SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2022 8:31:59 AMPHARM 100 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHARM 100Title:  SKILLS FOR ADMIN OF MEDS  
Full Title:  Skills for Medication Administration
Last Reviewed:4/8/2013

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled1.006 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 122.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHARM 374

Catalog Description:
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Instruction in advanced arithmetic skills designed for Health Science students. Prepares students for success in medication administration through advanced skills development of operations with fractions, decimals and percents. Teaches students to convert between metric, household, and apothecary systems, using proportion, equation, and formula methods. Introduces and develops advanced skills in calculating drug dosages in preparation for safe administration of medications in the health field.

Completion of CSKLS 371 or higher (V1) OR Qualifying Test Score in English

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Instruction in calculating drug dosages utilizing metric, household and apothecary systems.  Designed for Health Science students.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of CSKLS 371 or higher (V1) OR Qualifying Test Score in English
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Compute advanced operations in addition, subtraction, multiplication,
  and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals;
2. Calculate complex word problems involving multiple operations;
3. Convert metric, household, and apothecary formulas;
4. Use various methods to solve basic pharmacology problems;
5. Calculate drug dosages for oral and parenteral administration.

Topics and Scope
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1. Advanced skills development of operations:
  a. Addition
  b. Subtraction
  c. Multiplication
  d. Division of
     1) Whole numbers
     2) Fractions
     3) Decimals
     4) Measurements
2. Conversions as applied to Health Sciences:
  a. Fractions
  b. Decimals
  c. Percents
  d. Metric
  e. Household
  f. Apothecary
3. Health science problems using various methods:
  a. Ratio-proportion
  b. Equations
  c. Formulas
  d. Dimensional analysis
4. Measurement systems and their application in basic pharmacology
  problems, conversions within and between systems:
  a. Household
  b. Metric
  c. Apothecary
  d. Significant figures
5. Simple and complex drug dosage calculations for safe administration:
  a. Oral
  b. Parenteral
  c. Pediatric--weight and body structure area (BSA)
6. Learn standard abbreviations and conventions of drugs:
  a. Labels
  b. Orders
  c. Records
  d. Reconstitution of powdered drugs

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1.  Approximately 13 to 20 homework assignments.
2.  Two mid-term exams.
3.  Computer-assisted learning and other lab assignments.
4.  Comprehensive final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Lab assignments
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 85%
Mid-term and final exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 5%
Lecture and lab participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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MATH FOR MEDS: DOSAGES AND SOLUTIONS, 8th edition, Anna Curren and
Laurie Munday, W. I. Publications, 2000
Spring House, 1998
DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS FOR MEDS, 2nd edition, Anna Curren, Thomson Learning,

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