PHM406 Transition to Practice (16)

Transition to Practice is a Pharmacy Practice subject that further develops graduates competence and capacity for practice as an intern pharmacist. This 2 session subject will include both professional experiences/learning and a capstone experience with options in both activities to allow students to develop their own value proposition in the pharmacy career market. To facilitate effective engagement with the inter-professional capstone experiences, these are scheduled to come later in the year than the individual professional experiences / learning.  Students studying this subject are assumed to have completed the first three years of the standard enrolment pattern as this knowledge is a critical success factor in achieving professional milestones (assessments of competency) which are necessary to successfully pass this subject. Further, both professional experiences and inter-professional activities will likely involve interaction with patients and health professionals and completing the first three years provides necessary knowledge in many areas such as pathophysiology of diseases, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and structure-function relationships of medications which will help to ensure patient medication safety and protect the reputation of the University, the course, the profession and most importantly, the student.


Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHM406. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) courses


BMS340 and PHM320 and PHM315

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to effectively identify own learning needs and goals consistent with intended future practice
  • be able to develop a learning plan or contract to meet identified needs and goals
  • be able to constructively collaborate with others and ethically manage conflict
  • be able to reflect on the role, practice and professional identity of the pharmacist to develop and maintain appropriate professional practice boundaries
  • be able to participate in and develop processes to provide a safe and secure environment for group work and collaborative practice
  • be able to research, critically analyse and synthesise information appropriate for the audience
  • be able to engage in the self directed evaluation of information and issues from various sources and articulate the outcomes
  • be able to communicate effectively and professionally with stakeholders and deliver considered and clear information or recommendations
  • be able to research and review intended patient management plans for patient utility and safety
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to discuss with a wider audience intended patient management plans and rationale underlying those proposals


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • the National competency standards framework applicabLe to entry level pharmacists in Australia
  • the Professional Practice Standards for Australia
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) guidelines, protocols
  • working effectively in groups
  • conflict minimisation and management
  • theories of leadership
  • developing a learning plan
  • developing a patient management plan
  • the use of computer software and pharmaceutical databases
  • analysis and review of broad health literature relevant to patient care
  • interprofessional learning concepts


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.