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Bachelor of Pharmacy - 250JA

Course Code: 250JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Pharmacy
UAC Code: 365116
CRICOS Code: 076967E
Selection Rank: 74.15
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band score below 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Becoming a medication specialist starts here

If you’re interested in a career as a medication specialist, then the UC Bachelor of Pharmacy course will equip you with the skills, knowledge, experience, and qualifications required to become an official Australian registered pharmacist.

This four-year, full-time course teaches the science behind the practical preparation of drugs and medicines to treat injuries, illnesses, and deficiencies - and explores how to apply evidence-based knowledge, research, and scientific theory to the clinical reasoning, treatment, and evaluation of patients.

Accredited by the Australia Pharmacy Council (APC) this course offers graduates the opportunity to move into a variety of career options or continue with additional academic study.
If you’re looking for a well-paid, fulfilling career helping others - then register for the UC Bachelor of Pharmacy course now.

Study a Bachelor of Pharmacy at UC and you will:

  • be educated in the theoretical, technical, written, practical and clinical components of pharmacy
  • explore the science behind the preparation of drugs and medicines
  • learn how to prepare a wide range of drugs and medicines
  • understand how the human body reacts to certain medications acquire and apply clinical reasoning, treatment and evaluation skills to life sciences
  • combine theory with hands-on experience in practical laboratory classes and clinical placements.
  • gain the necessary knowledge, exposure, attitudes and clinical decision-making skills required to practice as a pharmacist achieve a globally recognised accreditation.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is an essential component of the UC Bachelor of Pharmacy course and allows students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while building industry relationships under the expert support and guidance of university mentors. As part of this course, each student will have the opportunity to participate in multiple 2-week placements that take place over the winter semesters at metropolitan, rural or regional community and hospital pharmacies. Some students choose to do these placements overseas.
Students will also get to participate in several half days or full day work placements throughout each of the teaching semesters.

Career opportunities

A registered UC Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate is an important component of any healthcare team as they can assess a variety of medical ailments and possess the knowledge to recommend a range of drugs and medicines to help resolve or manage multiple medical issues.

Also, as the global aging population continues to grow, the demand for qualified pharmacy graduates capable of offering additional services such asthma care, blood pressure monitoring, and more is expected to increase.

In addition, each UC Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate leaves UC with a comprehensive list of industry and stakeholder contacts and should have no problem moving into positions in the following areas:

  • as a practicing pharmacist, working in a community or a hospital pharmacy
  • as a regulator within the government and broader pharmaceutical industry.

Course-specific information

Accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) you will be required to undertake onsite clinical placements as part of this University of Canberra Bachelor of Pharmacy course.

To comply with government health and security regulations, all participants of this course will need to be fully vaccinated and pass a police check

To become a registered pharmacist, UC graduates are also required to complete one year of supervised internship practice and pass the Australian Pharmacy Board examinations.

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email student.centre@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry

Additional Admission Requirements

All students in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course are required to complete clinical practice placement in blocks of time, often outside of teaching time. These clinical practice placements are essential to the program. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments. All students are required to undergo an Australian Federal Police Record check prior to undertaking clinical placement in the ACT, and a NSW Police check before undertaking placement in NSW.

All pharmacy students will be registered as students with the Pharmacy Board of Australia after admission to the Bachelor of Pharmacy course

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: Mathematical Methods major and either Biology or Human Movement major(s); and Chemistry or Physics major(s).
NSW: Mathematics and either Biology or Human Movement, and Physics or Chemistry.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Pharmacy B Pharm
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) B Pharm (Hons)

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Additional Placement Requirements

This course requires students to meet compulsory placement requirements prior to undertaking professional placement (Work-Integrated Learning) in a clinical or professional setting. For information on what these requirements are and how to meet these requirements, please visit www.canberra.edu.au/placement

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $35,800
2020 CSP $36,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

The University of Canberra Bachelor of Pharmacy course has been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge and critical understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the items in the Indicative Curriculum as required by the Australian Pharmacy Council's Accreditation Committee. Analysis and enquiry
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding to meet the needs of patients and other health care professionals Analysis and enquiry
Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication
Working independently and with others
Problem Solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change
Ability to apply in a clear and correct manner generic skills in communication, critical thinking, information literacy and research to pharmaceutical, clinical and laboratory information Analysis and enquiry
Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication
Working independently and with others
Problem Solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change
Ability to calculate medicine doses and dosage regimes accurately Analysis and enquiry
Working independently and with others
Professionalism and social responsibility
Problem Solving
Ability to prepare extemporaneously non-sterile pharmaceutical products in a safe and legal manner Professionalism and social responsibility
Working independently and with others
Ability to obtain, interpret and evaluate patient and clinical data Analysis and enquiry
Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication
Working independently and with others
Problem Solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change
Ability to assess prescriptions and other orders for medicines, and to dispense medicines safely and legally Analysis and enquiry
Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication
Working independently and with others
Problem Solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change
Ability to advise patients and other health professionals on medicines and their use. Graduates must have an understanding of medication safety and the ability to recognise, prevent and manage adverse events Analysis and enquiry
Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication
Working independently and with others
Problem Solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change
Ability to safely handle chemical and pharmaceutical materials Analysis and enquiry
Professionalism and social responsibility
Working independently and with others
Understanding of standard laboratory procedures and the operation of standard pharmaceutical instrumentation, and ability to select appropriate techniques and procedures Analysis and enquiry
Professionalism and social responsibility
Problem Solving

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time. Maximum twenty semesters. This course is available for full-time enrolment only.

Honours

In order to graduate with honours, you must - Attain a GPA of at least 5.5 to enter the Honours program and then maintain a GPA of at least 5 across all other units undertaken in the Bachelor of Pharmacy whilst completing the Honours program; and - Achieve an Honours GPA, as determined in accordance with this policy, of at least 5. The Honours GPA is calculated by adding the grade point average of all Pharmacy Honours units undertaken. Pharmacy degrees with Honours are awarded in the following classes depending on the Honours GPA obtained and the standard of the Honours Paper. - First Class: both an Honours GPA of at least 6 and a mark of at least 85% for the honours thesis - Second Class - Division I: both an Honours GPA of at least 5.5 and a mark of at least 75% for the honours thesis - Second Class - Division II: both an Honours GPA of at least 5 and a mark of at least 65% for the honours thesis Calculating the Honours GPA - GPAs are calculated by using the University's system. The Honours GPA will be calculated as above solely for the Pharmacy Honours units - Be aware that marks are not automatically rounded up for purposes of Honours. Thus 4.99 does not become 5.00. Where your final mark is within two points of the next level of Honours, or of achieving Honours at all (eg a 4.8 is rounded up to 5.0), you can apply in writing to have your Honours result upgraded. This will be determined by the Associate Dean (Education) and the Pharmacy Honours Unit Convenors, taking into account your academic record and any mitigating circumstances which may have affected your academic performance. Please refer to the Honours Guide for this course for further information.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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