Why choose this program?
OP 1 to 6 Guarantee
If you receive an OP 1-6 or equivalent and meet subject prerequisites, you're guaranteed a place in this program.
It provides a balanced education in the pharmaceutical sciences and a pathway to professional pharmacy or drug research, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other health industries.
If you intend to be a pharmacist, graduation from this degree gives you direct entry to the 1.5 year Master of Pharmacy program at the Gold Coast campus. These two integrated programs, followed by the 48-week pharmacist internship-training program, lead to registration as a pharmacist.
From 2014, students with a bachelors degree from a recognised Australian university (or equivalent) in a science or health science discipline completed within the past ten years, who meet specific admission requirements, will be eligible for up to 150 credit points of advanced standing towards the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science.
There are a number of entry pathways available for this program:
- Domestic students
- International students
- Students with a Bachelors degree from a recognised Australian university (or equivalent) in a science or health science discipline (students in this pathway commence in Summer semester)
Before I enrol
Working with children check
Before undertaking professional placements, all students in this program are required to:
- undergo the Working with children check; and
- be issued with a Blue Card*; and
- provide a copy of the Blue Card to the Placement Officer for the program who will sight the original before accepting the copy.
[*] The Blue Card must be renewed by the student, upon expiration, throughout the duration of study. Students may be asked to present their Blue Card to facility staff on the first day of each placement and should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending placement.
The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application form. Further information may be obtained from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, the Placement Officer or from any Student Centre. Blue Card applications can be obtained from the following website and completed forms can be lodged at a Student Centre. There is no cost to a student if you apply for a Blue Card through a Student Centre.
Students in this program may undertake placement in Queensland and New South Wales. As such, students are required to comply with both the Queensland Health Policy for Immunisation of Health Care Workers and the New South Wales Policy Directive for Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases.
Before undertaking professional placements, all students must provide evidence of immunisation status to demonstrate compliance with Queensland Health and New South Wales Health policies as follows:
- it is a mandatory requirement for all health care worker students to be vaccinated against the Hepatitis B Virus and provide serological evidence of immunity and
- New South Wales Health requires health care worker students be immunised against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella Zoster virus, Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and to undergo Tuberculosis screening.
Practitioners (including student practitioners) undertake exposure prone procedures. In accordance with Queensland Health, NSW Health and Griffith Health policy, individuals infected with a blood-borne virus (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV) must not undertake exposure prone procedures. Infected students are encouraged to seek counselling in relation to personal health measures and training and career issues.
It is the student's responsibility to meet any costs associated with compliance to the immunisation requirements. Please note that several months may be required to complete the prescribed courses of immunisation required for this program.
Students will need to provide evidence of the 3-dose Hepatitis B vaccine regimen (a serology report) to the Placement Officer prior to the census date in Semester 1/Year 3. Students who enter the program through the Prior Qualifications pathway will need to provide evidence of the 3-dose Hepatitis B vaccine regimen (a serology report) to the Placement Officer prior to the census date in Semester 1/Year 1.
Students should also refer to the Immunisation and Infectious Disease policy on the Placement Essentials website.
National police records check
Before undertaking professional placements, all students in this program are required to:
- complete a National Police Check [code number 37] through the Australian Federal Police (students are not required to undertake a fingerprint check); and
- be issued with an Australian Federal Police National Police Check*; and
- provide a copy of the Check to the Placement Officer for the program, who will sight the original before accepting the copy.
[*] The Australian Federal Police National Police Check is valid for three years and may need to be renewed during a student's duration of study.
Students attending a New South Wales Health or Aged Care facility may be required to present their Australian Federal Police National Police Check to facility staff on the first day of each placement. Without this evidence, they will be asked to leave the placement.
Students may not attend aged care facilities if they have a criminal history that precludes them (under the Aged Care Act 1997) from undertaking placement in an aged care facility. For further information, refer to the Department of Health and Ageing. Students who are unable to complete the required components of their professional qualification may have their enrolment in the program terminated. In these circumstances, every effort will be made by the University to facilitate transfer of the student to another program where there are no professional placement restrictions.
It is the student's responsibility to obtain and submit the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) application form (from the following website) and to meet the application costs.
Criminal history check
The relevant Health Practitioner Registration Board has a statutory responsibility, when determining an applicant's eligibility for registration, to ensure that applicants for registration are fit to practise the profession. To meet this responsibility under the Health Practitioners Registration Act 2001, the relevant Board will consider the applicant's criminal history as defined in the Act. Students with a criminal history should consult their Health Practitioner Registration Board for any restrictions on registration and practice.
My attendance during the program
The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is offered full-time and part-time on-campus at the Gold Coast campus.
As a full-time student you will generally attend 22-24 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the semester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.
You will be classed as a part-time student if you enrol in less than 30 credit points per semester. This may affect entitlement to Centrelink benefits. International students must maintain a full-time study load. For further information, contact the Program Convenor.
To be classed as a full-time student you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points (CP) each semester. This may affect your entitlement to Centrelink benefits. Minimum CP for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
In order to ensure recency of knowledge, skills and professional competence, the Australian Pharmacy Council requires that students complete the awards of both the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science and Master of Pharmacy or Master of Pharmacy (Honours) within ten years in order to remain eligible for the Pharmacy Intern Training Program.
Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.
In Semesters 1 and 2 of your final year, you are required to undertake unpaid placements which requires full-time attendance at a pharmaceutical workplace on a few occasions. Some placements may be outside the Gold Coast area.
These pre-placement requirements also apply to work-integrated learning placements.
Students who are unable to provide documentary evidence of compliance or who have not otherwise met the identified pre-placement requirements by specified deadlines will be ineligible to attend their placement. Therefore, these students will not be permitted to enrol in the relevant course or will be administratively withdrawn from that course. No academic or financial penalty will apply where a student's enrolment is withdrawn under these circumstances.
The University's professional placement requirements are consistent with current State and Federal requirements. Students must also comply with the requirements of the facility providing the placement. Additionally, there may be other requirements then those detailed that must be met.
Professional placement requirements are subject to change. The University will endeavour to notify students within a reasonable timeframe of changes or additions to these requirements.
Students should refer to the following websites for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placements to ensure compliance and eligibility for professional placement:
For students with prior qualifications:
Students who have been admitted with prior qualifications, for example, those students with a recognised Bachelors degree, must hold a Pharmacy Guild of Australia S2/S3 Training Certificate in order to undertake their placement. Students who do not already hold a Pharmacy Guild of Australia S2/S3 Training Certificate must undertake the required training prior to commencement of Semester 1 of the program independently, at their own cost.
What are the fees?
Commonwealth supported students
This program has Commonwealth supported places available in 2014.
- Commonwealth supported students make a student contribution towards the cost of their courses, while the majority of the cost is subsidised by the Australian Government.
- Students are liable for the student contribution charge for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
- HECS-HELP is a loan scheme which provides eligible Commonwealth supported students with assistance in paying their student contribution charge.
- Student contribution amounts are set by the Australian Government on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students
- A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
- Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
- The tuition fee charged is applicable to the semester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science (1242)
Year Fee Category / Band Fee per CP Tuition Fee per EFTSL ( 80 cp) 2014 FPUG Band 9 $253.00 $20,240.00 2013 FPUG Band 9 $243.00 $19,440.00 2012 FPUG Band 9 $234.00 $18,720.00
Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.
- Calculating the tuition fee for an individual course in a degree program
- Fees and Charges Policy:
- Schedule E - Fees for Undergraduate Students (Non-international)
- Financial help and support
My opportunities after graduation
My career opportunities
As a graduate, you'll have a pathway to professional pharmacy, drug research, or a career in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or other health industries. You will also have a good basis for further postgraduate training in a health professional area other than pharmacy.
A pharmacy career is open to those who continue on to Griffith's postgraduate Master of Pharmacy, followed by pharmacist intern training.
Students who graduate will gain direct entry into the Master of Pharmacy degree, which requires 18 months of full-time study at the Gold Coast campus. To seek registration as a pharmacist, graduates from the Masters degree will be required to complete 48 weeks of Intern training and comply with all other statutory requirements.
The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council when articulated with the Master of Pharmacy or Master of Pharmacy with Honours.