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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

16-18 Weeks

Overview

When implemented with care, medicine can cure illnesses and even save lives, but when distributed incorrectly, therapeutics can cause great harm. In this course, you will delve deeper into the study of medicine and treatments available to patients. You will learn about available medications for specific diseases, the way therapeutics work in the body, different drug classifications, the law behind administering drugs, and what a Pharmacy career can look like. Are you ready to continue injecting your brain with essential knowledge for a career in the medical field? Let’s continue your journey of care.

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Medications that Affect the Endocrine System

  • Establish a method of study that will support your learning of the various classifications of medications in this course, recognizing key information that must be included
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system
  • Describe type 1 diabetes and the various types of medications used for treatment
  • Investigate type 2 diabetes, along with the various types of medications used for treatment
  • Discuss the medications that are used to treat disorders of the thyroid gland

Unit 2: Medications used for Gender-Specific Health Issues

  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system
  • Describe the various types of medications used to promote and prevent reproduction and those used to support women as they age
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the male reproductive system
  • Discuss the medications used to treat erectile dysfunction and illnesses that affect the prostate gland

Unit 3: Anti-infective Medications

  • Explain cellular structure and principles of microbiology
  • Discuss the medications that are used to treat infections
  • Describe the types of medications that are used to treat viruses
  • Explain the difference between medications used to treat viruses and fungi

Unit 4: Medications Used to Treat Cancer

  • Illustrate how cancer occurs at the cellular level
  • Describe the different types of malignancy
  • Discuss cell-cycle specific antineoplastic medications
  • Explain the characteristics of cell-cycle non-specific medications

Unit 5: Medications for the Eyes, Ears, and Skin

  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the ears
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the eyes
  • Explain the medications used to treat illnesses of the eyes and ears
  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Describe various skin conditions and the medications used to treat them

Unit 6: Immunological Medications, Medications for Weight Loss, and Nutritional Supplements

  • Describe the physiology of the immune system
  • Explain the characteristics of medications used in immunostimulation and immunosuppression
  • Discuss the medications used for weight loss
  • Identify the nutritional needs of the body and the role the vitamin supplements in maintaining health

Unit 7: Careers in Pharmacy

  • Describe the various types of pharmacology and their purposes
  • Explain the basic ideas and purpose of careers in pharmacoeconomics
  • Compare and contrast different types of pharmacies
  • Distinguish between various types of roles in the pharmacy
  • Create a career plan to pursue a path in pharmacology

Unit 8: Legal and Ethical Issues in Pharmacology

  • Explain the legal aspects of medication regulation
  • Discuss ethical considerations related to medication administration
  • Identify the potential areas for error in medication administration and the legal ramification of these errors
  • Demonstrate how pharmacy professionals work to assure that medications are safely administrated to patients

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Competencies

  • Medications that Affect the Endocrine System
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications that affect the endocrine system by describing the endocrine system, explaining antidiabetic medications, and describing thyroid conditions and medications.
  • Medications for Gender-Specific Health Issues
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications for gender-specific health issues by describing the female reproductive system, evaluating medications that affect the female reproductive organs, describing the male reproductive system, and evaluating medications that affect the male reproductive organs.
  • Anti-infective Medications
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of anti-infective medications by explaining cell structure, describing medications used to treat infective agents, and comparing medications used to treat viruses and fungi.
  • Medications to Treat Cancer
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications to treat cancer by explaining the development and spread of cancer, describing the different types of cancer, and comparing cell-cycle specific and non-specific medications.
  • Medications for the Eyes, Ears, and Skin
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications for the eyes, ears, and skin by summarizing the structure of the ear, summarizing the structure of the eyes, comparing medications used to treat the ear and eyes, summarizing the structure of the skin, and comparing medications used to treat the skin.
  • Medications for the Immune System and Weight Loss
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications for the immune system and weight loss by summarizing the physiology of the immune system, explaining the use of immunosuppressors and immunostimulators, and analyzing weight loss medications and vitamin supplements.
  • Careers in Pharmacology
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of careers in pharmacology by explaining types of pharmacology, analyzing the economics of drugs, and summarizing career pathways in pharmacology.
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Pharmacology
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical issues in pharmacology by analyzing legislation related to medication regulation, explaining ethical considerations in medication administration, and summarizing areas for error in medication administration.

Pre-Requisites

None

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