What are credit transfers at the UQ School of Pharmacy?

Okay, you’ve got a Bachelor of Science. Now what?

If you’re applying to the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of Queensland, a lot, actually!

The UQ School of Pharmacy does not expect students to repeat learning that has been successfully completed at a similar level and standard elsewhere, where that work is substantially the same in content and standard as that required for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

What are credit transfers at UQ Pharmacy School?
Study pharmacy at UQ
Study pharmacy at UQ
This means that many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).  If credit is awarded for all courses below students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrolment and complete the program in three years instead of four!

Credit is most commonly awarded for the following UQ courses:

BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms
The course covers the fundamental concepts that allow complex organisms to function, with some focus on the human body and other higher organisms. Key concepts include basic cellular transport and signalling mechanisms, neuronal structure and function, motor mechanisms and locomotion, circulation and gas exchange, and the endocrine system. Of key importance is the integration of different concepts as they apply to the structure and function of different regions of the entire organism.

BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution
Students undertaking this course will examine the fundamental building blocks of life: cells and genes. Students will explore the connections between physical processes at the molecular level and whole organism phenotype and identify how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

BIOM1052 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Pharmacy
Students will be introduced to the structural features of major tissues and organs as a basis to an understanding of their physiological function. Systems to be examined include central, peripheral and sensory nervous systems, structure and function of skin, pulmonary structure and function, the circulation and lymphatics, gastrointestinal function, renal maintenance of the internal environment and reproduction.

CHEM1100 Chemistry 1
This course provides the foundation in concepts underpinning inorganic, physical and organic chemistry necessary for advancement to the higher levels of study in chemistry and engineering courses. Core topics include atomic structure, bonding and hybridisation, molecular shape, an introduction to organic chemistry, states of matter and intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, aqueous solution equilibria, thermodynamics, and redox chemistry.

CHEM1222 Chemistry for Pharmacy and Dentistry
This course develops the knowledge and understanding across inorganic, physical and organic chemistry necessary for advancement to the higher levels of study in pharmacy and dentistry courses. Core topics include organic structure, function and reactions, polymers and biopolymer, kinetics, self-assembly, metals, alloys and ceramics, solutions, osmosis, acid and base equilibria and biological redox chemistry.

PHRM1020 Pharmacy – Data Analysis and Professional Practice
This course is designed to provide the foundation skills in numeracy for pharmaceutical calculations and data analysis required to progress and develop these skills within the pharmacy program and for future practice as pharmacy professionals.

Sound like material you’ve already covered in your previous degree?

What do you need to do?

In order to be eligible for credit transfer consideration, candidates must first submit a complete application. If you receive an offer to the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program, you may then begin the application for credit process.

Gather course lists and course descriptions that best match the above courses. A short, one-paragraph description of the course won’t be enough. The university needs to determine if your studies match the UQ equivalent. The information should contain an overview of numbers of lectures, practicals, tutorials, etc. in the course, list of learning objectives if available, lecture titles and descriptions, practical titles, timetable to indicate the number of contact hours of the various types in the course, summary of assessment, etc.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years (3 years, depending on candidate’s background)
Application deadline: November 15, 2016

Entry Requirements
Applicants to UQ Pharmacy are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites. If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.


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