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Pharmacology: drugs and their effects

How do pharmaceutical drugs affect our bodies? How does a drug's concentration influence its effect? Why do some people react differently to the same medicine? In this CPE/CPD course, answer these questions and more. Learn how to optimise dosing, avoid adverse effects, and identify contraindications and toxicology for improved health outcomes.

  • 40+ hours of content
  • 18 months of access to material
  • 100% delivered online
  • 0 prerequisites

What you'll take away from this course

An introduction to pharmacology principles
Knowledge of common drug classes and uses
How to identify contraindications and adverse effects
An understanding of toxicology
Up to 40 CPE/CPD points

In this course, gain an insight into the principles of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Learn about common drug classes, their indications, adverse effects, and contraindications. Understand how drugs affect the body’s systems. Identify potential adverse effects from the interactions of different medicines. Define toxicology and what constitutes a toxic agent. Finally, evaluate the scientific evidence of contemporary pharmaceutical trends.

Continuing education

Completing this course can contribute to your continuing professional development with the following organisation(s).

Topics covered

  • Pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology
    • Identify and describe the principles underpinning pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics and how these principles connect with conventional medicine.
  • Pharmacokinetics, dosing regimes, and immunisation
    • Understand the process, effects, and risks of dosing regimes and immunisation that may be used in clinical practice.
  • Drugs affecting body defences, micro-organisms, and parasites
    • Explore how drugs can impact the body's defences and the principles and examples of antibiotic treatment for antifungals, anti-virals and antiretrovirals.
  • Drugs affecting the blood and cardiovascular systems
    • Learn about the specific properties of antiplatelet agents, anticoagulants and thrombolytic and how they impact the body.
  • Drugs affecting the reproductive and endocrine systems
    • Explore the effects of oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, and the effects of alkylating agents.
  • Drugs affecting the nervous system
    • Explore the drug therapies available for assisting health issues related to the peripheral nervous system.
  • Final submission
    • Create a video simulating the end of a consultation with a client.

Whether you are upskilling, cross-skilling, re-skilling, or simply curious about pharmacology, this advanced course will equip you with the knowledge to expand your career possibilities.

Dive into our rich array of online resources, including videos, podcasts, and interactive quizzes, to discover how drugs can be used to optimise health outcomes.

Using our intuitive, industry-leading learning platform, you have the flexibility to study entirely online, in your own time and at your pace. You will complete project work and comprehensive assessments to gain CPE/CPD points.

Your learning is supported by an interactive Learning Journal, which you will download and use throughout the course to record your progress. Remember, if you need it, learning support is one click away.

This CPE/CPD course is academically rigorous. It is designed and supported by leading experts in the field and academics who understand the needs of busy professionals. You will receive direct feedback from them on your individual course assessments.

Each course draws on content from Endeavour College of Natural Health’s degrees and is backed by its higher education credentials.

Continuing Professional Education

By successfully completing the assessment tasks in this course, you will gain up to 40 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) points. You can use CPE points towards your membership of professional bodies and to show you’re actively investing in life-long learning.

Credly Badge

Completing this course rewards you with the following credly badge, which you can share on your socials!

Awardees have gained insight into the principles of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Awardees have learnt about common drug classes, their indications, adverse effects, and contraindications. They understand how drugs affect the body’s systems. They can identify potential adverse effects from the interactions of different medicines. They can define toxicology and what constitutes a toxic agent, plus evaluate the scientific evidence of contemporary pharmaceutical trends.

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