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Study Pharmacy at Charles Sturt University

In 1997, Charles Sturt University (CSU) introduced the Pharmacy degree to help meet the increasing demand for pharmacists, especially in rural areas of Australia. The degree requires four years of full-time study at the Wagga Wagga campus in the new state-of-the-art laboratories. The course emphasises pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical science and biomedical science.  You will learn appropriate dispensing, ethical, clinical, counselling and management skills.

Career Opportunities

Most registered graduates in pharmacy find satisfying and challenging careers as community pharmacists, where they may work as an owner, manager or on a more casual part-time basis in one or more pharmacies.  A number of registered graduates choose employment in hospitals, where they may apply their clinical skills in ensuring the safe supply of medications to the patient or they may be involved in some of the specialist treatment programmes (e.g. cancer therapy).  Other pharmacists work in the pharmaceutical industry, in diverse areas such as sales and marketing, clinical trials or manufacturing and development.  There are career opportunities in government agencies, research institutions and in teaching.  If you are considering a career in industry, research or teaching you should consider the possibility of undertaking post-graduate studies to refine the specialist skills required by those careers.  It is also possible to complete an Honours programme during the four-year degree period. 

Professional Recognition

After graduation from Charles Sturt University, you (in common with all other graduates in pharmacy in Australia) are required to undertake a period of supervised training.  Currently, in New South Wales, this period of pre-registration training is 2000 hours.  The training is structured by The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (NSW Branch) and the Pharmacy Board of New South Wales. At the conclusion of that period of training you will be assessed by both oral and written examinations supervised by the Pharmacy Board, and after those assessments have been passed, you may register and practice pharmacy anywhere in New South Wales.  Pharmacists, registered in NSW, may also seek registration recognition anywhere within the Commonwealth of Australia.

 

Practical Experience

During last four sessions of the course, you will complete training periods (i.e. externships) primarily in hospital or community pharmacy.  Externships give you the chance to apply your knowledge to real problems in Pharmacy. 

 

Admission Requirements

The assumed knowledge is 2U Mathematics, 2U Chemistry and 2U Biology or Physics. Graduates in other disciplines, from recognised tertiary institutions, should apply for entry through UAC and may apply for credit for prior study.  The UAC Course Code is 242704.

 

FEES

The normal HECS fee will be charged for this course.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Dr Ross Kennedy

Telephone (02) 6933 2098

Facsimile (02) 6933 2587

e-mail

School of Biomedical Sciences,

Charles Sturt University,

Locked Bag Box 588,

Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2678.

 

 

 

> Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia

Contact:

Dr Ross Kennedy

Telephone (02) 6933 2098

Facsimile (02) 6933 2587

e-mail

School of Biomedical Sciences,

Charles Sturt University,

Locked Bag Box 588,

Wagga Wagga, 

NSW, 2678.

 

 

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