This module provides the necessary pharmacological knowledge within the context of the underpinning pathophysiology that will enable the healthcare professional to prescribe safely, appropriately, and effectively within a collaborative health care team. It will be offered through a blended combination of e-learning, taught components and threaded discussion with supported group work. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and a synoptic examination.
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This module provides the core information that is essential for safe and effective prescribing. The student will be expected to develop an in-depth understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics as well as the mode of action, dosage, side effects, contraindications and interactions of drugs used to manage a wide range of disorders. The knowledge of these drugs must be underpinned by an understanding of both the condition for which it is prescribed and the drug’s expected/possible physiological action and response in order for the student to be able to critically analyse the evidence basis for prescribing.
Linked programmesPgCert/PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice, PgCert/PgDip/MSc Advancing Practice, PgCert Medicines Management, PgCert Medicines Management
Assessment is by a combination of coursework and a synoptic examination
Module runs over a 12 week period in total. Students are expected to attend all classes and complete all coursework associated with the module.
Exact Teaching dates are TBC
(a)(i) Have a second class Honours degree or better in an Allied Health Profession subject from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or
(ii) Have an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; and
(iii) Where applicable be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
(iv) Where applicable have continued employment in an area relevant to the chosen modules.
(v) Have a minimum of one year's post-qualification experience (excluding course attendance).
(b) Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) and for non-native English speakers, IELTS 7.0 (with no contributing band at less than 6.5) or, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b):
(c) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
- 29 January 2018
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