MHAW114 – Medications (Pharmacology)


Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 or OSSD Equivalent
  • Mature Student with Wonderlic SLE min. cut score minimum 14 on test
  • Bring your own device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets specifications outline by your program

Delivery Mode: Online
Textbook: Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Professions, 8th Edition Nelson Publishing  2019

Course Fees: $485.00 (with eTextbook)
Other Compulsory Fees: Inclusive
Additional Cost: Textbook $175.00 (Hard Copy)
Course Hours: 45 Hours
Course Intake: Every Monday
Department: PT – Continuing Education


In this subject students will learn the principles of pharmacology and calculations in a simplified step-by-step process. Students will also learn medication preparation, supplies, and specific information on each route of administration by following administration checklists, allowing the learner to put the knowledge into practice. Students will also learn how to organize drugs by classification, including their purpose, side effects, cautions, interactions, and contraindications.


North Bay Campus or Online –

Knowledge Competencies

The knowledge and skills required to understand and use medications in the treatment of clients with substance use, mental health issues, or concurrent disorders, and to understand and respond to the impact that medications could have on the client

Explains in general terms the type of medications that are:

  • Useful in treating substance use or concurrent disorders
  • Used to address mood, behaviour, and cognitive processes
  • Frequently used to treat pain
  • Most prone to overuse or abuse
  • Used to treat related conditions, like hepatitis

Explains the signs and symptoms of adverse drug reactions, contraindications, and consults with more senior professionals if adverse reactions are suspected

Explains the common effects of over-the-counter products and the potential impacts of using them incorrectly

Monitors clients and recognizes signs of incorrect use of medication, and consults with more senior professionals if incorrect usage is suspected