3 Credits, 3 Contacts

This course is an introduction to basic pharmacology with an emphasis on the importance of medications in helping people to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The most common medications in current use are discussed according to body systems, with emphasis on classifications, uses, routes of administration, dosages, interactions, incompatibilities, and side effects with special emphasis on the 50 most commonly prescribed drugs as listed in Pharmacy Times. Also addressed are special precautions, legal aspects, patient education, preparation, and administration of medications as directed by the physician. Additional emphasis is placed on the performance of basic math, calculation of drug dosages and immunization schedules and administration. (This course is not intended for nursing students. Medical Assisting students must take in traditional classroom setting.)

Prerequisite: ALH 218 Medical Terminology and test into or higher than or completion of MATH 100 Introductory Algebra