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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleSingleUnitPGPharm
Total credit points required12
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)
Contact details

Course coordinator

Laura Dean


  • Off-shore international students are not eligible to enrol in this program. As this program is not CRICOS registered, international students located in Australia who wish to undertake this program must apply for the appropriate visa through DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship). Further information can be found at:
  • Part-time study only
  • Attendance is required on-campus for four two-day seminars during the year.


This non-award pharmacy internship program is designed to assist pharmacy graduates with the transition from student to independent, competent pharmacy professional. It helps interns build upon the knowledge and skills gained as an undergraduate and apply these in their practice as a pharmacist.

The course enhances problem-solving and pharmacy practice skills as it explores relevant professional issues through pharmacist-moderated online discussion forums, seminars (lectures and tutorials) and computer-assisted learning packages.


The pharmacy internship program aims to help interns build upon the knowledge and skills gained as an undergraduate and apply these in their practice as a pharmacist.

Professional recognition

The course is approved by the Pharmacy Board of Victoria and the Pharmacy Board of the Australian Capital Territory as a pharmacy internship training program.


Students complete two core units, commencing in mid January and finishing in late September each year.


Students complete:

  • VCP5011 Applied pharmacy practice I
  • VCP5012 Applied pharmacy practice II

The units are comprised of online case-based discussions, led by moderators who are practicing pharmacists, and seminars. There are four two-day seminars each year, including lectures and small group tutorials. Students will also complete computer-assisted learning packages in pharmacy calculations and law, and prepare a learning portfolio, continuing professional development requirements, participation in the National Prescribing Service self-audits and case studies.

Detailed guides for the online discussions are provided to the intern's workplace preceptor, to enable the preceptor's involvement in the program.

Assessment is by seminar attendance, online discussion group participation, online quizzes, and submission of a learning portfolio and record of continuing professional development.