Facts & figures
Whether you're a school leaver who is just starting out or a mature age student looking for a career change, below we outline the steps to becoming a registered pharmacist in Australia.
You can apply to study pharmacy as an undergraduate student straight from high school if you meet the minimum ATAR score, mathematics course prerequisite and English language requirements.
HSC Biology and Chemistry are also assumed knowledge. Students who have not completed these subjects are strongly advised to take a bridging course prior to commencing their studies.
At the University of Sydney you can choose from:
If you've already completed a bachelor’s degree, you can apply for the Master of Pharmacy as a postgraduate student.
The 2-year degree is an accelerated, practical program designed to prepare you for all aspects of the pharmacy profession including leadership in innovative and evidence-based practice.
Our new combined degrees integrate the Pharmacy Board of Australia's intern training program and supervised practice requirements - requirements you normally have to complete after graduating with a typical bachelor's degree.
Which means you can then sit the Pharmacy Board's registration examination.
Once you have completed the intern training program and supervised practice (which are built into our new degrees), you'll be able to sit the Pharmacy Board's registration examination.
If successful, you'll then be eligible to apply for general registration as a pharmacist in Australia.
Pharmacists require this registration to find employment in a variety of clinical settings and specialities, including hospital and community pharmacies, consultancy, government and industrial positions.
If you are an overseas practitioner, you are still required to register with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and may require further examination.