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Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics II: Cardiovascular, Renal and Respiratory Systems

  •  Course Number: GMS 6530
  • Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
  • Course Format: This online course is tailored for asynchronous distance learners.
  • Course Syllabus: View Full Course Details

Course Description

This course studies the pharmacology and therapeutics of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems. This course will cover the fundamentals of small molecule drugs and their actions on the heart, vasculature, kidney and other parts of the cardiovascular, renal and respiratory systems. Specific topics include heart medications, cholesterol lowering drugs, and diuretics, among others.


This course requires a BA or BS and a strong science foundation with at least 5 full semester courses related to biology, chemistry and/or physics.

Course Highlights Include

Heart medications, cholesterol lowering drugs, and asthma.

Who This Course Is For

This course is beneficial for individuals wanting to pursue a career in medicine or pharmacy and for professionals in pharmacy, drug development, biotechnology, pharmacology, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, clinical scientists, professors, and researchers.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Cardiovascular System – Heart and Vasculature
  • Heart Failure
  • Antianginals
  • Antiarrhythmics
  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
  • Anticoagulants
  • Respiratory System and Drugs
  • Renal System – Kidneys and Urinary
  • Antihypertensives
  • Diuretics

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this course will prepare students to study pharmacology and therapeutics in the context of translational research and specific human physiologies and pathophysiologies. These students will be able to:

  1. Understand the diversity of small molecule drugs that target the cardiovascular, renal, and respiratory systems.
  2. Understand the mechanisms by which targeting the cardiovascular and renal systems act in the body and at their targets, including the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of these agents.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply pharmacological principles of clinical and basic science relevancy by multiple choice examinations, research assignments, and quiz exercises.


This is a self-paced course that is offered in the spring, fall and summer.