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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) will prepare you with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to get you on your way to becoming a registered pharmacist.
This four year undergraduate program has been structured to meet the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) criteria for registration as a pharmacist. It is an integrated program consisting of lectures, practicals, tutorials and experiential learning through clinical placements and simulated learning environments. The program will build upon your existing knowledge of science whilst focusing on material that specifically relates to the knowledge, skills and attributes required as a pharmacist. The program includes opportunities to develop research skills and knowledge in the areas of Personalised Health Care and Health Technologies Assessment, such as Pharmacoeconomics. The provision of health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People is integrated throughout the program together with the teaching and understanding of cultural diversity in Australia and internationally, which are critical to professional pharmacy practice.
Pharmacists are one of the most accessible health professionals and work closely with patients to assist them with managing their medicines and disease states as well as promoting health and improving quality of life. As a pharmacist you will work closely with patients, assisting them to manage medications and diseases as well as provide expertise to promote general health. You will counsel patients on the proper use of medications, provide advice on symptoms, the management of common ailments, prepare and formulate medications and provide health education. Pharmacists are also involved in consultation with doctors and other health care providers to ensure appropriate and safe use and prescribing of medication.
The program contains one elective course in the final year, allowing students to further tailor the program to suit their particular interests. Research skills, including critical appraisal and statistics, together with their application are taught in the final two years of the program, building upon the core cognitive and technical skills obtained during the first two years.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Demonstrated a high level of critical appraisal skills and the ability to critique, debate and justify actions taken based on available evidence.
- Applied theoretical concepts, professional cognitive and technical skills to develop pharmaceutical care management plans and to analyse, synthesise, modify and implement plans in accordance with available evidence, diversity and the required outcomes.
- Applied professional cognitive and technical skills of public health issues and initiatives to contribute to health care in local, global and diverse contexts.
- A high level of communication skills in both oral and written English and the ability to participate in debates and discussions at all levels, including the community, with a high degree of proficiency and intellectual independence.
- Demonstrated intellectual independence of the application of high level of fundamental science, pharmaceutical and pharmacological knowledge and skills to clinical and professional practice.
- Cognitive and technical skills essential for independent future learning and have the responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice.
- Cognitive and technical skills of research principles and methods to enable planning and execution of research work with independence and in collaboration with others.
- A high level of professional commitment, community responsiveness, cultural awareness and high ethical standards of performance to enable professional practice both independently and in collaboration.
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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|Assumed knowledge||HSC Extension Mathematics (extension 1 or 2) at any level of achievement or - Band 5 or 6 in 2 Unit Maths, English Advanced, Chemistry and Physics.|
|Recommended studies||Extension Mathematics (extension 1 or 2) at any level of achievement or - Band 5 or 6 in 2 Unit Maths, English Advanced, Chemistry and Physics.|
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.
- Admission information for Australian students and residents
- Admission information for international students
During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible for bonus points.
Current Australian Year 12 Students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on Selection Rank or equivalent.
Non-school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:
- Previous Year 12 studies and/or
- Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
- Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students apply through UAC and have the opportunity to access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry program which incorporates an interview process considering personal attributes as well as educational qualifications.
International students currently undertaking:
- an Australian Year 12 in Australia
- an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
- an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on Selection Rank or equivalent.
All other international students:
Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry is based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.
Compulsory program requirements
Students will complete substantial supervised clinical practice in a range of diverse clinical contexts including, but not limited to, community pharmacy, primary health care clinics, residential aged care facilities, mental health services and acute care hospitals throughout the Hunter, Central Coast, Mid North Coast and University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) sites. Rural placements will be mandatory and occur throughout rural and remote New South Wales and other locations in Australia. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for work-integrated learning/placements will be the responsibility of the student.
NSW Health Verification Requirements
Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement.
Australian Pharmacy Council
The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) meets the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) criteria for registration as a pharmacist. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia in partnership with the Australian Health Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This program is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) requires the completion of 320 units of approved courses.
The program is available in full-time mode only. Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, a candidate shall complete the program within six years of study from the date of commencement.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
From Semester 1 2019, STAT1070 will replace MATH1110. Students who commenced this program prior to 2019 and who have completed MATH1110 will not need to complete STAT1070.
From 2021 onwards, students who have successfully completed CHEM2201 will not be required to complete PHAR2103. Students who have successfully completed PHAR3204 will not be required to complete HUBS2407.
To ensure you enrol correctly, please refer to the program plan for the year you commenced your program.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
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|CHEM1010||Introductory Chemistry I||10 units|
|CHEM1020||Introductory Chemistry II||10 units|
|HUBS1202||Human Genomics and Biomolecular Analysis||10 units|
|HUBS1403||Biomedical Science Part 1||10 units|
|HUBS1404||Biomedical Science Part 2||10 units|
|PHAR1101||Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences||10 units|
|PHAR1201||Introduction to Formulation Sciences||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|HUBS2206||Human Biochemistry and Cell Biology||10 units|
|HUBS2407||Experimental Design and Laboratory Skills in Medical Research||10 units|
|HUBS2601||Human Infection and Immunity||10 units|
|PHAR2101||Dermatology and Topical Formulations||10 units|
|PHAR2102||Cardiovascular and Renal Health||10 units|
|PHAR2103||Introductory Clinical Pharmacotherapy||10 units|
|PHAR2202||Drug Design and Analytical Methods||10 units|
|PHAR2203||Gastrointestinal Health and Solid Dosage Formulations||10 units|
|PHAR2204||Clinical Pharmacotherapy 1||10 units|
|PHAR3101||Endocrinology and Injectable Dosage Formulations||10 units|
|PHAR3102||Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat Health, Respiratory Health and Related Formulations||10 units|
|PHAR3103||Mental and Neurological Health||10 units|
|PHAR3104||Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2||10 units|
|PHAR3201||Women's Health, Men's Health and Genitourinary Dosage Formulations||10 units|
|PHAR3202||Rheumatology and Pain Management||10 units|
|PHAR3203||Clinical Pharmacotherapy 3||10 units|
|PHAR4101||Cancer, Critical Care and Palliation||10 units|
|PHAR4102A||Transition to Professional Practice in Pharmacy (Part A)||10 units|
|PHAR4102B||Transition to Professional Practice in Pharmacy (Part B)||10 units|
|PHAR4201||Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Health Care||10 units|
|PHAR4204||Clinical Leadership in Health Care||10 units|
Graded Honours and Ungraded Honours Options
Choose either Graded Honours or Ungraded Honours.
Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for Ungraded Honours. High performing students (minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 at the end of Year 3) may be selected for admission into a Graded Honours stream. Positions within the Graded Honours stream are limited and entry is not guaranteed. Students selected into the Graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 20 units of research courses as detailed in the Program Plan. The criteria for the determination of class of Honours are detailed in the Bachelor Honours policy  clause 17. Enquiries concerning eligibility for Graded Honours should be directed to the Program Convenor.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment, will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.
The Faculty accepts that it is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for students with special needs, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, which offers practical assistance and advice to students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty will seek advice from the Student Support Unit as to what constitutes "reasonable accommodations" under Anti-Discrimination legislation.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.
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