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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - NGR6472

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-12-12
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 10/31/12. Elective - MS Nursing. GC approved 11/15/12. to USF Sys 11/15/12. to SCNS 11/26/12. Approved effective 1/1/13. Nmbr 6178 approved as 6472

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2970 2012-10-12
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Nursing NR 620100020
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dewel Lindsey 8133969978

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    NGR 6472 Pharmacology of Pain Management

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Pharmacology of Pain Mgmt
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 10



    Course Description

    This course is designed to review all three groups of commonly used analgesic medications.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Offered as enrichment course (not part of program/concentration/certificate)

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Lack of pain management specific elective courses

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Knowledge of specific content area

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Review the pain mechanisms affected by each analgesic group

    2. Understand the clinical considerations for use of each of the threee analgesic group.

    3. Review the WHO analgesic ladder for cancer pain relief

    4. Explain the key principles of analgesic therapy: individualization, optimization of administration

    5. Understand the mechanisms underlying analgesia of acetaminophen and NSAIDS

    6. Demonstrate competency in providing safe long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain

    7. Describe the basic physiology and pharmacology of opioid analgesics and the guidelines for opioid analgesic administration

    8. Explain the concept of adjuvant analgesics and their uses

    9. Understand the concept of neuropathic pain treatment through balance analgesia.

    10. Describe the guideliness for adjuvant drugs administration for acute and chronic pain

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Describe three main groups of analgesics: non-opioids analgesics, opioid analgesics and adjuvant analgesics.

    2. Understand the mechanisms of action of three main groups of analgesics

    3. Know how to provide practical and safe long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain

    4. Satisfactory completion of this course to include:

    a. Correct demonstrate proper management of chronic and acute pain through appropriate uses of analgesic drugs

    b. Proper demonstration of WHO guideline for cancer pain ;

    c. Demonstrate comprehension role of opioids vs non-opioids drugs in a spectrum of pain

    d. Succesful management of neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain

    e. Understand the rationale behind overdose treatment for each class of the analgesics

    C. Major Topics

    Central pharmacology of nociceptive transmission

    2. Clinical considerations for use of each of the three analgesic groups

    2. Opiates: basic mechanisms

    3. Opioids: clinical use

    4. Antipyretic analgesics: basic aspects

    5. NSAIDs and Coxibs: clinical use

    6. Antidepressant analgesics: a systematic review and comparative study

    7. Anticonvulsant medications in neuropathic pain

    8. Local anesthetic blocks and epidurals

    9. Analgesic drugs in development

    10. Adjuvant pain drugs, pharmacology and their uses in pain management

    D. Textbooks

    Wall and Melzack’s Textbook of Pain (5th ed.). Elsevier Publishing Company.

    Pain, Clinical Manual (2nd ed.) McCaffery and Pasero. Mosby Co.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy




    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests




    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information

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