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MEDA 1030 - Pharmacology for Medical Assistants

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 0
Internship hours per week 0
Course Description: This course is designed for persons interested in pursuing a career as a medical assistant or those entering or currently enrolled in a health related program. This course focuses on the principles of pharmacology and administration of medications relating to the medical assisting profession. Course content includes the classification, use, action, side effects, contraindications, and routes of administration of drugs most commonly administered and prescribed in the medical office. Emphasis is placed on the medical assistant’s role in the calculation, preparation, administration, and documentation in the patients medical record of various medications. Students will be required to show competency by returned demonstrations on all skills taught in this course. 
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1024  OR BIOL 2031  AND BIOL 2032 ; HLTH 1001  with a grade of C or higher. Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher. Must be a current Medical Assistant, a current MEDA major, and have instructor consent.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Legal and ethical aspects of pharmacology in the Medical Assisting profession
  2. Basics of pharmacology
  3. Drug information and drug forms
  4. Drug dosages for special populations
  5. Medication labels and orders
  6. Measuring systems and their equivalents
  7. Calculations of parenteral medications
  8. Safety and quality assurance of medication administration
  9. Medication administration
  10. Immunizations and the immune system
  11. Anti-infective Drugs
  12. Antineoplastic Drugs
  13. Psychotropic Medications, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Withdrawal Treatment, and CNS Stimulants
  14. Anticonvulsants, Antiparkinsonian Drugs, and Agents for Alzheimer’s Disease
  15. Analgesics, Sedatives, and Hypnotics
  16. Nutritional supplements and alternative medicines
  17. Medications as they relate to different body systems
  18. Age-Related Medication Issues

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. describe the registration and documentation process for compliance with the drug enforcement administration DEA with regard to administering, dispensing and prescribing controlled drugs.
  2. identify ethical procedures regarding prescriptions, including who may prescribe medications, and the use of protocol to ensure that these measures are followed.
  3. identify the legal aspects of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and describe the five schedules for controlled substances found therein. 
  4. identify common pathology related to each body system including: signs, symptoms and etiology.
  5. identify common pathology for each body system including: diagnostic measures and treatment modalities.
  6. identify the classification of medications including: indications for use, desired effects, side effects and adverse reactions.
  7. demonstrate knowledge of basic math computations.
  8. apply mathematical computations to solve equations.
  9. define basic units of measurement in: the metric system and the household system.
  10. convert among measurement systems.
  11. identify abbreviations used in calculating medication dosages.
  12. verify the rules of medication administration: right patient; right medication; right dose; right route; right time; right documentation.
  13. select proper sites for administering parenteral medication.
  14. administer oral medications.
  15. calculate proper dosages of medication for administration.
  16. demonstrate proper use of: sharps disposal containers.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC): Goals and Competencies
Competency Goals (MnTC Goals 1-6)
Theme Goals (MnTC Goals 7-10)

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