Courses & Units

Pharmacology and Medication Management CNA251

Hobart, Launceston, Rozelle - Sydney, Darlinghurst - Sydney


In this unit students will be introduced to pharmacology, scheduling and drug classification systems and essential information on pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to safely administer medications.  Medication safety, the prevention of adverse events, detection of risk and documentation are emphasised.  Electronic medication management systems are introduced. Students will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation of legal and ethical issues that impact on medication administration. The relationship between safe medication management and the capability of the Registered Nurse is highlighted in this unit. Students will have the opportunity to develop their Professional Portfolio in this unit.


Unit name Pharmacology and Medication Management
Unit code CNA251
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

Mark Zasadny

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Spring school (November) On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Spring school (November) On-Campus International Domestic
Darlinghurst - Sydney Spring school (November) On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018
Spring school (November) 12/11/2018 2/12/2018 27/12/2018 10/2/2019

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2018: $805.00 2018: $2,442.00 060301

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 50 mins weekly lectures

6 x 2 hour practicals


(i)      Medications Calculations Test (pass/fail)

(ii)    Online Quiz (20%)

(iii)   Written Examination 2 hrs (40%)

(iv)   Practical Medication Administration Assessment (40%)

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