Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Basic Pharmacology

 Title Abbreviation:   BASIC PHARMACOLOGY

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    112

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Introduction to drugs: sources, schedules, forms, uses and actions, side effects, adverse effects and classifications. Contributions of different cultures to drug therapy. Information regarding medication orders and prescriptions.


Prerequisite: AHE 101, or concurrent enrollment, or dept. chair permission.

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  

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify sources, schedules, forms and classifications of drugs.
  2. Discuss the uses, actions, side effects and adverse effects of drugs.
  3. Define controlled substances, their storage and record-keeping requirements.
  4. Utilize drug reference books. Understand medication orders.
  5. Discuss the various methods of non-parenteral administration of drugs.
  6. Be knowledgeable about the various categories of drugs.
  7. State the effects of drugs on the various systems of the body.
  8. Be familiar with the 50 most prescribed drugs of the previous year.
  9. Be cognitive of substance abuse.
  10. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between nutrients and medications.

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.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

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. Introduction to pharmacology.
  2. Classification of drugs.
  3. Vitamins and minerals.
  4. Effects of medications on body systems.
  5. Administration of non-parenteral drugs.
  6. Substance abuse.
  7. Top 50 prescribed drugs.
  8. Relationship between nutrients and medications.