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C11294v1 Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (General Practice Pharmacist)

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (General Practice Pharmacist) (GradCertAdvPracGPPharm)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Notes

This course is not offered to international students.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (General Practice Pharmacist) is a one-year, part time course which enables registered pharmacists to develop the skills and knowledge for work as general practice pharmacists, in the aged care sector and/or as members of multidisciplinary primary care teams.

Innovative and practice-based in approach, the course builds on students' professional foundation to provide specialist, comprehensive knowledge relevant to advanced pharmacy practice with a specialty focus on general practice, aged care and primary care. The course includes subjects aimed at developing skills in evidence-based practice, advanced medication management and team-based patient care.

Developed by leading pharmacy academics, primary health network (PHN) partners, and an expert educational designer, the course's subject matter is delivered in an integrated, student-focused manner, making use of simulation spaces and real-world settings and strong links with the pharmacy profession and primary health networks. The course is designed for students concurrently working as pharmacists with 80 per cent of the learning activities completed in a flexible online delivery format. Expert guest lecturers and practitioner teachers are utilised throughout the course to ensure relevance and real-world application of content.

Students undertake clinical placement in general practice settings sourced by UTS throughout the degree. During the one-week on-campus block, learning takes place in the Graduate School of Health's state-of-the-art education and research facility, which opened in July 2019.

Course aims

The course aims to prepare graduates to be advanced practice pharmacists who can succeed in expanded care roles in emerging professional environments, and within changing medical, social, political and regulatory contexts. Going beyond traditional educational models, students are guided in self-directed and problem-based learning to develop leadership skills, gain experience with emerging technologies and build a network of internationally recognised researchers, teachers and pharmacists.

Career options

Career options include: professional pharmacy services; primary health care roles; general practice pharmacist; advanced practice pharmacist; aged care pharmacist; consultancy; roles in education; government and policy roles and non-profit organisations.

Course intended learning outcomes

.01 Demonstrate safe and competent operational, interpersonal and clinical skills for the benefit and care of patients and the wider community.
.02 Reflect on the knowledge, skills and attributes required for the evaluation and integration of emerging evidence into practice, promoting the growth of personal and professional learning, and the education of others.
.03 Analyse and synthesise knowledge of health science concepts and theory, and apply skills of scientific research and clinical reasoning to support decision-making in pharmacy practice.
.04 Engage in team undertakings adopting a range of roles in diverse teams, building cohesion and maximising team contributions.
.05 Demonstrate sound, ethical, compassionate and respectful patient-focussed care, taking responsibility for personal health and wellbeing.
.06 Capably communicate to patients, their families, carers and members of the health care team, contribute to wider health education and promotion, choosing and adapting communication modes to address cultural and linguistic diversity.
.07 Represent pharmacy perspectives in multidisciplinary environments, and optimise patient outcomes through self- awareness and acknowledgement of the contributions of other health care disciplines.
.08 Integrate into daily practice knowledge of health systems and concerns in national and global communities, with awareness of the social and cultural contexts of health to meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities.
.09 Demonstrate respect and value for diverse ways of knowing, being and doing, in particular recognising the diversity of indigenous Australians, while critically reflecting on the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on their health and wellbeing, and integrating this knowledge into practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's or master's of pharmacy degree, or equivalent. In addition, applicants must hold current registration as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent body.

Selected applicants are required to undertake a short interview. Applicants are assessed in the areas of communication skills, interpersonal skills and motivation for pursuing this qualification.

Students who have already obtained Medication Management Review (MMR) Accreditation are eligible to enrol into the Advanced Medication Management stream of this course. All other students are required to enrol into the Standard stream where they undertake accreditation as part of their course.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Local students

Domestic applicants can apply directly or via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applications should include a certified copy of any relevant academic transcript(s), subject outlines, and any other relevant supporting documentation.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered as a one-year, part-time degree.

Course structure

This course comprises a total of 24 credit points. Students undertake a total of three 6-credit-point subjects and one 6-credit-point clinical placement subject.

Course completion requirements

CBK91851 Advanced Practice stream choice (General Practice Pharmacist) 24cp
Total 24cp

Course program

Part-time programs are shown below for both the Standard and the Advanced Medication Management streams.

Standard Stream, Calendar B Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Calendar B Autumn session
96813 Team-Based Patient Care   6cp
96814 Medication Management 1   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
96812 Applied Evidence-Based Practice   6cp
96816 Clinical Placement in General Practice   6cp
Advanced Medication Management Stream, Calendar B Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Calendar B Autumn session
96813 Team-Based Patient Care   6cp
96815 Advanced Medication Management   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
96812 Applied Evidence-Based Practice   6cp
96816 Clinical Placement in General Practice   6cp

Other information

Register to attend an information session and/or contact:

UTS Pharmacy
email gsh.future@uts.edu.au
telephone +61 2 9514 1448