Introduction to Pharmacology

Introduction to Pharmacology

Level 4, 20 credits

Course aim

This theory based module is designed to develop your understanding of the fundamentals of pharmacology and the associated legislation within your scope of practice and within the context of paramedic practice. 

The primary aim is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the management support in your care of patients in urgent and emergency situations. 

In order to achieve this aim, you will be focusing on achieving the following modular learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the principles of pharmacology
  2. Appreciate the ethical and legal considerations relating to medicine management
  3. Utilise correct units of measurement and basic calculations within the clinical sciences

The outcomes will be achieved by combining classroom learning with independent and guided study.

Course length

The delivery will be over a 14 week period with a small number of attendances. There will be a blended approach to support the learning; this means that online and electronic resources will be provided for use during private study time. There will need to be interaction in the online environment and therefore a good standard of IT ability is required.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £40.00 per credit for both CPD apply and self-funded routes.


There is a requirement for full attendance for each of the sessions, whether they are in class or through the technology enhanced learning environment.

Course content

  • Principles of pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Core drugs
  • Patient group directions
  • Risks associated with pharmaceutical therapy
  • Medicines management and legislation
  • Ethics and consent in relation to medicine management


There is one component: A 3 hour unseen written exam.

Entry requirements:

Two years employment as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Nominated by an ambulance service.

CPD award

This module may form part of the CertHE in Urgent and Emergency Care or alternatively, may be studied as a stand-alone CPD Programme.

How to apply

If your CPD course is funded by NHS North West, please apply through the CPD apply system. You can contact your Trust Training Lead for further advice on this process.

If you are funding the course yourself, please apply using the postgraduate online application form

Further information

For further information please contact:

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

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