Short Learning Programme on Pharmacotherapy 1

To address the need for trained pharmacists who are able to perform primary health care services in the public or private healthcare sector.

Purpose of the course

Successful completion of this short learning programme should provide participants with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the concept, trends and application of pharmacotherapy.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements
Learning assumed to be in place
BPharm degree (or equivalent)

Course outcomes and assessment criteria

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

Pharmacotherapy 1 After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  The participant will have integrated knowledge and critical understanding and application of primary screening and monitoring services pertaining to primary health care

Explain the clinical significance of the physical and chemical deviations from the normal of a urine analysis.

Outline different aspects of importance that should be considered when performing the different urine analysis tests.

Explain the general precautionary rules that should be adhered to, to prevent the spreading of potentially infectious organisms, e.g. Hepatitis B and Aids virus during blood extractions.

Describe the clinical significance of certain laboratory tests.

Interpret the clinical significance of the different blood examinations in pharmacy.

Describe and interpret blood pressure values, as well as be able to determine when there is a need for referral to a doctor.

Interpretation of peak expiration flow values; and identify the at risk patients whose peak expiration flow should be determined regularly

  The participant will have the ability to communicate with patients and obtain a comprehensive patient history.

Identify the phases and objectives of the data gathering interview.

Know how to promote and establish a relationship of trust and have cognisance regarding various interviewing techniques.

Interpret communication patterns and identify mistakes that could be made during an interview.

List the components of a patient's history and provide a framework for history-taking.

Understand the objectives of the information gathered and list the criteria of a good report.



  The  participant will have integrated knowledge of general examination techniques and the ability to perform physical and general examinations on patients

Name and identify basic anatomical structures in the human body.

Understand and demonstrate the different examination techniques.

Describe general physical examination procedures and gather general information through observation.

Describe the variations in physical findings in the life cycle related to the general assessment of a patient.

Monitor vital signs.

Define selected the terminology.


The  participant will have an understanding of and be able to perform general assessments and examinations of, the skin, nails, hair, eyes, ears, nose, oral cavity, throat, thorax, lungs, heart, neck pulses, abdomen, musculoskeletal system and nervous system.


Outline the examination procedures of the relevant body parts.

Describe the normal findings during the examination of the relevant body parts.

Identify the variations in physical findings in the life cycle related to the relevant organs and body parts.

Indicate the adaptations in examination techniques for infants and young children related to the relevant examinations.

Identify abnormal findings on examination of the body parts.

Define selected terminology.


Assessment will be performed by means of compulsory work assignments and written examination.
Method of assessment
Participants will be assessed by means of compulsory work assignments and a written exam paper.

Additional information

Programme number
F05 100 1
Mode of delivery
Target group
Practising pharmacists in the public and private healthcare sector

Contact us

Contact person name
Mr Andy de Koker
Contact person e-mail
Contact person telephone number