Pharmacology for Medical Assistants - GCC

Course Description: Provides an overview of the pharmacological language, symbols, and abbreviations used to interpret prescriptions; as well as, the system of measurements and conversions used to calculate medication dosages. Students learn to prepare, verify and administer doses via oral and parenteral routes. Topics include drug classifications, interactions, forms of medication, safety protocols, and the recording, interpretation and analysis of normal and abnormal lab test results. Students receive information appropriate to the Medical Assistant occupation regarding the most commonly prescribed drugs, compliance with drug regulations, quality control of prescription requests, and how to maintain professionalism when communicating with patients and healthcare professionals.
Primary Material Type:
Greenfield Community College
Project Name:
Transformation Agenda
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Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (29-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Interactivity Type:
Presentation only - requires user to navigate through content.
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  • Other
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  • None

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