KAPS Exam: Complete Syllabus and topics to cover for Preparation to become a Pharmacist in Australia

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To become a pharmacist in Australia you need to undergo an initial skill assessment followed by KAPS (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences) exam test which is organized by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) and then register yourself with AHPRA i.e., Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to receive the skilled visa to migrate and work in Australia.

The KAPS (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences) exam tests your knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical sciences. KAPS exam, passing it confirms that you know enough to practise safely and effectively in an Australian setting.

Our KAPS Exam preparation course will prepare you to pass the KAPS exam on your first attempt. The KAPS exam lets you demonstrate your ability to practice pharmacy safely and effectively by analysing and evaluating practice-based material and problems. You’ll need to assess your own knowledge level, then evaluate that knowledge as much you can against the exam material.

We base our exams on the latest information, which you can find in relevant:

• Journals

• publications

• textbooks

KAPS is a closed-book exam. This means you cannot bring any printed or handwritten reference materials into the exam with you.

Why Pharmacists Migrate to Australia?

Qualified Pharmacists Can Immigrate to Australia. This is because Australia has deemed Pharmacists to be an occupation that the nation is in need of. People who are approved to immigrate to Australia as Pharmacists can be offered Permanent Residency in Australia. According to the most recent data released by the Pharmaceutical Board of Australia, registration data for the period of the 1st of January 2020 to 31st March 2020 shows that at this date, there were 32,777 registered pharmacists in Australia.

Jobs for Pharmacists are expected to grow from 25,500 in 2018 to 27,400 in 2023, according to Job Outlook of Australia. It is predicted that there will be around 2,600 pharmacist jobs per year in Australia for the next five years.

KAPS Exam Steps to Migrate Australia

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3. English Test (PTE): https://academically.ai/courses/pte-exam-miles/

Content areas for the KAPS exam (KAPS exam content)

The KAPS exam consists of 2 papers:

• Paper 1: Pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology and physiology

• Paper 2: Pharmaceutics and therapeutics

For the pharmaceutical chemistry topic of Paper 1,

You’ll need to show you understand and have suitable knowledge in:

1. Organic Chemistry


Drug class recognition

Reaction types

Functional group reactivity

Drug stability

Acid-base reactions

2. Stereochemistry


Optical activity

Geometric isomerism


3. Physical and inorganic chemistry


Acid-base reactions

Phase equilib

4. Analytical chemistry


Redox reactions

Assay techniques

Diagnostic agents

5. Biochemistry



Biochemical classes


Biochemical pathways

6. Structure-activity relationships

Relationship between a chemical
or 3D structure and its biological activity

7. Medicinal chemistry

Structure-activity relationships

Drug presentation and delivery

Drug formulation and stability

Drug metabolism

Mechanism of drug action

Modern drug development

Absorption, distribution and elimination of drugs

8. Drug metabolism

Breakdown and conversion of medicines through regularly occurring bodily process, leading to active ingredients and by-products of the original medicine

For the pharmacology and physiology topics of paper 1,

you’ll need to show you understand and have suitable knowledge in:

1.Biochemical pharmacology

Principles of drug action

Drug interactions

Receptor pharmacology

Autonomic transmission

Endocrine pharmacology

Cardiovascular pharmacology

Anti-inflammatory agents and analgesics



Local and general anaesthetics


Drugs affecting nutritional and metabolic function

Drugs affecting the central nervous system

2. Systemic pharmacology

The mechanism of drug action as it relates to specific organs and disease states

3. Chemotherapy

Antibacterial drugs

Antiviral drugs

Antifungal drugs

Antiprotozoal drugs

Anthelmintic drugs

Anticancer drugs

4. Toxicology

Common side effects

Signs of toxicity

Mechanism of toxicity

5. Pathophysiology

Alteration of physiological processes by drugs or disease states

6. General physiology

Normal bodily functions including but not limited to the central nervous, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems and their integration

Blood and other body fluids

KAPS exam paper 2: Pharmaceutics and therapeutics

For the pharmaceutics topic of paper 2,

you’ll need to show you understand and have suitable knowledge in:

1. Physical pharmacy


Types of preparation




2. Biopharmaceutics


Drug absorption

Bioavailability and bioequivalence

Drug interactions with a biopharmaceutical basis

3. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

Biological half-life

Elimination rate constants

Apparent volume of distribution


Steady state considerations

Drug protein binding

Drug metabolism

Drug interactions


Relevant calculations

4. Pharmaceutical microbiology


Antimicrobial agents

Sterilisation technology

5. Formulation

Formulation of drugs for various routes of administration

Parenteral dose forms

Controlled release preparations

Evaluation of particular dose forms

6. Dose forms, including extemporaneous preparation

Drug products

Constituent drug substances

Combination compounded products for use via various routes of administration

For the therapeutics topics of paper 2,

you’ll need to show you understand and have suitable knowledge in:

1. Calculations




Sensitivity of balance



Milliequivalents and milliosmoles


Dose calculations from body weight or surface area


2. Posology and dose determinations

Appropriate dosages of common medications

Dosage regimens of common medications

3. Medicine choice

Demonstrating an understanding of the clinical processes used for choosing the most appropriate drug for the presenting patient and their condition

4. Surgical dressings, applications and associated drug delivery systems

Drug choices for surgical dressings

The use of and choices for surgical dressings

5. Adverse reactions to drugs

Adverse reactions for drugs

Relevant patient counselling and advice

6. Drug interactions

Drug interactions

Relevant patient counselling and advice

7. Drug information

Using information sources to find drug and health information relevant to conditions and disease states

8. Managing minor ailments

Non-prescription prescribing

Diagnosing minor illness

Rational over-the-counter product selection

Over-the-counter drug information

Concluding Words: –

Every exam necessitates the proper strategy and approach, and it might be difficult if you do not work smart. Given that you rigorously adhere to the syllabus and themes and use a clever strategy, the KAPS exam is simple to ace. Aspirants appear to be lost in general because they do not know where to begin, what to study, or which study materials to consult. This ultimately contributes greatly to their failure. However, you no longer need to be concerned! You are not alone in this situation. If you want to work as a pharmacist in Australia, Academically.ai can help you with everything- from registration to exam preparation. We are fully equipped to meet all of your requirements!

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