P4001 - Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship) - 2017

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Admission and fees


Course progression map

P4001 (pdf)

Course type

Graduate certificate

Standard duration

2 years PT

Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in 1-2 years. Students have a maximum of three years to complete this course.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Parkville)

Core units 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 economics units may require attendance on a Monash campus or affiliated location.


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship)


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia.


This course provides the opportunity to complete an intern training program accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council 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 http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.htmlhttp://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html)[Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes]].

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

  1. consolidate and build upon the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences gained as an undergraduate
  2. apply knowledge and skills to day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
  3. integrate and further develop the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills that form the basis of pharmacy practice
  4. demonstrate problem-solving skills and application of evidence based (research informed) professional judgements in a range of patient care situations
  5. work within the ethical and legal framework of the profession
  6. articulate and plan to achieve personal career goals and expectations
  7. manage the professional and personal pressures associated with being a pharmacist
  8. demonstrate the skills of a 'life-long learner'.


The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship) is an approved course of study for the purpose of registration by the Pharmacy Board of Australia. The course is structured in two parts comprising an intern training program and elective study.


The course comprises 24 points structured into two parts. Part A. Pharmacy intern training program (12 points) and Part B. Advanced elective study (12 points).

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-p4001.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Students complete:

Part A. Pharmacy intern training program

Students complete two units (12 points):

  • PGP5011 Applied pharmacy practice 1
  • PGP5012 Applied pharmacy practice 2

Part B. Advanced elective study

Students complete two units (12 points) from the following:

  • 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
  • PGC5101 Evidence based practice
  • PGC5102 Patient data and pharmacotherapy 1
  • PGC5110 Infectious diseases pharmacotherapy
  • PGC5113 Dermatology
  • PGC5115 Geriatric pharmacy practice
  • PGC5116 Geriatric disease state management
  • PGC5117 Mental health
  • PGC5118 Palliative care
  • PGP5021 Foundation practice 1*
  • PGP5022 Foundation Practice 2*
  • PGW5201 Principles of wound healing
  • PGW5202 Wound assessment
  • PGW5203 Wound management principles
  • PGW5204 Acute and chronic wounds
  • up to 12 credit points of complementary unit**

* To enrol in this unit students must be working under the supervision of a Monash-credentialed pharmacy preceptor, trained through a program of Monash-credentialed workplace learning, at a Monash-credentialed workplace.

** Units will be assessed by the course director, to ensure the proposed units are not substantially similar to units offered within the faculty and offer equivalency of content and learning outcomes, and whether there is significant educational advantage for the proposed program of study.