Diploma of Pharmacy Studies (X1M)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Year, up to a maximum of 3 Years

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.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Diploma of Pharmacy Studies is your stepping stone into the Bachelor of Pharmacy. This is the perfect choice if you have not met the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Pharmacy, or would like a more supported entry into University studies. Upon completion of this course, you will meet the maths and chemistry pre-requisites, as well as gaining additional skills to help you succeed at University.

This course will prepare you for future study in the Bachelor of Pharmacy or you can choose to enter the workforce with highly employable skills in roles such as pharmacy assistant or pharmacy technician.

You’ll complete a mix of units needed to enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy, units to develop your study skills and disciplinary subjects taught by the School of Medicine. You’ll also meet the University’s General Entry Requirements when you complete this course, which may allow entry into other university courses.

Key contacts

Current student enrolment questions and advice UConnect
Course CoordinatorDr Sarah Dempster

The Diploma will provide a structured pathway to the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours, progressing students to the point where they will meet the maths and chemistry pre-requisites for the course, as well as providing students with enhanced communication skills and industry-relevant knowledge in over-the-counter medicines.

  • 1 Identify opportunities to promote wellness at community and population levels, and undertake socially inclusive health promotion, and preventive health activities.
  • 2 Communicate and collaborate to optimise health outcomes for individuals and the broader community.
  • 3 Review and evaluate relevant health information, and identify potential solutions to make treatment recommendations.
  • 4 Apply experience-based evidence and critical reflection to develop practices that enhance learning.
  • 5 Identify and use Pharmacy-specific knowledge in relevant study areas to underpin professional practice and further study.
  • Career outcomes

    Diploma of Pharmacy graduates would have a range of skills which would enable them to be employed and/or enhance their employability within the primary care sector as pharmacy assistants or pharmacy technicians. The content would complement existing education offered within the pharmacy sector by TAFE and professional bodies.

    Course structure

    The Diploma of Pharmacy Studies requires completion of 100 credit points including 75 credit points of Core units and 25 credit points of Discipline Electives. 

    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: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartHealth Study Period 1
    LauncestonHealth Study Period 1
    Cradle CoastHealth Study Period 1

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

    Managing Minor Ailments focusses on patient-centred care with patient counselling concepts and application of communication skills in clinical scenarios. This patient-centred care is extended to the study of over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Principles of drug therapy such as adverse reactions, drug…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartHealth Study Period 2
    LauncestonHealth Study Period 2
    Cradle CoastHealth Study Period 2

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

    Pulling together the disciplines of sociology, law and complementary medicine this unit is designed for students who want to develop their knowledge in order to understand, debate and critically analyse the use and place of complementary medicines in the modern…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit can provide you with an introduction to chemical principles sufficient to be used as a pre-requisite for first Year chemistry units that are part of a chemistry major at the University of Tasmania. It is not designed to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2
    Online5 Week Session Jan A

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

    This unit provides underpinning skills, theories, techniques, and strategies to prepare you for university-level study and to understand yourself as a learner. You will be introduced to concepts of self-management and relevant practical skills that can be applied effectively in…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2
    OnlineNursing Study Period 1

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

    XAB084 Introductory Scientific Principles is designed to give you the fundamental foundation knowledge in both theoretical and practical science. The unit will introduce you to the importance of engaging with scientific thinking and reasoning, methodology, precision and accuracy in measurement,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Select two units from the following

    Mathematics, equipped with the powerful tools logic and reasoning, is the key ingredient that enriches all areas of education. A sound knowledge in mathematics not only opens up numerous carrier options, but also helps to understand the world in which…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Mathematics, equipped with the powerful tools logic and reasoning, is the key ingredient that enriches all areas of education. A sound knowledge in mathematics not only opens up numerous career options, but also helps to understand the world in which…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    Hobart5 Week Session Jan A
    OnlineSemester 2
    Online5 Week Session Jan A

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

    Bridging Maths explores essential foundation skills and knowledge in mathematics. This unit is designed to help you to improve your maths skills, build self-confidence, develop logical thinking skills, and encourage good study habits to support independent study. You will have…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    This unit introduces you to effective professional communication techniques and practices applicable to the workplace and study. You will learn about the foundations of communication, the various communication styles, professional etiquette, and different types of communication behaviours. A central focus…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    Entry requirements

    Applicants who have completed the University Preparation Program at the University of Tasmania will be granted a place in the course, otherwise, the following criteria apply:

    Applicants who have recently completed secondary education

    - Completed the TCE (or equivalent)

    Applicants with higher education study

    - Completed at least one undergraduate unit (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points).

    Applicants with VET / TAFE study

    - A completed VET Certificate III or higher

    Applicants with work and life experience

    If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

    Prerequisites Nil

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

    If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability. We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

    This course is currently not offered to international students

    The Diploma of Pharmacy Studies is designed to serve as an entry pathway to the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours for students who would like to study pharmacy but do not meet the pre-requisite requirements. It will progress students to the point where they will have the maths and chemistry pre-requisites for the course, as well as providing students with enhanced communication skills and industry-relevant knowledge in over-the-counter medicines. A student who has completed the Diploma and met the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours pre-requisites within the Diploma will be eligible for a place in the course.

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    How can we help?

    Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

    Domestic
    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
    Online
    Online enquiries

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