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Start Date
February
July

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICPH

SATAC Code
4GC059 (External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Gain specialised skills in contemporary pharmacy practice.
  • Take part in our unique Pharmacy Intern Training Program.
  • Study at a university that is in the top three universities nationally for graduate employment in the field of pharmacy1.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology.
  • UniSA is one of four universities in Australia to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education.
  • Benefit from over 50 years’ experience in pharmacy education.
  • Learn at your own pace with flexible online study options.
  • Be mentored and supported by practicing pharmacists and academics.

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Snapshot

Snapshot

This postgraduate qualification is specifically designed for graduate pharmacists who are interested in gaining specialised training and skills in selected areas of pharmacy practice.

It is offered online with an on-campus workshop and with part-time study options available you can fit your study in among other work and life commitments.

You will benefit from our dedicated team of student mentors and our accessible online study environment, which includes virtual classrooms and 24/7 access to online resources.

As part of the curriculum you may be required to complete the UniSA Pharmacy Intern Training Program, which is a requirement for all graduating pharmacists who want to become registered practicing pharmacists.

Why Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Why this Degree

Graduating with a postgraduate qualification will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

We are the only South Australian provider of pharmacy education, and one of four Australian universities to be a member of the prestigious National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).

We offer accessible online study support and access to digital resources, such as the latest editions of Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH), Therapeutic Guidelines (eTG), Stockley’s Drug Interactions, and Herbal Medicines.

Our teaching staff are also renowned researchers, so you will be learning from some of the best; and our affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology provides valuable networking opportunities and resources.

As Australia’s university of enterprise:

  • we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction1
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • We are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 502

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

1 QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
2 2017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Our affiliation with the Sansom Institute for Health Research brings together internationally-recognised research across a range of health sectors. We also have strong industry links the Centre for Cancer Biology. These affiliations provide students with valuable networking opportunities and industry contacts.

You may also complete the UniSA Pharmacy Intern Training Program, which is a requirement for all graduating pharmacists who want to become registered practising pharmacists. Part of this program will see you will work alongside practicing pharmacists, building relationships and a valuable network of industry professionals.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Your career

With new drug developments and enhanced therapeutic developments pharmacists have more career options than ever before. In fact, long-term career prospects in this field are expected to experience very strong growth1, which is great news for graduates. 

To be successful you will need to be meticulous, accurate and results-driven. You will be dealing directly with patients, so exceptional communication skills are also vital.

Pharmacists gain employment in:

  • community and hospital settings
  • primary care
  • drug development, testing, manufacturing, evaluation and quality control
  • regulatory authorities
  • academia

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Industry facts

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Employment for pharmacists in Australia is projected to increase by 5,000 (20 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance in Australia has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s nationwide1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Specific fields of education with good employment outcomes for university graduates in Australia in 2015 includes pharmacy (74.3 per cent of graduates find full-time emplyoment within four months)1.

1NCVER, Government-Funded Student Outcomes; GCA, Graduate Destinations, unpublished data; GCA, GradStats, 2015

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Employment as a pharmacy sales assistant in Australia is projected to increase by 8,300 (or 20.4 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What others are saying

Having a highly interactive program meant we practised counselling skills in a simulated community pharmacy environment, which contained all the medications necessary to reflect real-life practice.

Fares Al-Sarawi

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Fares Al-Sarawi

Fares Al-Sarawi

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This graduate certificate provides advanced training in:

  • patient assessment
  • clinical tests
  • communication
  • pharmacotherapeutics
  • health economics
  • ethics
  • law
  • evidence-based medicine

If you are a registered pharmacist you may complete the four courses assigned to the Registered Pharmacist Pathway, if you are not yet registered you must complete the Pre-registration Pathway.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • online discussion blocks
  • oral presentations
  • quizzes
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Pre-registration pathway Rule(s): 1,2
Social and Ethical Issues in Health PHAR 5051 4.5
Advanced Pharmacy Practice PHAR 5042 4.5
Plus two of the following 3 courses:
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Mental Health) PHAR 5056 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Diabetes) PHAR 5055 4.5
Introductory Epidemiology HLTH 5131 4.5
Registered Pharmacist pathway Rule(s): 3
Applied Clinical Pharmacy PHAR 5057 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Mental Health) PHAR 5056 4.5
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (Diabetes) PHAR 5055 4.5
Introductory Epidemiology HLTH 5131 4.5

My main clinical and research interests are in the fields of pharmacy practice, neurological and geriatric pharmacotherapy. I look forward assisting you with your studies.

Mr Stefan Kowalski

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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