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MAST 1811 - Topics in Pharmacology for Medical Assistants

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: MAST 1201 , MAST 1202 , and MAST 1203  all with grade C or better

(formerly MAST 1810)

This course is designed to provide the medical assistant with a working knowledge of pharmacology. Drugs are explained through their effects on the body’s anatomical structures and systems. Topics include drug names, laws, development, categories, sources, forms, resources, classification of drugs, immunizations, abuse, and misuse of substances.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe basic pharmacology concepts.


  1. Identify names
  2. Identify Laws
  3. Identify Drug development
  4. Identify Drug categories
  5. Identify Drug sources
  6. Identify Drug forms
  7. Identify Resources for drug information

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, student will be able to identify the general classifications of commonly prescribed medications.


  1. Create drug reference cards outlining:
    1. Indication for use
    2. Desired effects
    3. Side effects
    4. Adverse reactions

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, student will be able to identify immunizations.


  1. Identify the disease for which immunizations are administered
  2. Identify the most frequent adverse reactions of the vaccines usually given.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to recognize abuse and misuse of substances.


  1. Recognize substance abuse
  2. Identify the signs and symptoms of abuse
  3. List problems of abuse in:
    1. Older adults
    2. Health care professionals
  4. Explain how legal substances can be addictive:
    1. Caffeine
    2. Nicotine
    3. Alcohol
  5. State dangers of secondhand smoke
  6. Identify problems related the use of illegal or recreational drugs
    1. Marijuana
    2. Cocaine
    3. Opiates
    4. Hallucinogens
    5. Club drugs
  7. Identify symptoms of abuse of household substances

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Basic pharmacology concepts
  2. General classifications of commonly prescribed medications and immunizations.
  3. Abuse and misuse of substances

Primary Faculty
Austin, Delena
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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