This course is an introduction to the principles of pharmacology, focusing on the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective drug therapy. Emphasis will be placed on the following pharmacologic information: sources of drugs, sources of drug information, drug legislation and standards, classification of drugs, drug action, factors that effect drug action, adverse effects of drugs, administration of drugs, record keeping, abbreviations and symbols, drug calculation, and the Medical Assistant’s responsibilities in drug therapy. Specific drugs and the procedures for administering drugs will be integrated into Clinical Procedures I and II. (Prerequisites: BIOL120W or BIOL114W; Co-requisite: OTM117W)