Understanding Medications and Therapeutics

Helping you build the best foundation to truly understand medications and develop clinical reasoning skills
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (198 ratings)
3,362 students
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Start developing your problem solving and clinical reasoning skills
Truly enjoy creating the best foundation for a career in health care
Streamline your studies by understanding and picturing how medications work
Quickly and easily identify 42 of the top 200 most prescribed medications
Learn safety strategies that can be applied to all medications and disorders
Apply information about medications to make it easier to understand and remember


  • A basic understanding of the normal function of the human body (human physiology) will be helpful


This course is aimed at streamlining your work, ultimately making it much easier for you to become a competent health care worker. You will learn how to quickly identify 42 of the top 200 medications, picture how medications work, develop safe practice, and develop clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills. With the best foundation in health care, you will have fewer limitations.

Who this course is for:

  • Nursing and allied health students
  • Nurses and allied health care workers
  • Students considering a career in medicine or healthcare in the future
  • Family member who wants to help understand the medication being taken

Course content

5 sections75 lectures5h 8m total length
  • Introduction; Aims of first half of chapter (section) 1
  • Practice using active learning to develop problem solving skills
  • Best approach to learning medications; Understanding reflux
  • Practice applying knowledge to develop safe practice and problem solving skills
  • Antacids, chemical reactions, osmosis and drug to drug reactions
  • Practice developing clinical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Best approach to learning medications; Overview and aims of chapter (section) 1B
  • Practice 'coaching' the client for optimal compliance
  • Picturing the GIT and how it is controlled; Safety issues of constipation
  • Practice developing clinical reasoning skills; The most important symptoms
  • Safety issues; What happens when you take more than the recommended dose?
  • Practice helping clients understand the safety issues of OTC pain killers
  • Understanding 'pro-drugs', stimulant laxatives and rebound effects
  • Practice developing problem solving skills with enteric coated medications
  • Understanding the remaining laxatives
  • Practice safety: 'Strictly contraindicated' vs 'contraindicated'
  • Chapter/section summary; Developing confidence


Lecturer at University
Ken Wojcikowski
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 198 Reviews
  • 3,362 Students
  • 1 Course

Ken Wojcikowski, aka DrKWojo, has a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Queensland and an MSc in pharmacology/pharmacognosy from Southern Cross University. He has 20 years' experience teaching biomedical science courses at university level. In 2015, he was awarded an Australian National Teaching Citation for 'Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning'.