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Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy - 302JA

Course Code: 302JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Pharmacy
UAC Code: 880802
CRICOS Code: 085807B
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Good news for students considering Master of Pharmacy

If you’re a science undergraduate considering enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy course at UC, but you are missing some of the pre-requisites, then the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy course is the perfect course to help bring you up to speed - fast.

This full time (1 semester), or part-time (2 semesters) will teach you pharmacy basics in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, anatomy, and physiology; and allow you to meet the minimum pre-requisite units to transition into the Master of Pharmacy course confidently.

If you’re looking for a subject study change and wish to use your existing studies to leverage a new career direction in pharmacy, then this bridging course is the perfect solution. It is also a great way to test the waters if you have been outside of study for a while.

Take a proactive approach to your career in pharmacy and sign up for the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy today.

Study a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy at UC and you will:

  • meet the pre-requisite units required to enter the Master of Pharmacy.
  • explore additional study topics in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, anatomy, and physiology
  • gain a better understanding of the science behind pharmacotherapy
  • get valuable support and encouragement from university mentors
  • open new networking opportunities
  • be able to transition into the Master of Pharmacy
  • discover new career options and pathways

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy is a 1-2 semester bridging course and does not include a WIL component.

Career opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy is a bridging course which lays the groundwork for students to be able to progress naturally into the Master of Pharmacy course.

Course-specific information

Students must hold an undergraduate science degree or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the University's Admissions Committee.

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


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email

Admission Requirements

A completed bachelor degree in a science discipline*.

*Science disciplines include medical science or biomedical science

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

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


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Certificate in Pharmacotherapy GC Pharmacotherapy

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



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses.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


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide the necessary knowledge and understanding required by the Australian Pharmacy Council for entry into Master of Pharmacy program. Effective Workplace skills
Social Responsibilities
Life Long Skills
Personable Attributes
To provide the underpinning intellectual and practical transferable skills to allow students to further their education or pursue a career in the health, pharmacy and therapeutics environment. Communication Information,
Literacy and Numeracy
Information Communication and Technology
Working with others
Ethics Problem Solving

Course Duration

One semester full-time or equivalent. Maximum four semesters.



Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)



  • Past Offerings
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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