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PC2006 - Dermatology for Pharmacists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to students enrolled in level 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Providing advice about treatment and prevention of common and complex skin conditions is a daily occurrence for a pharmacist, especially in tropical regions. This subject will enable the student to gain a thorough knowledge of the drugs used for treating dermatological complaints, especially those unique to tropical areas and the skills to educate patients about the appropriate use and storage of these agents. An emphasis will be placed on the care of the skin, identification of common skin conditions, patient education and prevention. Students will also explore the pharmaceutics of formulations and dosage forms relevant to dermatology and apply these skills in relation to creams, gels, lotions, liposomal preparations, paints and tinctures. The factors affecting the absorption of dermatological preparations will be covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply knowledge of the pharmaceutics of formulations and dosage forms used for dermatological conditions and appropriately prepare and store these preparations;
  • counsel and educate patients on the prevention and treatment of dermatological complaints and wound management especially those unique to tropical areas, using the pharmaceutical and medical knowledge gained in this subject;
  • describe the structure, function and care of the skin, scalp, nails, feet and hair;
  • identify common dermatological complaints including tropical skin rashes and skin cancer and provide advice about prevention and treatment.
Prerequisites: All level 1 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Gillian Knott, Professor Beverley Glass
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Mrs Gillian Knott, Professor Beverley Glass, Mrs Robin Warren.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 15 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (15%); mcq and short answer tests (25%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.