Bachelor of Pharmacy

Pharmacists are integral primary health care professionals who work closely with patients in community and hospital pharmacies.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
4 years full-time
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; Maths B; Chemistry
OP/Rank
12/74

Career opportunities

JCU Pharmacy graduates enjoy good employment rates, and demand is strong in rural and regional Australia. After your internship you will have an excellent chance to make your mark on the pharmacy profession in:

  • Hospital and community pharmacies
  • Managing your own pharmacy practice
  • Government health services and regulatory bodies (e.g. Therapeutic Goods Administration)
  • Defence forces
  • Pharmaceutical industries
  • Clinical research or university teaching careers, after further study.

The course has accreditation with the Australian Pharmacy Council. After graduation you will be eligible to enter an accredited one-year internship program and progress to registration as a pharmacist.

Course highlights

JCU has a national reputation for the quality of its Pharmacy program and graduates.

  • Quality teaching – Pharmacy graduates from JCU rate the quality of teaching (89%) and course quality (95%) highest in the country, topping the Pharmacy sector (2013 National Course Experience Questionnaire).
  • Hands-on experience – you will get up to 600 hours of placement experience working with rural, urban and underserved populations to gain clinical skills of the highest standard.
  • Individual focus – you will enjoy smaller class sizes where your lecturers are approachable and friendly and where it’s easy to form friendships and study groups with fellow students.
  • Research driven – as a student in the College of Medicine and Dentistry, you will enjoy superb teaching facilities and the College’s strong research focus can open doors to further study and exciting Pharmacy research projects.
  • Award-winning – JCU Pharmacy students have won four out of the last 10 Queensland Pharmacy Student of the Year Awards.

Course overview

As a true interdisciplinary field, pharmacy gives you a strong foothold in both the science and healthcare industry. As a professional pharmacist you will have understanding and involvement in:

  • discovery of breakthrough medicines
  • the effect of individual drugs upon the human body
  • formulation of drug compounds into effective medicines
  • how drugs act to treat specific diseases
  • counselling patients on their medications.

You will gain expertise in health sciences including biochemistry, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, infectious diseases, immunology, dermatology and toxicology. In addition you’ll gain knowledge of health promotion, rural and remote practice, and business and management essentials. Clinical placements commence from Year 1.

Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates plus a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.

Two Honours degree options are available for high-achieving students who wish to pursue research and academic careers: * An embedded program of study and research included in the Bachelor of Pharmacy or * Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours); AQF Level 8 An additional one-year program (full time or equivalent) after successful completion of the Bachelor of Pharmacy, including a research thesis.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316151) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

PC1001:03 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

PC1002:03 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

PC1003:03 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2

PC1004:03 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 1

PC1005:03 Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 1

Level 2

BC2014:03 Principles of Biochemistry for Pharmacy Students

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

PC2001:03 Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 2

PC2002:03 Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 3

PC2003:03 Integrated Metabolism and Nutrition for Pharmacists

PC2004:03 Professional Pharmacy Practice 1

PC2006:03 Dermatology for Pharmacists

PC2201:03 Infectious Diseases and Immunology for Pharmacists

Level 3

CH3100:03 Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 4

PC3001:03 ENT, Eyes and Respiratory Pharmacy

PC3002:03 Cardiovascular and Renal Therapeutics for Pharmacists

PC3005:03 Nervous System and Mental Health for Pharmacists

PC3102:03 Health Care for Pharmacists

PC3201:03 Musculoskeletal Pharmacy

PC3204:03 Professional Pharmacy Practice 2 Part 1 of 2

PC3205:03 Professional Pharmacy Practice 2 Part 2 of 2

Level 4

PC4101:03 Endocrine and Reproductive Pharmacy

PC4102:03 Oncology, Haematology and Toxicology for Pharmacists

PC4103:03 Professional Pharmacy Practice 3

PC4203:12 Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of specified level 1, 2, 3 or 4 subjects from List 1

List 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

BU1112:03 Business Law

BX2051:03 Managing People

BX2119:03 Alternative Dispute Resolution

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CP1406:03 Interactive Media and Web Technologies

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis 1

PC4104:03 Pharmacy Project

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology 1

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

SP1002:03 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared - Bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).

Handbook

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Course code

70810

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.  Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled. Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3aSchedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum overall score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7 in each of the four components within 2 years prior to applying for registration upon graduation.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Post admission requirements

Immunisations:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B and that they have been vaccinated or evidence that they are not susceptible for the vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella and Pertussis. Professional experience placement is a requirement of this course and students may be engaged in roles where there is contact that would allow transmission of a VPD. Students are required to comply with the above requirement prior to commencing their first Professional Experience Placement or by the end of the first teaching period of their studies, otherwise their enrolment will be terminated.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements.  Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that students hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate understanding of professional knowledge, competencies, behaviours, responsibilities and ethics in a health provision model of pharmacy practice that is appropriate in rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical contexts

  • Retrieve, synthesise, critically evaluate and apply evidence in pharmacy practice

  • Obtain, interpret and evaluate patient and clinical data to assess individual and population health status and, where necessary, formulate, implement and monitor management plans, in consultation with patients and communities

  • Promote and optimise the health and welfare of individuals and populations

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for entry into the pharmacy workforce

  • Deliver and facilitate safe and effective collaborative patient-centred health outcomes, within a clearly defined and accepted scope of pharmacy practice

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to plan ongoing professional development and foster a commitment to lifelong learning.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

PC1001:03 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

PC1002:03 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

PC1003:03 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2

PC1004:03 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 1

PC1005:03 Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 1

Level 2

BC2014:03 Principles of Biochemistry for Pharmacy Students

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

PC2001:03 Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 2

PC2002:03 Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 3

PC2003:03 Integrated Metabolism and Nutrition for Pharmacists

PC2004:03 Professional Pharmacy Practice 1

PC2006:03 Dermatology for Pharmacists

PC2201:03 Infectious Diseases and Immunology for Pharmacists

Level 3

CH3100:03 Molecular Basis of Therapeutics 4

PC3001:03 ENT, Eyes and Respiratory Pharmacy

PC3002:03 Cardiovascular and Renal Therapeutics for Pharmacists

PC3005:03 Nervous System and Mental Health for Pharmacists

PC3102:03 Health Care for Pharmacists

PC3201:03 Musculoskeletal Pharmacy

PC3204:03 Professional Pharmacy Practice 2 Part 1 of 2

PC3205:03 Professional Pharmacy Practice 2 Part 2 of 2

Level 4

PC4101:03 Endocrine and Reproductive Pharmacy

PC4102:03 Oncology, Haematology and Toxicology for Pharmacists

PC4103:03 Professional Pharmacy Practice 3

PC4203:12 Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice

OPTIONS

Select 3 credit points of specified level 1, 2, 3 or 4 subjects from List 1

List 1

BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BU1007:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

BU1104:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1105:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1108:03 Managing Consumer Markets

BU1112:03 Business Law

BX2051:03 Managing People

BX2119:03 Alternative Dispute Resolution

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CP1406:03 Interactive Media and Web Technologies

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

MA1401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis 1

PC4104:03 Pharmacy Project

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology 1

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

SP1002:03 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 and level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject

Must successfully complete all level 3 subjects before attempting any level 4 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the studenthas not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Advanced standing will not normally be granted for subjects prescribed for levels 2, 3 or 4 of the course.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF PHARMACY

Approved abbreviation

BPharm

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available both within this course and as a separate graduate entry course.

Eligibility

Entry to in-course Honours

At the start of level 3 of the course the College Dean will invite applications from students

  • Normally students will have obtained a GPA of 6 (Distinction or better) for the subjects completed for levels 1 and 2 of the course

  • A quota may be imposed on the number of students accepted for entry to the honours course depending on the availability of supervisors

Graduate entry to Honours

Successful completion of the pass degree in Pharmacy, within the previous three years

  • Normally students will have achieved a GPA of not less than 5.0 calculated over the four levels of the pass degree

  • Students may be required to undertake work additional to the pass degree before commencing honours

Honours

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.