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Basic Pharmacology

This module has been developed to provide you with an understanding of basic principles of pharmacology and the management of cardiovascular disease.

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Course overview

This course has been developed to provide an understanding of:

  • the basic principles of pharmacology
  • definitions used in pharmacology and their related concepts, and
  • mechanism of action and potential adverse effects of different drugs used in the management of cardiovascular disease.

This module contains the following 3 modules:

Module 1: Principles and definitions

In this section you'll gain an understanding of basic definitions used in pharmacology and their related concepts.

Module 2: Antihypertensive drugs

The goal of antihypertensive therapy is to reduce cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and renal morbidity and mortality. In this section we'll look at antihypertensive drugs in more detail.

Module 3: Other Drugs

In this section we'll explore other types of drugs that may be used in the management of cardiovascular disease. We look at antianginal, anticoagulant, antiplatelet and lipid-lowering drugs in more detail.

Estimated Duration

1 hour

Learning outcomes

After completing this course you'll be able to:

  • differentiate between pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • identify molecular targets of drug action, and
  • understand the following terms; adverse or side effects, agonist, antagonist, and drug interactions.

Target Audience

Suitable for nurses working in primary health care including general practice.

What you'll get

This education program consists of 3 modules. Each module has specific learning objectives and a small assessment at the end.

You will need to complete every page of all 3 modules as well as receive a score of at least 80% in each module assessment in order to successfully complete this program.

Once you have successfully completed the program a Certificate of Completion will be available to view or download from your list of courses in the 'My Training' section.

About the author

This module has been developed in partnership with Vision 2020 and Vision Initiative.

$99.00 (AUD) per subscription

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