Pharmacy Intern Training Program

UQ’s Pharmacy Intern Training Program (ITP) provides intern pharmacists with specialised training and skills in pharmacy practice.

About the program

UQ’s ITP is an integrated, flexible program with a blended mix of course delivery.

It is a requirement to complete an ITP as part of the Pharmacy Board of Australia's registration standards to be eligible to apply for pharmacist registration in Australia.

You’ll learn via workplace activities, online self-paced background study material and online group discussions, all of which are supported by interactive face-to-face seminars focusing on hands-on, small-group learning.


What you'll learn

You will develop and apply knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • pharmacy legal and professional requirements
  • primary health care
  • communication of health and medical information
  • therapeutics
  • clinical pharmacy
  • dispensing, dispensing procedures and risk management
  • patient interviewing and medication review
  • drug interactions and adverse drug reactions
  • identifying and managing prescription problems
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • medicines information
  • complementary medicines
  • evidence based practice
  • calculations
  • health promotion and harm minimisation.


Upgrade your qualifications

While completing your ITP at UQ, you will be enrolled in a Graduate Certificate of Pharmacy Practice (GCPharmPrac).

Our unique program combines academic excellence with pharmacy practice to provide you the opportunity to build on your ITP year and obtain formal postgraduate qualifications.

Once you have completed the ITP component of the program, if you choose to complete one more semester of part-time study you will be awarded a GCPharmPrac.

Completing a GCPharmPrac will provide credit towards a postgraduate clinical pharmacy program at UQ.


Why choose UQ?

  • Study with one of the only accredited ITP providers in Queensland.
  • Registration success: the UQ ITP has a consistently high pass rate for both the written and oral PharmBA registration exams.
  • Our program caters for both hospital and community pharmacists.
  • Have the support of the University but also enjoy being part of a small, cohesive cohort.
  • Our cohort is usually a 50:50 split. This allows for greater discussion amongst your peers and easy identification of gaps in your knowledge or experience.
  • Cover topics other than clinical scenarios that will improve your employability such as:
    • cultural competency
    • working in a team
    • wellness and self-care
    • interprofessional collaboration, and more.

This ITP is offered in conjunction with the National Alliance of Pharmacy Education (NAPE).


Places and applications

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for Australian citizens, permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens. Please note that places are limited and allocated on the basis of academic merit.

Please note, the indicated fees are for a full-time, full-fee paying two year program, please contact the School for further information on fees for the ITP.

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