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Health Careers Education
HL00514
Pharmacology for Medical Assistants (FY2012)
60.00
"The student will identify sources, schedules and classes of drugs. They will identify and interpret actions of drugs commonly used in a physicians office, accurately calculate drug dosage, and identify appropriate administration routes. The student will follow the written, verbal, or standing physician orders and properly prepare and administer medications using aseptic technique as required."
Lara Skaggs
405 743 51-6
lskag@okcareertech.org
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Course Objectives are as follows:
1. Perform basic mathematical calculations that are commonly used in unit conversion and dosage calculation.
2. Convert from the English system to the Metric system and be able to use the Metric system of weights and measures accurately.
3. Demonstrate correct dosage calculation and proper medication administration.
4. Describe the basic principles of pharmacology, including the parts of a prescription, drug regulations, and legal classifications.
5. Identify the parts of a prescription and explain its purpose.
6. Demonstrate proper administration of medications (liquid and tablet) through the oral portal of entry.
7. Demonstrate proper administration of medication through the subcutaneous portal of entry.
8. Demonstrate proper administration of medication through the intramuscular portal of entry.
9. Demonstrate proper administration of medication through the Z-track portal of entry.
10. Demonstrate proper administration of medication through the IV-push portal of entry.
11. Demonstrate proper administration of medication through the eye drop portal of entry.
12. Demonstrate proper administration of medication through the ear drop portal of entry.
13. Demonstrate proper administration of medication through the nasal drops portal of entry.
14. Demonstrate proper administration of oxygen through the nasocannula and mask portals of entry.
15. List the major drug classifications for an example drug and its general indication.
16. Describe the major vitamins and minerals and their general function in the body.
17. Identify the emergency drugs commonly used in a doctor’s office.
18. Identify the common drug classifications and an example drug in each category.
19. Identify the thirty-five most prescribed drugs in a physician’s office.
Unit exams. Skill check-offs on all AAMA required competencies in the physician's office setting.
Competencies are aligned and validated by industry (advisory committees) according to the job tasks/requirements for MA positions. Aligned with CRB-AAMAE entry-level competencies for the medical field/medication objectives: 1) apply pharmacology procedures to prepare and administer oral medication and parenteral medications (IV is optional); and 2) maintain medication and immunization records.
"Principles of Pharmacology for Medical Assisting", 4th Ed., Rice, Delmar, 2006. "Davis Drug Guide for Nurses", 11th Ed.
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Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Medical Assisting (FY2011)