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Introduction to Pharmacy

Study pharmacy and you’ll do more than educate patients on their prescriptions. You’ll be a trusted member of the community guiding each and every person who walks through those pharmacy doors.

From helping babies with reflux, teens with acne and the elderly with joint pain. At every stage of life, you’ll be there.

Study a pharmacy degree or pharmacy courses online and you’ll be entering a profession that combines empathy with science from behind the counter. There’s nothing quite like it. 

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Online pharmacy subjects and short courses

University of South Australia


Food as Medicine

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 16 Sep 2024

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

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Online pharmacy degrees

University of Tasmania


Diploma of Pharmacy Studies

Launch your career as a pharmacy assistant or technician

Online & on-campus

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of New England


Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours

For careers in hospital, retail and regulatory pharmacy

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Queensland


Master of Clinical Pharmacy

Expand your contemporary clinical pharmacy skills to tackle any role

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

University of Queensland

Practice pharmacy with confidence in an evolving healthcare environment

100% online

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Discover 26 ways to study pharmacy with leading Australian universities.

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Pharmacy study FAQs

Am I suited to studying a pharmacy degree?

To study pharmacy, you’ll need to be:

  • Comfortable with maths and science, particularly biology and chemistry
  • Empathetic towards people, as it’s a patient-centric field
  • A good communicator, with a willingness for team-work
  • Highly attentive and accuracy-focused—you’ll be overseeing people’s medications, after all.  
What do you learn in a pharmacy course?

Choose to study a pharmacy course and you can expect to learn about:

  • Statistics
  • Chemistry for life science
  • Microbiology
  • immunology
  • Pharmacy practice and skills
  • Principles of pharmacology
  • Applied physiochemical principles
  • Human physiology
  • Medicine formulations
Are online pharmacy courses reputable?The courses available to study online through Open Universities Australia are reputable and delivered by trusted academics at leading Australian universities.
Can you get qualified through an online pharmacy course?While you will need to complete an Intern Training Program (ITP) and pass an exam to gain general registration as a pharmacist, you can absolutely begin your studies in chemistry and pharmacy studies online. 
How long does it take to become a pharmacist?

As a base-line minimum, you will need 4 years in undergraduate pharmacy study or 2-3 years in a graduate-entry program to become a pharmacist.

After this, you will need to complete a year-long internship concurrently with the Intern Training Program (ITP). Finally, you’ll have to pass an exam to gain general registration as a pharmacist.

You will also need to complete Continuing Professional Development (CDP) annually to continue your career as a pharmacist. 

Interested in clinical trials instead of work as a pharmacist? You will need to add additional postgraduate study in a specialised focus area after completing your degree. This may be a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree in clinical pharmacy.

What can I do with a pharmacy degree?

Study pharmacy and you may end up working as a:

  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Clinical trials pharmacist and research pharmacist
  • Pharmacy technician and pharmacy assistant

Read more about a day in the life as a pharmacist.

Which is the best pharmacist course?

This all depends on the particulars of what you want from a course. As many of our trusted course advisors would say, there’s no single “perfect course” for everyone. But there is the right course for you. 

When comparing courses from leadings Australian universities using our marketplace, we recommend looking at the coursework itself (does it cover topics you’d like to cover?), and seeing how the university ranks for the particular field of study you’re interested in. 

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Unlike when you study through a traditional university, you can enrol you in most of the undergraduate subjects available through our website instantly. Enrol in the subjects you’re interested in, and as soon as your study materials arrive, you can start learning online.

As you start completing your subjects, you’ll eventually need to apply to your uni to formally enter your degree. Enrolling in subjects is a great way of becoming eligible and applying successfully. Check out the Registering in this degree section on the degree page you're interested in for more information.

Postgraduate subjects are different. Most of them are restricted, meaning you’ll have to apply for entry and be accepted before you can start studying online. You’ll find information about the application process on the postgraduate degree page that you’re interested in.

Enrolling is easy. You can enrol online or over the phone with a student advisor.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

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Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements 
    We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
  • You have total control over how you study
    Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
  • You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
    Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
  • We’ll help you navigate the university world
    Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.

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