Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This program allows students to develop an insight into how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body. It allows entry to a profession that focuses on improving the quality of people's lives. The first year is a foundation year in which students study biology and chemistry, and are introduced to pharmacy through foundation and social pharmacy studies. The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences together with specialised clinical pharmacy studies. Practical experience in a variety of clinical settings including hospital and community pharmacy is emphasised, particularly in the third and fourth years. The program includes the study of biology, chemistry and introductory pharmacy units in first year, with a progressive emphasis on practical pharmacy experience in subsequent years. Students may have the opportunity to undertake an international exchange in your final year. Applicants with a record of at least one year of full-time (or part-time eqv) tertiary study will need a very strong grade point average, close to distinction or higher.
192 credit points
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 or equivalent
- Selection via ATAR
- Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, Chemistry. From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4 or higher). The assumed knowledge will still apply. Recommended studies: Biology or Physics.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia requires graduates to complete 1,824 hours (one year) of supervised practical training followed by a registration examination. Graduates need to complete an approved Intern Training Program (ITP) during the supervised training year. The ITP can be undertaken as part of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice offered by Pharmacy or by an independent provider.
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Career opportunities: Examples include retail pharmacist (community practice), hospital pharmacist, researcher within universities or research institutes, industrial pharmacist, including drug production, marketing or drug development.