UTS equips students for the changing role of the pharmacist
The pharmacy profession is rapidly changing, but UTS’s new industry-guided Bachelor of Advanced Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences is set to prepare students for evolving pharmacy careers. The first cohort of undergraduate pharmaceutical science students will be taught in the UTS Super Lab, where they will learn principles relevant to drug discovery, development and application, to prepare for a future within the industry.
The added benefit of this degree? It has a guaranteed* entry pathway to the UTS Master of Pharmacy – a degree with a strong reputation for producing pharmacists with the skills and experience needed to excel in the profession.
Pharmacy is an exciting profession to be a part of. The role of the pharmacist has expanded to meet the demands of industry and is moving to adapt to changes in health care delivery. Pharmacists are now offering more health services, including helping patients manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes or hypertension, vaccinations, blood pressure and diabetes checks, in addition to dispensing medicines and advising patients on how medicine should be taken.
Dr Sally Lui from Blooms Chemist in Leichhardt supervises UTS Pharmacy students as they gain valuable experience on clinical placements. “The pharmacy profession is definitely moving towards health services and I do find that UTS do it really well,” Dr Lui said.
Students gain over 520 hours of clinical experience across community and hospital pharmacy in diverse settings. They’re also paired with esteemed industry professionals who provide course guidance and career advice. This practice ensures students are work-ready and confident to begin an internship as a pharmacist once they graduate.
Alumni Luke Harb shares his experience about landing his internship at one of Sydney’s busiest hospitals, “UTS pharmacy has given me the skills that I need and the exposure through the clinical placement program to secure that job.”
If you are looking for an engaging, rewarding, patient-orientated profession, then pharmacy might be for you. Pharmacists like Dr Lui, believe a career in pharmacy is one that allows you to make a difference.
“What I love most is the patient interaction,” she said. “Being able to see them understanding the information that we’re actually telling them and it’s great to actually see the changes in their lifestyle and you’re touched by their stories.”
*In order to progress to the UTS Master of Pharmacy, you must successfully complete the requirements for the UTS Bachelor of Advanced Science, major in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with at least a credit average, as well as successfully sit a selection interview at the end of the third semester in the Bachelor’s degree.