BMS263 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals (8)

In this subject, students will apply their knowledge of basic chemistry, biochemistry and human physiology to the study of pharmacology. This foundation subject provides students with an introduction to pathophysiology and fundamental concepts of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and polypharmacy, with an emphasis on the cardiac, renal and respiratory systems. Students will analyse a range of pharmacological treatments for diabetes, to contextualise the effects of chronic disease on multiple organ systems. This subject also introduces students to the concept of pharmacological manipulation of the immune system and reviews the pharmacology of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS263. 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 Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

This subject assumes knowledge of basic chemistry, biochemistry, and human physiology.

Incompatible Subjects

BMS219, BMS225

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to appropriately apply the professional language associated with medical and pharmacological practice
  • be able to explain the mechanism of action and properties of medicines used for the treatment of cardiac, respiratory, renal and inflammatory pathology
  • be able to analyse the implications of polypharmacy, drug-drug and drug-disease interactions when taking a client history
  • be able to apply foundational knowledge of pathology and pharmacology to explain the clinical management of chronic disease


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Introduction to clinical science / altered cellular function
  • Immune system pathophysiology
  • Manipulation of the immune system and wound healing
  • Inflammation (diseases / pain / anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Endocrine pathophysiology & pharmacology: diabetes
  • Cardiac pathophysiology & pharmacology
  • Vasculature pathophysiology & pharmacology
  • Respiratory pathophysiology & pharmacology
  • Urinary system pathophysiology & pharmacology


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or 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.