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AHS-2470-VT01Y - Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Synonym: 183558
Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday & Wednesday, 09:00A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 10-28-2019 to 12-16-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-06-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-26-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Brenton Murphy | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $30.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

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.


  1. Attending class and actively engaged participation
  2. Weekly completion of assigned discussions on relevant topics
  3. Completion of weekly in-class assignments, homework, and exams
  4. Specific feedback from the instructor

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Homework Assignments - 60 points
  2. Drug Reviews - 70 points
  3. Midterm Exam - 100 points
  4. Final Exam - 100 Points
  5. Lab Practicum - 70 points

Total: 400 points

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Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. 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: Brenton Murphy
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katharine Cooper

Notes: Email is the easiest way to contact me:

Attendance Policy:

  1. Attendance is mandatory. You get the most out of class when you are present. Missing a class not only sets you back but also inhibits your colleagues’ success.
  2. There are fifteen (15) classes throughout the semester. You must be physically in class for a minimum of twelve (12) classes in order to qualify to pass this course
    1. If you are absent for more than three (3) classes, you may not be qualified to pass the course. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis
    2. Attendance will be taken at the end of the evening. To obtain a mark for attendance for the day, a student must be present for more than 2 hours of class time
  3. Labs: We have only two scheduled times when we will be in the lab practicing clinical skills in additional to the practicum. You need to be present for at least one of these lab times to pass this course.
    1. If you are absent for more than one (1) of these practice times, you may not be qualified to pass this course. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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