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Pharmacy student in pharmacy setting

Pharmacy

Bachelor Honours Degree

BH-PHARM

Course
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 80
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Offers practical experience as well as a theoretical grounding in the discipline of pharmacy.

Students using a digital screen of a skeleton

Professional recognition

Professionally accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

The goal of pharmacy care is to maximise positive healthcare outcomes and improve patients’ quality of life with minimum risk.

In your first year you will learn the foundations of biochemistry, physiology and pharmacy practice. Your first year will also cover interprofessional healthcare and you will study alongside students from other health science degrees.

In your following years, you will study pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, antimicrobial chemotherapy, pharmacology and pharmacotherapy. You will also continue to develop your pharmacy practice skills.

Please note you must complete each year of this course before commencing the next. 

You will complete a minimum of 12 weeks of clinical placements during the course and there are opportunities for you to take your placements interstate and overseas in hospitals, the community or in industry. Pharmacy students undertake over 400 hours of professional placements prior to graduation.

Take a Google Maps virtual tour of our model pharmacy suite.

 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

 

Why study

  • This is the only undergraduate course in Western Australia that leads to eligibility for registration as a pharmacist.
  • Staff are committed to delivering innovative and excellent teaching to enable learning.
  • Curtin has a new, modern model dispensary.
  • The curriculum reflects contemporary practice.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and is the only accredited undergraduate pharmacy course in Western Australia.

Professional Registration

After completing your degree, you will need to complete an internship of 1,824 hours (approximately one year full-time) before you can register as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Professional Recognition

This degree is recognised worldwide, although in some countries you may have to do additional training.

Career information

  • Consultant Pharmacist
  • Compounding Pharmacist
  • Drug Information Pharmacist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Clinical Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacologist (Non-clinical)

What you'll learn

  • apply extensive knowledge and cognitive skills with initiative and judgement in professional pharmacy practice, and contribute to evidence-based practice through scholarship and research
  • apply critical thinking, creativity and reflection to plan and execute project work and/or provide solutions to complex pharmaceutical problems with intellectual independence
  • access, review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information to resolve clinical, professional and scientific problems in pharmacy
  • communicate effectively as a pharmacist with a variety of audiences to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas for professional and research purposes
  • utilise pharmacy software and technology for pharmacy practice, scholarship and research purposes
  • demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning as a pharmacist
  • provide pharmaceutical services, and undertake pharmacy practice research, with sensitivity to political, social, cultural, geographical, technological and global influences
  • engage in high-quality, ethical and culturally-competent pharmaceutical service delivery and research as appropriate to individuals, as well as broader sociocultural contexts
  • work collaboratively and ethically within complex and dynamic practice and research parameters; demonstrating sophisticated skills for numeracy, literacy, technical writing and interpersonal communication

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry : Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry : Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 80 OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry : Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from semester one 2019, you need to have:

  • completed 100 credits with a CWA of 70% or higher; and
  • an academic status of Good Standing; and 
  • met the pre-requisite.

To switch into this course from semester one 2020, you need to have:

  • completed 150 credits with a CWA of 70% or higher; and
  • an academic status of Good Standing; and 
  • met the pre-requisite.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with either:

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry
  • CHEM1001 Biological Chemistry

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 150 credits, with a Course Weighted Average (CWA) of 70% or higher; and
    • an academic status of Good Standing; and
    • completed equivalent units to meet prerequisites, if an ATAR of 80 was not previously achieved. Students must have completed units equivalent to the first semester of studies in this course; or
  • completed 75 credits or more within one semester, with an SWA of 70% or higher; and
    • an academic status of Good Standing; and
    • completed equivalent units to meet prerequisites if an ATAR of 80 was previously achieved. Students must have completed units equivalent to the first semester of studies in this course.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants should be aware that Pharmacy can be a demanding course, with a number of Inherent Requirements for students. Applicants are expected to have read the Inherent Requirements and self-assessed their suitability and capacity to complete the course.

Please note: you must complete each year of this course before commencing the next.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,530*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Intensive Study Period 1, Semester 1, Semester 2 and Study Period 1

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: BH-PHARM
  • CRICOS code: 096304A
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019