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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

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.

Why study this course?

  • This course equips you 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.

How will you learn?

  • Delivered online for working practitioners, with just 2 days of in-person workshop attendance required per unit of study, the course can be seamlessly integrated into busy lifestyles.

Who should study this course?

  • 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 course will also assist pharmacy owners and staff, profile their business as a leader in complementary medicines information services to the community.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

If you are currently completing qualifying studies and awaiting results, you can still apply early and supply results when available. Applications will only be assessed once all documentation has been received.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (Februrary) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

If you are currently completing qualifying studies and awaiting results, you can still apply early and supply results when available. Applications will only be assessed once all documentation has been received.

 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 1 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

 

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

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.

The Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine is made up of 24 credit points and consists of 1 year of part-time study. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

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 here. 

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.

Career Pathways

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

International students

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