Graduate Certificate of Pharmacy Practice - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

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.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017 and 2016

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.

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

Off-campus (Parkville)

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.


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.


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

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

  1. 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
  2. apply advanced integrated knowledge, expert skills and evidence-based (research informed) professional judgment to day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. manage the professional and personal pressures associated with being a pharmacist
  7. 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 ( will provide guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Part A. Pharmacy intern training program

You must complete (12 points):

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

Part B. Advanced elective studies (12 points)

You must complete two units from the following:

  • HEC5970 Introduction to health economics
  • HEC5971 Pharmaceutical economics
  • HEC5973 Economic evaluation in healthcare
  • HEC5975Not offered in 2019 Principles of health economics for developing countries
  • MPH5020 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • PGC5101 Evidence-based practice
  • PGC5102 Advanced therapeutics 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
  • 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.