Intern Training Programs: what are your options?

intern training program options

I was recently shocked to realise that there are now 6 (yes, six!) intern training programs to choose from all with different offerings and costs.

Do we not have enough choice in our lives already?

How do you even cope with this level of decision making?

Is it not enough that you’ve found A JOB and managed to navigate the process of applying to AHPRA for provisional registration?!

Back in my day when I was an Intern Pharmacist, there was only one Intern Training Program (ITP) available – everyone completed the PSA’s ITP.

Just to clarify: I am still very much an Early Career Pharmacist.

Early Career Pharmacist: a registered pharmacist within 10 years of initial registration. 

In an effort to make your life a little easier we’ve put together a comparison of the ITPs on offer.

1. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

With twenty years of experience training the intern pharmacist of Australia, the PSA are certainly the old hand of the ITPs. The PSA’s course is marketed to hospital and community pharmacists and PSA can help you find an intern position if you haven’t secured one yet.

Qualificationsyou will finish with a Graduate Certificate in Applied Pharmacy Practice

Extras: access to PSA online CPD, Self Care, eTG and eMIMS.

Cost: $1950 or 6 monthly instalments of $325

Duration: 1 year

Enrolment dates: my extensive search of the PSA website could not find this information

2. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia

With free registration to APP and Pharmacy Connect, the Guild’s two marquee conferences, the Guild has a pretty strong offering if you’re heading to community pharmacy. Like the PSA, the Guild can also help you find an intern position.

Extras: access to eMIMS, eTG, and the Guild Pharmacy Academy’s myCPD online learning.

Cost: $1855 or 6 monthly instalments of $309.16 or 8 monthly instalments of $231.87

Duration: the flexible course structure means you can finish within 6-9 months

Enrolment dates: 1 September 2017 – 31 January 2018 for early 2018 enrolments.

3. Monash University

Designed for interns across all hospital and community, Monash is part of the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE).

Qualifications: Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship)

Extras: none explicitly stated however you could assume you have access to the Monash library and resources.

Cost: $2338 for the one-year ITP only or $4676 for the 2-year course all of which may be deferred to HECS.

Duration: 1 year for the ITP or 2 years to complete the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (maximum of 3 years).

Enrolment dates: Semester one 1 September – 30 November each year; Semester two 1 March – 31 May each year.

4. University of South Australia

Again this course is aimed at both hospital and community pharmacist, UniSA is part of the NAPE.

Qualifications: complete an additional 9 units of study to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Extras: again nothing stated explicitly but you could expect to have access to the UniSA library and resources.

Cost: $2152 for the ITP only which may be deferred to HECS.

Duration: 1 year for the ITP only

Enrolment dates: 3 January 2018

5. The University of Sydney

Aimed at both hospital and community pharmacist, USyd is part of the NAPE.

Qualifications: complete an additional year of study to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Extras: again nothing stated explicitly but you could expect to have access to the USyd library and resources.

Cost: $2338 for the ITP only which may be deferred to HECS.

Duration: 1 year for the ITP only

Enrolment dates: 31 January 2018

6. The University of Queensland

Aimed at both community and hospital pharmacists, UQ is part of the NAPE.

Qualifications: complete an additional year of study to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Extras: access to all University resources.

Cost: $2338 for the ITP only which may be deferred to HECS.

Duration: 1 year for the ITP only

Enrolment dates: 30 November 2017

So which will you choose? The PSA’s one year program that gets you a Graduate certificate? The Guild’s shorter program with free registration to conferences? Or one of the 4 University programs that get you started on the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (and let you defer those pesky fees to HECS)?

Whichever you choose you better hop to it – some have already closed enrolments for early 2018!

Information correct as of 1/12/2017.

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