Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice is a part-time postgraduate course with two study pathways designed for either pharmacy interns or registered pharmacists.

This course provides a clear extension and continuation of the cross-disciplinary, integrated approach to learning and teaching undertaken in the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy programs offered at the University of Sydney. It is for pharmacists who wish to develop exceptional clinical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice in Australia.

Pharmacy interns
This pathway consists of two compulsory units of study plus two elective units of study. The two compulsory units of study (Applied Pharmacy Practice I and II) make up the Intern Training Program (NAPE ITP) [12 credit points, 0.25 EFTSL]. Successful completion of the NAPE ITP fulfils the coursework requirements for registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. If you are only interested in completing the ITP you can choose to exit the Graduate Certificate at this stage. You must start the ITP pathway in Semester 1 and complete it in one year. This is the only Intern Training Program in Australia that provides intern pharmacists with an opportunity to build upon their existing study to fast track the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice. To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice, interns will also need to complete an extra two elective units of study [12 credit points, 0.25 EFTSL] within five years of first enrolment.

Registered pharmacists
This pathway consists of one compulsory unit of study plus three elective subjects [24 credit points, 0.5 EFTSL]. The compulsory unit of study (Fundamentals of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice) is delivered in Semester 1 and the remaining three electives can be completed in the same year or up to five years after commencement.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


Intern Training Program
To qualify for the award of the ITP Certificate, applicants must complete two units of study (6 credit points each)¿Applied Pharmacy Practice 1 and Applied Pharmacy Practice 2. The ITP Certificate is required to obtain full registration with AHPRA as a pharmacist practitioner.

Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice, candidates must complete four units of study (6 credit points each, 24 credit points total). Pharmacy interns who successfully complete the two units of study that make up the ITP may complete a further two elective units of study in order to achieve the award of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Applicants with existing pharmacist practitioner registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia must complete four units of study (6 credit points each, 24 credit points total)¿Fundamentals of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice plus three elective units of study in order to achieve the award of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare system and have the capacity to directly affect the lives and lifestyles of the people with whom they interact. There are a wide variety of career choices open to registered pharmacists. Examples include retail pharmacy (community practice), hospital pharmacy, research positions within universities or research institutes, or positions in the pharmaceutical industry in drug production, marketing of drug development.

Course accreditation

This course satisfies the pre-registration training requirements to become a registered pharmacist after completion of a course recognised by the Australian Pharmacy Council, such as the Bachelor of Pharmacy or Master of Pharmacy. The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice incorporates an intern training program and includes the requirement to complete 1,824 hours (one year) of supervised practical training. Students must complete a final exam with the Pharmacy Board of Australia to become a registered pharmacist.

Further study

Graduates of this course seeking further academic studies in pharmacy are recommended to consider our postgraduate research courses, including Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice will hold a bachelor’s degree or higher award in pharmacy from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification. Applicants must be planning to commence internship (pre-registration) practical training at a Pharmacy Board of Australia approved pharmacy or hospital, under supervision of an approved pharmacist preceptor, within 90 days of commencing the course. Registered pharmacists are also eligible to enrol.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Online applications to the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (including the NAPE Intern Training Program) are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. Select Apply Now to begin.

Pharmacy Students/Intern Pharmacists
Applications for the NAPE Intern Training Program are due on the first Friday in December (e.g. 05/12/14) to commence the following February. Applications received after the due date through January may be assessed for a late round offer, pending availability.

Registered Pharmacists
Applications for registered pharmacists are due two weeks before the beginning of the commencing semester.

International students

How to apply

Pharmacy Students/Intern Pharmacists
Applications are limited to international students completing their B Pharm/M Pharm degree with the faculty and who are eligible for an Occupational Training visa. Contact the faculty for more information.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.