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).
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry Physiology
- 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
- Pharmaceutical Microbiology
- Pharmaceutical formulation and Biopharmaceutics
- Therapeutical calculations
- Surgical dressings, appliances and drug delivery systems
- Over the counter medications
- Clinical pharmacy and medications