Introduction to Pharmacology

In today’s fast-changing healthcare industry, all levels of staff play a pivotal role in successful patient care and access. Allied healthcare staff have increasing responsibility in various practices and require a basic understanding of patients’ drug therapy in order to ensure the greatest quality of care available. In this way, pharmacological prescriptions and directives play an integral role in the day to day work of healthcare professionals and it is imperative that all levels of staff have a basic understanding of how these drugs work, they’re intended purpose, possible adverse consequences and how these substances work or don’t work in concert with other drugs.

The Introduction to Pharmacology course will ensure students gain a fundamental understanding of classical pharmacology thereby increasing the overall quality of care to patients. This course will provide students with a broad understanding of drug effects on organ systems and drug use as clinical therapeutics. Students will be introduced to the mechanisms underlying the action of various classes of drugs and their receptor targets in the body. The course will also provide a general overview of some of the most widely used drugs and provide further insight into their therapeutic effects, adverse reaction, clinical indications and drug interactions.

The Introduction to Pharmacology course provides an overview of the principles and basics of pharmacology, including terminology, laws and ethics, and clinical concepts. Individuals will be presented with the basics of pharmaceutical arithmetic, including abbreviations, system conversions, and basic pharmaceutical problem solving. This course also introduces students to the principles of clinical application, including basic pharmacokinetics, dosage forms, and drug administration. Individuals will gain the basic knowledge and skills necessary to apply pharmacology to other disciplines of healthcare.

The Introduction to Pharmacology course will address the following primary course objectives:

  • Apply mathematical concepts to the practice of pharmacology and dosage calculations
  • Describe the regulations and standards in pharmacology
  • Present a general knowledge of basic pharmacology terminology, concepts, and abbreviations
  • Understand medication administration using the appropriate route and methods for the type of medication

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