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Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Students rank JCU Pharmacy best in Australia

Did you know pharmacy students have ranked James Cook University’s (JCU) Bachelor of Pharmacy the best in Australia? JCU, which achieved a nearly 93% satisfaction rating for its overall education experience, is one of four universities to achieve a five-star rating (top 20% of universities) for overall excellence in the latest Good Universities Guide.

JCU Pharmacy

Learn more about studying at JCU Pharmacy

In second place was Curtin University (88.5%), followed by University of Queensland (87.4%) and University of Newcastle.

Here are 10 other key results (Australia):

  • JCU also topped the field for learner engagement, teaching quality and student support.
  • Newcastle achieved 100% student satisfaction for learning resources.
  • Griffith University is tops for skills development. Newcastle, New England and Tasmania were the other universities in the top four in this category
  • Charles Sturt University, the University of Tasmania and the Queensland University of Technology boast a 100% graduate employment rate. The median national (Australia) employment rate for pharmacists 95.6%.
  • Pharmacy graduates have better full-time employment prospects than most university graduates. Across all universities and study disciplines, the median employment rate is 70.6%.
  • The median starting salary of $43,800 AUD for pharmacy undergraduates is below the median $58,000 for all university graduates.
  • Undergraduates from two universities earned more than the median salary­­: the University of Tasmania ($50,900 AUD) and the University of Sydney ($45,300 AUD).
  • The median starting salary for postgraduate pharmacists is $62,600 AUD.
  • There are 7,049 undergraduate pharmacy students, 2,131 postgraduate students and 1,603 international students (that’s you!).

JCU Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to JCU Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charlynn@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

About James Cook University Pharmacy School

James Cook University boasts a modern integrated curriculum where students are exposed to various modes of teaching across the subject areas:  lectures, tutorials, workshops, practicals undertaken in modern teaching and laboratory facilities.  Simulated patients are used in workshops and students are encouraged to develop as health practitioners by being trained in skills involving not only showing their knowledge in written examinations but orally in counselling and oral presentations and examinations.

James Cook University Pharmacy School

Study pharmacy at JCU, Townsville

In response to a critical pharmacy workforce shortage in the north and as a consequence of considerable lobbying from the pharmacy profession in north Queensland, James Cook University 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 their studies in February 1999, graduating at the end of 2002.  To date, the program fulfilled its mandate in providing a much needed pharmacy workforce for north Queensland and will continue to strive toward its goal of maintaining this workforce in regional centres such as Townsville, Cairns and Mackay and increasing the number of pharmacists in rural practice, through in its recruiting efforts and 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.

Following much planning, the James Cook University Pharmacy School moved into a new, purpose-built facility in February 2009. The building houses two state-of-the-art facilities (each capable of holding 120 students) for teaching into the Pharmaceutical Sciences, including Pharmaceutical Technology, Extemporaneous Dispensing and Aseptic Dispensing and Pharmacy Practice, including Clinical Dispensing, Pharmacy Practice Workshops and Clinical Pharmacy.  Research facilities for both Pharmacy Practice / Clinical Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Sciences are also available in the facility and this will allow the pharmacy discipline to grow its number of higher degree students.

James Cook University Pharmacy School Students Association

The James Cook University Pharmacy Students Association (JCUPSA) was founded in 2000, a year after the commencement of the of the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the university in Townsville.

Since then JCUPSA has produced a National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association president, and played a leading role in hosting the first International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Conference held in Australia in Cairns in 2006.

Bachelor of Pharmacy program at JCU

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School or about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

What’s it like to be a JCU Pharmacy student?

James Cook University is the second oldest university in Queensland, and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.

In response to a critical pharmacy workforce shortage in the north, James Cook University developed a Bachelor of Pharmacy program in close consultation with local pharmacists. JCU Pharmacy 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.

So what’s it like to study pharmacy at James Cook University? Former OzTREKK student, Matthew, chatted with us recently about his experiences at JCU Pharmacy School and offered to be featured in a student profile. 

Take it away, Matthew…

JCU Pharmacy School

Inside the JCU School of Pharmacy

To me, studying pharmacy at JCU was a decision I had made a bit later in my life. I had completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree prior to moving to Townsville, where I realized that I had a keen interest in not just science, but its application to a health profession. Moving to Australia was a decision I made based on family, which turned out to be the best decision I have personally ever made.

Thus far, the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at James Cook University has well exceeded any expectations I had, which were high to begin with. The faculty and students encourage student involvement right from the first day of classes, and are really focused on getting everyone involved and making everyone feel welcome. I am enjoying the course PC1004 – “Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences,” as students are quickly introduced to various concepts applicable to the pharmacy profession. The course allows the students to feel connected to the pharmacy community right away in their first year of study, which is something I look for and appreciate in a health degree program.

Life in Australia is very different from Canada when you consider its climate, but very much similar when you compare the atmosphere and kind-hearted nature of the people. The students will find that Australians are widely multicultural, much like Canada, as thus far I have learned a lot about different cultures, especially the Australian people themselves. Townsville is a small city, and having been born and raised in a small Canadian city myself, I enjoy the parallels between them, as they have helped me to adapt tremendously. A major difference, as one would suspect, is the beaches and wildlife, which I have been fascinated with since moving to Townsville.

James Cook University Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the James Cook University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School and about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone Rachel toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Meet JCU Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy coordinators

During the OzTREKK Orientations at JCU Townsville this past February, we met JCU Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy Year 2 Coordinator Dave Herron, and Years 3 & 4 Coordinator Ian Heslop. After guiding us through a lovely tour of the school’s facilities, both coordinators agreed to answer some questions to help future JCU Pharmacy students learn more about studying at JCU and in the tropics!

JCU Pharmacy School

Mr. David Herron and Assoc. Prof. Ian Heslop of JCU Pharmacy

What are your roles at JCU Pharmacy School?

We currently have three academic advisors: Mrs Tori Llewelyn – BPharm level 1; Mr David Herron – BPharm level 2;  Associate Professor Ian Heslop – BPharm levels 3 and 4.

The academic advisors have both an academic and pastoral role. Their role is to help students with any problems that they may have which could potentially impact their studies and, if necessary, refer them to the various support agencies available at the university.

We also monitor and counsel Bachelor of Pharmacy students who have academic issues and deal with some student disciplinary issues. Fortunately, we do not deal with many disciplinary issues. The academic advisors are a very multinational bunch: Tori is originally from Canada, Ian from the UK, and David is the token Australian.

Do you work with many Canadian students?

The number of Canadian or international students varies year on year; however, the Canadian students are usually the largest group of non-Australian students in each year level in the JCU Bachelor of Pharmacy pathway. The number varies between 2 and 11 students per year. However, because the number of students in each year level is relatively low compared to other Australian universities (we have about 60 pharmacy students per year level), there was one year where a quarter of the students were Canadians. Therefore, you could say we have had a lot of experience dealing with Canadian students.

I am pleased to say that overall, the experience has been positive for both the students themselves and for the academic staff. Being slightly older than the average Australian student, the Canadian students generally progress well through the degree pathway and mix well with the Australian students and the Townsville community. They are generally well-liked both within the university, in the local community and importantly, by the local pharmacy profession.

What do the international/Canadian students seem to like the most?

From a study perspective, we have an integrated curriculum at JCU, and the Canadian students appear to enjoy this approach. In particular, they appear to enjoy the clinical integrated subjects. They also enjoy the North Queensland lifestyle as North Queenslanders have a very similar outlook of life and share a similar sense of humour. They also enjoy the diverse range of travel opportunities on offer, both when on clinical placement and when on holiday.

The JCU placement program offers a wide range of community, hospital and rural pharmacy placements throughout Australia and into the wider Pacific area. Townsville and North Queensland is in the Australian tropics and offers ready access to the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rain forests, and the Australian Outback, and many students take the opportunity to visit and experience these regions while they are studying here.

JCU Pharmacy School

Find out how you can study pharmacy at JCU

What is challenging for Canadian students to adjust to?

Townsville is in the Australian tropics, and because the academic year starts in February, some Canadian students initially find it a little uncomfortable leaving a Canadian winter only to arrive in Townsville in the tropical wet season. However, the students acclimatise very quickly, and also within a month or two the wet season ends, and so the humidity drops. The rest of the year, the climate is very pleasant, about 25–30 degrees Celsius during the day and it rarely rains. Many students like the idea of wearing shorts and T-shirts in the middle of the Townsville “winter.” That said, it is best to pack at least one sweater just in case it gets “chilly” as it has been known to drop to 10 degrees Celsius some nights in the middle of “winter” here.

What should Canadians know before they start the program?

In the JCU Pharmacy program you will be in a small group. This has major benefits from an educational perspective and with placement opportunities etc. However, it does mean that students cannot hide. Staff and other students will know your name and will expect you to participate in class. The student organisation (JCUPSA) is also very proactive both at local and national levels, and many previous Canadian students have played an active role in this organisation as well.

What happens during pharmacy orientation?

At the start of the academic year, all students participate in both a JCU and a JCU Pharmacy orientation program. Students are introduced to the university and pharmacy program, their subjects, and the academic staff. Student mentors and JCUPSA also play an active role in this orientation program and the program also contains a number of social events which students can participate in.

JCU Pharmacy School

Inside the JCU Pharmacy School facilities

Any tips or suggestions for prospective students?

Again, because our cohorts are relatively small, the JCU Pharmacy academics are very approachable and willing to answer any questions that you have, so take advantage of this. If you have questions, contact the academic advisors. Once offered a place, it is best to contact staff early to organise any issues relating to applications for credit for advanced standing. This will help organise your enrollment before the start of semester and prevent any delays, problems, confusion or missed classes once semester starts.

Bachelor of Pharmacy at JCU Pharmacy School

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

James Cook University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program applicants are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School or about how to apply? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

JCU Pharmacy School applications are open

The JCU Pharmacy School applications for the 2016 intake are now open via OzTREKK!

James Cook University Pharmacy School

Study pharmacy at JCU

James Cook University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program aims to equip graduates with the knowledge, practice, skills and attitudes they will require to practice as pharmacists and as effective members of the health-care team within the community.

Professional placements form a key component of the pharmacy program, with students based in hospital and community pharmacies in rural and urban locations throughout northern Queensland in their third and fourth years of study. Placements may also be undertaken in the pharmaceutical industry, and in the non-pharmacy areas such as dentists, veterinarians or podiatrists, and overseas. This practical experience is vital for developing effective interpersonal and patient counselling skills as well as cross-cultural awareness.

James Cook University Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the James Cook University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School and about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone Rachel toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Australian Pharmacy School applications are open for the 2016 intake

Applications for the 2016 intake at Australian Pharmacy Schools are officially open via OzTREKK!

Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia

Study pharmacy in Australia

Pharmacy programs in Australia are structured quite similarly to many other professional programs offered at Australian universities. Students can enter a pharmacy program directly from high school. Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may also apply for entry into Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy programs.

Some Australian Pharmacy Schools offer credit transfers if you’ve already completed particular undergraduate studies. This means that you may be able to transfer directly into Year 2 of the program, making the program length three years, instead of four.

In Canada, the Australian Master of Pharmacy program format is not currently recognized by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). The PEBC prefers that students complete an Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy program instead, as this course format is recognized and can be assessed by the PEBC. OzTREKK recommends that students who wish to return to Canada to gain pharmacy certification study one of our Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy programs.

Bachelor of Pharmacy

This is an undergraduate degree that leads to a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and is designed to equip students for a career in the pharmacy profession. Australian students, like those from virtually all other Commonwealth countries except Canada, can enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy program directly from high school.

The following Australian universities offer Bachelor of Pharmacy programs:

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If you have any questions about how to apply to a pharmacy program in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

JCU Pharmacy to host in-person meetings for prospective students

Professor Ian Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU will be visiting Canada this June to host in-person meetings for those interested in gaining entry into the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at James Cook University.

Pharmacy at JCU 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 practice these skills.

JCU Pharmacy School

Inside the JCU School of Pharmacy School facilities

Meetings Schedule

Toronto: June 8 & 9, 2015
Calgary: June 10, 2015
Vancouver: June 11, 2015

To Schedule an In-person Meeting

To be considered for an in-person meeting, please complete this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUpharm2015mtg

Please note you must meet the program eligibility criteria in order to be invited for a student meeting.

Bachelor of Pharmacy at JCU Pharmacy School

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the James Cook University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School or about these in-person meetings? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, February 27th, 2015

JCU Pharmacy School facilities

JCU Pharmacy School boasts a modern integrated curriculum where students are exposed to various modes of teaching across the subject areas:  lectures, tutorials, workshops, practicals undertaken in modern teaching and laboratory facilities. Simulated patients are used in workshops and students are encouraged to develop as health practitioners by being trained in skills involving not only showing their knowledge in written examinations but orally in counselling and oral presentations and examinations.

JCU Pharmacy School

JCU Pharmacy School construction

Following much planning, JCU Pharmacy moved into a new purpose built facility in February 2009. The building houses two state-of-the-art facilities (each capable of holding 120 students) for teaching into the Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Pharmacy Practice Laboratory
A pharmacy practice laboratory is located within the Pharmacy & Medical Research building. This area is designed to hold 120 students during one session or can be divided to hold two groups of 60 students and also has video conferencing abilities. The unit consists of 33 computers, each connected to a thermal label printer. Each computer has full internet access and access to all appropriate pharmacy reference material. This facility is used extensively for workshops, clinical dispensing and tutorials.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory
A pharmaceutical sciences laboratory is located within the Pharmacy & Medical Research building. The facility has been designed as a multipurpose laboratory and compounding, pharmaceutical technology and aseptic dispensing are undertaken in this area, which is designed to hold 120 students during one session or can be divided to hold two groups of 60 students. Each bench will hold a maximum of 8 students. The laboratory is equipped with 30 computers, each connected to a thermal label printer. Each computer contains dispensing programs, internet access and access to pharmaceutical reference material.

Sterile Dispensing Facility
An aseptic suite is also available where the teaching of and research into sterile compounding and cytotoxic manufacturing may be undertaken.

Research Laboratories
JCU Pharmacy School has two research laboratories equipped with various research instruments that are available to the discipline’s staff and students.

Bachelor of Pharmacy at JCU Pharmacy School

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the James Cook University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School or about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

JCU Pharmacy graduate chats with OzTREKK

Would you like to study pharmacy in Australia? Ever wonder what it’s like, and what your options are after you graduate?

After graduation from JCU Pharmacy School in 2012, former OzTREKK student Jeremy Warner decided to stay in Australia to practice pharmacy and then take the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying exams. He completed the Australian registration process, which included a year of internship (1,824 supervised hours), a written exam, and an oral exam. He’ll be flying back to Toronto this January to complete the PEBC exams.

So what happens if you decide to stay in Australia after your studies? Read Jeremy’s story and find out where he’s headed on his “Study in Australia” journey!

Did you enjoy your time at JCU?

James Cook University School of Pharmacy

Former OzTREKK student Jeremy Warner is clearly enjoying his time in Oz!

JCU is a great university and the pharmacy program was just what I needed. It’s a fairly small program so you get to know all the staff on a first-name basis and are able to get lots of one-on-one help if needed. I did find that I was much older than the majority of my classmates who had just graduated from high school.  I had taken a year and a half off after finishing a degree at the University of Guelph to teach English in South Korea and found I really didn’t have much in common with any of them so didn’t really socialize with them outside of class time etc.

The campus is very spread out on the outskirts of Townsville with plenty of bush turkeys, wallabies and other random wildlife always visible. The pharmacy department itself is located in a very new area of the campus (along with medicine and some research departments) so all the facilities are state of the art. The rest of the campus is undergoing a makeover, with the rest of the departments catching up.

James Cook University School of Pharmacy

Jeremy meets the termite hill near Darwin

What did you like about the pharmacy program? What was your best memory from your time at JCU?

The Bachelor of Pharmacy program itself is great and I really think it properly prepares you for the registration exams (both written and the oral OSCE). I noticed that while doing my internship year a lot of other students from other universities were not as prepared or confident in oral exams. JCU Pharmacy School always emphasized the importance of being both prepared for written exams as well as being able to think quickly and react during an oral exam. I found that I was much more relaxed for the oral registration exam than some of the other candidates.

You’ve completed the Australian pharmacy certification process. Did you find this process straightforward or challenging?

The Australian process is both difficult and straightforward. After graduating, everyone must complete a pre-reg internship before becoming fully registered. This consists of almost 1,900 supervised hours working directly under a registered pharmacist. During that time you must complete a recognized training program (offered through the various pharmaceutical organizations—I choose to do mine through the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia). These programs require face-to-face training weekends, assignments, as well as preceptor evaluations. You must also complete a written MCQ exam as well as an oral OSCE. These exams are only allowed to be done once a certain number of supervised hours are reached.

James Cook University School of Pharmacy

When in Darwin, visit Crocosaurus Cove!

Once all exams, supervised hours, and training program are completed, you are able to apply for general registration. The organization that regulates this is very strict with their paperwork etc., and not great with communication. Because I’m considered an international applicant (even though I studied in Australia and passed all the required steps), I had to prove that my secondary education in Canada was conducted in English. This delayed my registration and I was barely able to start work on the day I was needed to start.  I would advise clarifying all paperwork with them before it is sent in.

What should new pharmacy students be aware of?

I would suggest getting a job at a local pharmacy as soon as possible. This will help to familiarize you with the differences between the Canadian system and Australian system. It will help with studying as you will be forced to look at products and discuss them with a pharmacist as well as customers. I found this really helped me learn about the over-the-counter products and to boost my confidence with discussing (sometimes embarrassing) health concerns and medications with random strangers.

James Cook University School of Pharmacy

Whitsunday Islands’ Airlie Beach is a must-visit

What are you up to now?

Right now I am working full time for the biggest retail pharmacy chain in Australia. I also work part time at a restaurant to help pay off my student loans (which is why I took forever to send this blog in). I have also taken an instructor course for a program offered by my local gym and am working on becoming certified in that. The program is internationally recognized and will allow me to teach it when I return to Canada and am finishing up their registration process.

At what stage of the Canadian certification process are you?

I am not very far along in the Canadian registration process. I have sent in all my required paperwork and have had my degree evaluated and accepted by the Canadian Pharmacy Council. This has allowed me to apply for the evaluating exam. This exam essentially will prove that my studies here are equivalent to what is being taught in Canada. I will be coming back to write that exam in early January and then returning here to work, most likely until my visa expires in August 2015.

James Cook University School of Pharmacy

Jeremy is also working toward being a certified trainer!

Do you feel your studies at JCU prepared you for Canadian pharmacy certification?

From what I can see about the evaluating exam, there is a strong focus on biochemistry. I was given credit for courses I took at the University of Guelph and was never required to take any biochemistry courses at JCU. I think this may have been a slight disadvantage and have now signed up for an online course to help prepare me for this exam. JCU focuses heavily on pharmaceutics and more chemistry than biochemistry, so I definitely feel I will have an advantage in those areas.

Australia and Canada have different names for drugs as well as different uses for medications and completely different laws. These are areas that every international student should be expecting to be behind in when returning to their home country for work.

James Cook University School of Pharmacy

Barry Springs Nature Park in Darwin

I am only at the early stages of the Canadian process so am not fully aware of the specifics and have just started to get organized to prepare for the January evaluating exam.

If you could tell our future JCU pharmacy students one thing to help them prepare for their studies, what would it be?

Townsville is fairly isolated but does have an airport that services a few of the capital cities, which have connections to pretty much every airport in the country. Flights to and from Townsville are more expensive than other cities, but air travel here is not overly expensive.

Research areas you want to live in before you get here. Some people prefer to live close to campus, but fairly far from the city centre, beach, nightlife etc. I preferred to live closer to my jobs and only went to campus for class etc. I found I was very rushed when I first got here. You get dropped off at a hostel and then there is a mad dash to find a place to live. It’s a quick process, but you may not end up in a place you are happy with. It took me a few places and a couple of years to find a place that I really liked.

James Cook University School of Pharmacy

Just like home: Moosehead beer in Australia?

I would also suggest bringing a few Canadian pharmacy resources with you. This will allow you to learn both the Australian way as well as the Canadian way of doing things and make you that much more prepared for the Canadian exams.

Do a bit of research into which health insurance company and bank you would like in advance. James Cook University has a partnership with Allianz. I found them quite difficult to deal with so don’t just choose the one that they suggest—make an informed decision.

JCU allows you to do a work placement in your home country. I would definitely take advantage of this! It really helped to learn the process of how things are done in Canada (completely different from Australia) and allowed me to see a completely different perspective. I was fortunate that when I graduated that “retail pharmacist” was still on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL), so I was able to apply for a Graduate Skills 485 visa.  This allowed me to complete my internship and get registered. Now that pharmacist is off the list, I am unable to apply for permanent residency based on my skills and once my visa expires I will have to leave the country permanently. I will most likely maintain my registration here so if anything changes and pharmacist is returned to the list, I will have the option of returning and working right away.

James Cook University School of Pharmacy

Chillin’ at Juliette’s café in Townsville

Bachelor of Pharmacy program at JCU Pharmacy School

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: No set application deadline

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the James Cook University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School or about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady: Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1 866-698-7355. Find out how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Pharmacy at JCU

JCU boasts a modern integrated pharmacy curriculum where students are exposed to various modes of teaching across the subject areas: lectures, tutorials, workshops, practicals undertaken in modern teaching and laboratory facilities. Simulated patients are used in workshops and students are encouraged to develop as health practitioners by being trained in skills involving not only showing their knowledge in written examinations but orally in counselling and oral presentations and examinations.

JCU Pharmacy School

Study pharmacy at James Cook University

In response to a critical pharmacy workforce shortage in the north and as a consequence of considerable lobbying from the pharmacy profession in north Queensland, JCU developed a Bachelor of Pharmacy program in close consultation with local pharmacists.

Bachelor of Pharmacy at JCU

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to JCU Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry, and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about JCU Pharmacy School or about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or phone toll free at 1 866-698-7355. Find out how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!