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The Basics of Pharmacotherapy (2 cr)

Code: SH10014-3004

General information


15.08.2022 - 30.09.2022


29.08.2022 - 31.12.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

2 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching


Tikkarinne Campus Tikkarinne 9

Teaching languages

  • Finnish


20 - 40

Degree programmes

  • Degree Programme in Nursing


  • Henna Kakkonen
  • Sami Arola

Teacher in charge

Sami Arola


  • SHAS22
    Nurse, Blended Learning, Fall, 2022



- know the legislation, regulations and principles of medication care
- understand the principles of the safe medication care in social and health care services
- understand the evaluation on the need and the effectivity of medication care in multiprofessional social and health care services
- understand the principles of the rational medication care, i.e. effectivity, safety, economic aspects, unity and quality from the point of view of an individual and the society
- can describe the process of the medication care
- can administer safe medication care according to own professional role
- can plan, administer and assess the patient’s daily medication care
- know the different pharmaceutical forms and medication routes
- can do different kinds on medications calculations correctly as part of the patient safety
- understand the meaning of the commitment of the medication care
- can guide patients and their relatives in he correct dosing and use of medicines
- know how to use the main databases of medication care
- know the basics of drug interactions and related side and adverse effects


- Supervision, laws and regulations governing pharmacotherapy
- The basics of medication safety
- Medication errors
- Concepts of pharmacotherapy
- Pharmaceutical dosage forms
- Various routes of medicine administration
- Pharmacotherapy and aseptic techniques
- Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
- Drug interactions, side and adverse effects
- Main databases in pharmacotherapy
- Pharmacotherapy process
- Patient quidance in medication care
- Competence and ethics in medication care
- Subcutaneous and intramuscular injection techniques
- The basics of dosage calculations (where applicable)

Evaluation scale