PHAR 507 PHARMACOLOGY 5 Credit Hours
The primary goal of this course is to provide physician assistant and clinical perfusion students with basic pharmacologic information and to impart an understanding of the actions of drugs in humans so that they can apply this knowledge to the judicious use of drugs in practice as a physician assistant. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic aspects of various classes of drugs will be emphasized. To achieve these goals, the following broad topics are covered: 1.General principles of pharmacokinetics (effects of the body on the drug), pharmacodynamics (effects of the drug on the body), drug-drug interactions, definition of common terms used in pharmacology, and identification of sources of pharmacological information. 2.Systems pharmacology: drug actions on various biochemical pathways and physiological systems and functions of the body, including the central and autonomic nervous systems, the cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems, and metabolic functions. 3.Chemotherapy: major emphasis on drugs for antimicrobial use, with lesser coverage of certain antineoplastic, antiparasitic, and antiviral agents. 4.Toxicology: definition, important principles, modern requirements for toxicology testing, mechanism of action of selective toxicants, and methods for treating.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program, Physical Therapy Program, Clinical Perfusion Program.
Typically Offered: SPRING