UQ Pharmacy students inducted with white coat ceremony
A sea of white coats flanked the University of Queensland’s Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) as first-year students were welcomed at an official ceremony.
The UQ School of Pharmacy hosted the annual Student Engagement Ceremony to welcome new students and present them with their white dispensing coat which is symbolic of the pharmacy profession.
Head of School Professor Nick Shaw said the purpose of the ceremony was to welcome first-year students not only to the UQ Pharmacy School, but also to the profession as a whole.
“We see the ceremony as our opportunity to provide new students with a sense of the history, pride, public service and professionalism that is pharmacy and highlight the responsibility and crucial role that pharmacists play in the healthcare of the community,” Professor Shaw said.
“We hope and trust the ceremony gives students a sense of community, a sense of ‘being’ a professional, both as students and as health professionals in training.”
First-year student Chloe Minns said the event helped the students feel engaged in their learning and development as pharmacy professionals.
“The ceremony helped us hit the ground running. Right from the beginning of this four-year course we aren’t just reading books, we are learning how to behave and feel like pharmacists,” Chloe said.
About the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program at UQ
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.