If you ever thought about pursuing a gratifying career in biomedical sciences, pharmacology is a must. Pharmacology is the fascinating study of the chemistry, origins, and types of medications. Whether you plan on going into medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy, you’ll need to learn the effects of medicines on different biological systems, appropriate dosages, and how the body responds to different medications.
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Students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of pharmacology by describing the branches of pharmacology, evaluating the routes of medication administration, and explaining the criteria to ensure a safe drug supply and prevent errors.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of medication math by summarizing the math used in administering medication, differentiating systems of measurement, and explaining dosage calculation methods.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of fluid and electrolytes by explaining the importance of fluid balance, describing the function of electrolytes, and describing components of blood and the administration intravenously.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications that affect the peripheral nervous system by describing the function of the systems within the peripheral nervous system, explaining the medications used to treat the peripheral nervous systems, and evaluating the receptor’s support of the peripheral nervous system.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications that affect the central nervous system by describing functions of the central nervous system, explaining pain transmittance, and evaluating medications used to treat central nervous system pain and disorders.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications that affect the cardiovascular system by explaining the role of blood pressure in the cardiovascular system, describing the electrical conduction system of the heart, and differentiating classifications of medications to treat issues in the cardiovascular system.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications that affect the respiratory system by analyzing the function of the upper and lower respiratory systems and comparing medications for the upper and lower respiratory systems.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of medications that affect the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems by describing the functions of the layers of the gastrointestinal system, explaining digestion in the lower digestive system, and describing functions of the renal system including how diuretic medications help kidneys function.
Unit 1 Principles of Pharmacology
Unit 2 Medication Math
Unit 3 Fluids and Electrolytes
Unit 4 Medications that Affect the Peripheral Nervous System
Unit 5 Medications That Affect the Central Nervous System
Unit 6 Medications that Affect the Cardiovascular System
Unit 7 Medications that Affect the Respiratory System
Unit 8 Medications that Affect the Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Systems