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Pharmacists are involved in the development, testing, manufacture and distribution of medicines and the monitoring of drug therapy. The Bachelor of Pharmacy offers practical experience and a strong theoretical grounding in the discipline of pharmacy.

In addition to providing community-based healthcare, this degree allows you to exercise business management skills in a professional setting.

Leading to

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Careers include

  • Pharmacist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Quality Assurance
  • Pharmaceutical Regulator
  • Pharmacologist
  • Toxicologist


If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

9 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Information & Media Technologies

Specialist Units

  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Human Body
  • Mathematics 1

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Health & Health Behaviour
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Culture & Health

Specialist Units (Pharmacy)

  • Introduction to Pathophysiology
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Foundations of Biochemistry

Pharmacy Diploma of Health Science (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Health and Health Behaviour

Students will explore the environmental, social, cultural, psychological and biological factors that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and populations. Perceptions of health, illness and disability and how these shape health decision making will be discussed. Consideration of how theories of health behaviour can be applied to maintaining and improving health and wellbeing. Students will work inter- professionally to identify the key principles influencing health and health behaviour required to deliver safe, high quality client and community centred services.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Cultures and Health

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Pharmacy Diploma of Health Science (Specialist Units - Stage 2)

Introduction to Pathophysiology

This unit will introduce students to the pathophysiological basis of common chronic diseases involving the blood, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, urinary and gastrointestinal systems using a case based learning approach. Students will evaluate responses to trauma, minor infections and disease. Inflammation will be present as the major theme bringing pathophysiology of the organs systems together.

Biological Chemistry

Description coming soon.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Fundamental pharmaceutical analysis- includes discussion of titrimetric, spectroscopic and chromatographic analysis of drugs and drug formulations. Physio-chemical properties of drugs- includes discussion of drug ionisation, drug stereochemistry, drug solubility and drug stability. Fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology- includes discussion of key biomolecules, introductory biochemistry, basic molecular biology and drug receptors and interactions.

Foundations of Biochemistry

Unit description coming soon.

2017 Fees

Australian Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,480 11,840
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

International Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 2,625 21,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 75 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 7 points from 3 GCE A-Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) TBC Minimum of 27 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applicants:

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Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | July

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus

Next Intake February 2018

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy at Curtin University.

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Why Pharmacy?

Curtin's Bachelor of Pharmacy is the only undergraduate course in Western Australia that leads to eligibility for registration as a pharmacist.