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AHS-2470-VN02 - Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Synonym: 194373
Location: Newport
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 05:30P - 08:15P
Semester Dates: 01-23-2020 to 04-30-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-10-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 04-06-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Joan Garrity | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $30.00
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Course Description:

This course provides an overview of pharmacology language, abbreviations, systems of measurement and conversions as they relate to medication administration. Students will learn the measurement of medication, dosage calculations, routes of administration, and commonly prescribed drugs in the medical office. Topics include legal implementations regarding controlled substances and other medications, forms of medications, patient care applications, drug classifications/interactions, and safety in medication administration and patient care. This course includes a lab. Prerequisites: Basic Algebra, Human Biology and Medical Terminology.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explain the responsibilities of the medical assistant regarding medication administration and the conditions under which a medical assistant may administer medication.
2. Understand the legal and ethical implications associated with controlled substances and prescription pads including the role of the FDA, function of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and purpose of the Controlled Substance Act.
3. Apply accurate medical terminology related to pharmacology and administration of medication.
4. Calculate doses accurately for oral and parenteral medications.
5. Interpret and document medication orders, including the parts of a prescription.
6. Identify classifications of drugs, factors that affect drug action, and the undesirable actions of given drugs.
7. Determine classification and application of routes of administration for oral and parenteral medications in relation to the target effect.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of medical recordkeeping, storage, safety, and quality assurance related to medications dispensed in the medical office.
Laboratory objectives:
1. Demonstrate the procedure for using a Physicians Desk Reference and other reference sources.
2. Demonstrate proper patient assessment skills prior to medication administration, and patient education regarding uses, interactions and adverse effects.
3. Demonstrate the ability to administer intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular injections.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Please read the Unit 1 from the text Pharmacology for Medical Assisting, and be familiar with the practice problems throughout the Unit. We will be working on these on the first day of class.




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Evaluation Criteria:

Quizzes: 20%

MIdterm: 20%

Final: 20%

Class Project: 20%

Group/Homwork 20%

There will be one quiz each week which may include material reviewed in lab. Lab Practical Exam is cumlative.

MIdterm is all the material covered up to that exam. Final exam is NOT cumlative.

Grading Criteria:

90-100 = A 95 and above A+

80-89 = B 85 and above B+
70-79= C 75 and above C+
60-69 = D


Spring 2020 textbook data will be available on December 2. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Joan Garrity
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

Attendance Policy:

Attendance in Pharmacology is crucial to your success. There will be labs scheduled during class and there are no make up times for the lab work. You are allowed 3 missed days of class after the 3rd missed day you will receive a non-satisfactory grade. Keep in mind exams and quizzes cannot be made up if missed.


'Pharmacology Spring 2020 Tentative Syllabus'

Pharmacology Tentative Syllabus

*Please note that this syllabus is only a brief overview of each week’s assignments

Week 1: Introductions, expectations, book overview and medical terminology review. Lecture: Unit 1-3.

Homework: Self assessment Unit 1-3

Week 2:

Lecture- Unit 4-6 Metric System: What do you already know and why do you need to know more? Let’s get familiar with dosages and the different forms, adults, and children dosages

Week 3:

Lecture- Unit 7 We will take a look at the Physicians Desk Reference and start to use it as a tool for pharmacology

Week 4:

Lecture Unit 7 continuation Medication order, Administration and the correct route.

Class Discussion

Lab: This week we will have our first lab on medication administration.

Homework: See Module in Canvas

Week 5:

continue Lectures on Unit 7 and 8 continued

Group Work: Medication dispensing

Week 6: Lab: Parental Equiptment, Supplies, Administration

Lecture: Unit 9-10

Week 7: Quiz 2 Units 6-8

Review of Anatomy and why we need to understand landmarks.

Group Work: Case study

Homework: Review for Midterm next week

Week 8: Midterm Exam Units 1-10

Class after Exam

Week 9: Lecture: Units 11 and 12.

Drug Categories, Drug Administration, recognizing an allergy reaction.

Week 10: Ethical Issues.

Group Work: Case Study

Week 11: Unit 18 Lets talk Nutrition, Supplements, why does it matter.

Quiz 4: Units 15-17

Class Discussion

Homework: Review Questions Unit 18

Lab: patient interview and assessment

Week 12: Unit 19 Psychotropic Agents, Group work: patient education/implications for patient care

Unit 20 substance abuse

We will begin Units 21-24 this week also

Homework: Create a case study for groups to review and use appropriate documentation

Week 13:

Lecuture: Unit 21-24 continued Musculoskeletal, Gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and respiratory medications.

Class discussion.

Week 14: Lab Run through of all things Pharmacology

Lecture: Units 25-28 Lets finish the body systems!

Review for Final Exam

Week 15: Final Exam to be given at the beginning of class. Final goodbyes

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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