Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Applied Pharmacology

 Title Abbreviation:   APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    132

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    510805

 EPC:    399

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Use and side effects of prescription medications and alternative therapies commonly used to treat diseases affecting the various systems of the human body including psychiatric disorders.


Prerequisite: AHE 130 and 131 with a minimum C grade; concurrent enrollment in AHE 133.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify examples of drugs from the top 200 given the classification.
  2. For the top 200 Rx drugs, describe major therapeutic effects as well as potential adverse effects and important drug interactions for each.
  3. Given a patientís drug regimen, explain how each medication relates to the patientís medical diagnoses.
  4. Identify drugs as legend, controlled substance, or OTC.
  5. Give the generic names of top 200 proprietary drugs.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.6 Recognize how the value and biases in different disciplines can affect the ways in which data is analyzed.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.

Course Contents

  1. Drug therapy in treating illness, making Rx choices.
  2. Drug mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses, adverse effects and contraindications.
  3. Drug classes and frequently prescribed drugs in each class.
  4. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  5. Drugs interactions, mechanisms.
  6. Identify how culture influences the use of prescription and OTC drugs or alternative therapies.