Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the study is that the student have knowledge and abilities to care for the patient in clinical situations.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to: - Understand the meaning of patient safety - be able to perform basic clinical interventions - answer to the patient's physical, mental and spiritual needs. - be able to identify the needs of adult, elderly and dying patients and to communicate with them and their relatives - understand the significance of hygiene and be able to act aseptically - be aware of different types of drugs and their effect on the organism - understand the responsibility of handling drugs and work according to regulations - identify and define the main concepts in pharmacotherapy - perform dosage calculation correctly and thus grant patient safety - see the connection between patient safety and medication administration - instruct the patient in questions related to drug administration

Course contents

Basic care and hospital infections and hygiene 3,5 sp Medication administration and dosage calculation 1,5 sp In medication administration and dosage calculation a basic test in mathematics is included. This test has to be accomplished to get the grade in medication administration and dosage calculation. After completion of medication administration and dosage calculation students have five dosage calculation tests with five calculation tasks in each. These tests are arranged twice per academic year.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Theory of basics in nursing/caring

Previous course names

Clinical care, hospital hygiene, medication administration and dosage calculation

Recommended or required reading

Iivanainen & Syväoja, Hoida kja Kirjaa, Tammi 2008, ISBN 1-265756-8 Iivanainen A, Jauhiainen, M., Pikkarainen P. Hoitamisen taito,Tammi 2001, ISBN 951-26-4557-2 Björkman,E-Karlsson,K.2006. Kliniskt vårdarbete för sjuksköterskor. ISBN 91-44-03836-4 Current articles Mustajoki M et al, Sairaanhoitajan käsikirja, duodecim 2005 Björkman, E och karlsson, K. 2006.Kliniskt vårdarbete för sjuksköterskor, Studentlitteratur, ISBN 91-44-03836-4 Sirpa Ernvall, Antero Pulli, Anne-Marie Salonen, Marja-Leena Nurminen, Hanna-Sisko Kaukkila, 2006. Läkemedelsräkning. Utbildningsstyrelsen 2006 . ISBN 952-13-2734-0. Säker läkemedelsbehandling. Social- och hälsovårdsministeriets publikationer 2007:15 , ISSN 1236-2050. ISBN 978-952-00-2368-3 (inh.), 978-952-00-2369-0 (PDF). http://www.stm.fi/Resource.phx/publishing/document s/11882/index.htx Saano S. & Taam-Ukkonen M. 2013. Lääkehoidon käsikirja. SanomaPro. Helsinki. Alternative in Swedish: Hordeng H. & Spigset O. (red.). Farmakologi och farmakologisk omvårdnad. 2009. Studentlitteratur. Lund.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 80 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 0 hours
  • Practical exercises - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 140 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 140 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Exam in basic mathemathics is a requirement for a grade in medication administration and dosage calculation. To get accomplished you need to have 60% correct answers in the test. Exam in medication administration and dosage calculation The exam is divided into two parts: A theoretical part and a part with dosage calculation. The theoretical part is marked with the grades 1-5. The calculation part is marked accomplished/not accomplished.


  • Dahl Birgitta
  • Nyström Patrik
  • Ring Joachim
  • Roberts Christel


Roberts Christel

Home page of the course


Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2013-12-17 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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