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Pharmacy Practice

The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice is a part-time postgraduate course with two study pathways designed for either pharmacy interns or registered pharmacists.

For Pharmacy interns, this course provides graduates with the training, experience and education required for professional registration as a pharmacist. It incorporates an Intern Training Program into the first year to allow pharmacy graduates to meet the legislative requirements to register as a pharmacist in Australia then complete a formal, postgraduate qualification by undertaking an (optional) additional year of study. This provides a clear extension and continuation of the cross-disciplinary, integrated approach to learning and teaching undertaken at the University of Sydney.

This course is also recommended for registered pharmacists who wish to develop exceptional clinical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice in Australia. Registered pharmacists have the option of completing the course in one year by choosing four other units of study in place of the units relating to the Intern Training Program.


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course Resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is part time.

3 Admission to candidature

Available places may be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admission criteria:
Admission to candidature requires a bachelor's degree or higher award in Pharmacy from the University of Sydney, or qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent.
Applicants must apply for, obtain, and maintain provisional (intern) pharmacist registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia prior to commencing the Intern Training Program component of the course.
Applicants with general (non–intern) pharmacist registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia are also eligible to enrol in the course (excluding the Intern Training Program component).

4 Time Limits

A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate certificate within five calendar years of first enrolment.
All time limits include any period(s) of suspension.

5 Credit for previous study

For units of study offered by the Sydney Pharmacy School, credit will not usually be granted for recognised prior learning older than five years at the time of first enrolment in the unit or course for which credit is sought. For other units of study credit transfer is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Policy.

6 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Units of Study table for the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice a candidate must complete 24 credit points, including core units and electives as specified below:
Applicants who hold current pharmacist practitioner registration upon admission must complete four elective units, which must not include PHAR7111 or PHAR7121 (Intern Training Program).
Applicants who are eligible to undertake the Intern Training Program upon admission must complete PHAR7111 and PHAR7121 plus two elective units.
Upon completion of PHAR7111 and PHAR7121 (the Intern Training Program) candidates are issued an ITP Certificate of Completion to enable their application for pharmacist practitioner registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.