AHEP 100 Introduction to Pharmacology • 3 Cr.


Introduction to the study of drugs. How drugs affect the body and how the body affects drugs. Includes controlled and uncontrolled drug classification, generic and brand name medications, and the government agency that monitors the production and usage of drugs. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Successful completion of AHE 100 and 110 with a C or better at BC or permission of Program Chair.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the common classifications of drugs and their actions
  • Analyze the purpose of the government agency that regulates the usage and disposal of controlled substances
  • Explain the difference between pharmacokinetics' and pharmacodynamics
  • Discuss accurately the government agency that monitors controlled substances
  • Define pharmacy abbreviations, symbols and drug classifications 
  • List the components of a medication and prescription order
  • Recall the most common routes of administering medication
  • Identify the most commonly prescribed medications, their classifications, contraindications and adverse effects
  • Accurately use pharmacology references to identify generic and brand name drugs
  • Characterize types of drug dependency