Course Summary
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100 hours
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introductory Pharmacology


The course objective is to introduce pharmacology as the study of drugs. The course begins with an explanation of therapeutic and adverse effects, in addition to the basic operation of the nervous system. Several major body systems are covered including the cardiovascular, urinary, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and reproductive systems, with particular emphasis on the endocrine and immune systems. The drugs that are used to treat such conditions are studied with respect to their mechanism of action, therapeutic effects, and adverse effects. Topics include muscle relaxants, anesthetics, pain medication, and psychoactive medications. As students work through this course, their understanding of how drugs impact the body, as intended and otherwise, will improve.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Compare and contrast general and local anesthetics with reference to their routes of administration, mechanisms of action, effects, and adverse effects
  • List and explain clinical indications and contraindications, administration, and drug interactions of growth hormones, thyroid hormones, and adrenal steroids
  • Relate drug terminology to their appropriate definitions, and analyze aspects of drug actions, effects, and responses
  • Evaluate individual variation factors to drug responses, and explain drug interaction, dependence, and abuse
  • Solve dosage calculation problems involving fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, proportions and using the metric, apothecary, and household measurement systems
  • Evaluate the contribution of opioid analgesics towards pain alleviation, and assess their effects and adverse effects
  • More

General Topics:

  • Basics of pharmacology
  • Factors affecting drug actions
  • Dosage calculations
  • Autonomic nervous functions
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Anesthetics
  • Central nervous function
  • Sedative, hypnotic, and psychotomimetic drugs
  • Psychological disorders
  • Nervous system drugs
  • Opioid analgesics
  • Nonopioid drugs for pain, inflammation, and gout
  • Heart function and blood pressure
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Diuretics
  • Blood clotting, anemia, and lipids
  • Respiratory function
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and intestinal motility
  • Endocrine system and steroids
  • Hormones and reproduction
  • Thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Pancreatic hormones
  • Bacterial, fungal, and viral infections
  • Parasitic infections
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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