SRJC Course Outlines

3/4/2024 2:52:03 PMMA 165 Course Outline as of Spring 2006

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  MA 165Title:  PHARM & ADM OF MEDS  
Full Title:  Pharmacology & Administration of Medications
Last Reviewed:1/27/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Course covers basic pharmacology, including principles of drug administration and preparation, administration of medications by oral, intradermal, subcutaneous, and intramuscular routes. Students review basic math calculations and conversions for administration of medication. Drugs are identified by their clinical use, mechanism of action, side effects, and adverse reactions. Risk factors for drug and alcohol abuse are presented, along with drug addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

Concurrent Enrollment in MA 163L ( or MA 163AL) and Concurrent Enrollment in MA 163 ( or MA 163A)

Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of ENGL 100 and Course Completion of CSKLS 100 ( or CSKL 100 or CSKL 374 or CSKL 373B) OR Course Eligibility for EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100)

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Basic pharmacology including principles, preparation, and administration of medications by various routes. Basic math review for dosage calculations. Identification of drugs by clinical use, action, side effects, and adverse reactions.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in MA 163L ( or MA 163AL) and Concurrent Enrollment in MA 163 ( or MA 163A)
Recommended:Course Completion of ENGL 100 and Course Completion of CSKLS 100 ( or CSKL 100 or CSKL 374 or CSKL 373B) OR Course Eligibility for EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100)
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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Mathematics of Dosage:
  a.  Write the basic Roman numerals for their Arabic equivalents.
  b.  Give examples of the various types of fractions and conversions.
  c.  Demonstrate accurately the addition, subtraction,
      multiplication, and division of fractions and mixed numbers.
  d.  Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals.
  e.  Convert decimals to fractions, and back again.
  f.  Convert percents to decimals, fractions to percents, percents to
      fractions, and decimals to percents.
  g.  Use ratio-proportion technique.
  h.  Convert temperature from Fahrenheit to Centigrade and vice
  i.  Convert between metric, apothecary, and household systems of
  j.  Calculate dosage for infants and children.
  k.  Calculate dosage of drugs standardized in units.
2. Basic Pharmacology
  a. Discuss principles of drug administration.
  b. Identify common abbreviations related to route of administration
     and frequency of dosage.
  c. Compare and contrast characteristics, functions, and sources of
     vitamins and minerals in the body.
  d. Identify symptoms of specific vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
  e. Identify drugs according to clinical use.
  f. Recognize side effects and adverse reactions to drugs.
  g. Recognize the risk factors for drug and alcohol abuse.
  h. Describe drug addiction, its symptoms, and withdrawal symptoms.
3. Administration of Medication
  a. Identify history of drug legislation and standards.
  b. List the factors influencing dosage.
  c. List and explain the different parts of a prescription.
  d. List the steps that must be followed when preparing and
     administering medication.
  e. Prepare and administer oral medications.
  f. Withdraw medication from a vial and an ampule.
  g. Prepare and administer an intradermal injection and subcutaneous
  h. Locate the following intramuscular injection sites:
     dorsogluteal, deltoid, vastus lateralis, and ventrogluteal.
  i. Prepare and administer an intramuscular injection.
  j. Administer a TB test and read the test results.
  k. Chart/document medications using correct spelling.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Mathematics of Dosage
    A. Roman numerals
    B. Fractions
    C. Decimal fractions
    D. Percentage
    E. Proportion
    F. Fahrenheit and centigrade
    G. Systems of measurement
    H. Dosage for children
    I. Dosage of drugs standardized in units
II.  Basic Pharmacology
    A. Principles of drug administration
    B. Common abbreviations related to route of administration and
       frequency of dosage
    C. Drugs, by clinical use, including antibiotics, sulfonamides,
       antihistamines, antihypertensive agents, tranquilizers and
       antidepressants, hormones, diuretics, urinary antiseptics,
       antineoplastic drugs, immunizing & immunosuppressive agents,
       geriatric medication
    D. Drugs that affect the respiratory system, blood vessels, the
       blood, the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system,
       and the digestive system.
    E. Symptoms of adverse reactions
    F. Vitamins & minerals
    G. Drug & alcohol abuse
III. Administration of Medication
    A. History of drug legislation and standards
    B. Factors influencing dosage
    C. Parts of a prescription
    D. Guidelines for preparation and administration of medication
    E. Systems of measurement conversions
    F. Preparation and administration of oral medications
    G. Reconstitution of powdered drugs for parental administration
    H. Withdrawal of medication
    I. Preparation and administration of intradermal and subcutaneous
    J. Location of intramuscular injection sites
    K. Preparation and administration of intramuscular injection
    L. Administration of TB tests
    M. Spelling review of medications

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1. Complete reading assignments, 15-20 pages per week.
2. Complete assignments:
  a. math assessment and dosage calculation exercises, 5-50 questions per
  b. self-evaluation related to reading 5-10 questions per week.
  c. charting related to administration of medication.
3. Practice calculation of dosages and administration of medicines in lab
  setting under instructor supervision.
4. Skill performance evaluations as each clinical skill is completed.
5. Demonstrate 10 intradermal, 10 subcutaneous, and 10 intramuscular
  injections after 10 hours of instruction.
6. Complete 3-7 quizzes and a final examination.

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
10 - 30%
Written homework
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Homework problems, Dosage calculations.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 50%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Short essay.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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 Saunders, 2004.
Pharmacology, An Introductory Text.  By Mary Kaye Asperheim, 9th Ed.,
 Saunders, 2004.
STUDENT MASTERY MANUAL. By K. Bonewit-West, 6th Ed., Saunders, 2004.

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