Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
As a pharmacist you'll ensure safe and effective use of medicines. You'll gain knowledge of how drugs are formulated into medicines and administered and how they are used in the treatment of disease. You'll develop a sound scientific base in studies that include biochemistry, bio-statistics, human biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology and cell biology. This course prepares you to undertake the internship year required by the Pharmacy Board of Australia to become registered as a Pharmacist. Once the program and the internship requirements are successfully completed, you can practise in any area of pharmacy in Australia or New Zealand, including community or hospital pharmacy. Clinical placement is a key focus throughout the degree. You'll undertake real-life experiences in work placements in both hospital and community pharmacies over the four years. You will gain a strong scientific foundation from which to undertake postgraduate studies if desired.
- Year 1 - You'll study a number of science courses to give you a sound scientific base, including biochemistry, biostatistics, human biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology and cell biology
- as well as pharmacy-specific courses, engaging you in the development of professional skills. Year 2 - You'll be immersed in specific education and training in the major discipline areas. You will also study pharmacy-specific professional practice and essential medicine formulations. Year 3 - You'll do in-depth study of major therapeutic areas supported by more detailed pharmacology and expand your knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice, with increased emphasis on work-integrated learning activities. You'll study advanced formulations, learn how to compound medicines for individual patients, and how the quality of medicines is regulated and assured. Year 4 - You'll expand your pharmacy practice and therapeutics proficiency through integrated study and work-integrated learning activities.
- Chemistry, Clinical pharmacy and therapeutics, Drug delivery, Pharmacology, Pharmacy practice.
Standard entry requirements
- Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry
- And a study score of at least 25 in Mathematics (any)
- And a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.
After the successful completion of internship and an examination, you'll be eligible for registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. A reciprocal registration also exists with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, allowing registration after a reduced period of working under supervision.
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The type of careers this qualification leads to may include pharmacist