Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics for Clinical 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 or clinical pharmacist. The course will provide students advanced knowledge in the area of pharmacotherapeutics as it applies to the pharmacological management of diseases within the context of advanced nursing practice. The course uses targeted case based scenarios to further develop students knowledge of the mechanisms of action of drugs as well as the quality use of medicines implications surrounding these therapeutic agents. Other courses in the program will allow students to use this 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 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacotherapeutic management of various diseases in the context of advanced nursing practice
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the mechanism of action of the drugs commonly used in the treatment of these diseases
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the quality use of medicines issues associated with the treatment of these diseases.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to make informed and autonomous decisions about therapeutic responses and interventions that are based on clinical judgment, scientific evidence and patient determined outcomes
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to Evidenced Based Practice

The course will cover:

  1. The pharmacology, therapeutic management and quality use of medicine issues surrounding major diseases including

* Infectious diseases * Neurological and psychiatric conditions * Cardiovascular, respiratory and renal diseases * Gastrointestinal and endocrine conditions * Pain and musculoskeletal conditions

  1. Highly specialized areas of practice including:
  • Cancer care including cytotoxic chemotherapy
  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Fertility
  • Rural and remote prescribing
  • Prescribing in palliative care
  • Prescribing in Geriatrics and paediatrics
  • Prescribing in intensive care
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 One year of advanced clinical practice in a specialty area of practice. Advanced level of knowledge of pathophysiology within a 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 Making.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Case Study
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Examination: Formal - In order to pass the course students must reach a satisfactory standard in the formal examination
  • Other: (please specify) - Demonstrated competence in applied pharmacology in a specialist area assessed by a clinical mentor
  • Other: (please specify) - Formative assessment for student's own learning: Self-assessment questions
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) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)program
  • Compulsory Program Component: Successful completion of PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice or equivalent.
Course Materials
  • No Materials
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6702

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