Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs

 Title Abbreviation:   OTC DRUGS

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    134

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    510805

 EPC:    399

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Covers medications available to patients without prescription, including herbal medications and supplements, cold/flu preparations, gastrointestinal preparations, topical products, etc. and conversion of legend drugs to OTC status.


Prerequisite: AHE 132 and 133 with minimum C grade; concurrent enrollment in AHE 135.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

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. Discuss regulatory and philosophic distinctions between OTC and legend drugs.
  2. List intended uses for common OTC drugs.
  3. List significant drug interactions for common OTC drugs.
  4. List significant contraindications for use of common OTC drugs.
  5. Describe the role of OTC drugs in direct pharmaceutical care.
  6. Discuss issues pertaining to safety of OTC drug products.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.

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 . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

Course Contents

  1. Philosophy of self medication.
  2. Upper respiratory OTC drugs.
  3. Analgesic OTC drugs.
  4. Topical OTC drugs.
  5. OTC’s for GI symptoms.
  6. Vitamin/mineral/nutritional supplements.
  7. Ophthalmological OTC’s.
  8. Utilizing regional poison control centers.