KAPS (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Exam, previously called the Stage 1 Exam of APC (Australian Pharmacy Council) Exam is an assessment of a pharmacist's basic pharmaceutical knowledge to be able to practice in Australia. To be eligible to take the exam you first require a Stream A eligibility letter.

The KAPS exam is conducted in a number of major cities internationally, three times a year. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can sit the KAPS, the exam comprises of two, 100 MCQ, 2 hour long papers split into a pharmaceutical chemistry/pharmacology paper (Paper 1) and a pharmacy practice paper (Paper 2).

Paper 1: 

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology 

Paper 2: 

  • Pharmaceutics Therapeutics

Concerning the KAPS Exam syllabus, the overall subject matter is as follows:

  • Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • General physiology
  • Medicinal, analytical, physical, stereo, organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Oncology including chemotherapy
  • Toxicology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical formulation and Biopharmaceutics
  • Therapeutical calculations
  • Surgical dressings, appliances and drug delivery systems
  • Over the counter medications
  • Clinical pharmacy and medications