Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
ATAR 73.3 | English (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (3/4,C)
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Rated 5 Stars for overall experience, learner engagement, student support and teaching quality*, JCU’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree will set you up for success.
Learn about the practical use of medicines, preventative healthcare strategies and effective communication. You will study a comprehensive range of core subjects including chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, biology, pharmacology, therapeutics and research.
Access expertise from leading pharmacists who are experienced and passionate about helping you succeed. Benefit from small class sizes with individual support to help you achieve your best.
Become skilled through hands-on experience with clinical placements in low-resource communities (in both community pharmacies and hospitals) where you’ll get to make a real difference to the health of regional, rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Working in these settings gives you a wide scope of experience, equipping you with the skills to work in any setting from the outback to the city.
With over 600 hours of placement, JCU’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree has the highest number of clinical placement hours for any undergraduate pharmacy degree within Australia.
Be in demand when you graduate with JCU’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree. Ranked as the number one university in Queensland for full-time graduate employment for pharmacists^, JCU will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in any setting.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as pre-placement requirements.
^ComparED Qilt Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019
*Good Universities Guide 2020
About JCU's Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
You have a passion to make a difference in the health and future of the community. Gain hands-on experience and practical training to equip you for success. Partner with James Cook University and graduate with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree (similar to a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy).
You Don't Have to Go Far, to Go Far
Work in diverse clinical settings from hospital and local pharmacies, rural and remote communities, to cities. Familiar with contemporary best practices and knowledgeable about future trajectories in pharmaceutical practice, be the graduate employers are looking to hire. Similar to many pharmacy bachelor studies in Queensland, this degree is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council.
Become highly sought after by employers due to your widely recognised, strong clinical skills. Graduate from your JCU pharmacy bachelor studies in Queensland and prepare to work in hospitals, government health services, clinical research, or manage your own pharmacy.
Study Pharmacy at JCU and Get a World-Class Education
Experience has no substitute, and you want to study pharmacy in a hands-on learning environment where you can hone your clinical skills.
Benefit from JCU’s unique placement program where students benefit from personal supervision and learning in world-class facilities. Your Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) studies at JCU will include more than 600 hours of clinical and professional placements so you graduate ready to enter the workforce.
Study in a small-class environment with lecturers committed to student success and ready to help you take your first steps towards a rewarding and successful career. With your Queensland pharmacy degree, you will graduate eligible to register as a professional with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
A Pharmaceutical Degree That Will Leave You Ready for Any Challenge
Develop as an elite professional highly adept at conceptual and analytical thinking with a JCU pharmaceutical degree. Throughout your placement, put theory into practice and gain a diverse skill set working with various community or patient needs.
Learn how to integrate professional knowledge within appropriate contexts and obtain and interpret clinical data to make decisions that improve the health of your patients.
Study Pharmacy and Lead the Way
There are many pharmacy schools to choose from - at JCU you receive a top-of-class education. A degree and a job are important, as are the skills to stand out as a leader in the professional world.
Through JCU Pharmacy, learn how to communicate clearly, how to apply your skills in varying contexts, and how to pursue cutting-edge research. With your comprehensive understanding of preventative strategies and practical medicine, JCU graduates are leaders in their chosen setting.
Enrol in JCU's Bachelor of Pharmacy and Differentiate Yourself
Your Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree from James Cook University equips you to rise up and meet new exciting challenges.
Follow your passions and prepare yourself to make a difference in your own community or anywhere in Australia. Partner with JCU today and take the first step towards improving the health and wellbeing of people.
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JCU Pharmacy (Honours) graduates have extensive medical knowledge and are employed in a wide range of settings.
Graduates pursue careers in the pharmacy industry.
You could find employment as a community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, work in primary care settings within multidisciplinary teams, work as a consultant pharmacist, industrial pharmacist, researcher or educator.
JCU Pharmacy students and graduates are eligible for registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) [Embedded]
Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)
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).
Tropical Health and Medicine
English, Maths B, Chemistry
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule 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
Additional selection requirements
Students will be eligible to be offered a position in the Research Honours major by the Academic Head if they have achieved an average GPA of 5.5 across level 1 and level 2. Students that are not offered a position in the Research Honours major, or that are offered a position in the Research Honours major but decline this offer, will continue in the Professional Honours major for levels 3 and 4.
Special admission requirements
A quota on entry into the research major may be applied depending on the availability of supervisors.
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
This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.
You will find your course requirements here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
96 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion, graduates of the course will be able to:
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 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.
Teaching Period 1
BM1000:03 Introductory Biochemistry and Microbiology
CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science
PC1001:03 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
PC1101:03 Introduction to Pharmacy
Teaching Period 2
PC1002:03 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
PC1102:06 Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutics 1
PC1103:03 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1
Teaching Period 1
PC2202:06 Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutics 2
PC2203:03 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2
PC2204:03 Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics for Pharmacists
Teaching Period 2
PC2205:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health
PC2206:09 Integrated Therapeutics 1
Select a Major from Table A
TABLE A (Majors)
Type of major
Credit points in major
48 credit points
Only available full time
Only available full time
Students must achieve an average minimum GPA of 5.5 across levels 1 and 2 to be offered a position in the Research Honours major.
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time, not available part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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)
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:
Special assessment requirements
At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
24 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
Credit will not normally be granted for subjects prescribed for levels 2, 3 or 4 of the course.
BACHELOR OF PHARMACY (HONOURS)
Inclusion of majors on testamur
No majors will appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
Students who have completed 72 credit points of their professional course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Life Sciences.
Annual Tuition Fee: $9,527. (Estimate only)