In response to a critical pharmacy workforce shortage in the north, James Cook University (JCU) developed a Bachelor of Pharmacy program in close consultation with local pharmacists.
The first intake of students into the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Pharmacy degree commenced in 1999, graduating in 2002. The number of pharmacists in rural practice has been increased through targeted recruiting efforts and the rural placement program.
Pharmacy at JCU has built a reputation in north Queensland and nationally for the Program based on the quality of its graduates. Staff and students continue to raise the profile of JCU Pharmacy at both state and national levels.
Pharmacy boasts a modern, integrated curriculum delivered by lectures, tutorials, workshops, and practical placements. Students are encouraged to develop as health practitioners by showing their knowledge orally in counselling, presentations and examinations, and simulated patients are used in workshops to practise these skills.
Pharmacy facilities are used for teaching in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, including Pharmaceutical Technology, Extemporaneous Dispensing and Aseptic Dispensing and Pharmacy Practice, Clinical Dispensing, Pharmacy Practice Workshops and Clinical Pharmacy.
When you study your pharmacy degree at JCU your lecturers are approachable will get to know you, as the class sizes do not exceed 100 students. Please go to Our Staff to see the pharmacy lecturers at JCU.
Once you have graduated with your Bachelor of Pharmacy degree you will need to undertake 48 weeks of paid, supervised training as an intern pharmacist. After completion of this intern year, you are eligible to be registered as a pharmacist.