Version Effective: 11th of February, 2019
Version Effective: 11th of February, 2019

PDC58959 - Alcohol and Other Drugs: Understanding the Pharmacology

Course Details

Course Summary

All psychoactive drugs induce changes in emotion, cognition, and behaviour. An understanding of the pharmacology underlying these changes is a fundamental aspect to working effectively with people with drug-related conditions. This understanding involves knowledge of how drugs are handled by the body and how they act on the brain. This online Short Course will explore the basic biological principles of drug action, including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, and how these principles apply to commonly used drugs.

The fee for this short course will be $250.00.

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Professional Development)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
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Application Mode
  • Other
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Study Area
  • Education and Humanities
  • Health
  • Psychology, Social Work and Community Services
Skill Area
  • Community Services
  • Fitness Sport and Recreation
  • General Education and Training
  • Health
  • Justice and Law Enforcement
  • Natural Therapy
  • Youth Services

Admission Codes

International Students
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however, students enrolling in this course should work or study in the health, nursing, medical, general health, community work or corrective services professions.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

This course provides Professional Development for health, nursing, medical, general health, community work and corrective services professionals.

Undertaking this course enables students to meet their Continuing Professional Development obligations and industry update requirements in their profession. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and a CQUniversity Certificate of Completion.

Successful completion of all Alcohol and Other Drugs Short Courses (10) PLUS the Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment Module will enable students to apply for credit transfer to the Post Graduate unit, NURS20178: ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS.

Course Structures
Standard Course Structure

12 hours

  • Online
No units are associated with this course

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the basic biological principles of drug action
  2. Describe the pharmacology of commonly used drugs including how this relates to their effects on the brain and body.


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