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- Study chemistry, maths, anatomy and biology, before advancing to pharmacotherapeutics, epidemiology and pharamacoeconomics.
- Gain practical experience in our pharmacy counselling room, including prescription processing, product labelling, and the therapeutic use of over-the-counter medications.
- Gain real job experience through clinical placements, beginning in your second year.
- Prepare yourself for a career in community pharmacies, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, and in drug regulatory and research roles.
- Graduates eligible for membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Pharmacy Guild and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
|QTAC course code||418512|
|QUT course code||CS45|
|Course duration||4 years full-time|
|Start month||2013 & 2014 February|
|Deferment||You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.|
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Why choose this course?
QUT’s pharmacy degree is continually reviewed in close consultation with the profession to capture the latest practices and emerging trends in community and hospital pharmacy. Our degree covers the essential scientific knowledge but also incorporates communication and business management units to ensure you understand the contemporary practice of pharmacy, including the challenges and opportunities of working in a retail or hospital environment. This course is embedded with work placements that allow graduates to confidently dispense medications and counsel patients when they enter the industry.
During first year you will complete foundation studies in chemistry, maths, anatomy and biology. You will be able to practise your communication skills in QUT’s pharmacy counselling room, which operates like a real pharmacy counter. You will also be introduced to retailing skills and explore the operations of a community pharmacy, including prescription processing, product labelling, and the therapeutic use of over-thecounter (OTC) medications.
You will undertake your first clinical placement in a real pharmacy environment during second year. You will expand your counselling skills and increase your knowledge regarding a range of OTC and prescription medications used to treat cardiovascular and gastrointestinal tract disorders. You will learn how to perform pharmaceutical calculations, prepare basic pharmaceutical products, and gain a deeper understanding of how drugs interact with the human body, producing their therapeutic and sometimes adverse effects.
In third year you will spend three hours per week in a community or hospital pharmacy followed by a one-week full-time clinical placement in each semester. There is an emphasis on drugs used to treat central nervous system disorders, in addition to drugs prescribed for cancer and infectious diseases. You will learn how to prepare more complex product formulations and cover topics that provide vital information to health professionals regarding the optimal choice of drug therapy for individual patients.
Final year focuses on the integration and applications of your studies into current pharmacy practice. A range of guest lecturers will present material regarding social issues and current practices in women’s and Indigenous health and you will study specialised topics including pharmacotherapeutics, epidemiology and pharmacoeconomics.
Pharmacists are employed in a range of settings including community pharmacies, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and in drug regulatory and research roles. Community pharmacists are often the first health professionals contacted for medical advice and play a major role as health providers and educators for the general public. Hospital pharmacists work closely with doctors in a patient-care role, conduct and manage clinical drug trials, evaluate newly released medicines and prepare medicines for patients requiring specialised treatments.
QUT automatically registers students enrolled in this course with the Pharmacy Board of Australia in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. Details about student registration are available from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency at www.ahpra.gov.au
Following graduation, approximately 12 months of pre-registration training performed under the supervision of a registered pharmacist is required to meet the registration requirements of the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Further IELTS requirements may apply.
Graduates will be eligible for membership of a number of professional associations, including the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Pharmacy Guild and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
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Guide to entry cut-offs
Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:
- Maths B
We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended Study: Biology
Working with Children Check: Blue Card
A Blue Card will be required if the placement component of this course involves working with children or young people. There's no cost if you apply through QUT.
Submit your Blue Card application to the QUT Student Centre as early as possible - ideally, as soon as you've received your offer.
If you don't receive your Blue Card before the start of a unit that requires contact with children, you may be unable to participate and your grades may be affected. You may also still have to pay fees for the unit.
How to apply for a Blue Card
You will be required to undertake clinical experience in healthcare settings. As a result, you will have direct patient contact during the placement and may be exposed to blood and body fluids of patients. Consequently you must be vaccinated for Hepatitis B and must provide a post vaccination pathological report or similar certification showing proof of immunity prior to undertaking the first clinical placement.Students will need to cover this cost.
Students will be required to undertake placements off campus and will need to cover travel and accommodation costs.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
2014: CSP $4,200 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
2013: CSP $4,100 (indicative) per Semester (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
Student Services and Amenities Fee
You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.
HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees
You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments
How to apply for Bachelor of Pharmacy
You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.
Are you ready to submit your application?
You're ready if you've:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
- Checked important dates.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements.
- Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.
All done? Then you're ready to apply.
Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418512) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
After you've submitted your application to QTAC
If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.