Online course in Health & Psychology

Clinical Pharmacokinetics: Dosing and Monitoring

Understanding pharmacokinetics, from basic principles to clinical applications.

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Explore the key principles of pharmacokinetics and how to apply them

On this course you will learn about the principles of clinical pharmacokinetics, including factors that affect the absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and binding of drugs. You will learn how to integrate these principles into the process of monitoring, evaluating and adjusting dosing for patients.

You will learn through critical thinking and problem-solving exercises that relate to drug dosing and monitoring functions, that are commonly performed by pharmacists in clinical practice.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The fish tank – A simplified model of first-order elimination
  • Dosing basics – How to determine the right amount of drug for a patient
  • The ups and downs of predicting changes in drug concentration
  • The challenges of assessing renal and hepatic clearance
  • What pharmacists need to know about dosing aminoglycosides and vancomycin
  • Clinical application - vancomycin and gentamycin case practice

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    This course started 10 Jun 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify factors that affect the absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and binding of drugs
  • Interpret laboratory results, assess clinical findings
  • Apply pharmacokinetic concepts in order to determine an individualized dosage regimen for a specific patient

Who is the course for?

This course is for professionals or students looking to build their clinical pharmacokinetic knowledge. You might be an undergraduate pharmacy student, a postgraduate pharmacy student or a pharmacist in clinical practice.

Who will you learn with?

Shawn Chen

Shawn Chen

Professor and Associate Dean
College of Pharmacy
Taipei Medical University

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

I have been a pharmacy educator for more than 35 years. I am currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy.

Marcie Wu

Marcie Wu

Pharm.D., BCPS, ICU Clinical Pharmacist, WFH

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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