Pharmacology for Health Record Documentation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIT 105

       Course Name: Pharmacology for Health Record Documentation

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

HIT 104 with a minimum grade of C.

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:

  1. Define medical terms using combining forms, prefixes and suffixes that relate to pharmacology.
  2. Summarize the therapeutic use and side effects of major drug classifications.
  3. Identify procedures, diagnostic tests and pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of diseases.
  4. Differentiate among various drug classifications and learn their actions and side effects.
  5. Indicate an understanding of radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine.
  6. Apply medication information found in an online drug reference (i.e., to the treatment modalities of common disorders.
  7. Apply pharmacology knowledge to medical terms in proper context use in medical reports and health records.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

  1. Principles of Pharmacology
    1. Introduction
    2. Terminology
    3. Administration of medications
  2. Drug Classifications
    1. Antibiotics and Antifungal, Antiviral and Antiparasitic agents
    2. Antihistamines
    3. Drugs that affect the Skin and Mucous Membranes
    4. Drugs that affect the Respiratory system
    5. Drugs that affect the Circulatory system
    6. Drugs that affect the Central Nervous system
    7. Drugs that affect the Autonomic Nervous system
    8. Prostaglandins and Prostaglandin Inhibitors
    9. Pain Medications
    10. Tranquilizers and Antidepressants
    11. Drugs that affect the Digestive system
    12. The Endocrine glands and hormones
    13. Diuretics and other drugs that affect the Urinary system
    14. Immunizing Agents and Immunosuppressives
    15. Antineoplastic Drugs
    16. 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

Students are expected to complete assignments on time, do required readings and use the text quizzes for study.  Students should expect to spend several hours per week using website and online course materials Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.