Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Course code3460
Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradCertPharmPracInt
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT

Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in two years. Students have a maximum of three years to complete this course.

Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)

Core units (PGP9011, PGP9012) 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.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Laura Dean


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • As there is on-campus study and a work component to this course, international students residing outside Australia are not eligible. 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.


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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be capable of:

  • 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

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 the Pharmacy Board of Australia websitePharmacy Board of Australia website (


Students who choose the elective unit PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) are required 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 PGP9011 (Applied pharmacy practice 1) and PGP9012 (Applied pharmacy practice 2) 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.


This course consists of two core 6-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.


Students must complete the following core units:

  • PGP9011 Applied pharmacy practice 1
  • PGP9012 Applied pharmacy practice 2

plus 12 points from the following electives:

  • ECC5970 Introduction to health economics
  • ECC5971 Pharmaceutical economics
  • ECC5973 Economic evaluation in healthcare
  • ECC5975 Principles of health economics for developing countries
  • MPH5020 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • PGC5001 Evidence based practice
  • PGC5002 Patient data and pharmacotherapy 1*
  • PGC5005 Journal club
  • PGC5010 Infectious diseases pharmacotherapy
  • PGP5013 Dermatology
  • PGP5014 Clinical educator preparation
  • PGP5015 Geriatric pharmacy practice
  • PGP5016 Geriatric disease state management
  • PGP5017 Mental health
  • PGP5018 Palliative care
  • PGW5101 Biology of wound healing
  • PGW5102 Wound assessment
  • PGW5103 Wound dressings
  • PGW5104 Management of acute wounds
  • PGW5105 Management of chronic wounds
  • PGW5106 Systemic medication and wound healing
  • up to 12 credit points of complementary units.

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

Minimum grade for articulation

In order to progress to 3470 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or 3454 Master of Clinical Pharmacy or 3467 Master of Pharmacy Practice, students must achieve a minimum pass grade as follows:

  • credit (60) average overall.


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship)