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Medications

Course Number: MA 136
Transcript Title: Medications
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)

Prerequisites

MA 123, MA 124, MP 111 and admission to the MA program

Course Description

Introduces drug therapy with emphasis on safety and classifications of common drugs and their actions, appropriate drug uses, effects, dangers and precautions. Covers routes of medication administration, management and control. Reviews common prescription abbreviations, forms of medications and basic drug categories. Prerequisites: MA 123, MA 124, MP 111 and admission to the MA program.

Intended Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Read with understanding medical documentation regarding medications.
  2. Administer drugs according to physician orders using proper techniques.
  3. Recognize major drug categories and utilize drug resources to administer medications safely.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the development and distribution of drugs in the United States.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by answering theoretical and application multiple choice questions on information covered in lecture and reading assignments. Students may complete a variety of assignments to demonstrate understanding, including group work, case studies, and homework assignments.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be a combination of lectures, case studies, and individual and group work. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate understanding in written and oral form, individually and in groups.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The following list outlines the concepts, themes, and issues students need to understand and be able to use appropriately. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate understanding in written and oral form, individually and in groups.

1.0 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICATIONS

The goal is to impart knowledge of medication concepts, management and control, dosage calculation and injection types, sites and equipment. Also to apply pharmacology principles to prepare and administer oral and parenteral medications.

2.0 DRUGS AFFECTING THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

The goal is to impart knowledge of central nervous system medications indicating their uses, therapeutic effects; side effects/contraindications, route of administration, usual adult dose, dangers and precautions.

3.0 MEDICATIONS AFFECTING THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM

The goal is to impart knowledge of autonomic nervous system medications indicating their uses, therapeutic effects, side effects/contraindications, route of administration, usual adult dosages, dangers and precautions.

4.0 MEDICATIONS AFFECTING THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM

The goal is to impart knowledge of the circulatory system and its components and the medications affecting the circulatory system, indicating their uses, therapeutic effects, side effects/contraindications, routes of administrations, usual adult dosages, dangers and precautions.

5.0 MEDICATIONS AFFECTING THE BODY AS A WHOLE

The goal is to impart knowledge of medications which affect the body as a whole indicating their uses, therapeutic effects, side effects/contraindications, routes of administration, usual adult dosages, dangers and precautions.

6.0 MEDICATIONS AFFECTING THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

The goal is to impart knowledge of medications which affect the digestive system indicating their uses, therapeutic effects, side effects/contraindications, routes of administration, usual adult dosages, dangers and precautions.

7.0 HORMONES

The goal is to impart knowledge of the endocrine system and the hormones that it secretes, their effects, replacement medications, routes of administration, usual adult dosages, dangers and precautions.

8.0 MEDICATIONS AFFECTING THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

The goal is to impart knowledge of medications affecting the respiratory system, indicating their uses, therapeutic effects, side effects/contraindications, routes of administration, usual adult dosages, dangers and precautions.

9.0 EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS

The goal is to impart knowledge of emergency medications, their uses and contraindications.

10.0 MISCELLANEOUS MEDICATIONS

The goal is to impart knowledge of medications used for eyes and ears, alcoholism, and to counteract parasites.

Department Notes

This is a required course which fulfills a portion of the curriculum for the certificate in Medical Assisting. The extent of transferability or credit allowed for the course would be dependent upon the institution and the program to which the student is transferring.