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**Program alert**

This program has no further intakes, and will be replaced with the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)  (IHPC) for 2017.


The program is intended to prepare students for a professional career in community, hospital or industrial pharmacy or in related professional careers.

Content and structure

The Pharmacy program contains 6 general themes that are developed in an integrated manner across the 4 years (144 units of study) of the program. These are, broadly: scientific principles; communication and counselling skills; practice of pharmacy; development and formulation of medicines; medicines in disease treatment and health maintenance; research skills.

First year provides a foundation in scientific principles. Second year provides students with an understanding of medicines in disease treatment and health maintenance. Third year takes on a clinical focus, with the pharmacotherapeutics courses which build on the scientific principles covered in Years 1 and 2 to develop knowledge on the use of drugs in clinical settings and provide experience in influencing patient behaviour and medication use in the community. In fourth year, development and formulation of medicines takes on a futuristic focus (pharmacy in the future), and further development of skills for the practice of pharmacy occurs as students gain a greater understanding of contemporary practice by integrating previously acquired skills and knowledge, including an appreciation of pharmacy-related research.

Professional accreditation

The program is accredited with the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the program satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Eligibility for registration is determined by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and includes a suitably recognised and appropriate period of supervised training.

Program Structure
Course nameArea and cat no.UnitsReference
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Chemistry 100CHEM 10064.5
Human Physiology 100BIOL 10494.5
Health and SocietyHLTH 10254.5
Health Professional EssentialsPHAR 10084.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Chemistry 101CHEM 10074.5
Human Physiology 101BIOL 10504.5
Quantitative Methods in HealthMATH 10654.5
Pharmacy Practice 1PHAR 10094.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Fundamentals of PharmacologyPHAR 20194.5
Dosage Form Design 1PHAR 20144.5
Pharmacokinetics and BiopharmaceuticsPHAR 20064.5
Pharmacology 2PHAR 20204.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacology 3PHAR 20214.5
Dosage Form Design 2PHAR 20164.5
Pharmacy Practice 2PHAR 20174.5
Pharmacology 4PHAR 20224.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacotherapeutics Practice 1APHAR 30184.5
Pharmacotherapeutics Theory 1PHAR 30204.5
Dosage Form Design 3PHAR 30244.5
Quality Use of MedicinesPHAR 30214.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacotherapeutics Practice 1BPHAR 30194.5
Pharmacotherapeutics Theory 2PHAR 30224.5
Dosage Form Design 4PHAR 30254.5
Therapeutics, Nutrition and ExercisePHAR 30264.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pharmacy Practice 3PHAR 40234.5
Advanced TherapeuticsPHAR 40184.5
Professional PlacementPHAR 401713.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacy Practice 4PHAR 40244.5
Nutrition and TherapeuticsPHAR 40214.5
Issues in Contemporary Pharmacy PracticePHAR 40194.5
Pharmacy Management EssentialsPHAR 40144.5



High achieving students may be eligible to enter the Honours program from the third year of the program. Students who successfully complete the Honours program will be awarded the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).


  1. All students in the Division of Health Sciences who, as part of their program, undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required, such as in field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate that they have a Department for Communities and Social Inclusion National Criminal History Record Check, which will be current for the duration of that activity. Interstate student placements require a National Police Certificate.
  2. Student registration with the relevant board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is required in order to study this program. Students who do not meet registration criteria and are refused registration by AHPRA, or who have their registration rescinded during the program, will be unable to continue in the program. Further information will be provided by the University with offer letters.
  3. Students are required to satisfy the standards of dress and behaviour prescribed by institutions and facilities in which clinical or field placements are undertaken. Failure to satisfy such requirements may prevent them satisfying the requirements for completion of the course.
  4. The conduct of the honours program will be in accordance with University Policy. Students who successfully complete the Honours program will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours.


  1. Students are advised that they may be required to spend at least one clinical or field placement outside Adelaide.
  2. Students are required to undertake professional placements in registered pharmacies or accredited institutions and some of these placements may be held outside the normal teaching weeks of the University.
  3. Students are strongly encouraged to study full-time. Students seeking part-time study must discuss this with the Program Director prior to enrolment. Part-time students are normally expected to complete the program in eight years or less.
  4. If a student entering from previous studies were to gain 36 units (1 year) credit into this degree, the degree structure may need to be modified such that the student would be unable to undertake Honours within the Pharmacy degree. There is still the potential to undertake a full year Honours after the completion of the degree. As with all applications for credit, consultation will take place with the Program Director.
  5. High achieving students may be invited to undertake the Honours program and selection is based on achieving a grade point average of 5 or above in the first 2.5 years of the program (and which must include at least 54 units captured within the program). A GPA-based ranked quota will apply for places in the Honours program. A conditional invitation to students who meet this requirement will be made after the resolution of academic results at the end of Study Period 2 of third year. This offer is conditional upon students maintaining at least a credit average at the completion of third year. A quota for places in the Honours program will apply.

Program directors

Dr Libby Hotham