Course Abstract Details

EMS-221, Pharmacology 2

Credits: 2

Course Description

EMS-221,Pharmacology 2, prepares the paramedic student to understand pharmacology and how it is utilized in the paramedic practice. Students will be required to expand their knowledge of basic pharmacology into specific and concise understanding of drugs utilized in emergency medicine. Course content will include the pharmacokinetices, and pharmacodynamics of drugs based on a body systems approach. This course is a hybrid, delivering content and activities online. Twelve hours lecture. Twenty four hours asynchronized lecture. Twenty four hours lab. Hours will be scheduled on the weekends. Prerequisites: EMS-101, EMS-111, EMS-112 and EMS-113. Two credits. Two billable hours. Additional $50 fee required. Offered Spring term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Students will describe drug standards, legislation and enforcement agencies pertinent to the paramedic and what the paramedic’s responsibilities are in relation to drug administration. (Program 1,2,3; Gen Ed 1,2,7)

2. Students will distinguish between drug forms and identify the different types of drugs, explain the meaning of drug terms necessary to safely interpret information in drug reference sources. (Program 1,2,3,4; Gen Ed 1,2,4,7)

3. Students will discuss factors that influence drug absorption, distribution, and elimination. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

4. Students will identify special considerations for administering pharmacological agents to special populations. (Program 3,5; Gen Ed 2,3,6)

5. Students will outline autonomic nervous system functions that may be altered with use of drug therapy. (Program 3; Gen Ed 2,3)

6. Students will describe how drugs react with receptors to produce desired effects. (Program 3; Gen Ed 2,3)

7. Students will outline drug actions and considerations for care of the patient who is given drugs that affect the cardiovascular, respiratory nervous, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems. (Program 3; Gen Ed 2,3)

8. Students will integrate pathophysiological principles of medication administration with patient management. (Program 3,5; Gen Ed 2,3)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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