The goal of pharmacy care is to maximise positive healthcare outcomes and improve patients' quality of life with minimum risk.
In your first year you will learn the foundations of biochemistry, physiology and pharmacy practice. Your first year will also cover interprofessional healthcare and you will study alongside students from other health science degrees.
In your following years, you will study pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, antimicrobial chemotherapy, pharmacology and pharmacotherapy. You will also continue to develop your pharmacy practice skills.
You will complete a minimum of 10 weeks (375+ hours) of clinical placements during the course and there are opportunities for you to take your placements interstate and overseas in hospitals, the community or in industry.
Following graduation, you will need to complete an internship of 1,824 hours (approximately one year full-time) before you can register as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).
What jobs can the Pharmacy lead to?
- Clinical pharmacy
- Community care
- Hospital pharmacy
- Retail pharmacy
What you'll learn
- apply extensive knowledge and cognitive skills with initiative and judgement in professional pharmacy practice, and contribute to evidence-based practice through scholarship and research
- apply critical thinking, creativity and reflection to plan and execute project work and/or provide solutions to complex pharmaceutical problems with intellectual independence
- access, review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information to resolve clinical, professional and scientific problems in pharmacy
- communicate effectively as a pharmacist with a variety of audiences to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas for professional and research purposes
- utilise pharmacy software and technology for pharmacy practice, scholarship and research purposes
- demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning as a pharmacist
- provide pharmaceutical services, and undertake pharmacy practice research, with sensitivity to political, social, cultural, geographical, technological and global influences
- engage in high-quality, ethical and culturally-competent pharmaceutical service delivery and research as appropriate to individuals, as well as broader sociocultural contexts
- work collaboratively and ethically within complex and dynamic practice and research parameters; demonstrating sophisticated skills for numeracy, literacy, technical writing and interpersonal communication