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ARNP & Pharmacology   

Variety of ARNP and pharmacology topics by experts in the field. Schedules and presenters vary by offering.

Who Should Enroll

ARNPs and nurses with interest in the course material.

Open to all RNs.

Registration Notes

Credential/Accreditation Information

Pacific Lutheran University is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development as provisionally approved by the Montana State Nurses Association Approver of Continuing Nursing Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Pharmacology credit can be used toward 15 clock hours necessary for ARNPs with prescriptive authority (WAC 246-840-451).

Refund Policies

This course operates by the Nursing Refund Policies.

Pharmacology asynchronous $35.00
Instructor(s): Kathryn Schroeder PharmD
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1
Location: fully online

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV

Katie Schroeder, PharmD

This course will cover Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) effectiveness in preventing HIV infection when taken as prescribed. PrEP is recommended for individuals at high risk of HIV, and it involves taking antiretroviral medications regularly to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Discover the importance’s of healthcare providers accessing individual's risk factors to determine if PrEP is appropriate for them.  PrEP is highly effective when taken consistently. The two main medications approved for PrEP are Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) and Descovy (tenofovir alafenamide/emtricitabine). Both medications have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission when taken as directed.

Clock Hours Offered, RX credits 1.0

Pharmacology asynchronous $35.00
Instructor(s): Yhazmyne Hawkins, Pharm D
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1
Location: fully online


Yhazmyne Hawkins, PharmD

This course will focus on interpreting laboratory results related to Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, and then using that information to make informed decisions about antiviral therapy for patients.  The approach may vary depending on guidelines, the specific patient's condition, and the available medications.  In both HBV and HCV cases, individualized patient assessment is essential to select the most appropriate antiviral therapy. Treatment response is monitored through serial lab tests, and adjustments may be made as necessary. Close collaboration with a hepatologist or infectious disease specialist is recommended for managing these chronic viral hepatitis infections. Treatment guidelines may evolve over time, so consulting the most recent guidelines is crucial. 


Pharmacology asynchronous $65.00
Instructor(s): Erik Gunderson, PharmD, BCPS , Steven Elrod, PharmD, BCACP , Tom Simpson, PharmD., RPH
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 2.6
Location: fully online

Pharmacotherapeutic Update for Providers:

Microdosing Psychedelics

Tom Simpson, PharmD., RPh.

Discover the rapidly evolving field of psychedelic research, with ongoing clinical trials and studies exploring their safety and efficacy for various mental health conditions. However, it's important to emphasize that the use of psychedelics should always be conducted in controlled and supervised settings to minimize risks and maximize potential benefits. Instructor Tom Simpson, PharmD., RPh.

Fight the Fomites!  COVID-19 Prevention and Management

Erik Gunderson, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

It's essential to stay updated with the latest guidelines and recommendations from health authorities and consult with healthcare professionals to develop a patient-specific COVID-19 treatment plan, especially considering the evolving nature of the pandemic.  Determining the appropriate COVID-19 treatment depends on several factors, including the patient's age, comorbidities, disease severity, and the presence of certain risk factors.

What the EF is Going on with Heart Failure?

Steven A. Elrod, PharmD, BCACP

The treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) has evolved over the years, and there are indeed some "new" foundational pillars that have become integral in managing this condition. These pillars are essential for improving patients' outcomes and enhancing their quality of life. Here are the "new" foundational pillars and an outline of outpatient setting treatment plans for HFrEF. 

This event offers 2.6 contact hours to attendees and (2.6 Pharmacology c

Clock hours offered


Holistic Opioid Addiction Prevention (HOAP) $85.00
Instructor(s): Carrie Ann Matyac, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 3
Location: fully online

Holistic Opioid Addiction Prevention (HOAP)

Carrie Ann Matyac, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

Holistic Opioid Addiction Prevention (HOAP) focuses on preventing opioid addiction from occurring in the first place. This is a crucial aspect of addressing the opioid crisis, as it aims to reduce the number of people who become dependent on opioids due to chronic pain management. The program equips healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to effectively prevent opioid addiction. This includes understanding the risks associated with opioids, identifying alternative pain management strategies, and staying up-to-date with the latest research and guidelines.

3.0 Contact Hours and 1.0 Pharm Credit

PLU Preceptors please contact us for your discount at


IUDs: the Ins and Outs from an Expert Clinician $50.00
Instructor(s): Bob Smithing, MSN, FNP, FAANP
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 2
Location: fully online

IUDs: Selection, Insertion, Removal, Problem Solving, & Patient Education

Instructor: Bob Smithing, MSN, FNP, FAANP


Participants learn correct methods for administering a cervical block, inserting the five currently available IUDs (Paragard, Liletta, Mirena, Kyleena, and Skyla), and matching the most appropriate IUD with their patient.
Participants can register at any time and will receive an email within 1 business day containing information on how to complete the class on their own time. This is an asynchronous session.
2.0 Contact hours available, including 1.5 Pharm Credits.



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