UQ Pharmacy School outlines your career options
The contemporary role of the pharmacist in society is to ensure that patients receive optimal medication therapy. The role of the pharmacist is constantly 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 consistently 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:
1. Community Pharmacy
In community practice pharmacists are involved in many areas.
- 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
2. 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 specialized dosage forms for use in the hospital environment
- Pharmacists who practice 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.
3. Industrial Pharmacy
Pharmacists in industry are involved in
- manufacturing products
- quality control
- marketing of pharmaceutical and medical products
About the University of Queensland Bachelor of Pharmacy
The University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Pharmacy 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.
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2014
Applicants to UQ’s BPharm program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites.
If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.
Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in three years.
Should you receive an offer to study in the UQ Pharmacy School program, you will be eligible to apply for credit and accelerate into Year 2 of your studies. Please note this is only after you have received an offer.