Pharmacology for Medical Assistants - CMA01

Pharmacology for Medical Assistants

by Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC
(4.6 / 1630 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Certified Medical Assistants (1.00 Hours)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


An understanding of the principles of pharmacology is essential to safe delivery of care. All certified medical assistants must understand the basic concepts of pharmacology and safe medication practices. Pharmacology is concerned with drug benefits, adverse reactions, and toxicity. With the large number of drugs available to the public, the potential for interactions and adverse reactions is ever present.


The goal of this pharmacology continuing education module for certified medical assistants is to educate CMAs about the basic principles of pharmacology. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss drug names, routes of drug administration, and the role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Describe the terms pharmacokinetics, pharmacognosy, and pharmacotherapeutics
  • Identify the schedules in the Controlled Substance Act and understand the principles of drug prescribing

Approval Information
This course is intended for certified medical assistants
This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 clinical continuing education unit(s) (approval #128335 for 06/01/2015 to 06/01/2016, 130219 for 6/11/2016 to 6/11/2017, 132336 for 08/30/2017 to 08/29/2018, 134207 for 08/30/2018 to 08/29/2019). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Originally Released on: 2/6/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/9/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/29/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Maria J - Antelope, CA  ·  Jul 18, 2019
Very informative information
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La Keisha K - 50263, IA  ·  Jul 12, 2019
I would just like to say that I disagree with the answers to one of the questions on this test. The question asked if someone had nausea and vomiting at home, what route of administration would they refer to take medication for it. The "answer" was rectal. After asking several people to confirm my thoughts, we all came to the conclusion that rectal would be the absolute LAST resort that we would take to find relief. I know it is really patient preference but at the end of the day, I find it highly unlikely that rectal would anyone's referred method especially if sublingual and/or topically was on the table as an option!
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Valerie S - Tucson, AZ  ·  Jul 10, 2019
Good refresher course
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Crystal R - Cary , NC  ·  Jul 09, 2019
simple literature to read and understand
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Vanessa P - Mesa , AZ  ·  Jul 09, 2019
Good information and great details
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00