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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Launch your career as a pharmacy assistant or technician
Gain entry into pharmacy as an assistant or technician, or enhance your employability within the primary care sector with this set of mathematics and science skills.
Online & on-campus
1 year full time or part time equivalent
No ATAR required. Start with a subject.
Expand your contemporary clinical pharmacy skills to tackle any role
Focus on evidence-based, patient-centred care. You’ll explore up to date management and optimisation of pharmacotherapy. Gain skills to provide positive patient outcomes within a complex health environment. Taught by world-leading teachers.
1 year full time or part time equivalent
Practice pharmacy with confidence in an evolving healthcare environment
Advance your capability within clinical pharmacy practice. You’ll work on the skills that provide positive patient outcomes. Explore where pharmacy sits in today’s complex health system. Help patients manage their medicine through illness and life stages.
Upskill as a registered pharmacist
Continue to develop your clinical pharmacy and research skills. Explore medication management for a wide range of illnesses, from cardiovascular disease to psychiatric disorders. Upon completion, those interested can proceed into the Graduate Diploma.
6 months full time or part time equivalent
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Pharmacy study FAQs
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.
Choose to study a pharmacy course and you can expect to learn about:
- Chemistry for life science
- Pharmacy practice and skills
- Principles of pharmacology
- Applied physiochemical principles
- Human physiology
- Medicine formulations
- The courses available to study online through Open Universities Australia are reputable and delivered by trusted academics at leading Australian universities.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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