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Course details

This course is designed to develop an understanding of concepts surrounding pharmacology and combines anatomy and physiology with medical terminology for Unit Clerks. Students will learn anatomical structures and organs of the respiratory, central nervous, and cardiovascular systems, and identify anatomy of structures of the musculoskeletal, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Classification of drugs will be covered, their mode of delivery, clinical effects and side effects will be learned and aided with common examples. Students will learn medical terminology, the professional language of medicine. The course covers the responsibility involved in safely handling and dispensing medications to patients that contributes to drug effectiveness and health for patients. Students will learn how different drugs are administered and routinely eliminated. Different drug categories are studied along with pharmacology terminology. Students will learn “Scheduled" and “PRN" (as required) medications as indicated in the patient's medical record. ​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of CLRK 1005 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 90675


Thu Jan 05 - Thu Mar 23 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 90675
  • $406.93
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Mar 23 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Online

Inge Kassteen

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Attendance to the first class is mandatory, no late registrations. Textbook is required for first class. Find it at the BCIT bookstore and on their website: This is not a self-paced course. You will be expected to be available and online on the posted days and times shown on your registration schedule. It is important to have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Course content, type and quality of assignments, and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. To be successful in this online course, plan to spend 7-10 hours per week on your studies, starting Week 1. Computer, Microphone, and Webcam required.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define pharmacology and pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Identify body systems: central nervous and cardiovascular systems.
  • Recognize the different drug groups and how they apply to body systems.
  • Use pharmacology terminology, spelling and pronunciation to communicate with healthcare professionals.
  • Identify medical terminology and its origins.​
  • Identify classes of medications used to treat specific disorders and illnesses.
  • Explain the way that a patient's medication is administered and eliminated.
  • Explain when and how the patient is to seek medical attention and follow-up procedure.
  • Describe how to safely manage and dispense medications.
  • Provide pharmaceutical drug information to patients.
  • Identify where side effects of pharmaceutical drugs are indicated on documentation.
  • Recognize the difference between daily medications and as needed medications.
  • Be aware of patient's privacy when discussing pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Learn the various roles of the healthcare team.

Effective as of Winter 2023

Related Programs

Pharmacology (CLRK 1005) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Healthcare Unit Clerk
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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