Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice

10 Units

This course is designed to allow the students to continue the accumulation of additional knowledge necessary to function safely and effectively as an advanced nurse practitioner. The course will introduce to the advanced practice nursing students the principles of pharmacotherapeutics and prescribing, including clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, the Poisons and Therapeutics Good Act and Regulations (NSW), Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,principles of prescribing for nurse practitioners, principles of quality use of medicines in a nursing context and a revision of basic pharmacological principles. The course will provide an overview of the role of non-prescription medications, including agents used for pain and inflammation and complementary and alternate medicines. Other courses in the program will allow students to use this background knowledge in their specialist practice. This course is a Compulsory Program Component in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Programs.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Availability Trimester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the legal and policy framework underpinning nurse prescribing in Australia
  2. Be able to describe the principles of quality use of medicines issues in advanced practice nursing
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the Poisons and Therapeutics Goods Act and Regulations (NSW)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and its application in advanced practice nursing
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of therapeutic agents in the context of advanced nursing practice
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system
  7. Identify the importance of obtaining a comprehensive patient medication history including assessing use of non-prescription medications such as analgesics, anti-inflammatory agents and complementary/alternate medicines.

The course will cover:

  1. Nurse prescribing in Australia -legal and policy framework
  2. The Poisons and Therapeutics Goods Act and Regulations
  3. The Pharmaceutics Benefits Scheme
  4. Quality use of medications for advanced practice nursing
  5. Principles of prescribing including rural and remote prescribing
  6. Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics and their application to advanced practice nursing
  7. A revision of basic principles of pharmacology including the pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system
  8. Non-prescription medications, including analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine and complementary and alternate medicines
Replacing Course(s) HUBS6202 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice 10 units
Transition Since HUBS6202 is an online course it will only be offered to repeating students in Trimester 2 2011. New students will take the new courses PHAR6701 and PHAR6702 in 2012 & 2013.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Completed Bachelor of Nursing degree. One year of advanced clinical practice in a specialty area of practice. Advanced level of knowledge of patho-physiology within specialty area of practice. Some skills in health assessment /clinical decision making in the student's specialty area of practice. Ability to justify his/her Clinical Decision.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Course learning objectives 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • Examination: Formal - Course learning objectives 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • Online Discussion - Course learning objectives 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • Other: (please specify) - In order to pass the course students must attain a passing grade in the formal examination and pass overall in the case study assignments.
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6701

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