Bachelor of Pharmacy
The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is a well established, professionally accredited learning framework that is well-received by both students and the profession. The program has evolved into one of the country's most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally.
The undergraduate program runs over 4 years, full time, after which graduates are eligible to complete a 48 week paid internship in either community or hospital pharmacy.
On completion of the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and internship, graduates are eligible for registration as a pharmacist in Australia.
The program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimise medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical, and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years.
Students accepted into UQ's School of Pharmacy enter a progressive, industry-driven educational environment that consistently employs and sets new standards in professional preparation. Students enjoy the support of a highly experienced and supportive team of award-winning academic staff, as well as state-of-the-art facilities offered within the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE).
The program is structured around six themes comprising:
- Quality Use of Medicines
- Dosage Form Design
- Drug Discovery
- Data Analysis in Pharmacy
- Biological Fate of Drugs
- Social and Professional Aspects of Pharmacy
The ‘Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics’ major caters for graduates who wish to pursue a research focussed career in their future practice in hospital pharmacy, in the pharmaceutical industry, or in academia.
Find out more about the major.
The contemporary role of the pharmacist in society is to ensure that patients receive optimal medication therapy.
The role of the pharmacist is contantly growing, and their place within the healthcare team is vital to ensure quality use of medicines in a range of settings.
As the demand for skilled professionals increases, UQ Pharmacy graduates consistantly enjoy an employment rate of 100% (for those who choose to seek employment within the industry).
There are three main areas of practice for registered pharmacists, these are:
In community practice pharmacists are involved in many areas, including:
- Providing information to the patient about their prescribed medications and dosage. For example, how and when to use the medication, what side effects may occur and how to deal with them
- Monitoring role - checking for appropriate dosage, drug interactions, adverse reactions, contra-indications, and compliance with prescribed therapy
- Providing medication information to other health care professionals
Primary health care:
- Assist members of the community with the identification and treatment of both major and minor ailments
- Being accessible to the public as a source of advice on the prevention of illness and the promotion of good health
Clinical (Hospital) Pharmacy
Membership of a professional health care team
- preparing and supplying medication for outpatients and patients in the wards
- compounding and quality assessment of specialised dosage forms for use in the hospital environment
- Pharmacists who practise their profession in the wards are directly involved in ensuring optimal medication therapy for patients by devising regimens specific to individual patients and monitoring patient's progress.
- Drug Information and Poisons Centres are staffed by pharmacists whose task is to provide information to other health care professionals to assist with therapeutic decision making.
Consultant pharmacists are accredited to perform medication reviews in people's homes (Home Medicin Reviews - HMRs) or in aged care facilities (Residential Medication Management Reviews - RMMRs) in collaboration with General Practitioners. The role of the accredited pharmacists is to advise patients and their general practitioners on how to optimise medication management.
Pharmacists in industry are involved in:
- manufacturing products
- quality control
- marketing of pharmaceutical and medical products
- testing, research and development of new or improved products