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Bachelor of Pharmacy

2019

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Casuarina Campus
114371
Location
Cricos Codes
Casuarina Campus
055731K
Course Duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Part-time
8 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

BPHAR

Award
Bachelor of Pharmacy
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Clinical and Behavioural Sciences

As a pharmacist, you are responsible for providing information, advice, and education on medicines and health issues, supplying medicine and medicinal products to help patients achieve optimal health care.

You also advise medical practitioners and other healthcare professionals on the interactions and side effects of medications, medication selection and dosage, and a range of other health-related issues.

During your course, you will develop your knowledge and skills in the basic sciences plus:

  • pharmaceutics
  • pharmaco-therapeutics and pharmacy practice
  • decision-making skills to identify and manage complex therapeutic problems within a multi-disciplinary health-care team
  • the ability to develop an individual health-care plan for patients with complex conditions, focusing on self-management
  • practical communication skills for professional pharmacy practice
  • enabling essential information transfer between pharmacists and their patients, and their colleagues, and other health-care professionals, to achieve positive health outcomes for individuals and communities according to 'best practice' standards.

You will also receive a nationally recognised Mental Health First Aid Australia™ certificate, and (in anticipation of expected changes in Australian regulations) trained in the administration of injections and vaccination.

This course meets the demands for Pharmacy services and research in Australia with additional focus on rural and remote practice to meet the unique and diverse needs of communities in these regions.

If you wish to strengthen your application for enrolment, we encourage you to submit an optional supporting statement.

The supporting statement must be no longer than one page and should explain:

  • why you want to study pharmacy
  • why you are suitable for entry into Bachelor of Pharmacy at Charles Darwin University.

Telephone interviews are offered from your supporting statement. Send the supporting statement to pharmacy@cdu.edu.au.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in community, retail and hospitals pharmacies, as well as roles in government, private and non-government organisations (NGO).

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements of the Australian Pharmacy Council. Eligibility for registration in Australia will be granted by the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Pharmacists registered in Australia are able to work as pharmacists in all Australian States and Territories and New Zealand.

Credit transfers & pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education
Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Assumed knowledge

Stage 2 Mathematical Studies

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:
(a) Australian Citizenship; or
(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

International full fees

See the Office of International Services for details on International Course Fees: www.cdu.edu.au/international/future-students/courses.
 

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink
unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only
International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia
should apply via SATAC.

  • The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2018.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2018) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    5 35.7
    B. Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A .0
    C. Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/P
    D. Recent secondary education
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

    6 42.9
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

    N/A .0
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

    N/A .0
    International students <5 N/P
    All students 14 100.0

    Notes
    "<5" - the number of students is less than 5
    N/A - Students not accepted in this category
    N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

This is a four-year course of study, which encompasses the sciences that underpin the study of pharmacy itself; including chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. There are also pharmacy specific areas such as pharmaceutics, pharmacy practice, pharmaco-kinetics, pharmacology, therapeutics, and others, that run throughout the course. During the course, there are professional placements in community and hospital pharmacies, and placements in rural and/or remote pharmacies or health care centres. Professional placements provide an understanding of and an experience of the processes involved in providing primary health care, clinical pharmacy services, and drug information in different practice and work environments.

First year addresses the basic sciences, including chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology; there is also an introduction to pharmacy practice and pharmaceutics. Second year includes the study of drugs and pharmaceutical sciences, including pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and pharmaco-genetics together with biochemistry and Indigenous perspectives. Third and fourth years have a strong focus on therapeutics, advanced pharmaceutics and pharmacy practice, with compulsory placements in community pharmacies, hospitals, and rural or remote primary health care centres. The placements provide an understanding of the processes involved in providing primary health care, drug information, and clinical pharmacy services in different practice environments.

Charles Darwin University also offers a Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours which is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy. Prior to commencing the final year students with a GPA of credit or above will be eligible to apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours.

2019 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2018.

2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Unit Type Credit Points
Specific Requirements

Common 
(2 units) 

20 Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core
(28 units) 
280  Compulsory core units totalling 280 credit points from units detailed below:

SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SCH101 Chemical Concepts
PHA103 Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
PHA211 Fundamentals of Pharmaceutics
SBI173 Microbiology
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
SBI245 Biochemistry or MLS245 Medical Biochemistry
PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics
PHA210 Pharmacology 1
PHA212 Medicinal Chemistry
SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
PHA213 Pharmacology 2
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry
PHA303 Applied Pharmacology to Pharmacy Practice
PHA310 Clinical Pharmacokinetics
PHA302 Applied Pharmaceutics
PHA405 Therapeutics A
PHA306 Advanced Pharmaceutics
PHA307 Clinical Pharmacy Practice
PHA312 Infectious Diseases
PHA406 Therapeutics B
PHA403 Advanced Pharmacy Practice 
PHA411 Therapeutics C
PHA407 Integrated Pharmacy Practice
PHA408 Integrated Pharmacy Placement
PHA410 Innovative Pharmacy Practice and Research (new unit title from 2016)
HSC318 Rural and Remote Health (replaces PHA304 from 2012) (new title from 2015)
Specialist Electives
(0 units) 
0  There are no specialist elective units for this course
Electives
(2 units) 
 20 Units totalling 20 credit points selected from any undergraduate units offered by the University. Students may wish to consider Business units.
   320  Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 320 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 80 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Students who commenced prior to 2013
Of the total 320 credit points:
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 40 credit points must be taken from 300 level units
* not more than 40 credit points shall be included with a grade of "PT" or "PC" or "PS" 

Unit Code Changes from 2016

Following is a summary of unit code changes. ALL students should enrol in the latest unit code from 2016.

Pre-2016 Unit Code 2016 Unit Code
PHA410 Drug Information and Research PHA410 Innovative Pharmacy Practice and Research

2015 Course Changes and Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the course prior to 2015 may either:

As of 2017, all students will need to progress through the course as per the 2015 study plan.

Students who choose to undertake the new study plan will receive 10cp towards Elective if they have completed SBI105 The Life of Cells. Students who have not completed SBI105, and who decide to undertake the 2015 study plan will not be required to complete SBI105.

COURSE CHANGES and TRANSITION arrangements – 2012
Students who commenced prior to 2012 should note that there have been changes to this course.  To ensure that continuing students are not disadvantaged by these changes detailed transition arrangements will be published as soon as possible.

Study plan

2019 HE unit offerings will be published on 1 October 2018.

2019 HE unit fees will be published no later than 1 December 2018.

Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.  Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level.  200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SBI283.
 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU SBI173 Microbiology CO
SCH101 Chemical Concepts CO SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry CO
PHA103 Fundamentals of Pharmacy CO PHA211 Fundamentals of Pharmaceutics CO
Year 2
SBI245 Biochemistry or MLS245 Medical Biochemistry CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
PHA210 Pharmacology 1 CO PHA302 Applied Pharmaceutics CO
PHA212 Medicinal Chemistry CO PHA213 Pharmacology 2 CO
Year 3
PHA303 Applied Pharmacology to Pharmacy Practice CO PHA306 Advanced Pharmaceutics  CO
PHA310 Clinical Pharmacokinetics  CO PHA307 Clinical Pharmacy Practice CO
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry CO PHA312 Infectious Diseases  CO
PHA405 Therapeutics A  CO PHA406 Therapeutics B CO
Year 4
PHA403 Advanced Pharmacy Practice CO PHA407 Integrated Pharmacy Practice CO
PHA411 Therapeutics C CO PHA408 Integrated Pharmacy Placement (available in Study Period 2) P
Elective 1 E PHA410 Innovative Pharmacy Practice and Research CO
Elective 2 E HSC318 Remote and Rural Health CO

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load.  Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level.  200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SBI283.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO
    CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology CU
    SBI173 Microbiology CO
    CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
Year 2
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO PHA211 Fundamentals of Pharmaceutics CO
SCH101 Chemical Concepts CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
PHA103 Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice CO SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry CO
Year 3
SBI245 Biochemistry or MLS245 Medical Biochemistry CO PHA214 Biotechnology and Pharmacogenomics CO
Elective 1 E HSC318 Remote and Rural Health CO
PHA210 Pharmacology 1 CO PHA302 Applied Pharmaceutics CO
PHA212 Medicinal Chemistry CO PHA213 Pharmacology 2 CO
Year 4
PHA303 Applied Pharmacology to Pharmacy Practice CO PHA306 Advanced Pharmaceutics CO
PHA310 Clinical Pharmacokinetics CO PHA307 Clinical Pharmacy Practice CO
PHA311 Clinical Biochemistry CO PHA312 Infectious Diseases CO
PHA405 Therapeutics A CO PHA406 Therapeutics B CO
Year 5
PHA403 Advanced Pharmacy Practice CO PHA407 Integrated Pharmacy Practice CO
PHA411 Therapeutics C CO PHA408 Integrated Pharmacy Placement (available in Study Period 2) P
Elective 2 E PHA410 Innovative Pharmacy Practice and Research CO

SATAC and MyNextCourse applications

Option 1 - Apply via SATAC

You should apply through SATAC if using one of the following:

  • ATAR (or equivalent) School Leaver
  • incomplete higher education studies
  • STAT or work/life experience
  • Certificate IV or above at another institution
  • eligible non-CDU Enabling Program

SATAC

Option 2 - Apply via MyNextCourse

You should apply via MyNextCourse if you have successfully completed, or are about to complete one of the following at CDU:

  • Certificate IV or above
  • Eligible Enabling Program (TEP, PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

MyNextCourse

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