Professional Education

The Department of Pharmacology teaches courses in five schools within the Health Sciences Center. Most faculty members participate in each of these courses.

Graduate Education:  The department offers four fundamental graduate courses, Medicinal Pharmacology, Principles of Pharmacology, Cell Signaling and Scientific Presentations; Verbal and Written. The department also teaches elective courses.

Medicinal Pharmacology - This course is taught to Physician Assistants and Graduate Students in the School of Medicine.  Dr. Donna Neumann is the Course Director.

Basic Dental Pharmacology - This course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of pharmacology. Strong emphasis is placed on dentally oriented therapeutics such as analgesics, antibiotics and drug interactions. The course consists of 66 hours and is divided into 55 hours of lectures, and 11 of examinations.  Dr. Dennis Paul is the Course Director.

Dental Hygiene Pharmacology - This course is designed to provide the Dental Hygienist with the basic principles of pharmacology necessary for clinical practice. Among the areas covered in the lectures are autonomic, cardiovascular, CNS, and antibiotic drugs. There are 25 plus hours of lectures plus a mid-term and final exam. Dr. Imran Mungrue is the Course Director.

Advanced Nursing Pharmacology - This course is designed to provide students enrolled in the nurse practitioner's curriculum with advanced training in pharmacology.  Dr. Eric Lazartigues is the Course Director.

Nursing Pharmacology - Two courses are taught in the School of Nursing, (fall and spring) serving the B.S. program.   Dr. Andrew Caitling and Dr. Charles Nichols are Course Directors.  

Nursing Anesthesia Pharmacology - This course provides advanced training in Pharmacology as it relates to the drugs used in the practice of anesthesiology.  Dr. Kurt Varner is the Course Director.

Medical Pharmacology - The second year medical school curriculum consists of 8 system-based courses.  Pharmacology faculty tach in all 8 courses.  Dr. Daniel Kapusta is the Pharmacology content director and Co-Director of the Renal Course.   Dr. Donna Neumann is the Co-Director of the Foundations of Pharmacology Course.  Dr. Kurt Varner is the Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Course