Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleGradCertPharmPracInt
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Laura Dean


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • International students residing outside Australia are not eligible to enrol in this course. International students located in Australia will need to seek advice as to which visa is appropriate for part time study and full time work. Please contact the faculty for further information.
  • Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in two years. Students have a maximum of three years to complete.
  • Core units (PGP5011, PGP5012) require students to attend eight days on campus during the internship program. These internship seminars are conducted over two full days, four times during the year. Some elective economic units may require attendance on a Monash campus or affiliated location.


This course provides the opportunity to complete an internship program approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and to credit this towards a postgraduate qualification. In addition to the internship program component, students can undertake further study in specific areas of practice by undertaking elective units which cover pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, economics and wound care relevant to pharmacy. It is recommended to complete the internship program (12 credit points) prior undertaking electives.


This course assists pharmacy graduates to make the transition from student to independent, competent professional. It does this by helping interns to:

  • consolidate and build upon the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences gained as an undergraduate
  • apply their knowledge and skills to day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
  • further develop the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills that form the basis of pharmacy practice
  • further develop problem-solving skills and application of professional judgement in patient care
  • work within the ethical and legal framework of the profession
  • explore personal career goals and expectations
  • deal with professional and personal pressures associated with being a pharmacist
  • become a 'life-long learner'.

Maximum credit allowed

12 credit points

Pharmacy Board of Australia provisional registration

Students enrolled in this course must be provisionally registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and have obtained and provided details of an internship position with an approved Preceptor. For details visit


PGP5015 Geriatric pharmacy practice requires students to undertake patient medication history interviews and medication reviews in the student's workplace. Home Medicines Reviews 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

Completion of an accredited intern training program is one of the requirements of the Pharmacy Board of Australia for registration as a pharmacist. The Pharmacy Board of Australia recognises the Internship Training Program (ITP) units PGP5011 and PGP5012 as an accredited intern training program leading to registration.

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 two core 6-credit-point units and 12 points of elective units.

The core units commence in early January. These are completed in the first 12 months and it is recommended that the elective units are completed in the following 12 months.


Core units

  • PGP5011 Applied pharmacy practice I
  • PGP5012 Applied pharmacy practice II


Students complete 12 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
  • PGC5001 Evidence based practice
  • PGC5002 Patient data and pharmacotherapy I*
  • 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

Within the total credit points required for this course, students can also undertake up to 12 credit points of complementary units. For further infromation visit:

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

Minimum grade for articulation

In order to progress to the Master of Pharmacy Practice, students must achieve a minimum pass grade as follows:

  • Credit (60) average


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice
Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship)

The actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, the timing of study, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.