APS301 Pharmacology for Paramedics (8)

This subject will expand upon the students general understanding of pharmacology by applying these principles to paramedic practice. Students will be introduced to medications used in managing a wide variety of clinical conditions encountered in out-of-hospital settings

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS301. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)


BMS291 or FPS201

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to outline the most common medications used in paramedic practice and identify their indications, contraindications, mechanism of action, dose, route of administration and adverse effects
  • be able to identify common prescription and home medications and describe their interactions with the medications administered by paramedics
  • be able to formulate comprehensive medication treatment plans for simulated patients with a variety of medical complaints


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Advanced pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Adrenergic and cholinergic pharmacology
  • Histamine and antihistamine drugs
  • Antipsychotic drugs
  • Anxiolytics, hypnotics and antidepressant drugs
  • Anticonvulsants and muscle relaxants
  • Narcotic analgesics and antagonists
  • Anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic drugs
  • Pharmacology of general and local anaesthesia
  • Digitalis, antiarrhythmic and antianginal drugs
  • Antihypertensive drugs
  • Anticoagulant, fibrinolytic and antiplatelet therapy
  • Diuretic drugs
  • Fluid therapies
  • Bronchodilators and drugs used in the treatment of asthma
  • Treatment of nausea and vomiting


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.