Bachelor of Pharmacy placement program

Our students are exposed to the pharmacy environment throughout the course through fieldwork (observation of pharmacy operations) or through clinical placements (observation and active participation in pharmacy activities). While the overall purpose of the clinical placement program is to allow students to gain knowledge and skills, and to appreciate ‘real world’ practice issues, there are specific and different objectives for each type of placement.

Bachelor of Pharmacy program has two clinical placements.

  • Third year – clinical placement (weekly or block).

  • Fourth year – clinical placement (block).

Third year: Clinical Placements


The overall objective of the clinical placements in third year is to familiarise students with their future professional role and working environment; and to develop professional skills and behaviours.
There are two types of placement in third year, weekly or block placement.


Weekly placements
Two hours x 10 weeks x two semesters = 40 hours in total

  • Spend two hours each week in a community pharmacy under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.

  • Two hour visit can occur at any time convenient for the preceptor and the student, including evenings or on weekends.

  • Students are required to complete a range of activities in their weekly pharmacy visits, and these are to align with and contribute to discussions during on-campus tutorials.


Block placements
35 hrs (week long) block = one week in total

  • These placements are undertaken in settings of professional practice including community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, other clinical settings, industry and other professional organisation sites.

  • The placement may include rural as well as metropolitan sites, and involve the public and private health sector.

Fourth year: Clinical Placements

35 hour (week long) block x two weeks per semester = four weeks in total

As with third year, the overall objective of the clinical placements in fourth year is to familiarise students with their future professional role and working environment and to develop professional skills and behaviours.


  • Students are able to complete these block placements at the same site or at a variety of placement sites.

  • These placements are undertaken in settings of professional practice including community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, other clinical settings, industry and other professional organisation sites.

  • The placements may include rural as well as metropolitan sites, and involve the public and private health sector.


Students are asked to complete portfolio tasks and activities relevant to the practice setting.

Become a preceptor

If you have any queries about the preceptorship for clinical placements, please contact Vinnie Xue during office hours (out of office on Wednesday).

Vinnie Xue (Student Services Officer, Clinical Placements).
T: +61 2 9351 8957
F: +61 2 9351 4391
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