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Professional studies

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Type of course


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Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The main aim is that the students have a basic
knowledge in medication administration and good
skills in dosage calculation. In this course the
contextual and clinical caring and medical
competence is developed.

Learning outcomes

after completion of the course the students
- know the different forms of administering drugs
and how they act in the human body
- are aware of their responsibility and know how
to act according to current regulations
- has an ability to acute in acute situations of
- identify the connections between patient safety
and medication administration
- perform dosage calculation correctly and thus
grant patient safety
- has an ability to guide the patient in questions
concerning their medication

Course contents

Introduction, presentation of content and
History, definitions and concepts
Administering drug, different forms of drugs
Introduction till Pharmaca Fennica,
Dosage calculation, Work shops
Labels, Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
Prescriptions, Patient safety, The process of
giving medication, Safe Pharmacotherapy, national
handbook, The responsibility of the nurse
Adverse effects, Abuse and misuse of drugs
Field visit to a Pharmacy
Prescriptions, Patient safety, The process of
giving medication, Safe Pharmacotherapy, national
handbook, The responsibility of the nurse
Drugs in the elderly,
The exam includes of two parts: A theoretical part
and a part with dosage calculation. The
theoretical part is graded with grades 1-5. The
calculation part includes ten problems and has a
zero tolerance for errors. The calculation part is
graded accomplished or not accomplished. Use of
calculator is not permitted.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic mathematics
Anatomy and physiology

Additional information

The exam is divided into two parts a theoretical part which is graded 1-5. Highest score in the theoretical test is 35 points. An accomplished result requires 17 points. 17-20p=1, 21-24p=2, 25-28p=3, 29-32p=4, 33-35p=5
The second part includes a dosage calculation test with ten problems. Use of calculator is not allowed. Pass rate 100% correct.The calculation test is graded accomplished/not accomplished. The grade of the course will be the grade in the theoretical part. After an accomplished result in the calculation exam the students do every semester a semester exam in dosage calculation. In the test there are five items and the use of calculator is allowed. The students need a total of 5 times five items when they graduate.

Recommended or required reading

Saano S. & Taam-Ukkonen M. 2013. Lääkehoidon
käsikirja. SanomaPro. Helsinki.

Hordeng H. & Spigset O. (red.). Farmakologi och
farmakologisk omvårdnad. 2009. Studentlitteratur.

Säker läkemedelsbehandling. Social- och
hälsovårdsministeriets publikationer 2007:15 ,
ISSN 1236-2050. ISBN 978-952-00-2368-3 (inh.),
978-952-00-2369-0 (PDF). External link

Recommended literature:
Kivelä S-L. 2004. Vanhusten lääkehoito. Hygieia.
Gummerus Kirjapaino Oy, Jyväskylä. ISBN 951-26-

Kragh A. (red.) 2005. Äldres läkemedelsbehandling
– orsaker och risker vid multimedicinering.
Studentlitteratur. Lund. ISBN 91-44-03906-9

Ranta I. (toim.).Sairaanhoitaja & lääkehoito.
Hoitotyön vuosikirja 2013. Sairaanhoitajaliitto.
Fioca Oy. Helsinki.

Current articles

Books in dosage calculation:
Ernvall Sirpa, Pulli Antero, Salonen Anne-Marie,
Nurminen Marja-Leena, Kaukkila Hanna-Sisko, 2006.
Läkemedelsräkning. Utbildningsstyrelsen 2006 .
ISBN 952-13-2734-0.
Ernvall S. m.fl. 2005. Lääkelaskenta. WSOY..
Porvoo. ISBN 951-0-30244-9

Study activities

  • Lectures - 28 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 21 hours
  • Individual studies - 84 hours
  • - 0 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Exams (written-, oral-, home-)

Assessment requirements

In this course there is a preparatory part in
mathematics. In period 2 there is a basic math test.
Those who do not pass the math test are offered some lessons in basics in mathematics.


  • Dahl Birgitta
  • Skogster Annika


Dahl Birgitta

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

2014-03-10 - Exams

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