Transition to Professional Practice in Pharmacy (Part A)

Course code PHAR4102AUnits 10Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence.

This course considers all aspects of advanced clinical pharmacy practice including a systematic review of over the counter medicines and complementary medicines. It uses the knowledge skills and attributes that the students have gained in the previous courses studied within the pharmacy program, including the basic sciences, principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, forensics, public health and health promotion to prepare the students for transitioning into the profession. The course consolidates the principles of pharmacotherapeutics and medication management by providing opportunities for a number of experiential placements in both community pharmacy and in the clinical hospital setting, which further develops the clinical and practice competencies of the student. Concepts around social determinants of health and cultural health are built upon from previous studies.

The course uses a case based approach to discuss the pathophysiology of altered health states and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific concepts covered in this course include the age spectrum focusing on paediatrics and geriatrics and the course will address the quality use of medicines in the treatment of paediatric diseases and gerontology.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component that students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Describe the pathophysiology and management of a range of conditions across the age spectrum including paediatric and geriatric clients and develop advanced skills in medication management with the aim of optimising health outcomes.
2. Apply therapeutic knowledge, skills and attributes to describe the quality use of medicines' issues surrounding these therapeutic agents in the treatment of these conditions and continue to develop clinical skills and communication skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.
3. Develop skills in the appropriate use of non-prescription products and advice on non-pharmacological treatment options in the management of these conditions.
4. Develop advanced communication skills and develop competency in counselling clients.
5. Understand the components and concepts of Public Health, holistic health and the core principles underpinning individual health-related behaviour.
6. Understand the role of Health Promotion in maintaining and improving the status of health as well as minimising illness for individual and population groups.
7. Demonstrate competency in ethical and legal clinical practice.
8. Demonstrate professionalism in the development, provision and management of pharmaceutical services across all areas of the pharmacy industry.
9. Develop an understanding of health professions and their integration with the practice of pharmacy.
10. Develop an understanding of the different environment/s in which the pharmacist works and the various fields of specialisation for pharmacists in the delivery of pharmaceutical care.
11. Apply basic principles of Work Health and Safety and risk management to manage potential or actual hazards in the workplace.
12. Understand the relevance of and develop skills in self-directed learning to maintain and enhance professional competence.
Content1. The course will provide experience in developing advanced clinical skills across the age spectrum using a number of clinical placement opportunities, including work integrated learning opportunities and learning through simulated environments. The course will include placements within hospital and community pharmacies.
2. This course will assimilate and integrate knowledge, skills and attributes of basic sciences, principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, forensics, public health and health promotion to prepare the students for transitioning into the profession.
3. Use clinical cases studies to allow the student to demonstrate their advanced knowledge of clinical pharmacotherapy and pharmacy practice in the management of altered health states of clients.
4. Advanced application of the concept of minor illness and major diseases and the use of prescription and non-prescription products, including Complementary and Alternate Medicines; in the management of altered health states.
5. Allow the student to apply and extend their communication skills in the management of clients with altered heath states and those seeking advice on health related issues, such as public health and health promotion using both practice based and simulated environments.
6. The student will be exposed to cases that allow them to develop and apply advanced knowledge, skills and attributes to culturally diverse populations, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples and other cultures in Australia.
7. The students will apply their knowledge, skills and attributes of quality use of medicines and pharmacoeconomic principles for the provision of pharmaceutical care globally and note the differences and similarities of the Australian Health Care system.
8. The course will assist in the preparation of the student for profession practice and will require the student to demonstrate and apply their knowledge of work place standards and regulations and understand the concept of risk management.
9. Using both simulated and practiced based environments, the student will develop advanced skills in communications with other health professions and develop an appreciation on the scope of practice of the different professions that contribute to the overall wellness of a community, including local, state and federal governments, emergency services, education, law and health.
10. The student will demonstrate and expand their knowledge and application of professional behavior and recognize how it relates to the overall provision of pharmaceutical and general health care of the community.
11. The areas of specialisation in the pharmacy profession will be discussed along with the trends emerging for the advancement of pharmaceutical services globally.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHAR2204 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 1, PHAR3104 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2 and PHAR3203 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 3
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Experience Based Learning
Integrated Learning
Practical
Workshop
Assessment Items
EXPERIENCE BASED LEARNINGPreceptor Competency Assessment
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Reflective Journal
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Compulsory Course Component: This assessment component will test a student's competency in one or more of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. The integrated nature of this assessment is critical to the understanding of pharmacy practice concepts. Students must satisfactorily complete the placement and skills sessions during this course. This will be determined by satisfactory completion of their placement workbook, placement journal and preceptor appraisals. Students who do not satisfactorily complete this component will be interviewed by the Course Coordinator and will be required to complete an additional period of Experience Based Learning.
Examination: FormalObjective Structure Professional Assessment (OSPA) (assessed by a Global rating Score, that includes communications, clinical management, organisation, therapeutics, ethics, legal aspects and health care management)
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Compulsory Course Component: This OSPA examination will test a student's competency in all of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. Students must achieve a passing grade in the formal examination component to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course. Students who fail to satisfy this compulsory course component will be offered a supplementary examination. Students who are required to complete a supplementary examination and satisfactorily pass the assessment and pass the course overall will be awarded a maximum mark of 50 for the course. Those who do not pass the supplementary examination will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Online Learning ActivitiesCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Other: (please specify)Case Studies and in-semester OSPA
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PracticalCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

Compulsory Course Component: Students must demonstrate competency in both theoretical knowledge and practical dispensing skills which form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist so an overall mark of at least 60% in a combination of the dispensing examinations is required to be deemed competent in compounding and dispensing. On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy this compulsory course component will be offered a supplementary examination. Students who are required to complete a supplementary examination and satisfactorily pass the assessment and pass the course overall will be awarded a maximum mark of 50 for the course. Those who do not pass the supplementary examination will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark.
Contact HoursExperience Based Learning: for 35 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Practical: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentPHAR4102A & PHAR4102B Transition to Professional Practice in Pharmacy (Part A) & (Part B) is a Compulsory Program Component that students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).
Compulsory Course ComponentThe assessment components test a student's competency in one or more of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist so students must:
1. satisfactorily complete the placement and skills sessions during this course and
2. achieve a passing grade in the Formal Examination OSPA component and
3. achieve an overall mark of at least 60% in a combination of the dispensing examinations to be deemed competent in compounding and dispensing.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PHAR3104 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2 and PHAR3203 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2.
Compulsory Program ComponentMandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met and Workcover approved First Aid Certificate.