Highlights

Here are some of the highlights for this micro-credential.

  • No application process, no pre-requisites, open to anyone

  • Learn at your own pace using a computer, tablet or smartphone

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • Receive a certificate of course completion and digital badge for successfully completing the course which can be shared on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), downloaded as a PDF, or even embedded in an email signature

Micro-credential Overview

In this 30-hr micro-credential, learners will explore the topic of medication administration.  This micro-credential is tailored for individuals already in the industry requiring a medication administration refresher course. Learners will learn about chemical, generic, and brand names of drugs and the various methods used to classify drugs and the sources of drug information available for healthcare providers.

This micro-credential is also facilitated and has a comprehensive exam at the end of the course.  Learners are expected to successfully pass the exam with 90% or higher to earn a Sault College digital badge and certificate of completion.  Lastly, learners will be expected to contact Sault College's eLearning department at elearning@saultcollege.ca to register for this micro-credential.

Review the curriculum below to see the topics covered.  

Learners who successfully complete the micro-credential will earn a digital badge and certificate of course completion that can be downloaded and shared via social media. 

You will have access to the course for 90 days to work through the content.

Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the micro-credential!

    • Before we begin...

    • Welcome and Micro-credential Information

    • Navigation

    • Micro-credential Learning Outcomes

    • Learner Discussion Forum

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Standards and Information Sources

    • Lesson 1: Learning Objectives

    • Drug Names

    • Learning Activity

    • Prescription Vs. Nonprescription Drugs

    • Biologic Products

    • Resources for Drug Information

    • Learning Activity

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Canadian Drug Legislation

    • Videos- Controlled Substances

    • Video- Categorizing Drugs

    • Basic Drug Reactions

    • Routes of Administration

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Drug Stages After Administration

    • Learning Activity

    • Absorption

    • Learning Activity

    • Distribution

    • Metabolism

    • Excretion

    • Half Life of Drugs

    • Learning Activity

    • Drug Action Descriptions and Effects of Drugs

    • Learning Activity

    • Drug Interactions

    • Changes in Absorption and Distribution

    • Changes in Metabolism and Excretion

    • Video-Categorizing Drugs

    • Nursing Diagnosis and Pharmacology

    • Planning Administration

    • Safety and Evaluation

    • Video- What Really Happens when you Mix Medications?

    • Lesson Summary

  • 3

    Lesson 2: The CNO Basics of Medication Administration

    • Lesson 2: Learning Objectives

    • CNO Videos

    • Controlled Act: An Overview

    • An Overview of Medication Orders

    • Delegation: An Overview

    • Initiation: An Overview

    • Learning Activity

    • Responsibilities

    • Delivery Systems

    • Learning Activity

    • Narcotic Control Systems

    • Dispensing of Non-Narcotic Medication

    • Medication Orders

    • Learning Activity

    • Medication Safety- Nursing Considerations

    • Medication Errors

    • Best Practices in Preventing Medication Errors

    • What can Nurses do?

    • Learning Activity

    • The 7 Rights

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson Summary

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System

    • Lesson 3: Learning Objectives

    • Review of the Nervous System

    • Peripheral Nervous System

    • Neurons, Synapse, and Neurotransmitters

    • Learning Activity

    • Autonomic Nervous System

    • Learning Activity

    • Drug Classes and the Autonomic Nervous System

    • Independent Learning Activity

    • Learning Activity

    • Alpha- and Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents

    • Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Cholinergic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Sleep

    • Lesson 4: Learning Objectives

    • Introduction

    • NREM

    • Learning Activity

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Insomnia

    • Sedative Hypnotic Therapy

    • Learning Activity

    • Nursing Implications for Sedative-Hypnotic Therapy

    • Learning Activity

    • Assessing the Central Nervous System Function

    • Video

    • Patient Education for Sedative-Hypnotic Therapy

    • Learning Activity

    • Benzodiazepines

    • Learning Activity

    • Podcast

    • Nonbenzodiazepine Sedative-Hypnotic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Drugs for Neurodegenerative Disorders

    • Lesson 5: Learning Objectives

    • Parkinson's Disease

    • Learning Activity

    • Drug Therapy for Parkinson's Disease

    • Nursing Implications for Parkinson's Disease

    • Learning Activity

    • Video- Neurodegenerative Disease Overview

    • Learning Activity

    • Monoamine Oxidase Type B Inhibitors

    • Dopamine Agonists

    • Learning Activity

    • Podcast

    • COMT Inhibitor

    • Anticholinergic Agents

    • Drug Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

    • Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors

    • NMDA Receptor Inhibitor

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 7

    Lesson 6: Drugs for Anxiety

    • Lesson 6: Learning Objectives

    • Anxiety Disorders

    • Learning Activity

    • Nursing Assessment of Mental Status

    • Drug Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

    • Video- Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks

    • Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorders

    • Treatment for Panic Disorders

    • Treatment for Phobias

    • Podcast

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

    • Implementation and Patient Education

    • Benzodiazepines

    • Learning Activity

    • Azaspirones

    • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

    • Miscellaneous Antianxiety Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Drug Dependence

    • Lesson Summary

  • 8

    Lesson 7: Drugs for Bipolar Disorders

    • Lesson 7: Learning Objectives

    • Mood Disorders

    • Learning Activity

    • Assessment of Patients with Mood Disorders

    • Drug Therapy for Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

    • Podcast

    • Nursing Considerations for Mood Disorder Therapy

    • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)

    • Nursing Considerations for MAOI Therapy

    • Learning Activity

    • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

    • Learning Activity

    • Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)

    • Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs)

    • Learning Activity

    • Miscellaneous Agents

    • Antimanic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Drug Therapy for Psychosis

    • Adverse Effects of Antipsychotic Agents

    • Other Adverse Effects of Antipsychotic Agents

    • Nursing Assessment for Antipsychotic Therapy

    • Learning Activity

    • Antipsychotic Agents

    • Premedication Assessment

    • Adverse Effects of Antipsychotic Therapy

    • Drug Interactions with Antipsychotic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 9

    Lesson 8: Drugs for Seizures

    • Lesson 8: Learning Objectives

    • Antiepileptic Therapy

    • Nursing Implications and Patient Education for Antiepileptic Therapy

    • Learning Activity

    • Podcast

    • Benzodiazepines

    • Learning Activity

    • Hydantoins

    • Learning Activity

    • Succinimides

    • Carbamazepine

    • Gabapentin

    • Lamotrigine

    • Levetiracetam

    • Oxcarbazepine

    • Learning Activity

    • Pregabalin

    • Phenobarbital

    • Tiagabine

    • Primidone

    • Topiramate

    • Learning Activity

    • Valproic Acid

    • Zonisamide

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 10

    Lesson 9: Pain Management

    • Lesson 9: Learning Objectives

    • Drugs Used for Pain Management

    • Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA)

    • Learning Activity

    • Opiate Agonists

    • Monitoring Parameters for Opiate Agonists

    • Learning Activity

    • Opiate Partial Agonists

    • Opiate Antagonists

    • Learning Activity

    • Prostaglandin Inhibitors

    • Salicylates

    • Learning Activity

    • Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 11

    Lesson 10: Drugs for Cardiac Diagnoses (Part 1)

    • Lesson 10: Learning Objectives

    • Hyperlipidemias

    • Bile Acid–Binding Resins

    • Learning Activity

    • Niacin (Nicotinic Acid)

    • Podcast

    • Learning Activity

    • HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors (Statins)

    • Fibric Acids and Miscellaneous Antilipemic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    • Drug Therapy for Hypertension

    • Nursing Assessments for Patients with Hypertension

    • Video: Pharmacology- Hypertension & Antihypertensives (Made Easy)

    • Learning Activity

    • Diuretics and Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Angiotension-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors

    • Learning Activity

    • Angiotensin II Blockers (ARBs)

    • Direct Renin Inhibitors and Aldosterone Receptor Antagonist

    • Calcium Channel Blockers and Alpha-1 Adrenergic Blocking Agents

    • Central-Acting Alpha-2 Agonists

    • Direct Vasodilators

    • Dysrhythmias

    • Class Ia and Ib Antidysrhythmic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Class Ic Antidysrhythmic Agents

    • Lesson Summary

  • 12

    Lesson 11: Drugs for Cardiac Diagnoses (Part 2)

    • Lesson 11: Learning Objectives

    • Drug Therapy for Peripheral Vascular Disease

    • Baseline Assessments for Peripheral Vascular Disease

    • Learning Activity

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Hemorheologic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Drug Class: Platelet Aggregation Inhibitor

    • Platelet Inhibitors

    • Factor Xa Inhibitors (waiting for page number)

    • Anticoagulants

    • Podcast (Optional

    • Heparin

    • Warfarin (Coumadin)

    • Learning Activity

    • Thrombin Inhibitor

    • Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Inhibitors and Fibrinolytic Agents

    • Video- Calcium Channel Blockers Simplified

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Learning Activity

    • One Group of Drugs Used to Treat Symptoms Related to Heart Failure

    • Drugs Used to Reduce Heart Rate

    • Digitalis Toxicity

    • Learning Activity

    • Miscellaneous Agent and Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors

    • Learning Activity

    • Common Diuretics

    • Thiazide Diuretics

    • Potassium-Sparing Diuretics

    • Combination Diuretic Products

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 13

    Lesson 12: Drugs for the Respiratory System

    • Lesson 12: Learning Objectives

    • Drug Therapy of Upper Respiratory Diseases

    • Learning Activity

    • Sympathomimetic Decongestants

    • Antihistamines

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Respiratory Antiinflammatory Agents

    • Use of Decongestants

    • Learning Activity

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Lower Respiratory Disease

    • Administration of Inhalants

    • Learning Activity

    • Expectorants

    • Saline Solutions

    • Antitussive Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Mucolytic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Beta-Adrenergic Bronchodilating Agents

    • Tiotropium Bromide (Spiriva)

    • Respiratory Antiinflammatory Agents

    • Antileukotriene Agents

    • Phosphodiesterase-4 Inhibitor Roflumilast (Daliresp)

    • Immunomodulator Agents

    • Miscellaneous Antiinflammatory Agents

    • Lesson Summary

  • 14

    Lesson 13: Drugs for the Digestive System

    • Lesson 13: Learning Objectives

    • Antacids

    • Learning Activity

    • Histamine-2 Receptor Antagonists

    • Gastrointestinal Prostaglandins

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Proton Pump Inhibitors

    • Learning Activity

    • Coating Agents

    • Prokinetic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Dopamine Antagonists

    • Serotonin Antagonists

    • Video- Overview of the Digestive System

    • Learning Activity

    • Anticholinergic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Corticosteroids

    • Benzodiazepines

    • Cannabinoids

    • Neurokinin-1 Receptor Antagonists

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Laxatives

    • Learning Activity

    • Stimulant and Osmotic Laxatives

    • Saline Laxatives

    • Learning Activity

    • Stool Softeners and Bulk-Forming Laxatives

    • Learning Activity

    • Lubricant Laxatives and Opioid Antagonists

    • Antidiarrheal Agents

    • Lesson Summary

  • 15

    Lesson 14: Drugs for the Endocrine System

    • Lesson 14: Learning Objectives

    • Insulin

    • Learning Activity

    • Biguanide Oral Antidiabetic Agent

    • Sulfonylurea Oral Hypoglycemic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Meglitinide Oral Hypoglycemic Agents

    • Thiazolidinedione Oral Hypoglycemic Agents

    • Alpha- Glucosidase Inhibitor Agents

    • Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 Inhibitors

    • Incretin-Mimetic Agents

    • Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 Inhibitors

    • Antihypoglycemic Agents

    • Video- Overview of Thyroid Diseases

    • Thyroid Replacement Hormones

    • Learning Activity

    • Antithyroid Medications

    • Learning Activity

    • Iodine-131

    • Other Antithyroid Medications

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Learning Activity

    • Mineralocorticoids

    • Learning Activity

    • Glucocorticoids

    • Corticosteroid Therapy: Drug Interactions

    • Steroid Taper

    • Learning Activity

    • Estrogens

    • Learning Activity

    • Progestins

    • Learning Activity

    • Androgens

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 16

    Lesson 15: Drugs for the Reproductive System

    • Lesson 15: Learning Objectives

    • Uterine Stimulants

    • Misoprostol (Cytotec)

    • Learning Activity

    • Ergonovine (Ergotrate Maleate) and Methylergonovine (Methergine)

    • Oxytocin (Pitocin)

    • Learning Activity

    • Uterine Relaxants

    • Learning Activity

    • Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid)

    • Rho(D) Immune Globulin

    • Learning Activity

    • Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment (Ilotycin)

    • Phytonadione

    • Oral Contraceptives

    • Learning Activity

    • Transdermal Contraceptives

    • Intravaginal Hormonal Contraceptives

    • Learning Activity

    • Bisphosphonates

    • Denosumab (Prolia)

    • Drug Therapy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

    • Alpha-1 Adrenergic Blocking Agents

    • Antiandrogen Agents

    • Finasteride (Proscar)

    • Learning Activity

    • Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors

    • Learning Activity

    • Lesson Summary

  • 17

    Lesson 16: Eye Disorders, Cancer, Muskuloskeletal Systems

    • Lesson 16: Learning Objectives

    • Eye Medications

    • Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors

    • Cholinergic Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Alpha-Adrenergic Agents

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Learning Activity

    • Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents

    • Prostaglandin Agonists

    • Anticholinergic Agents

    • Antifungal and Antiviral Agents

    • Ophthalmic Antibiotics and Corticosteroids

    • Ophthalmic Anti-inflammatory Agents and Antihistamines

    • Antiallergenic Agents

    • Diagnostic Agent

    • Traditional Major Groups of Chemotherapeutic Agents

    • Chemoprotective Agents

    • Alkylating Agents

    • Antimetabolites

    • Natural Products

    • Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors and Polyadenosine Diphosphate Ribose Polymerase Inhibitors

    • Cyclin-Dependent Kinases 4 and 6 Inhibitors, Proteasome Inhibitors, and Antineoplastic Inhibitors

    • Hormones

    • Topoisomerase Inhibitors and Biologic Therapies

    • Bone Marrow Stimulants

    • Learning Activity

    • Centrally Acting Skeletal Muscle Relaxants

    • Learning Activity

    • Direct-Acting Skeletal Muscle Relaxants

    • Learning Activity

    • Neuromuscular Blocking Agents

    • Learning Activity

    • Gout Agents (Colchicine and Probenecid)

    • Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors

    • Uric Acid Reabsorption Inhibitor

    • Lesson Summary

  • 18

    Lesson 17: Antibiotics

    • Lesson 17: Learning Objectives

    • Antimicrobial Agents

    • Nursing Assessment During Antimicrobial Therapy

    • Learning Activity

    • Aminoglycosides

    • Carbapenems

    • Podcast (Optional)

    • Cephalosporins

    • Glycopeptides

    • Glycylcycline

    • Macrolides

    • Oxazolidinones

    • Penicillins

    • Quinolones

    • Copy of Podcast (Optional)

    • Streptogramins

    • Sulfonamides

    • Tetracyclines

    • Learning Activity

    • Antitubercular Agents

    • Isoniazid (INH, Nydrazid)

    • Pyrazinamide (Tebrazid)

    • Video (Optional)

    • Rifampin (Rifadin)

    • Learning Activity

    • Miscellaneous Antibiotics

    • Learning Activity

    • Antifungal Agents

    • Fluconazole (Diflucan)

    • Griseofulvin microsize (Griseofulvin ultramicrosize, Grifulvin V)

    • Itraconazole (Sporanox)

    • Terbinafine (Lamisil)

    • Learning Activity

    • Antiviral Agents

    • Famciclovir (Famvir)

    • Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)

    • Ribavirin (Virazole, Rebetol, Ribasphere)

    • Valacyclovir (Valtrex)

    • Zanamivir (Relenza)

    • Lesson Summary

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