Pharmacy

Why study Pharmacy?

By understanding the properties and impacts of medicines and developing the skills required to counsel patients about their use, pharmacists have the opportunity to improve health and even save lives.

This course aims to prepare you for a rewarding career in pharmacy. You'll focus on achieving excellence in provisions of clinical services and reviewing medication for safety and effectiveness.

You'll develop skills in drug development, action and use in disease states, medication review, counselling and communication. The aim is for you understand the effects and best use of medications and the role of medicines in responsible healthcare.

You'll practise in our model pharmacy at the Bendigo campus, to help you develop your communication and patient-service skills.

La Trobe University students have won the Victorian Pharmacy Student of the Year competition six times in the last seven years, and in 2013 Rebecca Boschert won the National title.

Professional recognition

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Career opportunities

This degree equips you for work in any pharmacy setting, including rural, metropolitan, community and hospital pharmacy. It gives you the chance to forge strong relationships with other health professionals, and it qualifies you to provide pharmacy services within the Australian Defence Forces.

Many pharmacy students go on to run their own pharmacy businesses, where others find great reward and stimulation as a pharmacist in a hospital. As pharmacy is largely a science-based discipline, graduates have also moved into roles in biotechnology, food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paints, environmental science, environmental management and teaching.

Notes regarding eligibility and admission criteria

  1. The accreditation status of the Pharmacy course is available through the website of the Australian Pharmacy Council.
  2. English language proficiency requirements for local and international students are listed below.
  3. As part of the requirements for the Bachelor of Pharmacy, all students must undertake experiential placements. Students are automatically registered for this program upon enrolment, but must undergo a police check.
  4. Students applying for advanced standing are considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to the course pre-requisites being met. This individual assessment is done at enrolment.
  5. Defined affirmative action policies for students are given on the Equality and Diversity Centre webpage.
  6. The standards for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia are given on the PBA website.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are Clearly In ATAR Rank as a quick guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. Additional information on the 2017 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

2018

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 65.8
Year
2018
About this course
This degree develops your understanding of how medicines impact, improve and change people's lives. You'll gain knowledge of our healthcare system and how pharmacists support patient care.

Based in Bendigo, you'll have access to our on-campus training pharmacy, where you'll practise patient communication skills and learn how to work as the link between medical practitioners and the public.

In the first two years of your course you'll study science fundamentals along with introductory pharmacy practice subjects. For the remaining three years, you'll focus on specific pharmacy subjects such as legislation and practice, therapeutics, complementary medicine and the quality use of medicines. You'll also examine public health issues in rural and remote Australia, and graduate with an Honours level degree.

During your degree, you'll participate in a range of community and hospital placements where you'll develop practical pharmacy skills.
Career opportunities
After graduation you'll be eligible to complete a one-year supervised internship and take the Australian Pharmacy Board exams to qualify as a professional pharmacist.

After this internship you'll also be able to register and practice as a pharmacist in hospitals, community health or even for large-scale organisations such as the Australian Defence Force. Other science-based career opportunities include working in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, as well as postgraduate research positions in chemistry, pharmacology and microbiology.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). Professional registration as a Pharmacist requires an application to the professional body (The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), after graduation from the La Trobe University Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree, and has additional requirements beyond the completion of the degree. These requirements include the completion of supervised pre-registration training, as well as assessments. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) may be eligible to apply for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia as a pharmacist. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 25 in any mathematics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Costs
Additional costs include up to A$30 for a laboratory coat and safety glasses. You can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain your personal property.

Clinical experience involves travel and accommodation costs, estimated on the basis of a maximum of A$500 per full-time week of placement, and these costs may vary. First year (travel only) - up to A$20; second year (one-week placement) - up to A$500; third year (one-week placement) - up to A$500; fourth year (up to 6 weeks' placement) - up to A$3000.

Please note: international students cannot claim reimbursements of their travel and accommodation costs for placements.

Students undertaking practical placements within healthcare agencies are required to undergo a National Police check (approximate cost A$16) and a Working with Children Check.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution.

If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December. Late direct applications may be accepted.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
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See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2018

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (069561G)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
43 400
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
This degree develops your understanding of how medicines impact, improve and change people's lives. You'll gain knowledge of our healthcare system and how pharmacists support patient care.

Based in Bendigo, you'll have access to our on-campus training pharmacy, where you'll practise patient communication skills and learn how to work as the link between medical practitioners and the public.

In the first two years of your course you'll study science fundamentals along with introductory pharmacy practice subjects. For the remaining three years, you'll focus on specific pharmacy subjects such as legislation and practice, therapeutics, complementary medicine and the quality use of medicines. You'll also examine public health issues in rural and remote Australia, and graduate with an Honours level degree.

During your degree, you'll participate in a range of community and hospital placements where you'll develop practical pharmacy skills.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.5.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; and a study score of at least 25 in any mathematics.
Additional costs
Additional costs include up to A$30 for a laboratory coat and safety glasses. You can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain your personal property.

Clinical experience involves travel and accommodation costs, estimated on the basis of a maximum of A$500 per full-time week of placement, and these costs may vary. First year (travel only) - up to A$20; second year (one-week placement) - up to A$500; third year (one-week placement) - up to A$500; fourth year (up to 6 weeks' placement) - up to A$3000.

Please note: international students cannot claim reimbursements of their travel and accommodation costs for placements.

Students undertaking practical placements within healthcare agencies are required to undergo a National Police check (approximate cost A$16) and a Working with Children Check.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). Professional registration as a Pharmacist requires an application to the professional body (The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), after graduation from the La Trobe University Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree, and has additional requirements beyond the completion of the degree. These requirements include the completion of supervised pre-registration training, as well as assessments. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Please note that if you wish to complete the supervised pre-registration training in Australia, you require a relevant visa.
Career opportunities
This degree aims to equip you for work in any pharmacy setting, including rural pharmacies. It also gives you the chance to forge strong relationships with other health professionals, and it qualifies you to provide pharmacy services within the Australian Defence Forces.

Many pharmacy graduates contribute to the health of communities by offering their services in community pharmacy, where others find great reward and stimulation as a pharmacist working in a hospital environment. As pharmacy is a very mobile profession, some people choose to live and work as a pharmacist in diverse parts of Australia, as well as other countries. But these arent the only career options. As pharmacy is largely a science-based discipline, graduates have also moved into roles in a range of areas including biotechnology, food sciences, pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, paints, environmental science, environmental management, teaching and government policy making.

As a pharmacy graduate, you can also consider postgraduate research (Masters or PhD) in diverse areas like biotechnology, environmental chemistry, microbiology, pharmacy practice, pharmacology and pharmacogenomics.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Bachelor of Pharmacy - Dr Joe Tucci

Dr Joe Tucci discusses the benefits of studying the Bachelor of Pharmacy at La Trobe University

Natale D'Onofrio,
Bachelor of Pharmacy

"I believe that my course is going to give me a number of different career opportunities."

Pharmacy placements

Work placements are integrated throughout the course. To qualify as a professional pharmacist you'll complete a one-year internship under the supervision of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency after you graduate.

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.