Pharmacology CPU

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The Applied Technologies Pharmacology CPU introduces students to both the therapeutic and research and design aspects of pharmacology. Students discover the nursing process of drug therapy and explore proper drug administration, common adverse effects, and various types of drugs. They also explore the drug pipeline and examine how a new drug travels from laboratory testing to FDA approval.

Students discover the history of pharmacology and drug regulations as well as how historical developments affect modern pharmacology. They examine how incidents such as the Elixir Sulfanilamide and Thalidomide tragedies influenced drug laws and the FDA.

In the Pharmacology CPU, students examine an aspirin tablet to determine whether or not it has begun to break down due to age.Students practice methods to reduce drug errors such as proper reading and writing of prescriptions and drug labels. They also learn important aspects of the nursing process as it relates to pharmacology, including contraindications, drug and food interactions, and proper patient education.

Featured Careers

  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy aide
  • Pharmacy technician

Skill Development

Health Science Skills

  • The processes of drug development and FDA approval
  • Using the PDR to research both general drug classes and specific drugs
  • New and emerging technologies in pharmacology
  • Novel methods of administration and their benefits
  • Calculating dosages and other formulas common in pharmacology
  • Understanding aspects of the nursing process as it relates to pharmacology, including:
    • Contraindications
    • Drug and food interactions
    • Dietary supplements and drug therapy
    • Proper patient education

Academic Skills

  • Students examine the job responsibilities, laws, and ethical considerations related to pharmacology.Reading
  • Writing
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Mathematics - conversions, fractions, ratios, and algebra
  • Problem solving

What's Included

  • Applied Technologies Pharmacology courseware CD
  • Pharmacology textbook
  • Drug handbook
  • Nutrient agar
  • Forceps
  • Incubator
  • Petri dish packages
  • Control disks
  • Vouchers for E. coli and Bacillus Cereus
  • Magazines of various disks including:
    • Tetracycline
    • Streptomycin
    • Penicillin
    • Ampicillin
    • Chloramphenicol
    • Gentamicin
  • Synthesis of aspirin kit
  • Aspirin
  • Mortal and pestle
  • Bunsen burner
  • Lab coats
  • Chemplates
  • Inoculating loops
  • Miscellaneous materials and consumables
  • Instructor's Overview
  • Media Cruiser

Ordering Information

Pharmacology - HS965
CPU Objectives