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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: PHT 55B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiac, vascular, respiratory and lymphatic systems.
  • Identify common pathophysiology of the cardiac,vascular,respiratory and lymphatic systems and prescription/non-prescription remedies,side effects and dosages
Description -
A study of the fundamentals of pharmacology with a focus on the anatomy, physiology and application of pharmacological principles related to various body systems and disorders; the endocrine system, infectious diseases, cancer, the immune system and nutrition. Drugs are discussed in relation to their mechanism of action, indications, adverse effects, contraindications, precautions and drug interactions. Intended for students in the Pharmacy Technician Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of specific body systems and explain all components of pharmacology related to specific body systems; the endocrine system system, infectious diseases, cancer and the immune system and nutrition.
  2. Explain the details of how select microbes cause disease and what medications are used to treat the conditions caused by the microbes.
  3. Recall and identify the top 150 commonly prescribed drugs used at this time.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None required.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Specific Body Systems and Disorders
    1. Pharmacology of the Endocrine System
      1. Introduction to the Endocrine System
        1. Endocrine System
        2. Hypothalmic-pituitary Axis
        3. Anterior Pituitary Growth Hormone
      2. Adrenal Steroids
        1. Regulating adrenocorticoid secretions
        2. Glucocorticoids
        3. Mineralcorticoids
        4. Special considerations
        5. Drug interactions
      3. Gonadal Hormones, Oral Contraceptives and Erectile Dysfunction Drugs
        1. Female sex hormones
        2. Hormonal replacement therapy
          1. Oral contraceptives
        3. Fertility Drugs
        4. Male Sex Hormones
        5. Erectile dysfunction
      4. Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands and Bone degeneration
        1. Thyroid function
        2. Thyroid disorders
        3. Parathyroid Hormones
        4. Degenerative bone disease: Osteoporosis
        5. Drug therapy affecting thyroid glands
        6. Drug therapy affecting parathyroid glands
      5. Pancreatic Hormones and Antidiabetic Drugs
        1. Pancreatic endocrine funtion
        2. Diabetes Mellitus
        3. Treatment of diabetes
          1. Parenteral antidiabetic drugs: Insulin
          2. Oral Antidiabetic Drugs: Secretagogues and hypoglycemics
          3. Other oral antihyperglycemic drugs
          4. Non-pharmacological methods of controlling hyperglycemia
      6. Posterior pituitary Hormones: Antidiuretic hormone and Oxytocin
        1. Posterior pituitary hormones
        2. Antidiuretic homones
        3. drugs affecting Uterine Muscle
        4. Tocolytics
    2. Pharmacology of Infectious Diseases
      1. Morphology of bacteria
      2. Antibacterial agents
        1. Penicillins
        2. Cephalosporins
        3. Aminoglycosides
        4. Tetracyclines
        5. Sulfonamides
        6. Macrolides
        7. Fluoroquinolones
        8. Miscellaneous antimicrobial drugs
        9. Preferred therapy for selected infections
      3. Fungal and Viral infections
        1. Fungal Infections
          1. Antifungal drugs
        2. Viral Infections
          1. Antiviral drugs
        3. Drug Interactions
      4. Parasitic Infections
        1. Protozoal infections
          1. Malaria
          2. Dysentry
          3. Other protozoal infections
        2. Anthelmintic drugs
        3. Antiprotosoal drugs
      5. Antiseptics and Disinfectants
        1. Antisepsis and Disinfection concepts
        2. Antiseptics
        3. Disinfectants
    3. Antineoplastics and Drugs Affecting the Immune system
      1. Types of Cancer
      2. Antineoplastic agents
        1. Alkylating drugs
        2. Antimetabolites
        3. Hormone antagonists
        4. Drugs derived from natural products
        5. New approaches to cancer chemotherapy
      3. Immunopharmacology
        1. The immune system
        2. Immunosuppressive drugs
        3. Immunomodulating Drugs
    4. Drugs affecting the Integumentary System
      1. Introduction to the Integumentary system
      2. Treatment of dermal fungal Infections
      3. Treatment of decubitus ulcers and burns
      4. Treatment of acne
      5. Treatment of eczema
      6. Treatment of lice and scabies
    5. Nutritional Therapy
      1. Nutrients
      2. Vitamins
        1. Fat soluble vitamins
        2. Water soluble vitamins
      3. Body water
      4. minerals
        1. Major minerals
        2. Trace elements
      5. electrolyte balance
      6. Nutritonal Care
        1. Enteral Nutrition
        2. Hyperalimentation
          1. Total Parenteral Nutrition
  2. Microbe Research Project
  3. Drug Identification; generic name, brand names, and classification of the Top 150 most commonly prescribed drugs on the market at this time (most recent year)
Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may be used but is not limited to
  1. Objective exams
  2. Oral presentations
  3. Cooperative learning assignments
  4. Research papers
  5. Case Studies
  6. Quizzes
Representative Text(s) -
Hitner, Henry and Nagle, Barbara. Pharmacology: An Introduction. 6th edition. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill, 2012.
Moscou, Kathy and Karen Snipe. Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians. 2nd edition. St.Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier, 2012.

Disciplines -
Pharmacy Technology
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations
  2. Classroom discussion on lecture content
  3. Individual or group presentations regarding research topics followed by in-class discussion and evaluation
  4. Small group recitation sessions to discuss case studies with an emphasis on collaborative learning.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources ranging from 20 to 30 pages per week.
  2. Review of handouts, lecture notes and relevant reading material.
  3. Research and planning of individual projects.