MED 170 : PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANT
This course offers instruction in the principles of pharmacology for medical assistants. Students will use applied mathematics to prepare proper dosages of medication for administration and verify those doses/dosages prior to administration. Students will learn to update medication lists utilizing an electronic medical record system. Students will learn techniques to help them explain medication treatment plans to patients to ensure patient understanding and compliance. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.
- Identify the classifications of medications, including desired effects, side effects, and adverse reactions and describe the relationship between anatomy and physiology of all body systems and medications used in treatment in each.
- Select proper sites for administering parenteral medication, administer oral medications, and administer parenteral (excluding IV) medications.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic math computations, apply mathematical computations to solve equations, identify measurement systems, define basic units of measurement in metric, apothecary, and household systems, and convert among measurement systems.
- Identify both abbreviations and symbols used in calculating medication dosages and analyze charts, graphs, and/or tables in the interpretation of healthcare results.
- Prepare proper dosages of medication for administration, verify ordered doses/dosages prior to administration, and distinguish between normal and abnormal test results.
At a Glance
Program: Medical Assisting