MRS413 Pharmacology for Medical Radiation Science (8)

In this subject students will apply their knowledge of science and human physiology to the study of pharmacology. This subject provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and their application within the context of Medical Radiation Science departments. The subject introduces mechanisms of pharmaceutical action and interaction. Students will be introduced to medications used in a wide variety of clinical scenarios encountered in Medical Radiation Science departments.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

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 Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging)
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

Assumed Knowledge

BMS191 and BMS192, Human Bioscience 1 and 2 respectively

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe, explain and implement professional practice with specific reference to applying knowledge of pharmaceuticals (MRPBA Domain 5.8);
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the risks, precautions and contraindications of pharmaceutical use, with respect to the division of registration (MRPBA Domain 5.8);
  • be able to apply knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and the potential range of reactions to drugs or agents relevant to division of registration (MRPBA Domain 5.8)
  • be able to identify relevant state and territory legislative requirements regarding pharmaceutical administration (MRPBA Domain 1.1 and 5.8);
  • be able to demonstrate communication and collaboration skills with other health practitioners with respect to pharmaceutical procedures and delivery (MRPBA domain 2 and 5); and
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence based practice and professional learning with specific reference to critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges (MRPBA Domain 3);


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Interventional medications
  • Crash cart
  • Adjunctive medications
  • OTC medications in MRS
  • Radiopharmaceuticals and contrast

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.