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BTAC 126 - Pharmaceutical Basics

Credits: 2
Provides an overview of pharmacological topics including the study of terminology, drug classifications, administration methods and usage. Emphasizes understanding of the action of drugs, including the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs from the body. Provides detailed description of chemical, generic, and brand names of drugs, as well as standards and references used in research for the preparation of medical report documentation.

Enrollment Requirement: Eligible for READ 104  or instructor consent.

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Identify the various subspecialty areas of pharmacology.
  2. Identify the various routes of drug administration.
  3. Differentiate among the various classes of drugs and learn their actions and side effects.
  4. Define medical terms using combing forms, prefixes, and suffixes that relate to pharmacology.
  5. Apply your new knowledge to understanding medical terms in their proper contents, such as medical reports and records.
  6. Recognize drugs by chemical, generic, brand names.
  7. Use references for researching medications.

Program Outcomes
  1. Analyze and verify medical record and documentation accuracy and validity.
  2. Identify and define medical disease, diagnosis, procedural terms and abbreviations.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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