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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradCertPharmPrac
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Postgraduate Coursework Manager

Telephone: +61 3 9903 9509



Course coordinator

Laura Dean


  • International students located in Australia wishing to study this course must be registered as a pharmacist in Australia and have the appropriate visa to allow part-time study. All other international students are only able to study this course in their country of residence.
  • Part-time study only. This course may be undertaken in one year, however students have a maximum of three years to complete.


This Graduate Certificate allows students to develop further knowledge and skills in a range of pharmacy practice-related areas. This course provides an opportunity for ongoing professional development at the same time as earning an additional qualification.

Students can specialise in specific areas of practice by undertaking elective units which cover clinical, economic and wound care relevant to pharmacy.


This course assists registered pharmacists to become competent professionals by:

  • consolidating and building upon the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences gained as an undergraduate
  • applying the knowledge and skills to day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
  • further developing the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills that form the basis of pharmacy practice
  • further developing problem solving skills and application of professional judgement in patient care
  • working within the ethical and legal framework of the profession
  • exploring personal career goals and expectations
  • dealing with professional and personal pressures associated with being a pharmacist
  • becoming a 'life-long learner'.

Maximum credit allowed

12 credit points


PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) requires students to undertake patient medication history interviews and medication reviews to be conducted in the student's workplace. Home Medicines Review are to be conducted under the supervision of an accredited consultant pharmacist or hospital outreach pharmacist (assistance is available with organising this for students located in Victoria, if the student does not have access to a suitably experienced pharmacist).

Professional recognition

Successful completion of PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) is recognised by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) for Stage 1 of the training program for accreditation of pharmacists to deliver Commonwealth-funded Medication Management Reviews.


Students complete one core 6-credit-point unit and 18 credit points of elective units.


Core unit


Students complete 18 credit points from the following:

  • ECX9700 Introduction to health economics*
  • ECX9710 Pharmaceutical economics*
  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • ECX9730 Economic evaluation in healthcare*
  • ECX9750 Principles of health economics for developing countries*
  • PGC5002 Patient data and pharmacotherapy I**
  • PGC6007 Introduction to clinical research
  • PGC6005 Journal club
  • PGC6010 Infectious diseases pharmacotherapy
  • PGP5013 Dermatology
  • PGP5014 Clinical educator preparation
  • PGP5015 Geriatric pharmacy practice
  • PGP5016 Geriatric disease state management
  • PGP5017 Mental health
  • PGP5018 Palliative care
  • PGW1101 Biology of wound healing
  • PGW1102 Wound assessment
  • PGW1103 Wound dressings
  • PGW1104 Management of acute wounds
  • PGW1105 Management of chronic wounds
  • PGW5106 Systemic medication and wound healing

* Students cannot undertake more than 12 points of these units or complementary units (PCL5001 and PCL5002).

** Enrolment in this unit is subject to approval. Students are required to be working in an Australian hospital clinical setting.

Minimum grade for articulation

Students who achieve a credit average or above can articulate into the Master of Pharmacy Practice

Progression to further studies

Upon successful completion of this course students who achieve a credit average or above can articulate into course 3467 Master of Pharmacy Practice, or apply for entry to 3454 Master of Clinical Pharmacy or 2985 Master of Wound Care.


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice