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.

Across the healthcare system, highly skilled and knowledgeable pharmacy professionals are prized assets. With the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice being the only tertiary education/university level program of its kind offered in NSW, students who undertake the course will develop a unique set of professional skills that will give them a competitive advantage in the industry. Available through two entry pathways, the two year part-time course is open to pharmacy interns and registered pharmacists, teaching practitioners exceptional clinical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice in Australia.

Why study with us?

  • You will be part of a course offered at no other academic institution in NSW.

  • You will develop exceptional clinical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice in Australia.

  • You will graduate with a competitive advantage in the industry, armed with a unique set of skills, be in high demand.

  • You can tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle and other commitments with advanced online collaborative learning exercises.

  • You will gain a deeper understanding of major disease states such as diabetes and cardiovascular and renal diseases.

  • You will be taught by internationally-renowned, award-winning academics, who are some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world.

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) 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.

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.

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 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 BPharm/MPharm degree with the Faculty and who are eligible for an appropriate visa. For visa information refer to DIBP. Depending on individual circumstances, there are two possible visa options (485 or 407).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.