Pharmacology

Pharmacology

Course Hours: 
225
Price: 
$1,200.00
Course Type: 
Mentor Supported
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Providing an extensive framework of drug information in a concise format, our Pharmacology program offers complete coverage of how drugs work in the body; their purpose, side effects, cautions and interactions.  Mini drug monographs containing valuable drug information and pill photos are included as a quick reference.  Each drug classification is described, along with characteristics of typical drugs, as well as the difference in generic/brand name, dosing schedules and warning labels. Our Pharmacology course is designed to meet the needs of students in nursing, medical assistant, and pharmacy technician programs and is adaptable to the requirements of students in all allied health programs.   

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the core elements of drugs and their effects on the body
  • Recognize commonly dispensed dosage forms and routes drug administration
  • Recall drug classifications based on the systems of the body they affect
  • List the ways drugs are processed by the body
  • Define the various drug abbreviations and systems of measurement

 

Pharmacology Module 1
Drug History, Regulations and Interactions

  • The History of Medicines and Their Uses
  • Drug Legislation
  • Pharmacokinetic Phases
  • Concepts of Drug Bioavailability and Bioequivalence
  • Drug-Response Relationships
  • Agonists, Antagonists, and Partial Agonists
  • The Relationship Between Drug Effectiveness and Potency
  • Patient’s Adherence to Drug Therapy
  • Methods Technicians Use to Avoid Errors
  • Preventing Undesired Drug Interactions

Pharmacology Module 2
Treatment of Psychological and Neurological Disorders

  • Primary Types of Depressive Orders
  • Classes of Medication to treat Anxiety Disorders
  • Medications to Treat Schizophrenia and Psychoses
  • Balancing a Drug’s Side Effect Against Desired Response
  • Medications Used to Treat Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease
  • Role of Dopamine and Acetylcholine in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Drug Interactions of Patient’s with Seizures
  • Significant Drug Look-Alike/Sound-Alike Issues
  • The Etiology of Pain and Migraine Headache
  • Treatment of Nociceptive Pain and Neuropathic Pain

Pharmacology Module 3
Alzheimer’s Disease, Sleep Disorders and Neuromuscular Diseases

  • The Neurochemistry of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors
  • Sleep Disorders and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Symptoms Associated with Sleep Deprivation
  • Neuromuscular Blockade and Skeletal Muscle Relaxants
  • Safe Management of Neuromuscular Blocking Drugs in the Pharmacy
  • The Signs and Symptoms of Spasticity
  • Mechanisms of Action for Each Class of Drugs Used in the Treatment of Spasticity
  • Autoimmune Diseases that Affect the Musculoskeletal System
  • Categories of Medications Used in the Treatment of Autoimmune Disease

Pharmacology Module 4
Diseases of the Bone, Eye and Ear

  • Signs and Symptoms of Paget’s Disease and Osteoporosis
  • Significant Drug Look-Alike and Sound-Alike Issues
  • Medical Conditions Associated with Hyperuricemia and Gout
  • Drugs in Each Class, Mechanism of Action and Adverse Reactions
  • Categories of Medications Used with the Treatment of Gout
  • The Use of Laser Surgery in the Treatment of Glaucoma
  • Treatment of Disorders of the Ear
  • Ostosclerosis and Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • The Treatment of Eye Infections
  • The Treatment of Ear Infections

Pharmacology Module 5
Conditions of the Heart

  • The Symptoms and Risk Factors for Angina
  • Medications Used to Treat Angina
  • Complications Associated with Untreated or Uncontrolled Hypertension
  • Drugs Used to Treat Hypertension
  • The Mechanism of Action for Each Class of Drugs Used to Treat Heart Failure
  • The Prevalence, Mortality Rate, and Risk Factors for Heart Disease
  • The Symptoms of Myocardial Infarction and Stroke
  • Common Drug Classes Used in the Treatment of Myocardial Infarction and Stroke
  • The Nonmodifiable and Modifiable Risk Factors of MI and Stroke
  • Medications Used to Treat Arrhythmias

Pharmacology Module 6
Gastrointestinal and Pulmonary Diseases and Allergies

  • Medications Used to Treat GERD, LPR, and PUD
  • Common Endings For Drug Classes Used in the Treatment of GERD, LPR, and PUD
  • Significant Drug Look-Alike and Sound-Alike Issues
  • Warning Labels and Precautionary Messages Associated with Medications
  • Rick Factors for COPD and Asthma
  • Medications Used in the Treatment of Asthma and COPD
  • Common Endings for Drug Classes Used in the Treatment of Asthma and COPD
  • Symptoms of Allergic Reactions
  • The Prevalence, Costs, and Triggers for Allergies
  • The Classes of Drugs Used to Treat Allergies

Pharmacology Module 7
Prostate Disease, Electrolyte Disorders, Thyroid Disorders, Diabetes

  • Prostate Disease and Erectile Dysfunction
  • Medications and Drug Classes for Prostate Disease
  • Warning Labels and Precautionary Messages
  • Significant Drug Look-Alike/Sound-Alike Issues
  • Concept of Homeostasis and the Locations of Fluids in the Body
  • Functions of Thyroid Hormones
  • Hormone Replacement Therapies Used with Hypothyroidism
  • Categories of Medication Used to Treat Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
  • Four Types of Diabetes
  • Adverse Reactions for All Medications

Pharmacology Module 8
Bacterial and Viral Infection and Cancer and Immunizations

  • Contraceptive Medications and Devices
  • Treatment of Infertility, Hypogonadism, Androgen Deficiency and Endometriosis
  • The Mechanisms of Resistance Bacteria that Develops
  • Antibiotic Misuse in Creating Microbial Resistance
  • The Structure and Function of Viruses
  • Four Categories of Antivirals
  • Nine Categories of Drugs Used to Treat Cancer
  • Methods of Screening for Specific Cancers
  • The Uses of Immunosuppressants
  • The Principle of Underlying Vaccination

Pharmacology Module 9
Fungal and Skin Infections

  • Common Types of Fungi
  • Treatments for Fungal and Yeast Infections
  • Treatments of Wounds, Ulcers, and Burns
  • Nonpharmaceutical Treatments for Wounds
  • Various Forms of Acne and Their Causes
  • Treatments for Different Types of Acne
  • Pharmaceutical Treatments for Eczema and Psoriasis
  • Medications that Suppress the Immune System
  • At-Risk Populations for Lice and Scabies
  • Medications Used to Treat Lice and Scabies

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

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  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

 

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

 

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

 

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.
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