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HIM 260 Pharmacology For Health Information Technology
Professor: David Munch


HIM 260 is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the clinical pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on concepts of drug actions and adverse effects of the drugs. This course will review normal anatomy and physiology of a body system and diseases common to that body system. This course will cover the pharmacological therapies for the diseases related to body systems.




If you complete this course and do well, you will be able to:

  • describe sources of drugs, different forms in which drugs are dispensed, and the derivation of drug names. 
  • discuss local and systemic effects of drugs and factors influencing the actions of drugs. 
  • discuss the calculation of drug doses. 
  • discuss the effects of the major drug classes and their influence on the pathophysiologic and biochemical changes in disease states.




Your course grade will be determined by the following exams and assignments:

Assignment Percentage
Homework Assignments 25%
4 Exams 75%

Your final grade will be based on the following scale.

Grade Percentage
A 92-100
B 82-91
C 72-81
D 62-71
F 0-61



There are 4 online exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.


ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

E-mail : dmunch@nvcc.edu
Phone: (703) 833-6641


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.