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Revision Date: 25-Mar-20

Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
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On 7/16/20 class will be held online.

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 Chapter 1 before the 1st class in your textbook: Essentials in Pharmacology for Health Professionals. Be ready to discuss the material the 1st day of class and bring questions you may have.




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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.

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


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. 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.

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.

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.
  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 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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