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PC3102 - Health Care for Pharmacists

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

This subject provides a foundation for over-the-counter prescribing and the provision of unscheduled products, S2 and S3 medications, for patients who present to a pharmacist. This subject will develop the understanding of professional pharmacy practice with an emphasis on the process of over-the-counter prescribing and the management of common presentations that are within the scope of practice of a pharmacist. Students will develop communication skills during interactions with simulated patients. The subject will include discussions about the relevant role of the pharmacist in primary health care along with pharmacy assistants and pharmacy technicians, and will encompass legal, ethical and professional issues. In this subject students will also examine the implication of genetics in pharmacy practice focusing on common genetic disorders, the molecular biology of cancer, and an understanding of inter-patient variation in drug response. The subject PC3102 has a strong practical focus and will enable studetns to manage common, minor, and self-limiting conditions, to refer when necessary, and to have an understanding of the impact of genetic variability on disease and drug response in individuals and populations.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop communication skills that are appropriate for practice as a pharmacist in a community or hospital pharmacy setting;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to obtain a medication history, medical history, and presenting complaint history as appropriate for pharmacy practice;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of the pharmacist and pharmacy staff in the management and treatment of common conditions and the supply of medications;
  • demonstrate an ability to treat conditions with appropriate over-the-counter (unscheduled, S2 & S3) and demonstrate knowledge and skill to refer when appropriate;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the influence of genetics in pharmacy practice and an ability to share this knowledge appropriately with consumers.
Prerequisites: All level 2 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mr David Herron
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Professor Beverley Glass, Mrs Sue Carson, Dr Margaret Jordan, Mrs Robin Warren, Mrs Amanda Mackay.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 33 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (25%); on-course assessment (15%).

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.