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Pharmacotherapy (3 cr)

Code: SWNS2019-3008

General information


01.08.2023 - 24.08.2023


28.08.2023 - 21.12.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

3 op

Mode of delivery



School of Health and Social Studies

Teaching languages

  • English


0 - 30

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing


  • Niilo Kuokkanen
  • Johanna Rinne

Teacher in charge

Marina Hirjaba


  • SNS23SG1
    Bachelor's Degree Programme in Nursing
  • ZJASNS23S1
    Avoin AMK, sote, AMK-polut, Nursing
  • 30.08.2023 12:15 - 15:15, Pharmacotherapy SWNS2019-3008
  • 05.10.2023 09:00 - 12:00, Pharmacotherapy SWNS2019-3008
  • 12.10.2023 12:45 - 15:45, Pharmacotherapy SWNS2019-3008
  • 27.10.2023 12:15 - 13:45, Drug Calculations /Pharmacotherapy SWNS2019-3008
  • 31.10.2023 10:00 - 11:30, Drug Calculations / Pharmacotherapy SWNS2019-3008
  • 22.11.2023 12:15 - 13:45, Drug Calculations
  • 04.12.2023 12:15 - 13:45, Drug Calculations
  • 11.12.2023 14:00 - 15:30, Exam /Drug Calculations


Purpose of the course
After completing this course, you will know the basics of safe medication and the digital solutions for implementing medication.

Competences of the course
Clinical competence
Evidence based nursing and decision making competence
Patient safety and quality assurance competence

Learning outcomes of the course
You understand the responsibility of your professional role in medication.
You can correctly determine the doses of safe drug treatment.


Basic concepts of medicine therapy
Formulations and routes of administration
The phases of the medicine in the body
Implementation of safe drug treatment including digital solutions
Medication follow-up
Access to medical databases
Medicinal quantities, prefixes, units, and variants thereof.
Logical and mathematical determination of doses.
Dosage of liquid and solid drugs.

Oppimateriaali ja suositeltava kirjallisuus

Potter, P.A & Perry, A.G. 2014. Basic nursing. Mosby. (detaild later)
Volans, G. N. & Wiseman, H. 2010. Drugs handbook. London : Palgrave Macmillan

Drug Calculation books::
Ogden, S.J. & Fluharty, L. 2016. Calculation of Drug Dosages: A Work Text, 10th Edition. ELSEVIER. ISBN-13: 978-0323310697. Or
Lapham, R. & Agar, H. 2009. Drug Calculations for Nurses. Noman.
Drug Calculation other useful Material:
DOSE - online application
The Dose program is free to use. Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences has a license for the Dose Drug Calculation program. Language selection is Finnish, Swedish or English. Link
Username: JAMK
Password: JAMK0921
Mobile phone applications:
You can install several free applications on your mobile from the Play Store. E.g. Drug Calculations for Nurses, Drug Dosage Calculator, Medical calculators, etc.

Teaching methods

Contact teaching
Independent virtual learning
There can be contact lessons, online learning and webinar lectures in this course.

Exam schedules

There is an exam about Drug Calculations. The date and format of the exam will be told/agreed in the beginning of the Course. You can take the Exam and resit in the Exam Studio also.

Student workload

Basics of Pharmacotherapy 27h:
- contact teaching and examination 14h
- independent learning 13h

Drug Calculations 27 h
- contact teaching + Exam 14 h
- independent learning 13 h

Drug Calculations 27 h (during Medical Nursing course)

Further information

Open Studies 5
The teacher of the study course provides additional information about possible special practices of the study course.
Drug Calculations grade is Pass/Fail

Evaluation scale


Assessment criteria, approved/failed

You know the basics of safe medication and understand the role of a nurse in delivering safe medication. You master medical calculations flawlessly.