Introduction to Pharmacy

By The Health Sciences Academy. The leading provider of science-based interactive courses on the net.

Course Code: PH8521

This course is a survey of the profession of pharmacy including its history, evolving scope of practice, ethical foundations, regulation, educational and career opportunities, and more.

We will also explore topics relating to medication use and drug development.


The very concept of influencing bodily functions via an outside force must be considered one of humanity’s greatest advances.

Since its independent origins in ancient Arabic civilizations, pharmacy has evolved from a craft dedicated to the compounding of drugs to a profession focusing on helping patients get the best outcomes from medication therapies.

So what is pharmacy? How has it changed and where is it headed?

This course will answer these questions and provide a comprehensive introduction to this profession.

We will explore the history of pharmacy and its evolving scope of practice; examine educational and career pathways; tackle issues relating to medication safety and adverse drug events; gain insight into the regulatory and ethical considerations in pharmacy practice; and more.

As we explore these topics together, we will hear from practicing pharmacists throughout the course and ultimately gain a better understanding of what they do and how they help us get the best results from our medications.

Maybe you will decide that the dynamic profession of pharmacy is a career path that you want to pursue.

Whether student or healthcare consumer, you’re sure to find the material we cover in this course to be invaluable.

Course Curriculum

Module one:

The history of pharmacy and its evolving scope of practice

Module two:

Educational pathways in pharmacy

Module three:

Career pathways for pharmacists and their role in the healthcare system

Module four:

The medication experience

Module five:

Drug discovery and development

Module six:

Regulatory and ethical considerations in pharmacy

Module seven:

Contemporary issues and the future of pharmacy

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites to taking this course. All you need is an interest in the subject and a commitment to engage in all instructional activities.

Course Format

The course is divided into seven modules, each covering a distinct area of pharmacy.

Additional outside readings, web-based resources and discussion board topics will be presented to round out the course lessons and materials.

Will I get a Certificate after completing this programme?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Completion.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Fees

The cost of this course is £1,799.

Payments in GBP, EUR and USD are accepted.

Pay for your programme in 12 monthly instalments.

Includes access to your protected learners’ area, all course materials, lessons, interactive quizzes, online assessments, worksheets, a community of like-minded classmates, and Learner Services support.

Get Started

You have the drive and the motivation. We will provide you the tools to put your passion into practice.

Click on the “Apply” link below to enrol.


Many thanks, and see you at the other side, where your new journey and rewards begin.

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