Mar 21, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Catalog

MA 217 - Pharmacology


Credit Hours: 2

This course introduces students to the role of the medical assistant regarding pharmaceutical drugs and is designed to help prospective medical assistants understand their responsibility concerning drugs and to appreciate the necessary limitations imposed upon them. Using a body systems approach, students are provided an overview of the classification of drugs, recognizing the signs and symptoms, etiology, diagnosis and treatment of common pathologies with an emphasis on patient education. Advances in drug therapy, standards and legislation, and the potential for drug tolerance, substance abuse and chemical dependency will also be addressed.

Students will also apply mathematical computations to solve pharmacological equations and calculate proper dosages and learn the nutritional aspects of pharmacology, recognizing the importance of food labels, diet and patient-specific dietary needs in maintaining health.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify general principles of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.
  • Identify drug names, sources, forms and actions (including correct abbreviations and terminology).
  • Explain how drugs are used for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
  • Recognize FDA laws & schedules governing drugs and controlled substances.
  • Identify the components of an immunization schedule across the life span
  • Understand proper drug administration (both parenteral and non-parenteral routes), storage & record keeping (including rights of medication administration).
  • Recognize allergic responses, symptomology, reactions and appropriate intervention/ treatment.
  • Apply mathematical computations to calculate proper medication doses for adult, pediatric and geriatric populations
  • Identify nutritional aspects of pharmacology and the importance of nutrition and diet in maintaining health, including the function of dietary supplements and nutrients, including carbohydrates, fat, protein, minerals, electrolytes, vitamins, fiber and water.
  • Identify the components of a food label.
  • Identify the special dietary needs for patient-specific populations for weight control, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, lactose sensitivity, gluten-free, food allergies and eating disorders
  • Demonstrate awareness for patient education regarding patient-specific dietary needs, drug action, contraindications, adverse reactions and implications for patient care across multiple body systems, including the potential for drug tolerance, substance abuse and/or chemical dependency.
  • Demonstrate proper use of drug reference books, including the PDR to understand the classification, indication, desired effect, dosing, administration, side effect profile, actions and interactions of commonly prescribed medications.


Prerequisites: BI 147, BI 148 and MT 112 (or equivalents)
Corequisites: MA 216
F/S (N)

This course is required for the Medical Assisting AAS Degree and 100% of the Psychomotor and Affective competencies need to be passed.

Reminder: To be eligible for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting, students must attain a C average or better in all MA courses