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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 

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. 

Why study with us? 

  • Be part of a course offered at no other academic institution in NSW.
  • Develop exceptional clinical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice in Australia.
  • Graduate with a competitive advantage in the industry, armed with a unique set of skills, be in high demand.
  • Tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle and other commitments with advanced online collaborative learning exercises.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of major disease states such as diabetes and cardiovascular and renal diseases.
  • Be taught by internationally renowned, award-winning academics, who are some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world.

Who should study this course?

  • The course is available through two entry pathways, the two-year part-time course is open to pharmacy interns and registered pharmacists.

How you will learn?

  • For pharmacy interns, this course provides graduates with the training, experience and education required for professional registration as a pharmacist. It incorporates an Intern Training Program into the first year to allow pharmacy graduates to meet the legislative requirements to register as a pharmacist in Australia. 
  • Registered pharmacists have the option of completing the course in one year by choosing four other units of study in place of the units relating to the Intern Training Program.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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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 requirements’ section on this page.

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How to apply

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 15 July 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.

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 close on 5 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.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Not available to student visa holders. Available to eligible international students completing their Bachelor of Pharmacy or Master of Pharmacy degree at the University of Sydney.

For visa information refer to Department of Home Affairs. Depending on individual circumstances, there are two possible visa options (485 or 407).

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 30 June 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.

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 close on 5 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.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Intern Training Program
To qualify for the award of the ITP Certificate, applicants must complete two units of study (6 credit points each) - Pharmacy Intern Training A and Pharmacy Intern Training B. The ITP Certificate is required to obtain full registration with AHPRA as a pharmacist practitioner.

Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice
The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice is made up of 24 credit points and consists of 2 years 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:

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.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice will have completed a bachelor's degree or higher award in pharmacy from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification. Applicants are reminded that you must have your degree conferred before an ITP completion certificate can be issued for the purpose of general registration. 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 Handbooks Online 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.

Professional accreditation

This course satisfies the pre-registration training requirements to become a registered pharmacist after completion of a course accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council, such as the Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management 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.

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. There are a wide variety of career choices open to registered pharmacists. Examples include community 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.

Domestic students

International students

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