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THE STAR, TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2018

COURSE FOCUS
ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES, MEDICINE, DENTISTRY & PHARMACY

Fast track to a career in physiotherapy


VIJITHA Sivanjanam has had a
long-standing fascination with the
field of physiotherapy. As a child,
she would accompany her mother
to physiotherapy sessions and her
interest was constantly piqued by
the motley of equipment at the
clinic.
She was offered a job as a
physiotherapy assistant after
finishing secondary school, where
she learnt that the profession is
much more than tending to sports
injuries. She knew then that she
wanted to pursue a programme
that could help her achieve a
successful career in physiotherapy.
Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare
(RSDH) College, one of the early
trailblazers of healthcare education
in Malaysia, offers the Diploma in
Physiotherapy programme – a
three-year course undertaken over
six semesters.
“I paid a visit to the college to
learn more about the diploma
programme. What really stood out
was the fact that the head of
department at the time sat down
with me and took the time to
explain what physiotherapy is
about despite her busy schedule.
“The experience felt
personalised. From the beginning,
I felt like the college had a close,
familial environment. I had a
strong feeling that this place was
going to be good for me,” says
Vijitha. Kumar teaches his physiotherapy students how to work with patients in RSDH College's skills laboratory.

Natural career progression skills laboratories at the campus. In can about real-world situations. knew what I was doing, and I

RSDH College is a subsidiary of


these spaces, students practise
physiotherapy techniques such as
“We go the extra mile by
covering more than the syllabus
should go for what I want. They
would also show me how I can
We physiotherapy
Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care electrotherapy and manual details, taking global advancements approach things when I was lecturers are very
Group, which is a joint venture by
Ramsay Health Care (Australia)
therapy.
“We have what we need here,
into consideration. I try and
present them with clinical
unsure about what I could do.
They are almost like parents, close with our
and Sime Darby (Malaysia). The
group runs Ara Damansara
but if there is cutting-edge
technology that is not available on
scenarios that they may encounter
once they start working so that
and we have a great bond,” says
Vijitha.
students. If there
Medical Centre, Subang Jaya campus, the lecturers will show us they can be prepared and In the process of helping her is a distance
Medical Centre and ParkCity
Medical Centre.
videos and explain how it works to
us. We are always updated with
unafraid,” explains Kumar.
Besides the skills laboratories,
achieve her dreams, Vijitha feels
that her lecturers helped her between students
RSDH College students undergo
clinical training at these three
what is practised in hospitals,”
shares Vijitha.
students at RSDH College have
access to a range of facilities within
mould her manual and soft skills.
Kumar says that these positive
and lecturers, we
hospitals, giving them a great Kumar sometimes the campus grounds such as a outcomes can be attributed to the cannot make good
professionals out
advantage. On top of this, brings his patients to the library, auditorium, anatomy and good rapport between students and
students get to serve at college to teach his physiology museum, and lecturers.
government medical
establishments and
students how to work
with particularly
simulation wards. There is also
a student hostel that is equipped
“We physiotherapy lecturers are
very close with our students. If
of them.
non-governmental complex cases. with amenities such as a there is a distance between Vijitha Sivanjanam
organisations. “Before I joined swimming pool and gymnasium. students and lecturers, we cannot
Krishna Kumar academics, I was make good professionals out of
Pathmanathan, lecturer
at the physiotherapy
practising physiotherapy
for almost 22 years.
Meaningful mentoring them. We need to make them feel
secure and confident, unafraid to
employed at a hospital. Lecturers
can ignite a student’s interest in
faculty of RSDH Through my Solid rapport between lecturers ask questions and do what needs to the profession by showing him
College’s new Setia experience, I have and students is a significant part of be done. or her the many career options
Alam campus, gotten to know many life at RSDH College. Vijitha recalls “To foster this, lecturers should available. For example, a student
shares, “A great patients and their that the best part of her experience be very approachable. If the may consider opening a clinic,
benefit for our parents, who trust was the relationships she built with students are comfortable with us, community-based rehabilitation
students is that my expertise. Since other students, faculty members they will feel braver when they centre or fitness centre, or joining
talented candidates we want our diploma and college staff. face the public in the working academics with relevant
are offered jobs at students to be skilful “Here, it is like family where we world. We do not want to create a experience,” he says.
the group’s hospitals Vijitha and not just sit around the lecturer and talk to culture of fear,” he says. Vijitha points out that through
once they qualify Sivanjanam. theoretically him openly. We are always Kumar explains that first and the guidance of her lecturers, she
as physiotherapists. inclined, it is best genuinely happy to see one foremost, lecturers need to set feels that she has even more
Yayasan Sime Darby that they are another. It is the same for students good examples for their students. interest in the field compared to
offers scholarships for exposed to real of all programmes, not just the He believes that it is his when she first started.
deserving students to cases, which the physiotherapy students,” she says. responsibility as a lecturer to “The lecturers have shown us
be absorbed into our college and I Vijitha adds that she was very promote the profession to them. that we can make a real difference
own hospitals, which is help provide,” he reserved when she first joined the Many college freshmen may to the lives of others. Through their
subject to manpower says. college, but lecturers were warm not have a comprehensive guidance and exposure to hands-
distribution across Throughout and friendly towards the students, understanding of physiotherapy. on clinical practice, I began to
RSDH hospitals.” the diploma putting her at ease. Lecturers armed with many years realise that I have the power and
In terms of programme, the “I felt like I was in a second of experience can explain the ability to help patients,” she says.
facilities, lecturers remain home. When I had insecurities, the different areas of specialisation
physiotherapy committed to lecturers and other staff members that graduates can enter as n For more information,
students have access teaching students here would always reassure me. qualified physiotherapists. call 1300 888 321 or visit www.
to a wide variety of as much as they “They would remind me that I “Not everyone wants to be ramsaysimedarbycollege.edu.my
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Realising passion in healthcare


AFTER many years of study, Melaka campus and twinning
examinations and clinical programme.
practicals, students can finally The facilities in both the Manipal
graduate. Armed with a Bachelor and Melaka campuses are second
of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery to none in that they fully provide
(MBBS) or Bachelor of Dental for holistic education and social
Surgery (BDS) scroll, all they want development.
now is to start working in a At the Manipal campus,
hospital, unleashing their students can join clubs for music
knowledge and passion in their and fine arts, or enjoy literary
chosen vocation of healing the pursuits, meditation, yoga, debate,
sick. photography and language classes.
However, graduates of Melaka- In addition, the campus has
Manipal Medical College are not let playgrounds and courts for cricket,
off that easily. It is impressed upon hockey, football, tennis, basketball,
them that they have just stepped badminton and volleyball, as well
on the first rung of the medical as swimming pools, gyms and an
profession. As the cliché goes, athletics track.
learning is lifelong, and this is no The facilities in the Melaka
less true in the medical arena. campus include various teaching
Progress in medical fields has and learning facilities, auditoriums,
been startling in the past decade or lecture halls, classrooms, science
two, which means that professional laboratories, skill laboratories,
versatility and agility are becoming library and computer laboratories.
imperative. Melaka-Manipal Medical College offers aspiring healthcare professional a solid ground for holistic education and Other amenities are student
In a future where technology social development. hostels, cafeterias, gymnasium,
dictates, skills that are distinctly swimming pool, sauna, squash
human will be among the most interest and gain industry MBBS with its first batch in 1997. curriculum, the programme is courts, football field and basketball
valuable, and it is through relevance. It saw its first BDS cohort in 2009, aimed at streaming students to its court.
postgraduate study that these skills It is because of such forward followed by the Foundation in own MBBS and BDS programmes. Melaka-Manipal’s course
are enriched. thinking that Melaka-Manipal is Science (FIS) in 2012. Students with the Melaka- structure and campus facilities
Considering how vital this is, miles ahead as a top medical Twinning with the iconic Indian Manipal’s FIS can apply to allied have been designed to leverage on
Melaka-Manipal organises school. Since its inception, more institution, Manipal Academy of health science programmes in Manipal’s extensive experience in
workshops for the United States than 3,500 medical and over 200 Higher Education (formerly known other institutions. providing medical education for
Medical Licensing Examination, dental surgeons have been as Manipal University), the degree Since its inception, Melaka- more than 55 years.
Professional and Linguistic delivered to the Malaysian and programmes require students to Manipal Medical College has Visit the Melaka campus in Bukit
Assessments Board and various overseas health systems. complete their pre-clinical studies successfully integrated the Manipal Baru and see for yourself the ideal
Royal Colleges at its campus in Feedback from healthcare at the Indian campus and then ethos into its Malaysian ambience for calm, uninterrupted
Melaka. professionals on the quality of its return to Malaysia to complete curriculum, faculty and students. study.
Attended by doctors who are graduates has been positive, and clinical training. The same passion for and
unable to enrol in full-time Melaka-Manipal intends to The year-long FIS is completed philosophy of providing quality n For more information, call
postgraduate courses, these maintain this excellence. entirely at the Melaka campus. education without neglecting the marketing department at
programmes enable them to Melaka-Manipal was launched in With the inclusion of medicine individual life pursuits have been 06-289 6662 (extensions 1005/1142)
develop skills in specific areas of 1994 and commenced its flagship and dentistry modules in its successfully replicated in the or visit www.manipal.edu.my
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Standing out in
the global arena
IMMANUEL Tan (pic), a psychology alumnus
of International Medical University (IMU),
graduated with his degree in October 2016
Students have the
and is currently pursuing his Master of option to complete the
entire psychology degree
Public Administration (MPA) at Texas State
University.
He works as a graduate assistant for the
Office of International Affairs and serves as at IMU or study part
the operations coordinator of the Student
Leadership Board at Texas State University.
of the programme at
Tan is a member of the United Nations IMU and transfer to the
Association of the United States of America
and American Society for Public University of Newcastle in
Administration. In addition, he is currently
an intern at the Permanent Mission of
Australia or University of
Malaysia to the United Nations. Strathclyde in the United
Prior to earning his master’s degree, he
worked as a recruitment consultant in a Kingdom to complete their
Japanese recruitment company based in
Kuala Lumpur and was promoted to team
degree.
leader after eight months of work.
Tan was selected to be one of the
Malaysian representatives to attend the
company’s annual general meeting in Japan negotiation, communication and time
and was the only non-Japanese employee management skills.
across Asia to be awarded the Commitment IMU is Malaysia’s first and most
Grand Prix 2017 Award by the president of established private medical and health
the group of companies. He was also the sciences university with 26 years of
recipient of Best Performed Rookie 2017 in dedicated focus in healthcare education.
his company. Its three-year Bachelor of Science (Hons)
In the past few years, Tan gained Psychology programme uses a curriculum
opportunities to represent Malaysia in that has been developed to meet high
various international conferences. international standards.
Last year, he was selected to be among the Students have the option to complete
top 80 international delegates from Asean the entire psychology degree at IMU or
countries to participate in the Young study part of the programme at IMU and
Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Workshop transfer to the University of Newcastle in
on Economic Engagement in ASEAN in Australia or University of Strathclyde in
Vietnam. the United Kingdom to complete their
Besides that, he had the opportunity to degree.
speak with the former Prime Minister of To become a qualified psychologist,
Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Razak to discuss you will have to first complete your
the roles of Malaysian youth in building a undergraduate degree in psychology,
stronger Asean community. followed by a master’s degree in a
specialised area of psychological practice.
The right foundation The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology
has been accepted internationally for further
Tan expresses his sincere gratitude to his specialisation at the postgraduate level.
lecturers at IMU who have nurtured and Intakes for the psychology programme are
guided him in many ways. He describes his in February and September. If you enjoy
lecturers as committed individuals who see a thinking about the causes of human
tomorrow in every student’s eyes. behaviour and have a desire to help people
According to him, IMU is not just another manage their problems, apply now for a
tertiary institution, but a place to be for all great start to an interesting and exciting
students, where talents are unleashed and career in psychology.
future stars cultivated professionally. If you have just completed your Sijil
Tan is thankful that the IMU’s psychology Pelajaran Malaysia, you can consider
programme has significantly broadened enrolling in the one-year IMU Foundation in
his understanding of people’s behaviour, Science, the preferred foundation and direct
performance and mental operations, route for entry to any of the university’s local
enabling him to serve and work with people degree programmes.
better.
In the extracurricular area, his role as the n For more information, call 03-2731 7272,
president of IMU’s second Psychology Ethics e-mail start@imu.edu.my or visit www.imu.
Forum helped develop his leadership, edu.my

Pursuing the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology at IMU has equipped Tan with the
understanding and skills to work with people better.
THE STAR, TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2018 Course Focus 5

ASSOC Prof Dr Victor Chuang, the new head


of Monash University Malaysia’s School of Monash University
Pharmacy, sheds light on initiatives taken by Malaysia’s research
the faculty in helping students learn better. facilities allow its
With more than 25 years of experience, he is pharmacy students
under no illusion as to the challenges that he to develop industry-
faces. ready skills.
“At Monash, we endeavour to equip
students with knowledge, necessary
professional skills to excel, qualities such as
integrity and empathy, and the ability to
work with people,” says Assoc Prof Chuang.
A new teaching method, which is being
rolled out at the local campus and Monash’s
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical
Science in Australia simultaneously, is aimed
at empowering students to drive their own
learning processes.
Where teaching was once governed by
lecturers, students are now required to read
up and understand a given topic before they
pose questions in an online forum, on which
the lecturers post their responses.
The students then attempt a series of
questions to evaluate their understanding of
the topic.

Ahead of the game


In life, change is something that humans
struggle to grapple with. It is no different for
students who may have been brought up in
a system that encourages rote learning.
Assoc Prof Chuang acknowledges this and
elaborates on methods that are in place to
address these challenges, easing concerns
that students may drown under the weight
of expectations. have and how they plan to resolve the postgraduate studies. He focused on studying Assoc Prof Chuang waxes lyrical about the
“The entire process has been moved problem. the ligand-binding properties of plasma superb amenities in place.
forward from a passive teaching method to “We treat our students as athletes, and we proteins – aiming to understand the function “I am impressed by how Monash as a
active personalised coaching. This is a are the coaches. We find out what their of proteins – and modifying protein private university can successfully maintain
flipped classroom approach. We guide strengths are and which areas they are molecules using recombinant DNA animal facilities.
students to teach themselves, obtain lacking in. Then, we provide them with the technology for drug delivery and therapeutic “Animal studies are conducted to
information and solve problems. guidance and tools to overcome their purposes. investigate the efficacy of certain
“Lectures will be conducted in an weaknesses,” says Assoc Prof Chuang. Having spent more than six years in Japan medications or effect of certain compounds
interactive manner where lecturers provide He adds that students will then post their and over 10 years in Western Australia, on living beings. This is a costly endeavour
further clarification on concepts that cannot plans on the online forum for their mentors Assoc Prof Chuang is well placed to relate to to maintain, as the animals must be kept in
be easily explained on the online forum, in to provide feedback. This way, mentees the challenges that students may face in a controlled environments,” he says.
addition to answering students’ questions. receive one-on-one attention that can help foreign country.
“There exists a mentor-mentee them improve their learning. From the Brain Research Institute Monash n For more information on programmes
partnership in this approach. After two Assoc Prof Chuang was a benefactor of the Sunway to its animal housing centre, offered by Monash University Malaysia’s
weeks, students will reflect on their learning Monbusho Scholarship from Japan’s Ministry Monash University Malaysia is ahead of its School of Pharmacy, visit www.monash.edu.
progress to identify learning issues they may of Education, where he completed his competitors in terms of research facilities. my/pharmacy
6 Course Focus THE STAR, TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2018

On-campus
community
pharmacy practice
THE traditional view that only doctors can
prescribe medication is no longer true, with
pharmacists now being granted prescribing
This practical
rights. This is a necessary step for element is supported
by fundamental
pharmacists to better perform their roles as
healthcare providers.

Graduating from QIUP’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) programme makes you a well-rounded
The pharmacy programme offered by
Quest International University Perak (QIUP) pharmaceutical
candidate for employment. was developed with practice outcomes in
mind, comprising community, industrial and
and medical science
hospital/clinical pharmacy. The four-year, studies, taught
full-time Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) is
positioned to ensure that its graduates are by our research-
able to adapt to the working world.
“The programme was designed to equip
active academic and
graduates with the skills and knowledge they professional staff.
need in future. At every stage, they will find
themselves experiencing real-life or It is the ideal balance
simulated clinical and patient situations.
“This practical element is supported by
of hands-on learning
fundamental pharmaceutical and medical and in-depth study.
science studies, taught by our research-active
academic and professional staff. It is the Datuk Nicholas Goh
ideal balance of hands-on learning and
in-depth study,” says Datuk Nicholas Goh,
chief operating officer of QIUP. Each student is assigned a resident
To develop such a programme, QIUP went whom the student, along with a lecturer,
to great lengths to find the right person to be visits once a month to carry out medication
the backbone of the Faculty of Pharmacy – management. A report is sent to the home
Prof Datuk Dr Allan Mathews. after the visit.
Faculty dean Prof Allan is a well-known “Students get to learn about
figure in the pharmacy profession. With communication, different classes of
14 years of experience in the government medicines, monitoring outcome
sector, 22 years in the pharmaceutical achievements, side-effects, interactions
industry and having pioneered clinical between medicines, and herbal or
pharmacy services, he is highly sought complementary medicines,” adds Prof
after for his valuable expertise. Allan.
Prof Allan shares that QIUP’s Faculty of The university has set up Quest Pharmacy,
Pharmacy leadership has extensive an on-campus facility. First-year students
experience in hospitals, clinics, industry, undergo rotational placements during which
academia, research, consultancy and they are taught about every aspect of
management, and this will ensure that community pharmacy.
pharmacy students are world-ready upon QIUP’s interim campus is strategically
graduation. located in Ipoh away from the distractions
“Our programme is tailored so that of bustling city life. It provides a lower
students are exposed to the real world from cost of living and an environment conducive
year one. The faculty has established a close to learning.
relationship with Hospital Raja Permaisuri Should you have high hopes of having a
Bainun, Ipoh, which has well-established rich student life and opportunities to interact
clinical pharmacy services. In addition, with the best academicians, QIUP is the
clinical pharmacists from the hospital are answer.
appointed as adjunct lecturers to conduct
case study sessions. n For more information, call 05-249 0500,
“Our students perform pharmaceutical e-mail enquiries@qiup.edu.my or visit
care at senior citizen homes as well. www.qiup.edu.my

Nurturing competent nurses


NURSING may be one of the oldest nursing agents. He shares that AIMST
professions, but public knowledge of this University’s nursing faculty teaches its
growing career field still holds some students about the value of nursing
misunderstandings. A common statement so that they are ever-ready to dispel
nurses hear is “You’re just a nurse. I want to misconceptions when someone questions
see a doctor.” their viability.
That statement represents a widespread Umamageswari Kunasegaran, AIMST
misunderstanding in what nurses’ roles are. University alumna and staff nurse at
AIMST University’s Faculty of Allied Health National University Hospital, Singapore, says,
Professions dean Assoc Prof Dr Yu Chye Wah “AIMST’s nursing programmes inculcates
shares an excellent way to respond. caring attitudes in students so that they can
“Tell them that nurses are professionals serve society.
and not trying to usurp doctors’ positions. “The learning environment, resources and
Nurse practitioners are leaders in healthcare teaching faculty at AIMST are superb for
who work with doctors as partners. Their anyone who aspires to pursue his or her
roles include making urgent decisions that dream to be a nurse.
can result in life or death, and these crucial “My primary source of inspiration to
moments require the kind of critical thinking become a nurse is an innate desire to help
and judgement that only highly educated people and care for them in times of need.
and trained nurses possess,” he says. “I am also someone who thrives on
More college students are opting to being challenged and always have new
become nurse practitioners rather than goals to achieve, so nursing suits me as
doctors due to the high cost of medical it offers much diversity in learning
school. opportunities.”
According to Dr Yu, nursing students
should be trained to think of themselves as > SEE NEXT PAGE
THE STAR, TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2018 Course Focus 7

Final call for applications


RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus
(RUMC), formerly Penang Medical
College, is now a university upon
attaining foreign branch campus
status – one of the highest levels
attainable for education
institutions in Malaysia. Orientation and spot spectrum of disciplines from
Owned by the Royal College of biochemistry, molecular biology,
Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and admissions immunology and inflammation
University College Dublin (UCD), This Saturday, students to microbiology, molecular
the institution is also the first embarking to Ireland in oncology, neurosciences and
accredited private medical school September and their parents physiology, clinical investigation
in Malaysia. will be welcomed to the Pre- and bioethics.
With its unique, best-of-both- Departure Orientation event at RUMC recognises the
worlds medical programme, RUMC Pullman Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. significance of education and
prides itself on delivering a world- This event allows them and their health management for
class student experience in parents to interact with senior individuals and the community,
medical education. RCSI and UCD students visiting and is committed to finding ways
Graduates are conferred the from Ireland. of giving back to its communities
internationally renowned National Representatives from the in Ireland, Malaysia and other
University of Ireland medical Embassy of Ireland will join countries.
degrees – Bachelor of Medicine, RUMC’s senior management in Students can avail of their
Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor presenting scholarships to this international experience by
of Obstetrics. year’s recipients. building networks in the global
Students of RUMC’s medical This year, president and chief RUMC students starting their first year in Dublin will attend a Pre-Departure medical community of leading
degree programme will have the executive officer Prof Stephen Orientation event where they and their parents can ask questions and find practitioners and academics,
opportunity to study in Dublin and Doughty and vice-president and out more about the experience. enabling RUMC doctors to play
Penang. registrar Prof David Whitford will key leadership roles in the
Over the last 20 years, nearly be present at the event to meet graduation. Students are It can begin with summer community.
1,700 RUMC students have students and parents who want to encouraged and supported to research programmes or with
graduated and now hold senior submit late applications for the embrace independent learning postgraduate study. n To apply for the September
positions in Ireland, the United programme. and seek research opportunities. Projects range across a broad intake, visit www.rcsiucd.edu.my
Kingdom, Australia, the United The admissions team will be
States, New Zealand, Singapore on standby to assist with
and Malaysia. documentation and interview
Students begin their first day in processes. This Saturday’s
Dublin among international peers on-the-spot admissions are the
at RCSI or UCD for two and a half final chance for students to
years of preclinical studies. apply to begin their journey at
They then continue with world-renowned medical
rigorous clinical training delivered schools RCSI and UCD this
by an expert clinical faculty at September.
RUMC in Penang and its teaching
hospitals while remaining
students of RCSI and UCD
Research opportunities
throughout. Research enriches the student
Students who do not meet the experience, builds on education
requirements for the medicine received, and provides students
programme have the option to with the chance to publish
pursue the Pre-Medical Year papers, present at conferences
progression programme. and win research awards before

Career in caring
> FROM PREVIOUS PAGE profession entirely to go back to
school full-time. This is not true
Hazwani Azizan, AIMST as you can complete a bachelor’s
University alumna and staff or master’s degree in nursing
nurse at Pantai Hospital Sungai through part time or distance
Petani, shares, “Studying at learning programmes.
AIMST provided me with a AIMST University’s nursing
good experience and platform degrees are designed to
and helped me improve my strengthen your knowledge and
communication skills in English. prepare you to advance your
AIMST delivers quality career. It is important to note
education and gave me an that the nursing profession is a
excellent start to my nursing career path with expected
career. growth.
“As a nurse, my job involves If you are considering
a variety of roles to provide pursuing a nursing course,
professional nursing care. AIMST University invites you to
Nurses are educators who find out more about its School of
are responsible for explaining Nursing and explore its diploma
medical procedures and and degree offerings.
treatments to patients. We also You can also visit the AIMST
empower patients by guiding University campus in Semeling,
them towards healthy behaviour Kedah.
and supporting them in times of
need.” n For more information on
Many mistakenly believe that AIMST University’s nursing
to advance in their nursing programmes, call 014-252
careers, they must leave the 3157/019-644 7042/016-414 7504.
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Creating better pharmacists


WE need pharmacists. As experts simulate and engage with practice
on medicines and the way they environments. The educational
interact with the body, pharmacists tools developed at Monash are
play a vital role in improving used in pharmacy programmes all
community health. As the global over the world.
population grows and ages, and as Monash’s Faculty of Pharmacy
medicines become more complex, and Pharmaceutical Sciences is
the need for pharmacists situated in Parkville – the heart of
intensifies. Melbourne’s medical and
The World Health Organization biotechnology precinct that is just
estimates that there is potential for minutes away from Melbourne’s
creation of some 40 million central business district. It has
additional healthcare jobs across excellent public transport links and
the world by 2030 – almost double is renowned for its keen sense of
the current number. Pharmacists community.
are expected to figure prominently In addition to smaller class sizes
among these jobs. and the opportunity to really get to
know your instructors, you will be
Quality pharmacy paired with a student mentor who
will help you transition to life as a
graduates university student.
You will have the resources of
Monash University has long Australia’s largest university to
been considered the leading draw from. Monash is widely
pharmacy programme provider in regarded as one of the world’s top
Australia. According to QS World As a leading pharmacy education provider, Monash ensures that its graduates enter the working world with an edge 100 universities with a reputation
University Rankings by Subject over their peers. for excellence in science studies.
2017 and 2018, Monash is in
second place globally in the
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
five years.
Traditionally, this route is
work will prepare you for
registration as a pharmacist.
reflective practice, integrity,
teamwork, inquiry, and oral and
Transfer opportunities
category, with only Harvard structured as a four-year bachelor’s written communication. If you would like the experience
University ranking higher.
Monash believes that the world
degree plus a one-year internship.
At Monash, the BPharm(Hons)/
Skills that make a You will hone these skills
through work placements in
of studying in Australia without
pursuing your whole degree there,
deserves better pharmacists, not MPharm takes the same four years, difference community pharmacies, hospitals Monash has an option that allows
just more pharmacists. This is why but you graduate with a master’s and other environments while selected students to complete the
it offers Australia’s first and only degree as well as a bachelor’s The combined course ensures learning from some of Australia’s first one or two years of their
combined Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. that you have a thorough grasp of best pharmacists. degree at Monash University
(Hons)/Master of Pharmacy The fifth year of the pathway the underlying scientific disciplines When you pursue the Malaysia before transferring to the
programme, which ensures that its combines one year of paid of pharmacy such as chemistry, BPharm(Hons)/MPharm, you do Melbourne campus for the rest of
graduates go out into the world supervised practice with intern biology and pharmacology, but it not just sit in lecture halls passively the programme.
equipped with a higher level of studies through Monash’s Intern also focuses on key skills that set a listening to teachers. Monash is a
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