Integrated Pharmacotherapeutics for Clinical Practice

Course code PHAR6702Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

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.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn 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
ContentThe 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

2. 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
TransitionSince 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 Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeOne 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 DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalIn 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 HoursSelf 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 EnrolmentThis 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 ComponentSuccessful completion of PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice or equivalent.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6702