SRJC Course Outlines

4/14/2024 4:07:16 AMMA 165 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MA 165Title:  PHARM AND ADMIN OF MEDS  
Full Title:  Pharmacology and 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.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Concurrent Enrollment in MA 163A and MA 163AL


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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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.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in MA 163A and MA 163AL
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

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. Accurately convert and calculate medication dosages: for infants, children, and adults utilizing standardized units of measure.
2. Identify and utilize accepted pharmacologic abbreviations.
3. Identify and describe drug classifications.
4. Identify the appropriate clinical uses of medications.
5. Identify medications based on Review of Systems (ROS).
6. Identify commonly used over the counter (OTC) medications.
7. Identify drug side effects and adverse reactions to prescribed and OTC medications.
8. Identify risk factors and withdrawal symptoms of addictive substances.
9. Apply history of drug legislations as it relates to current standards.
10. Demonstrate knowledge and scope of practice of the medical assistant as it relates to drug administration.
11. Prepare and administer medications utilizing medical aseptic technique.
12. Document administration of medications using electronic medical records (EMR)

Topics and Scope
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1. Mathematics of Dosage
    a. Roman numerals
    b. Fractions
    c. Decimal fractions
    d. Percentage
    e. Proportion
    f.  Fahrenheit and Celsius
    g. Systems of measurement
    h. Dosage for children
    i.  Dosage of drugs standardized in units
2. 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 and 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. Vitamins and minerals
    f. OTC medications
3. Symptoms of Adverse Reactions
4. Drug and Alcohol Abuse
5. Administration of Medication
    a. Apply history of drug legislation as it relates to current 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 parenteral administration
    h. Withdrawal of medication from an ampule or vial
    i.  Preparation and administration of intradermal and subcutaneous injections
    j.  Location of intramuscular injection sites
    k. Preparation and administration of intramuscular injections
    l.  Administration of TB tests
    m.Spelling review of medications
6. Scope of Practice

Assignments:
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1. Math assessment and dosage calculation exercises, 5-25 questions per week.
2. Homework exercises related to reading 5-10 questions per week.
3. Charting related to administration of medication assessed in 10 skills check-offs.
4. Practice calculation of dosages and administration of medicines in weekly lab setting under instructor supervision using drills and exercises
5. Skill performance evaluations as each clinical skill is completed using 10 skills check-offs. Successful completion within 3 attempts of 10 skills check-offs to include preparation, administration, and documentation of oral and parenteral medications.
6. Successfully complete 5-7 unit exams and 1 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%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because 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
10 - 20%
Homework problems, dosage calculations, memorization of standard units of measure through classroom participation, drills, exercises, and case scenarios
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 60%
Skill performance evaluations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 40%
Unit exams and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials
Medical Assisting Made Incredibly Easy: Pharmacology, Holly, J., 2009, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Study Guide for Medical Assisting Made Incredibly Easy: Pharmacology, Gohsman, R., 2009,  Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins

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