Contact Information

Karen O'Callaghan, Program Officer

P: +61 8 8302 1262
E: karen.o'


Josephine Crockett, Manager Postgraduate Unit 

P: +61 8 8302 1024

Pharmacy Intern Training program

Mixing learning excellence with contemporary pharmacy practice

UniSA’s Pharmacy Intern Training Program (ITP) provides intern pharmacists with specialised training and skills in pharmacy practice. It is the only program that offers a unique mix of academic excellence and contemporary pharmacy practice and gives intern pharmacists the choice to build on a base program to obtain postgraduate University qualifications highly respected in the workplace.

The program

The UniSA ITP is an integrated, flexibly delivered program with a blended mix of course delivery that allows you to learn at your own pace. It consists of workplace activities, online self-paced background study material and group online discussions, all of which are supported by interactive face-to-face seminars focussing on small-group learning. Your preceptor is also supported with regular communications, access to program material and support.

Throughout the program interns will develop and apply knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Legal and ethical practice
  • ‘Over-the-counter’ products and advice
  • Communication of health and medical information
  • Therapeutics
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Dispensing and risk management
  • Patient interviewing and medication review
  • Drug interactions and adverse drug reactions
  • Identifying and managing prescription problems
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Medicines information
  • Complementary medicines
  • Evidenced-based practice
  • Calculations
  • Health promotion and harm minimisation

Experienced pharmacist staff

The Pharmacy Internship Program team are dedicated to the provision of tailored mentoring and support to individual interns. Our experienced pharmacists are always available to give advice, mentorship, tools and strategies to help you make the most of your internship year and prepare you for your future career.

Enhance your career prospects

UniSA is offering intern pharmacists who are undertaking the UniSA ITP the opportunity to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice by completing an additional 9 Units of study.

With the market becoming more and more competitive, it is becoming increasingly important to have an edge over the competition. Completing a postgraduate degree at University is highly respected, and can give that edge to pharmacists seeking career progression and commensurate remuneration.

Stand out from the crowd

Pharmacy practice in Australia is constantly changing. The ability to adapt to changes is important to both your professional development and job satisfaction.

Choice, flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing life and career requirements are core pillars of our postgraduate pharmacy programs.

Preparation for your national exams

At UniSA we have extensive experience in the design and delivery of assessments. Interns in the UniSA ITP will benefit from a range of activities all designed to help you pass your Pharmacy Board written and oral exams.

For community and hospital pharmacists

The program is developed, delivered and supported by a team of community and hospital pharmacists with extensive practice experience.

It is a comprehensive industry relevant program with a strong clinical and practical focus. Our teaching and learning is continuously evolving to ensure a curriculum with a strong focus on contemporary pharmacy practice.

Face-to-face seminars give interns the opportunity to utilise the valuable knowledge and experience of a range of pharmacist practitioners.

Is it like my pharmacy degree?

Undertaking a postgraduate program is very different to an undergraduate degree. The teaching and learning style is flexible and hands-on, while you still get the invaluable input of some of the leading experts in pharmacy practice.

The program is designed to give you knowledge and experience in the competencies required for registration and has a focus on the application of knowledge and skills in a workplace setting.

Interns will get all the benefits of being at UniSA. Not only will interns have access to academic excellence and innovation, but also FREE 24/7 access to online resources, email, computer facilities, myUniSA and book discounts.

Some of our online resources available FREE to interns include latest editions of: Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH), Therapeutic Guidelines (eTG), eMIMS, Stockley’s Drug Interactions, Herbal medicines, and much more.

Going national with NAPE

NAPE is the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education of which UniSA is a founding member. It comprises of four leading Australian Schools of Pharmacy, including UniSA, Monash University, The University of Queensland and The University of Sydney.

Interns in the UniSA ITP will benefit from this alliance as the sharing of expertise and knowledge between NAPE members will enable the delivery of high quality, dynamic courses taught by experienced educators and practitioners.


Domestic students

Interns can choose a payment option suitable for their individual situation. Cost of the full program for domestic students is $2,152 which is paid in two instalments (March and August). Eligible interns also have the option to study now and pay later through deferred HECS FEE-HELP payment.

International students

Cost for International students is $2,550 for the full program.