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AHS-2470-VT01Y - Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Synonym: 174195
Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours) Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Monday & Wednesday, 09:00A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 10-29-2018 to 12-17-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-07-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-27-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Peg Daly | 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.


·         Small-group and whole class discussion

·         Mini-lecture

·         Small group activities, including games and simulations

·         In-class writing assignments

·         Quizzes

·         Math quizzes and Final Exam

Evaluation Criteria:

Quizzes: 20%

Midterm: 20%

Final: 30%

Lab practical: 30% 


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


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. 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: Margaret Daly
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Leigh Marthe

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.   


Weekly Schedule (subject to change)

Monday 10/29: Introductions and a little history of ancient & modern      pharmacology. Units 1-3: making sure we know our basic math

Wednesday 10/31Units 4-6: getting metric AND calculating adult & pediatric dosages + related homework

Monday 11/5 : Discussion -- the placebo effect (to be continued throughout the course)

                         Units 7-8... introduction to Physician's Desk Reference (PDR)    

Wednesday 11/7Units 9-11... medication order, administration & correct route. 

Monday 11/12: Quiz on Units 7-8

                          Continue talking about Units 9-11 + related homework

                          Group work: case review & medication errors

Wednesday 11/14Unit 12 + related homework


                                Lab: Parenteral equipment, supplies, administration

Monday 11/19:  Quiz Units 9-12

                           Review of Anatomy & why we need to understand landmarks.  

                           Unit 13 overview + related homework. 

Wednesday 11/21Unit 14 -- Allergic reactions

                                Unit 15 -- Antibiotics (Abx) & Viral vs. Bacterial infections            

                                Review for Midterm Exam

Monday 11/26:    MIDTERM on Units 1-14

                            Lab Review -- drug administration & recognizing allergic rxn's

Wednesday 11/28Units 15-17

                                Ethical issues/case study -- substance abuse 

Monday 12/3: Quiz on Units 15-17

                       Unit 18 -- Nutrition & Supplements (guest speaker) 

                       Lab: patient interview

Wednesday 12/5Units 19 & 20 + related homework 

                              Begin Units 21-24 

Monday 12/10: Quiz on Units 18-20

                          Continue lecture on Units 21-24 -- organ systems' pharm

Wednesday 12/12: Lab Practical Exam 

                                Units 25-28 -- more organ systems; last stretch!!! 

                                Review for Final Exam 

Monday 12/17:     Final Exam

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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