Principles of Pharmacology for Medical Assisting, 5th Edition

  • includes Studyware
  • Jane Rice Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • ISBN-10: 1111131821  |  ISBN-13: 9781111131821
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 1999, 1994
  • © 2011 | Published
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PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTING, 5E provides a comprehensive introduction to pharmacology for medical assistants and other allied health professionals. Beginning with a mathematics review, math concepts are presented in a clear and concise manner with step-by-step explanations and many examples, followed by practice problems for immediate reinforcement. Once mastered, learn about adult and pediatric dosage calculations, as well as current and commonly used practices, procedures, medications, and drug preparations in today's medical office.

Features and Benefits

  • A proven resource for over 20 years, geared specifically for medical assisting programs and written by an experienced medical assisting instructor.
  • Competency-based objectives at the start of each unit.
  • Clear and concise presentation of math concepts with many solved examples included; practice problems follow each step-by-step explanation for immediate reinforcement.
  • Key vocabulary terms are identified and defined, with phonetic pronunciation included.
  • Numerous features included to apply concepts including spot checks, critical thinking, and self-assessment tests.

Table of Contents

Unit 1. Numerals and Fractions.
Unit 2. Decimal Fractions.
Unit 3. Ratio and Proportion.
Unit 4. The Metric System.
Unit 5. Calculating Adult Dosages: Oral and Parenteral Forms.
Unit 6. Calculating Children's Dosages.
Unit 7. Drug Sources, Schedules, and Dosages.
Unit 8. Forms of Drugs and How They Act.
Unit 9. The Medication Order.
Unit 10. Medication Administration Essentials.
Unit 11. Administration of Nonparenteral Medications.
Unit 12. Parenteral Equipment and Supplies.
Unit 13. Administration of Parenteral Medications.
Unit 14. Allergy: An Overview.
Unit 15. Antibiotic Agents.
Unit 16. Antifungal, Antiviral, and Immunizing Agents.
Unit 17. Antineoplastic Agents.
Unit 18. Vitamins and Minerals.
Unit 19. Psychotropic Agents.
Unit 20. Substance Abuse.
Unit 21. Medications Used for Musculoskeletal System Disorders.
Unit 22. Medications Used for Gastrointestinal System Disorders.
Unit 23. Medications Used for Cardiovascular System Disorders.
Unit 24. Medications That Affect the Respiratory System.
Unit 25. Diuretics and Medications Used for Urinary System Disorders.
Unit 26. Medications Used in Treatment of Endocrine Disorders.
Unit 27. Medications That Affect the Nervous System.
Unit 28. Medications That Affect the Reproductive System.
Appendix A: Color Photo Quick Reference Drug Guide.
Appendix B: Helpful Resources.
Appendix C: Performance Checklists.

What's New

  • All drugs verified with Drugs@FDA and includes the latest caution, safety, and patient teaching information.
  • A color photo quick reference drug guide provides rapid identification of the 101 most commonly prescribed drugs. Actual-sized tablets and capsules, with their strength, are organized alphabetically by generic names and include appropriate trade name and manufacturer.
  • Automatically graded basic math pretest and math review quizzes are included in the StudyWARE™ software to gauge student proficiency prior to and throughout the course.
  • Interactive syringe-pull activities, animations, and tutorials on the StudyWARE™ software to illustrate difficult concepts and accommodate various student learning styles.
  • New information on electronic medical records, e-prescriptions, and electronic charting.
  • Includes information on the Seven Rights of Medication Administration.
  • New material on prescription drug abuse and addiction, cancer treatment, H1N1 influenza,fast-dissolving drug delivery systems (FDDS), and much more.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jane Rice

Jane Rice was Director of the Medical Assisting Program at Coosa Valley Technical College in Rome, Georgia for more than 30 years. During her tenure, she obtained AAMA accreditation for the program — the first in the state to do so — and served as an AMA/AAMA Program Evaluator and member of the AAMA Editorial Board. In addition to this text, she has published journal articles in The Professional Medical Assistant, and several other textbooks, including Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals, Medical Terminology: A Word Building Approach, Medical Terminology with Human Anatomy, The Terminology of Health and Medicine, Medications and Mathematics for the Nurse, and SpellRight. Ms. Rice’s commitment to health education has earned her several awards, including the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), Georgia State Department of Technical and Adult Education Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, and Georgia Vocational Association’s Health Occupations Educator of the Year.