a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, an item writer for the National Board for Respiratory Care, and a sponsor for the Lambda Beta Society, Victoria College chapter.

Mattia Migliore, RPh, PhD, holds a BS in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences from Northeastern University, and a PhD in pharmacology and nanomedicine from Northeastern University. Dr. Migliore has been an Assistant Professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology for the past 5 years.

Barbara LeDuc, PhD, RN, has been Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for 16 years, having taught Pharmacology to nursing, PA, pharmacy, and graduate students. She graduated from The Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in 1965, and in 1993 received her Ph.D. in biochemistry for the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. Her research interests include drug metabolism and drug-drug interactions.


  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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