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NS5921 - Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners 1

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will build on pre-existing knowledge of pharmacology from the Nursing students' existing practice in order for them to acquire knowledge and skill associated with the safe prescribing of medications as a Nurse Practitioner. It will link the mechanisms of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to the practical and clinical effects of medications prescribed by Nurse Practitioners. It will outline the requirements for prescribing various medications within the scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop knowledge and skills required by Nurse Practitioners associated with the safe use of medicines in practice;
  • apply mechanisms of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to the clinical effects of drugs;
  • apply knowledge of drug classes and their therapeutic management to differing bodily systems and diseases;
  • examine the legal and professional aspects of medication supply and administration within their scope of practice;
  • develop skills to write prescriptions in accordance with legislative requirements.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor John Smithson
Lecturer: Dr Aaron Drovandi.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (40%); practice prescribing worksheets (10%); online discussions (pass/fail) (%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.