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BIO 251 PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

BIO 251 – Pharmacology for Health Professionals

Course Outline 

Course Number & Name: BIO 251 Pharmacology for Health Professionals

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in BIO 103 or BIO 121

Co-requisites:  BIO 104 or BIO 122                            Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course is a beginning introduction to the study of pharmacology.   The student will utilize the physical and social sciences as a framework for developing an understanding of drug action and usage.  Selected classifications and families of drugs will be introduced on a weekly basis.  The names, indications, mechanism, dosage range, side effects and adverse effects of individual drugs will be discussed.  The format of the course will be a combination of lecture, group discussion and case presentation. This course is strongly recommended for nursing students.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. explain fundamental concepts and theories that are the basis of the fields of drugs, pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, and therapeutics;
  2. explain the concept of pharmacokinetics and describe how pharmacokinetics can be used to illustrate absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion; and
  3. explain the concept of pharmacokinetics and describe how pharmacokinetics can be used to illustrate basic features of the dose-response relationship.