Is the Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Program accredited for CPD points?

The Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Program is not accredited for CPD. However, all of the learning activities and assessment can contribute to your CPD log. You will need to document the individual activities and assessment items as Level 1, 2 or 3 as appropriate.

What happens if I live interstate? Do I have to attend any face-to-face sessions?

The program will be delivered fully online allowing pharmacists from all over Australia, practicing in a variety of clinical settings, to enroll and participate.

3-4 online tutorials per semester per course will held using a virtual classroom with input from leading experts. PHRM 7010, 7030 and 7040 tutorials will be held in on Thursday evenings (7-9pm), Brisbane time. PHRM 7051, 7060 and 7021 tutorials will be held on Tuesdays evenings (7-9pm), Brisbane time.

Tutorial attendance is an important component of the program. You are expected to attend at least 2 of the 3 tutorials per semester per course.

Exams for some courses are held in November and can be undertaken online from any location. 

Will I get to interact with my classmates?

A learning community model will enable students to share experiences and learn from and with each other to develop professional networks. 

There will be some group learning tasks online to prepare for tutorials, but most learning activities, including Group Blogs and assignments will be completed and assessed independently. And of course you will network with other students and course coordinators at the weekend intensives.

In addition to this, optional (non-compulsory) intensive weekends in Brisbane will be offered for PHRM 7010 (in March) and for PHRM 7040 (in Aug). These willprovide an opportunity to meet other students you will be working with in the program as well as the course coordinators. Attendance at the intensive will provide credit for some online content and assessment for the respective course.

The intensives will be delivered in a workshop format and small group work, facilitated by experienced practitioners, to maximise interactivity and the development of clinical skills. Facilitating evidence based practice by otpimising communication with patients and the healthcare team to improve outcomes will be a key theme.

How do I get started?

There are 2 intakes each year, commencing in Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July). For details about enrollment, please visit the UQ Programs and Courses website.

How many hours will I need to study each week?

It is anticipated that an average of 10 hours per week per course are required, although this can vary.

Can I apply for credit?

The Head of School is able to grant credit for prior studies. For example, you may have completed postgraduate level pharmacy subjects elsewhere, which you believe may be equivalent to UQ’s clinical pharmacy courses. 

If you wish to apply for credit, please fill in details on the online application form, and attach detailed subject outlines of your prior studies to your application, as well as a certified copy of your official academic transcript of results so that an assessment can be made.

Can I take some time off from my studies?

If you are unable to study for a semester and wish to interrupt your studies, you can do so by simply not enrolling in a subsequent semester. 

If you are already enrolled and no longer wish to study in a certain semester, you must cancel your enrolment via mySI-net before the census date, to avoid financial liability. Please seehttp://www.uq.edu.au/myadvisor/interrupting-studies for further information. 

International students please note that interruptions to your study are only permitted in compelling or compassionate circumstances and prior approval must be sought in all cases. Please refer to the website above for further details.

Do I need to complete my studies within a certain amount of time?

If you do not complete the program within the time limits specified in the General Award Rules, you may lose credit and will be required to do additional work to complete the program. 

Please refer to the General Award Rules at the University Rules page. Refer to “Section 1.8 Cancellation of Credit” for details.

Can I exit with a lower reward?

You may request approval from the Executive Dean to exit with a lower award. 

For example, if you initially enrol in a Master of Clinical Pharmacy and find that you can no longer continue studies after completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma component, you may apply to exit with the award for which you have satisfied the requirements.  

What are the career and professional development opportunities following postgraduate study?

The programs produce graduates who have developed knowledge, skills and understanding of practice to prepare them for a range of current and emerging roles. These opportunities include: 

  • Advancement as a hospital pharmacist
  • NPS facilitators
  • Accreditation to conduct home medication reviews and aged care reviews
  • Introduction of new practices in your community pharmacy
  • Pharmacist-led outpatient clinics
  • Pharmacists in GP practices 
  • Academia
  • Pharmaceutical care and the quality use of medicines
  • Advisors in primary health care organisations, e/g/ Medicare Locals
  • Clinical pharmacy research
  • Pharmacy management

Does completing the Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Program provide accreditation to perform Medication Reviews?

No. Completing this program will provide you with a sound base to prepare you to undertake the accreditation process through SHPA or AACP.