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ANP8009 Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacology for Scheduled Medicines

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 28 November 2022


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BHEH or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG Rural and Remote or Scheduled Medicines specialty.


Advanced Nurse Practice standards requires nurses to have an extended knowledge of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics that will correlate with appropriate diagnostic and assessment data for critical analysis of a client’s health status.

This course will equip students with the advanced decision making and diagnostic skills required when practicing in the generalist expanded practice role of initiating patient care (including use of medicines) in rural and remote primary care.

Students will explore the legal framework supporting your practice, accountability within your individual scope of practice, and the unique context of nursing and health care needs in rural and remote nursing practice. Advanced pharmacological concepts related to practice in rural and remote primary care, across the lifespan will be investigated. Through work based learning, students will build on their patient history collection and physical examination skills, clinical decision making and diagnostic skills, to effectively plan management of patient care (including initiation of medicines) within a collaborative practice framework. This course includes detailed knowledge of the specific drugs included in national protocols that registered nurses may need to obtain, supply and administer in advanced practice contexts. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics components focus on drugs to explain physiological actions of drugs relevant to scheduled medicine endorsement.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 28 November 2022