B-PHARM v.2 Bachelor of Pharmacy
BPharm(Curtin) / BPharm(Hons)(Curtin)
Course CRICOS Code: 003920B
Registered full-time Duration: 4 Years
Bachelor Degrees prepare students to develop broad and coherent knowledge and skills in a discipline for professional work and further learning corresponding to AQF level 7 qualifications. The honours component prepares students to develop advanced knowledge and skills for professional work, research and further learning corresponding to AQF level 8 qualifications.
This course offers practical experience as well as a theoretical grounding in the discipline of pharmacy and is the only undergraduate program in Western Australia that leads to registration as a pharmacist. It is taught with a hands-on approach, with a range of laboratories and facilities available to enhance teaching and provide essential practical skills. Pharmacists are involved in the development, testing, manufacture and distribution of medicines and the monitoring of drug therapy. In the first semester of the third year, students are either selected for the honours program or continue with the standard third and fourth year course structure.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. You are required to complete 1824 hours of pre-registration training before you can register to practice as a pharmacist in Australia. Pharmacists registered in Australia can apply to practice in New Zealand. The degree is recognised worldwide, although some countries require the fulfilment of additional educational or practical training programs.
Graduates have a wide range of career opportunities, with most graduates seeking employment in community pharmacies. In addition to providing community-based healthcare, this degree allows you to exercise business management skills in a professional setting. You may enter hospital pharmacy to help contribute to patient care in a secondary or tertiary healthcare environment and to extend your clinical expertise in a wide range of areas. The pharmaceutical industry, which manufactures most medicines today, offers many employment opportunities. These include research roles in the development of medicines, production of pharmaceuticals, quality assurance, regulatory services, marketing and drug information. You may also play a large role in regulatory control and policy development. Graduates interested in industrial or academic careers may be required to undertake further studies before embarking on these careers. Curtin graduates are highly employable and sought after, with one of the best graduate employment rates across the University.
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials. Students will be required to purchase a laboratory coat or protective clothing, glassware and dispensing aids. Broken apparatus may also be charged for. Students will also be required to purchase a uniform to wear whilst participating in course related fieldwork, clinical and placement related activities.
Course Overview Note
Students admitted to the course prior to 2009 can refer to the archived version of the online handbook for their course structure http://archive.handbook.curtin.edu.au/
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au and include flexible entry pathways. Admission to the Honours stream is by invitation and follows high achievement within this Bachelor Degree. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Essential: Chemistry ATAR and Mathematical Application ATAR. Biology or Human Biology provides valuable preparation for the course. Applicants using the IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) require a minimum IELTS overall band score of 7.0 (min. bands of 7.0) or equivalent. STAT is not accepted for entry to this course, but may be used to demonstrate English competence requirements.
Credit for Recognised Learning
Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
Pathway to Further Study
Graduates with a Bachelor Degree may qualify for entry to some Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Master by Coursework degrees. Graduates with a Bachelor Degree with Honours may also qualify for entry to a Master or Doctorate by Research. For further details, see the University website http://curtin.edu.au.
Course Entry/Completion Note
Applicants for this course should refer to the Clinical Screening and Immunisation section of the Faculty of Health website for information regarding the mandatory health and legal checks.
Bachelor Degrees typically contain a series of units which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may contain a range of majors, streams and/or minors for students to choose from to pursue learning in a specialised area of study. The honours component typically comprises an honours stream equivalent to one year of full-time study undertaken during the last year (or two) of study.
The main areas of specialisation are pharmaceutics: which forms an increasingly important component of each year; pharmaceutical biology - which includes biochemistry; microbiology; physiology; pharmacology - the effect of drugs on the body; and pharmaceutical chemistry - which includes analytical, physical, organic and biological chemistry; pharmacognosy - the study of natural drugs. These develop into pharmaceutical practice and pharmacotherapy, which consider professional pharmacy roles. Each year of the course must be passed before proceeding to the next year.
Course Learning Outcomes
A graduate of this course can:
1. apply extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of pharmacy and contribute to evidence based practice through scholarship
2. think creatively, critically and reflectively to generate innovative solutions for decision making in the provision of pharmaceutical services
3. access and critically analyse and synthesise information drawn from relevant sources
4. communicate effectively as a pharmacist with clients, colleagues, staff, other health care professionals and the general public in ways appropriate to the audience or situation
5. use current technologies applicable to pharmacy
6. demonstrate skills necessary for lifelong learning and contribute to the development of others
7. provide pharmaceutical services with sensitivity to political, social, cultural, geographical, technological and global influences
8. demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity, including Indigenous issues, and multiculturalism
9. work and collaborate effectively in a team and develop leadership skills in an ethical and professional manner
Duration and Availability
The course is four years' full-time. Part-time study is not available.
Location and delivery Mode
|Year||Location||Period||All*||Internal||Partially Online Internal^||External||Fully Online#|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Study Period 1||Y|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Semester 1||Y|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Semester 2||Y|
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.
|Year 1 Semester 1|
|HUMB1000||v.1||Human Structure and Function||4.0||25.0|
|CMHL1000||v.1||Foundations for Professional Health Practice||3.0||25.0|
|PHAR1002||v.1||Pharmacy Practice 1||5.0||25.0|
|BCCB2000||v.1||Foundations of Biochemistry||5.0||25.0|
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|INDH1006||v.1||Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours||3.0||25.0|
|CMHL1001||v.1||Evidence Informed Health Practice||2.0||25.0|
|PATH1000||v.3||Introduction to Pathophysiology||4.0||25.0|
|Year 2 Semester 1|
|IMED2000||v.1||Immunology and Infectious Diseases for Pharmacists||4.0||25.0|
|PHRM2003||v.1||Biochemical Principles in Pharmacology||5.0||25.0|
|PHAR2000||v.2||Foundations of Pharmaceutics||5.0||25.0|
|PHAR2003||v.1||Pharmacy Practice 2||4.0||25.0|
|Year 2 Semester 2|
|PHRM2004||v.1||Pharmacokinetics and Pharmaceutical Analysis||5.0||25.0|
|IMED2002||v.1||Integrated Pharmacology and Therapeutics 1||5.0||25.0|
|Year 3 Semester 1|
|IMED3005||v.1||Medicinal Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacokinetics||5.0||25.0|
|IMED3002||v.1||Fundamentals of Drug Delivery Technology||4.5||25.0|
|PHAR3002||v.1||Pharmacy Practice 3||5.0||25.0|
|IMED3006||v.1||Integrated Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2||5.0||25.0|
|Year 3 Semester 2|
|STRU-PHARM||v.2||Pharmacy Third and Fourth Year Stream||300.0|
|STRH-PHARM||v.2||Honours Pharmacy Stream||300.0|
For further information please contact Curtin Future Students on (08) 9266 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Scholarships are now available to provide financial support to encourage and enable Year 12 students living in a rural or remote area wishing to study Pharmacy at university. If you would like further information on the scholarship program or an application form, please contact the Rural Pharmacy Team at email@example.com or telephone (02) 6270 1888. Suitable applicants can go to http://www.guild.org.au and follow the prompts to Rural section for application information and deadlines.
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International students studying in Australia on a student visa can only study full-time and there are also specific entry requirements that must be met. As some information contained in this publication may not be applicable to international students, refer to international.curtin.edu.au for further information. Australian citizens, permanent residents and international students studying outside Australia may have the choice of full-time, part-time and external study, depending on course availability and in-country requirements.