RADA 375 Pharmacology • 3 Cr.


Topics include consumer safety and drug regulation, sources and effects of drugs and safe dose preparation. Types of drug preparations, principles of responsible drug administration including routes and techniques are examined. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss regulations in relation to medical drugs and use of contrast media.
  • Define terminology used to describe drug characteristics, dosage, safe dosage calculation, and administration.
  • Identify types and discuss use of local anesthetics
  • Explain the guidelines for use of moderate sedation drugs
  • Identify drugs used for moderate sedation and discuss indications, contraindications, and dosing guidelines
  • Describe equipment necessary for monitoring a patient when using moderate sedation drugs
  • Describe how to assess a patient’s condition utilizing the discharge scoring system.
  • Explain the indications and contraindications of general anesthesia
  • Explain the indications, and contraindications of drugs in the following classifications: anti-infective, cardiac, gastrointestinal, vascular, anti-inflammatory, and endocrine
  • Identify and discuss types of contrast media including indications, contraindications, adverse reactions, dosage, routes of administration and excretion process
  • Discus types of allergic reactions to contrast media
  • Describe resuscitation including life support and basic drugs