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Principles of Pharmacology for Medical Assisting 6th Edition

Jane Rice

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PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTING, 6th Edition delivers CAAHEP/AAMA standards and competency-based objectives in an easy-to-understand approach. After a step-by-step math review with many examples and practice problems, the author reviews dosage calculations, pharmacology concepts and drugs, and medications as they relate to each body system. Helpful features add interest to the readings, while detailed appendices allow students to explore health care concepts at greater depth. Thousands of medical assisting students and and instructors have used this trusted resource for more than 26 years.

Jane Rice, Georgia Northwestern Technical College

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.

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  • Concise Math: Step-by-step discussions of math concepts include many solved examples to clearly illustrate the calculations required in medical assisting careers.
  • Engaging Features: “Special Consideration” boxes, end-of-chapter assessments, and content “Spotlight” boxes highlight critical information, encourage critical thinking, and make reading more enjoyable.
  • Proven Resource: Written for medical assisting programs by a seasoned medical assisting instructor, PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTING has been a trusted resource for more than 26 years.
  • Standards-based Content: CAAHEP/AAMA standards outlined in the beginning of each section help readers see clearly the connection between requirements and health care practice.
  • Focused Objectives: Competency-based objectives begin each chapter to pinpoint key content and clarify learning goals for the unit.

Principles of Pharmacology for Medical Assisting


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

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Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of lecture and class tools designed to coordinate with PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY FOR MEDICAL ASSISTING, 6E is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials such as PowerPoint® presentations, images, an instructor’s manual with answers to dosage calculations, and more.

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