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Bachelor of Pharmacy

BA Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy

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Pharmacists play a vital role in the health of individuals and communities. Not only will you dispense medication, as a pharmacist you will work one-on-one with the community, providing advice, support and advocacy to people of all ages and backgrounds.  

Taught at CSU's Orange Campus, the Bachelor of Pharmacy will prepare you for a well-established profession with expanding prospects for the future.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's pharmacy course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in rural, regional and metropolitan health care settings.

    Comprehensive instruction

    Studies in chemistry and biology come together in this course, along with practical instruction in community and hospital pharmacy, dispensing, medication management and health counselling. You will learn the 'soft skills' that allow pharmacists to work effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds, including communication and interpersonal skills, time management, decision-making and problem-solving. You may also participate in specialist areas of study such as rural health, vaccination training and international programs. 

    Rural and regional focus

    CSU is a regional university, which means our courses provide you with a unique perspective and understanding of the health needs of rural and regional Australians - this will also be an advantage if you choose to make your career in larger metropolitan areas.

    Exceptional teaching staff

    Receive personalised attention and instruction from highly-qualified teaching staff, including qualified, registered pharmacists with extensive industry links and experience. You will practice what you are learning in the classroom in state-of-the-art laboratories and a pharmacy simulation setting, along with workplace learning, this ensures that you graduate with the confidence to make your mark.

  • Career opportunities

    Pharmacy can be a mobile career with flexible hours and a wide range of employment opportunities across Australia as well as overseas. Working conditions are generally excellent, with generous starting salaries. 

    Choose where you work

    CSU's Bachelor of Pharmacy will equip you to work in community pharmacies and hospitals and health care settings in rural in regional and metropolitan communities.

    Sales and marketing

    If you're interested in a career that could see you travelling the world take up a sales or marketing role in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Research and clinical trials

    Work for government agencies, research institutions or the private sector here in Australia or overseas.

    With skills relevant to both rural and metropolitan health care, graduates of CSU's Bachelor of Pharmacy are in demand with employers, especially in regional areas across Australia, where there is a critical need for health care professionals.

  • Professional recognition

    Australian Pharmacy CouncilOn completion of a pre-registration period and an examination set by the Pharmacy Board of Australia, you will be able to seek registration recognition in any state in Australia.

    The Bachelor of Pharmacy has been accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. This course qualifies graduates (after completion of the postgraduate internship year) to register nationally with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, under the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency  (AHPRA) umbrella. The qualification is also recognised by the Pharmacy Guild, the Pharmaceutical Society and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

  • Workplace learning

    Students will complete periods of training (i.e. professional placement or externships) primarily in a hospital or community pharmacy. The externships give you the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge to real problems in the practice of pharmacy.

    To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including a 'virtual pharmacy' facility.

    Students will need to purchase a laboratory coat and safety glasses as part of the requirements for laboratory based classes. Students are responsible for the costs of accommodation and travel to clinical placements and are required to purchase and wear the CSU uniform while on clinical placement.


    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.


    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    PHM315 Professional & Business Pharmacy PracticePHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy

    PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1

    PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 256 points:

    BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS208 Human Nutrition
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BMS310 Disease Processes
    BMS313 Infectious Diseases and Applied Immunology
    BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points)
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    CHM219 Organic & Physical Chemistry
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy
    PHM131 Pharmaceutics 1
    PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points)
    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points)
    PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points)
    PHM341 Pharmacokinetics
    PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points)
    PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points)
    PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points)
    PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points)
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Key Subjects
    The course includes the following key subjects:
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2
    PHM215 Pharmacy Practice
    BMS340 Pharmacology
    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2

    Enrolment pattern

    By full-time study

    Session 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy
    STA201 Scientific Statistics

    Session 2
    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    PHM131 Pharmaceutics 1

    Session 3
    BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics
    BCM211 Foundations of Biochemistry
    CHM219 Organic and Physical Chemistry
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points) (commenced)

    Session 4
    BMS313 Infectious Diseases and Applied Immunology
    BMS310 Disease Processes
    PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1
    PHM231 Pharmaceutics 2 (16 points) (completed)

    Session 5
    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points) (commenced)
    BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM341 Pharmacokinetics

    Session 6
    BMS340 Pharmacology (16 points) (completed)
    BMS208 Human Nutrition
    PHM315 Pharmacy Practice 2 (16 points) (completed)
    PHM320 Organic and Medicinal Agents (16 points) (completed)

    Session 7
    PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points) (commenced)
    PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (commenced)

    Session 8
    PHM430 Pharmacotherapeutics (16 points) (completed)
    PHM406 Transition to Practice (16 points) (completed)
    PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (completed)
    PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16 points) (completed)

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    CHM107 Chemistry 1B
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1
    CHM104 Chemistry 1A

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR


    This is a projected cut-off as the additional selection criteria has been removed from this course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYNN214808
    DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYNNISPI
    DirectOn CampusOrangeCGSYNNKSOP
    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    022016K (Orange)

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  • About the School

    The School of Biomedical Sciences

    The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science. School staff are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry and commerce, the professions, and the public sector. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where students are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. The School delivers courses across five CSU campuses at Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following STUDY LINK subjects for this course:

    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS014 - Stepping into Statistics
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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