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Required Textbooks

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The Pharmacy Technician - Mike Johnston
ISBN: 9780132897594

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Lab Manual and Workbook for the Pharmacy Technician - Mike Johnston; Michelle Goeking; Michael Hayter
ISBN: 9780132898096

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Pearson Health Professional's Drug Guide 2013-2014 - Margaret T. Shannon; Billie A. Wilson; Kelly Shields
ISBN: 9780133355499

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Medical Terminology for Health Professions - Ann Ehrlich; Carol L. Schroeder
ISBN: 9781111543273



Classifications of drugs and drug administration as well as clinical applications of drug categories are covered. Sources of drugs and drug nomenclature are included, along with addiction and drug dependency. Special situations involving drug administration, including pediatric, neonatal, and geriatric patients are discussed. An introduction to biopharmaceutics is presented. 

Topics include:

  • Definition, Legislation, Regulations
  • History
  • Drug Product Development and nomenclature
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Nonprescription drugs
  • Controlled Substances
  • Drug Sources
  • Medication Error
  • Dosage Formulation
  • Drug Distribution and Metabolism
  • Addiction
  • Drug Classification
  • Most Commonly Used Drugs
    • Central Nervous System, legal and illegeal
    • Blood Disorders
    • Antineoplastic
    • Anti-infective
    • Analgesics
    • Sedatives and Hypnotics
  • Biopharmaceutics
  • Pediatric and Neonatal Patients
  • Geriatric Patients
  • Drug References


Course Learning Objectives

  • Define and explain the basic concept of pharmacology and the legislation and regulations governing the industry
  • List and describe drug nomenclature, sources including biopharmaceutics, development, and drug classifications and include examples from each of the five schedules of controlled substances
  • Describe dosage formulations and the routes of administration
  • Explain medication errors and prevention strategies including the rights of medication administration
  • Explain medication errors and prevention strategies including the rights of medication administration
  • Describe addiction and drug dependency and the implications for the pharmacy industry
  • Discuss and explain neonatal, pediatric and geriatric drug administrations and dosage adjustments
  • Define and describe the basic rules and elements of medical terminology as it relates to the body structure