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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 16-Apr-23

Summer 2023 | AHS-2470-VO01 - Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Materials/Lab Fees: $30.00


Cynthia Bjerklie
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

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. Basic algebra skills are required. Prerequisites: Human Biology and Medical Terminology.

Essential Objectives

1. Explain the responsibilities of support professionals, such as medical assistants and pharmacy technicians, regarding medication administration and the conditions under which such professionals 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.
9. Demonstrate the procedure for using a Physicians’ Desk Reference and other reference sources.
10. Identify and understand proper patient assessment skills prior to medication administration, and patient education regarding uses, interactions and adverse effects.
11. Distinguish different routes of medication administration and recognize precautions required for each to assure patient safety.
12. Demonstrate and practice professional conduct in the workplace and effective written and oral communication with patients, coworkers, and supervisors.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

AHS-2470-VO01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

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


Learning will occur through:

  • Class attendance and active, engaged participation
  • Weekly, on-time, completion of assigned readings and homework from text and other sources
  • Completion of short reflective writing assignments
  • Specific feedback from the instructor

Evaluation Criteria

  • Mastery of outlined "Essential Objectives", participation, and overall quality of work
  • Successful completion of Homework Assignments submitted on-time (10 points each)
  • Successful completion of 2 Quizzes (20 points each)
  • Timely, engaged participation in the Online Forum and Discussions (10 points each)
  • Successful completion of the Final Examination (50 points)

All points for the class count toward the total final course grade. A percentage of the student's scores compared to the total possible points for the course determines the final grade.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introduction to the Course and Each Other


Reading, writing, discussion, homework



Drug Facts and Drug Forms


Reading, writing, discussion, homework



Drug Classification


Reading, writing, discussion, homework



Drug Classification, continued


Reading, writing, discussion, homework



Drug Actions, Interactions, Side Effects, Using the PDR



Reading, writing, discussion, homework




Drugs and Specific Body Systems


Reading, writing discussion, homework



Substance Abuse


Reading, writing, discussion, homework



Medical Terminology, Abbreviations, Prescriptions, Calculating Dosages

Medication Administration Theory



Reading, writing, discussion homework



Drugs and Specific Body Systems


Reading, writing, discussion, homework



Drugs and Specific Body Systems



Reading, writing, discussion, homework




Drugs and Specific Body Systems


Reading, writing, discussion, homework



Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements



Reading, writing, discussion, homework



Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.