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What will I learn?


This degree develops your understanding of how medicines impact, improve and change people's lives. You'll gain knowledge of our healthcare system and how pharmacists support patient care.

Based in Bendigo, you'll have access to our on-campus training pharmacy, where you'll practice patient communication skills and learn how to work as the link between medical practitioners and the public.

In the first two years of your course you'll study science fundamentals along with introductory pharmacy practice subjects. For the remaining three years, you'll focus on specific pharmacy subjects such as legislation and practice, therapeutics, complementary medicine and the quality use of medicines. You'll also examine public health issues in rural and remote Australia, and graduate with an Honours level degree.

During your degree, you'll participate in a range of community and hospital placements where you'll develop practical pharmacy skills.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognized in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Career outcomes

After graduation you will be eligible to complete a one-year supervised internship and take the Australian Pharmacy Board exams to qualify as a professional pharmacist.

After this internship you will be able to register and practice as a pharmacist in any setting requiring professional pharmacy skills, including hospitals, in community pharmacies or organizations such as the Australian Defence Force. Other science-based career opportunities include working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as well as postgraduate research positions in pharmacy practice, chemistry, pharmacology and microbiology.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is conditionally accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC). Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration upon completion of an internship. Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) may be eligible to apply for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Science and Biosciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$45,400.00 (24,30,407) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2022

More details

Start date

Expected March 2022


Bendigo Campus

Edwards Road,



3552, BENDIGO, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with a certain grade. International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels); or Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level), Over six subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): completion of EFS level 6B with minimum 60% overall and 60% in final exam.

La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 70% in English (Academic Communication).

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

La Trobe University offers below pathways course for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Chisholm Institute

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