Drug Classification Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHRA-1205-001 Drug Classification


Course Description

A study of pharmaceutical drugs, abbreviations, classifications, dosages, side effects, and routes of administration.


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(2 sem hrs; 2 lec)

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Syllabus Information


Pharmacology Essentials for Allied Health with course navigator +


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Student Performance


After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the history and principles of pharmacology
  • Describe the various sources of drugs
  • Understand common drug nomenclature including chemical name, generic name, and brand name
  • Explain the process and phases of drug review and approval process
  • Understand the importance of drug classifications
  • Distinguish the classifications for uses of drugs, including therapeutic agents, pharmacodynamic agents, diagnostic agents, prophylactic agents, and destructive agents.
  • Understand the control and feedback mechanisms of homeostasis.
  • Describe factors that influence absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs from the body.
  • Distinguish routes of administration and common dosage formulations.
  • Understand the relationship between drug dosage and a patient’s unique drug response factors, including age, weight, gender, and nutritional status, and liver and kidney functions.
  • Distinguish between  prescriptions and medication orders
  • Understand the extent of medical and medication errors and their effects on patient health and safety.
  • Identify the five major categories of medication errors.
  • Explain the unique drug therapies for specialized patient populations, such as pediatrics and geriatrics
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of allied health professionals
  • Identify top 200 drugs

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•    Copying from another student’s test paper.
•    Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
•    Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator/instructor.

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•    Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self, to take a test.
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“Collusion” shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.

Grading Criteria


The final course grade will be computed as follows:

*The average of all exams equals 30% of the final grade

*The average of all quizzes equals 20% of the final grade

*The average of all assignments equals 20% of the final grade

*The final equals 30% of the final grade


The following grade scale applies:

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

F = Less than 70%


Mandatory Skills Building :  In an effort to increase retention in Pharmacy courses, any student who scores below a 70 on any exam (excluding the Final Exam week) must complete a mandatory skills building assignment before taking the next exam. Before receiving a skills assignment, students must first schedule a time with the instructor. The assignment will be given at that time.  THIS IS MANDATORY.

Illegible work will not be graded. All answers must be answered in complete sentences and college level writing.

There will be no make-up exams or late work accepted. The student will receive a grade of ZERO for anything missed.

**With regard to exams only, the instructor will consider only written petitions for emergency situations and undue hardships on an individual basis. The decision of the instructor to accept or reject the petition is final. The process must be initiated by the student and occur within 48 hours of the missed class period.


For successful performance, student must regularly log into the course. Student must set aside at least 16 hours a week to read chapter, view lecture, and complete assignments. There must also be time allotted for exam preparation and completion.


This is subject to change. Make sure to check for due dates within the Lessons.

Week 1: Enroll as a student in Course Navigator +. Review the Syllabus. Syllabus Quiz

Weeks 2-3: Ch 1 Introduction to Pharmacy and related Course Navigator assignments.

                Memorizing Pharmacology link ch 1 GI Drugs and prefixes/suffixes

Weeks 4-5: Ch 2 Pharmaceutical Development

                Memorizing Pharmacology link ch 2 Musculoskeletal Drugs and prefixes/suffixes             

Weeks 6-7: Ch 3 Medications and the Body

                Memorizing Pharmacology link ch 3 Respiratory Drugs and prefixes/suffixes

Exam 1 (chapters 1, 2 and 3)

Weeks 8-9: Ch 4 The Allied Health Professional. Ch 26 Fluids and Electrolytes

                Memorizing Pharmacology link ch 4 Immune System Drugs and prefixes/suffixes             

Exam 2 (chapters 4 and 26)

Weeks 10-11: Ch 5 Prescriptions and Medication Orders. Ch 28 Pediatric Patients and Drug Therapy

                Memorizing Pharmacology link ch 5 Neuro Drugs and prefixes/suffixes

Exam 3 (chapters 5 and 28)

Weeks 12-13: Ch 7 Medication Safety. Ch 29 Geriatric Patients and Drug Therapy

                Memorizing Pharmacology link ch 6 Cardiac  Drugs and prefixes/suffixes

Weeks 14-15: Ch 8 Pharmacy Laws and Regulations

                Memorizing Pharmacology link ch 7 Endocrine and misc  Drugs and prefixes/suffixes

Exam 4 (chapters 7, 29, and 8)

Week 16: Final Exam Wednesday December 16th

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

08/18/21 11:35 PM

Last Edited on:

08/18/21 11:35 PM