• Program: Medical Assistant
  • Course: Pharmacology
  • Course #: MAST1045
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides the student with an introduction to basic pharmacology. Drugs are presented within the major drug classifications along with general drug actions, common adverse reactions, contraindication, precautions, and interactions related to each body system. Emphasis is placed on ways to promote an optimal response to therapy. how to monitor and manage adverse reactions, and important points to keep in mind when educating patients about the use of these drugs. Special consideration for pediatric, obstetric and geriatric patients will be emphasized. Students will understand patient rights, education and safety.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Define pharmacology
Explore the history of pharmacological development
Determine different categories of medications
Identify drug classifications according to body systems
Identify medications according to the classifications in the body systems
Explore resources used in medication management
Discuss non-pharmacological aspects to drug therapy
Acquire knowledge in patient teaching
Examine patient safety considerations in medication management

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Admission into the Medical Assistant Program
  • Campus: Eden Prairie

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