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Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines

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Overview

This course is designed for pharmacists or other health care professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of complementary medicines and provide evidence-based information to their customers and patients.

The Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines has been developed and is delivered by experts in complementary medicines, evidence-based practice, medicines information, herbal medicine, nutrition, drug interactions, ethics and law from the University of Sydney School of Pharmacy. This initiative is in response to the substantial number of Australians who are choosing to integrate complementary medicines with standard care in the overall management of their health.

This course equips pharmacists and health care professionals with the knowledge and skills required to provide evidence-based information to consumers and other health professionals about the efficacy, and safety of complementary medicines. For pharmacy owners and staff, this qualification will profile you and your business as a leader in complementary medicines information services to the community.

Delivered online for working practitioners, with just 2 days of in-person workshop attendance required per unit of study, the Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines can be seamlessly integrated into busy lifestyles.

Course fees are payable per unit of study (4 in total), allowing students to spread the full course cost over the duration of the program. The course can be undertaken part-time within one year or over a few years.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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How to apply

What you'll study

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines, candidates must complete four units of study (6 credit points each, 24 credit points total).

  • PHAR7811 is a foundational unit to be completed in the first semester of the course.
  • PHAR7822 is a capstone unit to be completed in the final semester of the course.

Units of Study

Capstone experience

PHAR7822 is a capstone unit to be completed in the final semester of the course.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based-Complementary Medicines you will need a bachelor degree or higher award in pharmacy or other health related degree leading to professional registration as deemed appropriate by the School.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously completed relevant other studies at tertiary level you may be eligible for credit for previous studies also called 'credit transfer' or 'advanced standing' - for the Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based-Complementary Medicines. You have the option of applying for credit as part of the course application process or your may do so after enrolment. Credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based-Complementary Medicines will not be granted for undergraduate units of study. More information on credit transfer is available on the Prospective Students website page.

Professional accreditation

This course contributes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for pharmacists and other health care professionals who have identified relevant goals in their learning plan.

Future study options

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.

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. Increasing healthcare consumer interest in, and access to, complementary and alternative medicines provides fresh opportunities for pharmacists to provide expert advice and holistic, evidence-based care.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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 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 increase


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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 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, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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.

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