Intern Training Program

Pharmacy Intern


The University of Sydney is a provider of the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE) Intern Training Program. The NAPE Intern Training Program has been designed to complement the training and development interns will undertake in their workplace. It consists of a blended course model that involves face-to-face seminars that focus on small group learning, collaborative online discussions, workplace projects, and compilation of an online learning portfolio. It is a structured program to ensure interns get the most out of their time and are fully prepared to meet the necessary requirements to attain general registration as a pharmacist, including the Australian Pharmacy Council and Pharmacy Board of Australia exams.

The face-to-face seminars and online discussions are facilitated by a dedicated team of practicing pharmacists. Our experienced practitioners come from a range of clinical and professional areas including community, hospital, and industry, and have a common interest of supporting interns become leaders in the pharmacy profession and the broader healthcare context.

Interns enrolled in the University of Sydney’s NAPE Intern Training Program benefit from the sharing of expertise and knowledge between the NAPE partners, ensuring a high quality, up to date, and dynamic course.

Why complete the Intern Training Program with us?

  • Undertaking the NAPE Intern Training Program will enable pharmacy interns to develop the competencies necessary as a pharmacist, building upon the knowledge and skills gained as a pharmacy student, and transition to become an independent, life-long learning healthcare professional.
  • Completing the NAPE Intern Training Program will allow interns to subsequently obtain a formal postgraduate qualification at the University of Sydney, the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice. The program makes up the two compulsory units of study or the first year of the 2-year part-time postgraduate award.

Pathway to register as a pharmacist

Pharmacy graduates are required to complete a period of supervised practice, or commonly known as internship, to be eligible to apply for general registration as a pharmacist. As part of this process, interns are required to complete an accredited intern training program. The University of Sydney’s NAPE Intern Training Program is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. For more information about internship and applying for general registration, please visit their page.

Eligibility and funding support for the program

Final year pharmacy students who are intending to graduate and complete their internship are eligible to apply for the Intern Training Program. This includes non-Sydney University graduates.

For domestic students, The University of Sydney offers Commonwealth Supported Places.

For international students, the Sydney Pharmacy School will partially fund the international tuition fee. The University of Sydney does not sponsor pharmacy interns in relation to visa requirements. It is recommended that international students consult a migration agent for detailed information.

About NAPE

NAPE is the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education of which the University of Sydney is a founding member. It comprises of four leading schools of pharmacy in Australia, including the University of Sydney, Monash University, the University of South Australia, and the University of Queensland. NAPE was formed to support the ongoing advancement of the pharmacy profession, with the view that high quality, evidence-based postgraduate award, including the intern training program, is critical for pharmacists to effectively contribute and become leaders in the evolving healthcare system in Australia.

For more information about NAPE, please visit the NAPE website.

Full details about Internship Training Program

For full details about Internship Training Program, please visit the unit of study page, PHAR7111 and PHAR7121 on the Sydney Courses website.