Bachelor of Pharmacy

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Bachelor of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

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CSU's Bachelor of Pharmacy incorporates diverse practice such as community or hospital pharmacy, dispensing, medication management and health counselling to equip graduates with skills for immediate employment.

  • Why study this course?

    Pharmacists are major contributors to continuing health care for the community. There is a recognised demand for skilled practitioners, particularly in rural and remote areas, created employment opportunities for graduates.

    CSU has been offering a regionally based pharmacy degree for more than a decade and has a focus on producing pharmacy graduates with the skills and knowledge to work in a range of settings. CSU graduates are well equipped with the skills and knowledge relevant to working in rural and metropolitan health care settings.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Pharmacy has been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. This course qualifies graduates (after completion of the postgraduate internship year) to register nationally with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, under the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency  (AHPRA) umbrella. The qualification is also recognised by the Pharmacy Guild, the Pharmaceutical Society and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

     

  • Career opportunities

    With skills relevant to both rural and metropolitan healthcare, graduates of CSU's Bachelor of Pharmacy are in demand by employers, and are encouraged to work in regional areas where there is a critical need for health care professionals. You can work in:

    • hospitals and community health care
    • pharmaceutical industry, e.g. clinical trials or sales and marketing
    • government agencies, defence forces, research and in teaching institutions.
  • Workplace learning
    Students will complete periods of training (i.e. professional placement or externships) primarily in a hospital or community pharmacy. The externships give you the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to real problems in the practice of pharmacy.

    To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including a 'virtual pharmacy' facility.

    Students will need to purchase a laboratory coat and safety glasses as part of the requirements for laboratory based classes. Students are responsible for the costs of accommodation and travel to clinical placements and are required to purchase and wear the CSU uniform while on clinical placement.

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.


    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

     

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2
    PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy
    PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1
    PHM490 Rural Pharmacy Practice

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 256 points:

    BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS208 Human Nutrition
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS310 Disease Processes
    BMS313 Infectious Diseases and Applied Immunology
    BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points)
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    CHM219 Organic & Physical Chemistry
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy
    PHM131 Pharmaceutics 1
    PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points)
    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points)
    PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points)
    PHM341 Pharmacokinetics
    PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points)
    PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points)
    PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points)
    PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points)
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Key Subjects
    The course includes the following key subjects:
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2
    PHM215 Pharmacy Practice
    BMS340 Pharmacology
    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2

    Enrolment pattern

    By full-time study

    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    PHM131 Pharmaceutics 1

    Session 3
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
    CHM219 Organic and Physical Chemistry
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points) (commenced)

    Session 4
    BMS313 Infectious Diseases and Applied Immunology
    BMS310 Disease Processes
    PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points) (completed)

    Session 5
    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points) (commenced)
    BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM341 Pharmacokinetics

    Session 6
    BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points) (completed)
    BMS208 Human Nutrition
    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points) (completed)
    PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points) (completed)

    Session 7
    PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (commenced)

    Session 8
    PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points) (completed)
    PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points) (completed)
    PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (completed)
    PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (completed)

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    PHM341 Pharmacokinetics
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    PHM131 Pharmaceutics 1

  • Admission information

    In addition to completing your application online through UAC, if you wish to strengthen your application, you are encouraged to demonstrate your commitment to a career in pharmacy by submitting the optional Supplementary Application Form.

    The completed Supplementary Application Form should be uploaded with your UAC application. For more information about uploading your form, visit the UAC website.

    On the basis of your Supplementary Application Form, you may be offered a telephone interview. Telephone interviews will be conducted from December to January. Contact 1800 334 733 for further information about how the supplementary application process may enhance your opportunity for being admitted to the course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8608*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3250*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYNN214808
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKSHP
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNISPH
    DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYNNISPI
    DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYNNKSOP
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214804

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

  • How to apply

    In addition to completing your application online through UAC, if you wish to strengthen your application, you are encouraged to demonstrate your commitment to a career in pharmacy by submitting the optional Supplementary Application Form.

    The completed Supplementary Application Form should be uploaded with your UAC application. For more information about uploading your form, visit the UAC website.

    On the basis of your Supplementary Application Form, you may be offered a telephone interview. Telephone interviews will be conducted from December to January. Contact 1800 334 733 for further information about how the supplementary application process may enhance your opportunity for being admitted to the course.

    Supplementary application forms

    Bachelor of Pharmacy - Application Form

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for on-campus study.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    022016K (Wagga Wagga, Orange)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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