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Duration0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.0.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesTrimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022),
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.5, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
Program Code40303

Study Medicines for the Health Professions

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Medicines for the Health Professions has been designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the use of medicines and how they impact patients, empowering you as a health professional.

Through this Graduate Certificate you will enhance your knowledge and skills in both the theory and practice of the use of medicines. Throughout the degree, you will be introduced to the principles of pharmacotherapeutics, including clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and a revision of basic pharmacological principles. You will gain an overview of the role of non-prescription medications, including complementary and alternate medicines.

This degree incorporates principles of professional communications focused on performing comprehensive medicines assessment and collaboration with others in implementing a medication management plan. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a set of directed courses to that will enable you to tailor your degree to the health profession that you are working in.

Why study with us?

  • Outstanding teaching quality – Our courses are taught by outstanding educators renowned for superb teaching, cutting-edge research, and years of hands-on experience in the field.
  • Interactive learning environment – We use the latest technology to enhance your learning experience and outcomes. Learning materials include written material, short videos presented in a range of styles, and automated quizzes to provide immediate feedback on your understanding.
  • Learn from research leaders – Your teaching staff are also active researchers. We work with world-class researchers and will teach you the latest statistical methods using real-world research questions.
  • Flexible study options – You can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.

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What you will study

Gain a stronger knowledge-base and enhance your knowledge as a healthcare professional with the Graduate Certificate in Medicines for the Health Professions. You will be able to choose from a diverse range of study options allowing you to develop your skills in medicines, with an understanding of both practice and theory.

Graduate Certificate in Medicines for the Health Professions graduates’ benefit from an integrated approach to becoming skilled, knowledgeable, and innovative health professionals. At the same time, your courses will ensure you become a confident specialist in your chosen field of expertise.


Core Courses

Students must complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program:

  • Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Health Care Professionals
  • Integrate Pharmacotherapeutics for Clinical Practice

Directed courses

Students must choose two courses from the list below:

  • Infection Control
  • Quality and Safety in Health Care
  • Investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems
  • Biostatistics A
  • Research Protocol Design


Career opportunities

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Medicines for the Health Professions, you will have the foundational understanding to have confidence in your knowledge of medicines across a range of health professions, including:

  • biomedical/medical science
  • nursing
  • allied health
  • dentistry
  • psychology
  • veterinary science

How to apply

Applying for Graduate Certificate in Medicines for the Health Professions

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Admission into this program requires:

  • Minimum of a three-year undergraduate degree in a field related to health such as medicine, biomedical/medical science, nursing, allied health, dentistry, psychology, veterinary science and science
  • Applicants with a three-year undergraduate degree in a non-related field should possess a minimum of one year's work experience in a related field.

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.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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