As a front-line provider you are often times the first person to interact with a patient in the health care system. This is designed to provide learners with a clear, concise introduction to pharmacology.

As we know it, drug therapy is one of the most important and complicated treatment modalities in modern health care. As a novice provider, this course gives you the introduction you need to begin gaining knowledge about drugs and medication management. You may find that certain drugs or drug dosages may no longer be available. Likewise, there may be new drugs on the market that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With the availability of computers, smart phones, and Internet resources, current information is always there for verification of any drug question and should be checked when you do have a question before administering a drug. Don’t forget that your colleagues, clinical pharmacists, and primary health care providers are also resources for information concerning a specific drug, including dosage, adverse reactions, contraindications, precautions, interactions, or administration.