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.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

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

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent 4 years

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time 4 years

Master of Science

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time 2 years

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.