RMIT's first cohort of pharmacy graduates will spend 2015 giving back to their communities during internships in hospitals, health care centres and community pharmacies.
The 40 students from the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program took pride of place at last year's Graduation Ceremony in Melbourne.
Discipline Head, Professor Peter J Little AM, said all the graduates had secured 12-month internship positions, which began after graduation.
"Thirty per cent of the students will be in public hospitals. These are highly competitive and prized positions," he said.
"While most of the internships are in Melbourne, some of the students from country and regional areas are going back to their communities to finish their studies."
RMIT's Pharmacy program was the first new Victorian program in the discipline for more than 100 years.
The four-year honours degree involves clinical placements throughout the program in hospitals and community pharmacies, as well as a final-year clinical research project.
The final-year project involved one group working at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and another at Northern Hospital.
The University has a total of about 200 students in its Pharmacy program, with no more than 50 students in each year.
Professor Little said having such a small student cohort in each year meant they received excellent and personal training in communications, and had the skills required by modern employers.
"Their clinical exams also involve a communications component, and it’s the skills they develop in this area that get them jobs," he said.