A course run by Key Clinical Skills

Learning Time: 9 hours (approx.)
Access: 10 weeks with extensions available on request.
Cost with 10% Coupon Code: $198.00 CAD ($246* NZD approx.) 
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This course is delivered by Key Clinical Skills, in partnership with Physio Academy. When signing up for this course you will be re-directed to the Key Clinical Skills learning site.  


Why is Pharmacology Important for Physiotherapists?

New advanced practice opportunities are rapidly emerging for Physiotherapists in primary and secondary care. Although prescribing is not within general scope of practice in most countries, an understanding of the use, effects and clinical implications of commonly used medications is important in all areas of physiotherapy practice, including advanced practice roles.  


About this course: 

The course approaches the topic from a systems perspective that will be familiar to physiotherapists. We make it understandable, applicable and even (at times) fun!  


What you will learn: 

  1. The relevance and impact of medications on physiotherapy practice
  2. Principles of pharmacology 
  3. Effects including potential adverse effects of common medications 
  4. How to integrate physiotherapy practice with medication timing and dosages 
  5. How to dialogue with medical colleagues appropriately  


The course covers common medications including: 

  • Beta blockers and hypertension medications 
  • Analgesics and opioids 
  • Antidepressants and antipsychotics 
  • Glucocorticoids and NSAIDs 
  • Bone density medications 
  • Rheumatologic medications 
  • Anti-clotting and cholesterol medications 
  • Mucolytics and expectorants 
  • Oral contraceptives and HRT 
  • Immune system and cancer drugs  
  • Alcohol, stimulants, cannabinoid and ‘club’ drugs


This online distance-learning program is delivered in 10 modules using audiovisual presentations, supported by external web links, downloadable quick reference sheets and a 250-page handout that you can keep for your future reference.  


Who is this course suitable for? 

The course is delivered by Dr Jack Miller as part of Advanced Practice training for physiotherapists in Canada but is open to and suitable for physiotherapists of all levels practicing in all areas of the health care system who want to understand more about commonly used medications.  


Canadian health system: 

Some of the content including medication names may be specific to the Canadian health system.  Please contact the instructor at [email protected] if you require more information about the course.

Modules in this course include:  

  • Introduction to medications and pharmacology principles 
  • Cardiac system 
  • Renal system 
  • Central nervous system 
  • Autonomic nervous system 
  • Musculoskeletal system  
  • Haematological system  
  • Gastrointestinal system 
  • Respiratory system 
  • Endocrine system  
  • Immune system 
  • Complimentary medicines 

Included in this course....

  • Video presentations

    Engaging audiovisual video presentation.

  • Quick reference sheets and presentation handouts

    Download quick reference sheets and a
    250 page handout of the presentations you can keep for future reference.

  • Study Time

    9 hours (approx)

  • CPD Certificate Provided

    Download your CPD certificate on completion.

  • Access to online course

    10 weeks.
    Please contact Key Clinical Skills if you need an extension.

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Instructor Dr Jack Miller


Dr. Miller completed his BSc in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. He then spent six years in New Zealand where he completed the Post-Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Therapy in 1984 being the first non-New Zealander to do so. During this program he had the opportunity to be directly mentored by both Robin McKenzie and Brian Mulligan. On returning to Canada, he went on to complete a Masters of Clinical Science at Western University in London and a Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of St. Augustine in the USA.

Jack has been the senior editor of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Journal, an executive member of the Orthopaedic Division of CPA, the President of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy, a member of the CPA Specialization accreditation committee, the conference chair for IFOMPT 2012, and a founding member of the Mulligan Concept Teacher’s Association.

He has presented at conferences internationally, published research articles in peer-reviewed journals, multiple textbook chapters and taught high level, evidence-based manual therapy courses internationally since 1990.

Jack holds an academic teaching position at the University of Toronto is a co-director of Key Clinical Skills and works clinically as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist triaging for fluoroscopy-guided spine injections procedures.