Griffith University students now have the option of enrolling in a new four year Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.
Responding to increasing workforce demand for pharmacists, the new program allows students to become eligible for pharmacy registration in a shorter time-frame.
The four year degree which leads graduates to registration as a pharmacist after a 48-week internship program, will be offered full-time or part-time.
“As well as providing an obvious path towards registration as a pharmacist, this program will provide graduates with the ability to seek employment in a range of related areas,” Dr Gary Grant from the School of Pharmacy said.
The program is designed to complement Griffith’s existing suite of pharmacy programs which includes a three year Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science and a one and a half year Master of Pharmacy.
Both programs will continue to prepare students for wide career choices within the sector.
The University will also continue to offer its double degree, Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science/Bachelor of Business.
“The new Bachelor of Pharmacy comes at a perfect time in the run-up to the opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital,” said Dr Grant.
“The new state-of-the-art University Hospital will provide a wealth of opportunities for students to undertake work-integrated learning which will dramatically increase their employability upon graduation.
“Demand for pharmacists remains steady in the traditional areas of community and hospital pharmacy and there is also increasing demand within interdisciplinary health teams, clinical trials, regulatory affairs, research and pharmacovigilance.” Innovative, integrated teaching methods that prepare graduates to contribute to multidisciplinary healthcare teams will be the hallmark for success behind the new program, he added.