18 October 2010

RMIT launches new Pharmacy degree in 2011

Photo of a pharmacist with a customer

The new degree will qualify students to practise as pharmacists, as well as offering access to careers within biomedical research and the wider pharmaceuticals sector. Image © iStockphoto.

RMIT University's School of Medical Sciences is launching a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree - the first new Pharmacy degree in Melbourne in 129 years.

From 2011, students will be provided with a traditional education leading to registration as pharmacists, as well as access to an array of career opportunities within biomedical research and the wider pharmaceuticals sector.

The program provides cutting-edge training in areas of increasing demand such as pharmacovigilance and clinical trials, offering graduates a wider range of pharmacy-related skills and outcomes in research and the pharmaceutical industry.

Graduates will also have access to research opportunities through RMIT's Health Innovations Research Institute.

Newly appointed Discipline Head of Pharmacy at RMIT, Professor Peter Little, is excited by the prospect of educating a new generation of pharmacists.

"Our students will be provided with a traditional education leading to registration as pharmacists, as well as access to an array of career opportunities within biomedical research and the wider pharmaceuticals sector."

The program will be based at RMIT's Bundoora campus, with an intake of about 40 students.

"We have consciously kept our intake to only a small number of students to allow the development of an innovative and intimate program that focuses on patient interaction," Professor Little said.

"RMIT looks forward to contributing to the health of Victorians through the activities of its students and staff, and subsequently through the provision of pharmacists for the many roles that we envisage for these specialist health professionals."

With newly-developed and modern teaching modules that prepare pharmacists using an integrated study platform, the degree features clinical placement opportunities in both hospital and community pharmacies, as well as the pharmaceutical industry.

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) has granted RMIT preliminary approval for the program as a qualification intended to lead to becoming a pharmacist in Australia and New Zealand.

Recognition of the degree as an appropriate qualification is subject to the granting of provisional accreditation. RMIT becomes eligible to apply for provisional accreditation after about 12 months of teaching.

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