Pharmacology for Health Record Documentation
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIT 105
Course Name: Pharmacology for Health Record Documentation
Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course offers comprehensive coverage of pharmacology as it relates to clinical documentation in the health record. Content includes medical terminology, drug classifications, therapeutic use in diseases and conditions, adverse effects and side effects.
IV. Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this course, the student should be able to:
- Define medical terms using combining forms, prefixes and suffixes that relate to pharmacology.
- Summarize the therapeutic use and side effects of major drug classifications.
- Identify procedures, diagnostic tests and pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of diseases.
- Differentiate among various drug classifications and learn their actions and side effects.
- Indicate an understanding of radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine.
- Apply medication information found in an online drug reference (i.e., pdrhealth.com) to the treatment modalities of common disorders.
- Apply pharmacology knowledge to medical terms in proper context use in medical reports and health records.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Principles of Pharmacology
- Administration of medications
- Drug Classifications
- Antibiotics and Antifungal, Antiviral and Antiparasitic agents
- Drugs that affect the Skin and Mucous Membranes
- Drugs that affect the Respiratory system
- Drugs that affect the Circulatory system
- Drugs that affect the Central Nervous system
- Drugs that affect the Autonomic Nervous system
- Prostaglandins and Prostaglandin Inhibitors
- Pain Medications
- Tranquilizers and Antidepressants
- Drugs that affect the Digestive system
- The Endocrine glands and hormones
- Diuretics and other drugs that affect the Urinary system
- Immunizing Agents and Immunosuppressives
- Antineoplastic Drugs
- Nuclear Medicine
VII. Methods of Instruction
Methods of presentation include class website, online materials, discussion board and exercises that demonstrate the student’s knowledge of pharmacology
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
A Pharmacology text and online materials.
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Evaluation methods include numerous examinations (listed on the course schedule). to assess student progress and maintain feedback in determining student needs. A comprehensive final examination will be given at the end of the semester. Grades will be determined on a cumulative point basis:
A = 94%
B = 88%
C = 82%
D = 76%
F = Below 76%
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.