Community Pharmacy Fundamentals

The Community Pharmacy Fundamentals micro-credential is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the world of Pharmacy. Pharmacies are the most accessed health provider with over 5700 community pharmacies across Australia. Students will gain an understanding of the role of community pharmacy in a healthcare sector that is exponentially growing.   

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials

Delivery mode

Online with optional on-campus activity
Course dates
15 July 2024 - 20 September 2024 
Applications close
14 June 2024
10 weeks
Total effort
55 hours
Academic lead:  Kerry Whitelaw, Jamie Ly, Jessica Schneider


UWA Starter fees –

$247.50 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from participating partner schools

$55 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from participating UWA Broadway Schools

$495 (inc GST) per micro-credential for students from non-partner schools

Critical information summary
PHCYM002 Community Pharmacy Fundamentals (PDF 245KB)
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What you'll learn

By completing the course, participants will:

Know how to handle pharmacy (S2) and pharmacist-only medicines (S3)

Describe the different types, dosage forms and routes of administration for medicines

Describe the importance of health communication

Understand the ethical and legal considerations for community pharmacy

Describe the operations and workflow for community pharmacy

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Why study this course?

This micro-credential offers an overview of medications, dosage forms and other essential concepts that are a solid foundation for a career in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, or other allied health fields.

How does it work?

This micro credential will involve:

  • online and simulated learning and assessments
  • a 3hr workshop that will be held on-campus at UWA or at selected rural locations, with an online option for students unable to attend in person.

What's next after this course?

Future study
Students who successfully complete this micro-credential will: 
  • Receive a UWA Professional Development Transcript at the end of your studies, listing all completed UWA micro-credentials – great for uni entry and your resume!
  • Earn 2  stackable  PD Points -  complete two more UWA Starter micro-credentials to earn 6 PD Points and gain credit for one unit towards selected UWA bachelor degrees.
  • Gain points that can contribute towards admission to UWA via Experience-based entry.


Contact your secondary school for more information or to register for UWA Starter micro-credentials.