Courses & Units

Bachelor of Pharmacy (M3F)

Pharmacy is considered to be one of Australia's most trusted professions.

The pharmacy degree at the University of Tasmania is a professionally accredited program, providing you with specialist skills and expertise in the basic and clinical pharmaceutical sciences. This is complemented by hands-on experience through professional experience placements, which help you gain the skills and attitudes required to become a registered pharmacist in Australia.

Pharmacists play a central part in primary health care teams. Working alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, they're essential in helping people manage their health.

As a pharmacy student you will study various topics influencing human health such as:

  • the role of a pharmacist
  • how medications and their dosages are made
  • how medications work in the human body
  • using medications and other means to prevent and manage medical conditions

Did you know?

100% of Bachelor of Pharmacy students from the University of Tasmania gained full-time employment within four months of graduating.

 – 2015 Graduate Outcomes Data (QILT)


Pharmacy can lead to a number of different career opportunities. Hear from our students, staff, alumni and partners from across the sector.

Duration

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Minimum 4 Years

Up to a maximum of 9 Years

Location

Hobart

ATAR

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

Clearly-in rank: 80


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1, Summer school
Hobart
Semester 1, Summer school

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


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Duration

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Minimum 4 Years

Up to a maximum of 9 Years

Location

Hobart

Academic Requirements

ATAR: 80 or equivalent ()

CRICOS

Code: 002058K


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1, Summer school
Hobart
Semester 1, Summer school

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


You are currently viewing the course details for 2017.

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Course objectives

The Bachelor of Pharmacy provides students with the skills and knowledge to work in community, hospital and other pharmacy practice roles. You will learn the basic sciences, pharmaceutical science, pharmacy practice and communication to enable you to gain the skills and attitudes required for registering as a pharmacist in Australia.

Develop your clinical pharmacy expertise on drugs and diseases to optimise the use of medicines across the healthcare system, as well as the skills required to source, prepare and supply medicines accurately and efficiently.

Our pharmacy graduates are globally recognised for the quality of their clinical pharmacy skills and ability to transform pharmacy practice, going on to work in the wider community, hospitals, research facilities and even the military.

You'll be taught by some of Australia's leading pharmacists. Our staff are passionate about what they teach, including researchers from our highly successful Unit for Medication Outcomes Research and Education (UMORE) in the Faculty of Health.

Course structure

Year 1

The first year of your degree focuses on the basic sciences and an introduction to the role of pharmacy in the healthcare system.

Year 2

In year two, you will study the various areas of pharmacy and how they influence human health. This includes: the role of a pharmacist, how medications and their dosages are made, how medications work in the human body, using medications and other means to manage medical conditions.

Years 3 and 4

These years combine to focus on applied therapeutics and pharmacy practice. They prepare you for an exciting range of roles in an evolving healthcare system. Practice based training is undertaken at community, hospital and other pharmacy practice sites throughout Tasmania and possibly interstate and overseas.

Semester 1

This unit involves a range of on-line and campus-based learning activities that introduce students to key concepts of health and healthcare, the pharmacy profession, roles of a pharmacist, quality use of medicines, government funding, regulatory bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds a foundation for subsequent studies in pharmacy. It is studied jointly with students enrolled in CHG105. Studies cover: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating to the human body`s structural and functional organisation at different levels (cells,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Together with Chemistry 1B, this unit is a required prerequisite for those students intending to major in Chemistry and for those intending to proceed to 2nd year chemistry. It provides students with fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic, physical, analytical,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

This unit integrates two areas of study: Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy Practice. Pharmaceutical Science is the study of the formulation, manufacture, stability and effectiveness of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Pharmacy Practice is the study of the role of the pharmacist in…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds a foundation for subsequent studies in pharmacy. It is studied jointly with students enrolled in CHG106. Studies cover: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating to the human body's structural and functional organisation at different levels (cells,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Together with KRA113 Chemistry 1A, this unit is a required prerequisite for those students intending to major in Chemistry and for those intending to proceed to second-year chemistry. It provides students with fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic, physical, analytical,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Fast Track Students Only

Transition to Pharmacy Practice is for students who have successfully undertaken science related study at tertiary level. This is an intensive unit which enables students with relevant prior learning to articulate into the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at second year…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 1

This unit provides an introduction to the study of drugs: chemicals that affect living systems. Fundamental concepts of drug-target interactions and how our bodies handle drugs are outlined. The major part of the unit consists of a detailed account of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 2 consists of two streams: (1) physicochemical principles and (2) professional practice.The first of these involves the study of physical and chemical principles which are important in the design of dosage forms and other pharmaceutical systems…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit covers fundamental features and current methods involved in the medicinal chemistry and drug development process. The unit emphasises on lead identification, lead optimisation and the introduction of new drugs into clinical practice. It deals with specific case studies…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

CBA221 gives pharmacy students an understanding of the following core areas of biochemistry and molecular biology: (a) structure and function of important biological macromolecules, such as nucleic acids and proteins; (b) structure, function and metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

This unit provides an introduction to the study of drugs: chemicals that affect living systems. This unit consists of a detailed account of the pharmacology of drugs that affect selected organ systems. These include the pharmacology of drugs affecting the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Pharmacy Skills in Practice 2 integrates aspects of drug delivery and formulation with Pharmacy Practice, which relates to the role of the pharmacist in optimising the use of medicines and improving health outcomes. Students develop their dispensing process as pharmacists…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The Evidence Based Health Care unit is a foundation course developing your ability to understand the concept of evidence based practice in health care delivery and to apply its principles to your own health professional environment. The unit is divided…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will commence with an exploration of the basic concepts of Medical Microbiology. It will then examine the epidemiology of transmissible diseases that are common in healthcare and community settings. The unit will analyse information on the mechanisms through…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Fast track students only

Transition to Pharmacy Practice 3 is a bridging unit for students who have successfully completed Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy at International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia. This unit enables IMU students to articulate into the University…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSummer school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 1

Pharmacy Skills in Practice 3A focuses on the issues and concepts associated with professional pharmacy activities and clinical pharmacy practice. You will be introduced to a range of topics, including quality use of medicines, pharmaceutical care, patient counselling and communication…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

CSA305 Therapeutics in Practice 3A builds upon your existing knowledge of physiology and pharmacology, in order to develop the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to deliver pharmaceutical care.Topics include the pathophysiology and therapeutics principles used in the management of common…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Toxicology is the study of the harmful effects of chemicals (including drugs) and other agents on living organisms. Studies in this unit cover general principles of toxicology, relationships between exposure and toxicity, drug safety and pharmacovigilance, mechanisms of deleterious effects…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Infectious Disease is a study of the basic principles of antimicrobial chemotherapy and its application to the management of illness resulting from the presence and growth of pathogenic biological agents. This unit aims to develop your knowledge of infectious diseases,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

Pharmacy Skills in Practice 3B focuses on the issues and concepts associated with professional pharmacy activities and clinical pharmacy practice. You will build on your knowledge of introductory material covered in Pharmacy Skills in Practice 3A to focus on the…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

CSA306 Therapeutics in Practice 3B builds upon students existing knowledge of physiology and pharmacology, in order to develop the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to deliver pharmaceutical care.Topics include the pathophysiology and therapeutic principles used in the management of common…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Studies factors influencing the bioavailability and disposition of drugs, and the application of this information to optimise the therapeutic usefulness of drugs in clinical practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the clinical role of the pharmacist and problem-solving in improving…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 1

This unit is focused on professional pharmacy practice and will build on the material studied in Pharmacy Skills in Practice 3A and 3B to continue to develop student knowledge and understanding of the issues and concepts associated with professional pharmacy…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Therapeutics in practice 4 is a unit designed to further develop your ability to determine the most appropriate pharmacotherapeutic management for a wide range of medical conditions. Drug therapy is the cornerstone of the management of most, if not all,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

A study of the clinical pharmacokinetics of individual drugs and groups of drugs, sources of inter-patient variability in pharmacokinetics and the application of pharmacokinetics in practice. As with Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3, particular emphasis is placed on the role of the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

The CSA430 unit offers an advanced pharmacy practice teaching program incorporating placements in teaching sites throughout the state or interstate. Rostered visits include hospital pharmacy practice, community pharmacy practice and electives such as research (for Honours students), extended community practice…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.

Most of our graduates go on to practice as registered pharmacists in the community or in hospitals, working with other healthcare professionals and with consumers in an expanding range of roles that optimise the consumers' medication management.

Some pharmacists undertake additional accreditation to conduct medication reviews for consumers in their own home, or work in residential care facilities to ensure quality use of medicines.

However, pharmacists can also have other roles in Australia and overseas related to clinical trials, the evaluation of new drug products, manufacturing, research, quality control and marketing of pharmaceuticals, and in government health departments to assist with regulation, approval and supply of medications.

"If I had to pick a highlight of my career so far, it would be implementing governmental state-wide policies within the Health Department."

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Pharmacy is accredited with the Australian Pharmacy Council. Graduates must undertake a 12-month internship following completion of their degree to become eligible to sit examinations for registration as a pharmacist in Australia.

Further Study Opportunities

For students wishing to undertake additional training in pharmacy research, an integrated Honours option is available where students are able to complete Honours within the four-year time frame. This involves:

  • 12.5% overload in Year 3 and
  • 25% overload in Year 4.

A separate graduate Honours course (one year full-time, two years part-time) is also available upon graduation of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

We also offer a range of postgraduate courses for pharmacy graduates including: 

From year one of the Bachelor of Pharmacy you will gain plenty of practical experience during your degree. In year 4, the entire Semester 2 is professional experience placement (PEP). The University has strong partnerships with the health sector across Tasmania, Australia and internationally. Through these partnerships, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of urban and rural healthcare settings including community pharmacy, hospitals, aged care facilities and industrial pharmacies. We have had many students in their final year choose to complete their clinical placement in another country such as Canada or the United Kingdom.

The Faculty of Health supports students undertaking rural PEP by providing student accommodation at one of 16 sites in Tasmania (with access to more accommodation at some interstate locations). PEP will also prepare you for the workplace when you graduate allowing you to meet potential employers and gain exposure to the industry early on.

In addition to experience in healthcare settings, you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Access the latest technology and modern equipment in our pharmacy simulation lab
  • Undertake interdisciplinary learning activities with students studying other health courses such as nursing and medicine
  • Participate in community engagement activities such as Agfest and Open Day

"The placements were by far my favourite aspect. In my final year, I was on placement for the entire second semester and was immersed in the field learning about and gaining confidence in what would be my future profession."

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

Safety in Practice Compliance

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirementsand
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

All applicants must have obtained Satisfactory Achievement awards in the following subjects of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education [TCE] or its equivalent: Chemistry (CHM315109) and Mathematics (Mathematics Applied (MTA315109) or Mathematics Methods (MTM315309) or equivalent. Biology (BIO315109) is highly recommended but not required. Alternate entry based on previous tertiary study is also available via our Transition to Pharmacy Practice unit.

IELTS requirement for international applicants: Score 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0).

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

ATAR: 80 (or equivalent)

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Fees

The following fee information is accurate at the time of publication for students commencing study in 2017.

Domestic students

If you are a domestic student enrolling in the Bachelor of Pharmacy, you may be eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at university. To find out what to pay and whether you are eligible you can read the information and guidelines at http://www.utas.edu.au/fees/fees-and-charges/what-to-pay/domestic 

As a domestic student, the cost of your course will depend on the band classification and the individual units that you study. The Bachelor of Pharmacy is in Band 2, with an indicative annual cost of $9,050. For more information on the fees of each unit, please refer to the fees section of each unit description.

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

International students

If you are an international student enrolling in the Bachelor of Pharmacy, the 2017 annual tuition fee is A$30,000. This rate includes the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

To find out more about international student fees, visit the international fees website or for more information on international courses by type and fees, visit the webpage on International course listings. 

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Caitlin O’Keefe - Bachelor of Pharmacy

"I really enjoyed science, in particular human biology and chemistry, but when considering career options my main focus was to work in healthcare. I wanted to work in a role that was patient orientated and in particular, had an influence on a person's life. I decided that pharmacy was the perfect combination of science and healthcare."

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