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Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

4 years full-time
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Entry Requirements
OP 12 | English (4,SA), Chemistry (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA)
ATAR 71.55 | English (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (3/4,C)
TSV: 316151
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There is a strong demand for pharmacists in northern and rural/remote Australia. Highly skilled and trained in all aspects of contemporary and future pharmacy practice, JCU Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) graduates are in demand by employers.

Be equipped with the skills to work in any setting, ranging from metropolitan cities to the outback and the remotest of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Graduates have a range of exciting career opportunities including hospital and community pharmacy, pharmacy practice management, government health services and regulatory bodies, defence force and the pharmaceutical industries. With further study, graduates can pursue careers in clinical research and university teaching. Some graduates work overseas.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to enter an accredited one-year internship program, and progress to registration as a pharmacist with the Australian Pharmacy Council.

Make a difference with a JCU Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree. Learn how to improve the health of communities in need and become equipped to handle unique challenges in any setting.

A hands-on course where you will develop strong clinical skills through experiential learning. With over 600 hours of placement, you’ll be career ready and in demand when you graduate.

Excel with small class sizes and dedicated, passionate teachers who are friendly and approachable.

This course is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council. Consult the handbook for specific admission requirements and further information.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

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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Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) [Embedded]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

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

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 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:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

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

  • Integrate a coherent and advanced body of professional knowledge, competencies, behaviours, responsibilities and ethics within 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

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

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


Level 1

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

Level 2

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




Professional Honours


Only available full time

Research Honours


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.







Expected time to complete

4 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


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:

Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

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.

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

Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

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.

Other restrictions

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

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


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.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $9,527. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

Learn through hands-on experience

Study and work in world-class facilities and graduate work ready. There is no substitute for JCU Pharmacy’s unique placement program where students benefit from personal supervision.