This course provides pharmacy interns 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 intern training program component, you can undertake further study in specific areas of practice by completing elective units which cover pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, economics and wound care relevant to pharmacy.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
Course progression map
2 years PT
Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in 1-2 years.
You have a maximum of 3 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Core units require you 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 of Pharmacy Practice
This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- demonstrate integrated knowledge, skills, attitudes and clinical experience beyond that required for entry into the profession to exhibit autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as a pharmacist
- apply advanced integrated knowledge, expert skills and evidence-based (research informed) professional judgment to day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
- work within the ethical and legal framework of the profession and integrate and further develop the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills that form the basis of varying types of pharmacy practice
- synthesise complex information (using advanced problem-solving skills and innovative thinking) to deal with varying challenges in pharmacy practice, based on established clinical and research theories
- reflect on educational, research or clinical theories, and your own knowledge and practice, to develop and implement a personalised plan to achieve career goals and expectations
- manage the professional and personal pressures associated with being a pharmacist
- demonstrate the skills of a 'life-long learner' by identifying knowledge and skill gaps and articulating methods to develop them.
The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Pharmacy intern training program (12 points) and Part B. Advanced elective studies (12 points).
Part A. Pharmacy intern training program
The Graduate Certificate of Pharmacy Practice is an approved course of study for the purpose of registration by the Pharmacy Board of Australia. In this part of the course, you will undertake the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education Intern Training Program (ITP) while developing your skills in the workplace, focusing on the competencies required to practice as a registered pharmacist.
Part B. Advanced elective studies
In this part of the course, you will be able to select from units relevant to pharmacy practice, health economics and wound care.
The course comprises 24 points structured into two parts: Part A. Pharmacy intern training program (12 points) and Part B. Advanced elective studies (12 points).
Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-p4001.pdf) will provide guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Part A. Pharmacy intern training program
You must complete (12 points):
- Applied pharmacy practice 1
- Applied pharmacy practice 2
Part B. Advanced elective studies (12 points)
You must complete two units from the following:
- Introduction to health economics
- HEC5971 Pharmaceutical economics
- Economic evaluation in healthcare
- Principles of health economics for developing countries
- Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
- Evidence-based practice
- Advanced therapeutics 1
- Infectious diseases pharmacotherapy
- Geriatric pharmacy practice
- Geriatric disease state management
- Mental health
- Palliative care
- Foundation practice 1*
- Foundation Practice 2*
- Principles of wound healing
- Wound assessment
- Wound management principles
- up to 12 credit points of complementary unit**
* To enrol in this unit you 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.