There are so many avenues to take when you choose to study and work in the pharmacy industry. From community to hospital, defence to sports (and so much more) there is a place for you. With an industry so engaged with students at every stage of their journey, you will be supported in whichever avenue you choose to take.
We’ve built this page because every member of the NAPSA team was once a student deciding if pharmacy was the right path for them. We know the value of current students and industry leaders giving you the push you need to jump into this rewarding degree.
Every day Pharmacists help patients and clinicians understand medications. In many cases we are the last step in ensuring treatment and medication are right for a patient, making us a key member of the health team.
And that doesn’t even scratch the surface…
The industry is entering a very exciting chapter, as prescribing trials pick up pace across the country. Depending on location, Pharmacists are now ensuring greater access to the contraceptive pill, and freeing up multiple burdens on the healthcare system through prescribing other medications. There has never been a better time to get into pharmacy.
Pharmacy students are unique in that from day one, we have the support and keen interest of the entire industry. Professional bodies like those who sponsor NAPSA, offer free membership to students, heavily discounted (or free) conference and event tickets, and education opportunities. Your local NAPSA branch (Link to How to Join page) gives you access to networking opportunities, a quick way to make new friends at the start of your degree, and so much more.
Depending on your university, you will generally study for 4 years in a Bachelor of Pharmacy or 2 years in a Masters of Pharmacy. Upon completion you will be ready for your “Intern Year”, which is a year of full time work under the supervision of an experienced Pharmacist. Once you’ve passed your Intern Exams at the end of that year, the next step is getting registered as a Pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, and that’s it!
Take a look online at the many pharmacy degrees offered by universities across Australia, and find out what works for you. Universities will generally have a clear outline of how the degree is structured, what the requirements for entry are, and anything else you can expect from the course.
Currently these universities offer a course that leads to provisional registration as an Intern Pharmacist:
Information provided through the Australian Pharmacy Council’s list of accredited pharmacy degree programs, current as of November 28 2023.
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