Pharmacy

Introduction

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours degree will develop a strong foundation in basic and pharmaceutical sciences core skills which will be integrated with contemporary knowledge and application of pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours is offered as both on and off campus study. Full-time candidature allows a student to complete the degree within 4 years. Alternatively, part-time study allows students to complete the degree over a maximum of ten years. The degree must be completed within ten years from the date of commencement to satisfy accreditation.

The University of New England is the first university in Australia to offer a Pharmacy degree by off campus study. Students who wish to study the course by off campus study will be required to attend mandatory intensive schools on campus each semester.

Why Study Pharmacy at UNE?

Teaching and research facilities at UNE will feature a professional practice laboratory with a model dispensary and a dedicated formulation laboratory.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours degree will develop a strong foundation in basic and pharmaceutical sciences core skills which will be integrated with contemporary knowledge and application in pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice.  Students who enrol in the Pharmacy course complete Mental Health First Aid and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's (PSA) "Support the Supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines" as part of their degree and accreditation.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours program at UNE is recognised by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists as a provider of Stage One of accreditation to provide medication review services and graduates are already on the pathway to strong professional practice and enhanced employment opportunities.

Scholarships

Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme
The Rural Pharmacy Scholarships have been established to provide financial support to encourage and enable students from rural and remote communities to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy at University. There are up to 30 scholarships offered annually, with a value of $10,000 per annum per student (ie. $40,000 per student over a four year period). Scholarship recipients are encouraged to seek employment in rural and remote areas following graduation.

For further information about this scholarship scheme and how to apply please go to: http://5cpa.com.au/programs/rural-pharmacy-initiatives/rural-pharmacy-scholarship-scheme/

The Duncan Family Scholarship
If you have high academic achievements, have been involved in leadership positions in school, clubs or the community and are applying for admission to the Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of New England you have a chance of being awarded the Duncan Family Scholarship.


 For further information about this scholarship and how to apply please go to: http://www.une.edu.au/study/study-on-campus/undergraduate-scholarships/scholarships-for-current-students/the-duncan-family-scholarship-in-pharmacy-for-current-students

Careers

Studying Pharmacy offers you a wide range of career opportunities in a variety of settings including:

  • Community Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Tertiary Education Institutions
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Managed-care facilities
  • Defence Forces
  • Government and Regulatory Bodies

On completion of a paid intern year in community or hospital pharmacy, graduates are ready to pursue career opportunities as community, hospital or private clinical pharmacists and for roles in research, health education, government and in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and drug development.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours program at UNE is recognised by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists as a provider of Stage One of accreditation to provide medication review services and graduates are already on the pathway to strong professional practice and enhanced employment opportunities.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours Approved Program of Study as outlined in the Course Schedule.

To qualify for the award a candidate shall complete a total of 192 credit points.

Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours

All students are awarded the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours. Students who achieve First or Second Class Honours will have the Honours recorded on their testamur and transcript of academic record whilst those who do not achieve First or Second Class Honours will be awarded the degree at the level of Pass.

Teaching and research facilities at UNE will feature a professional practice laboratory with a model dispensary and a dedicated formulation laboratory.  Students who enrol in the Pharmacy course complete Mental Health First Aid and PSA’s Support the supply of Pharmacy Medicines and Pharmacist Only Medicines as part of their degree and accreditation.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours degree will develop a strong foundation in basic and pharmaceutical sciences core skills which will be integrated with contemporary knowledge and application in pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice.

For further information see the Courses and Units Catalogue - Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours .

For information on Pharmacy Units, please see the Courses and Units Catalogue - Pharmacy Units

Entry Requirements

For normal admission requirements see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures.

 Assumed knowledge is Chemistry and Mathematics with recommended studies being Biology.

*Please note that the following requirements must be completed before commencing clinical placements:

Criminal records check
NSW Health has a policy that all staff, including candidates undertaking clinical placements, in positions dealing with children and other vulnerable people must undergo a criminal record check. This check will be conducted by the NSW Health and will be coordinated by the university.

Immunisation
All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to placement within Australian State Health Systems. Evidence of immunisation must be presented, upon request, to State Health staff whilst the student is on placement.

Working With Children Check
It is a mandatory UNE requirement that all students undertaking clinical placement provide a current working with children check within the first three weeks of the commencement of their first trimester.

Further information on the check including how to apply can be found on the government site, Kids' Guardian.

Advanced Standing (Recognition of Prior Learning)

If you are applying for the Pharmacy program and have completed some studies at the University of New England or at other universities, you may wish to apply for Advanced Standing for some of the pharmacy units. For more information on applying for Advanced Standing refer to the:

Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours, Program of Study.

It is advisable to apply for advanced standing well before you are planning to commence your studies.

Applying for undergraduate study

If you are planning to study on-campus at UNE, the majority of undergraduate students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). There are some exceptions though, so please check the 'How to apply' details under the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours - Further Information tab.

If you are planning to study off campus, you must apply direct to UNE,  so please check the 'How to apply' details under the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours - Further Information tab.

Clinical Placements

In the fourth year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours degree, students will be required to undertake approximately 200 hours of clinical placements in both community and hospital pharmacies.  These clinical placements will be normally be undertaken during Trimester 3.  Students will be encouraged to take these placements in rural and regional areas of Australia.

The following requirements must be completed before commencing clinical placements: 

Criminal records check
NSW Health has a policy that all staff, including candidates undertaking clinical placements, in positions dealing with children and other vulnerable people must undergo a criminal record check. This check will be conducted by the NSW Health and will be coordinated by the university.

Immunisation
All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to placement within Australian State Health Systems. Evidence of immunisation must be presented, upon request, to State Health staff whilst the student is on placement.

Working With Children Check
It is a mandatory UNE requirement that all students undertaking clinical placement provide a current working with children check within the first three weeks of the commencement of their first trimester.  Further information on the check including how to apply can be found on the government site, Kids' Guardia

For further information on clinical placements please contact the Clinical Placements Coordinator.

English Language Requirements

Please note that this program requires a high level of English language proficiency. For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, required scores are an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and 6.00 in Reading and Writing. TOEFL test results are not accepted.

Further Information

Contacts

Mrs Chris Sisson
Academic Coordinator
School of Science and Technology
Email: csisson@une.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 6773 4209

Dr Anna Marie Babey
Course Coordinator
School of Science and Technology
Email: ababey@une.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 6773 2333

Mrs Kerri Fitzpatrick
Clinical Placement Coordinator 
School of Science and Technology 
Email:pharmprac@une.edu.au 
Phone:  +61 2 6773 4089

Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours - Program Advisory Group

The Bachelor of Pharmacy Program Advisory Group (PAG) meets regularly to review the degree program. External members of the group provide advice to academic staff members relating to the  program and its students and recommendations made by the group are conveyed to the University via the Head of School. The PAG is a valuable and necessary link between the program and the wider community. Students also provide input to the PAG through their representatives.

External advisory group members
Judith Mackson, Chief Pharmacist & Associate Director, NSW Ministry of Health
Jenni Jackson, community pharmacist
Greg Hannon, community pharmacist
Anne Docherty, community pharmacist
Dr Rod Martin, general practitioner
Greg Strong, Aboriginal Community representative
Dr Brian Connor, Educator, Joint Medical Program, UNE

UNE PAG Contact
Dr Anna-Marie Babey
Pharmacy
School of Science and Technology
Email: annamarie.babey@une.edu.au
Phone:  +61 2 6773 2333

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