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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.

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

JCU students set to strengthen skills abroad

More than 140 James Cook University students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Indo-Pacific region with the university receiving nearly $470,000 in New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding.

JCU students set to strengthen skills abroad

JCU students will be leaving the lecture theatre and practicing abroad with the NPC funding

JCU students will travel to Cambodia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Singapore, India, Thailand and Fiji after $468,600 was announced recently in the 2017 round of funding.

Overall, for 2016–2019, JCU will receive $1.52 million.

The NCP is a Federal Government initiative in which Australian university students are sent abroad to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with neighbouring Indo-Pacific countries.

Study options include semester-based learning, teaching practicums, research, field studies and clinical placements.

A group of JCU Nursing students will head to Indonesia—the first time nursing students have been able to undertake the overseas placements under this plan.

Of the funded projects for 2017, 15 nursing students will head to Indonesia next year, with another 20 to follow in 2018, and an additional 25 to travel there in 2019.

Dr Karen Yates, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, said it was an exciting opportunity for nursing students.

“This placement will allow them to work beside nursing and other health care staff, while contributing to a developing community in a meaningful and sustainable way,” Dr Yates said.

“Students will join with local nursing and medical services to deliver supervised nursing services, implement community health promotion strategies for disadvantaged populations in diverse settings.

“This experience will enable students to develop an overview of health care provision and their role as a global citizen.”

A total of 15 Education students will be off to Cambodia, 10 French language students to Vanuatu, 10 Social Work students to India, eight Archaeology students to Thailand, and the largest group—64 Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physicians Assistant students—are off to Fiji.

In addition, 20 Tropical Planning students will travel to Singapore, to work with JCU’s Singapore campus and the National University of Singapore.

JCU’s Mobility Manager from the Division of Global Strategy and Engagement, Linda Rust, said the scheme provides fantastic opportunities for students.

“They will be immersed in the language and culture, and will develop new international networks while gaining valuable work experience,” she said.

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Discover more about the tropical and rural studies at James Cook University! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Meet James Cook University Medical School!

James Cook University Division of Tropical Health and Medicine Welcome Evening in Toronto

JCU Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski

Register for the JCU welcome evening

Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and Mrs Sandra Hurlock, Associate Faculty Registrar from James Cook University in Australia will be hosting a social event in Toronto on Monday, June 13, welcoming all students and parents who are interested in learning more about the university and its programs.

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Venue: Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto
Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/sheratonTO

RSVP: http://study.oztrekk.com/jcu-welcome-evening/

Within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU are three colleges:

  1. College of Medicine and Dentistry
  2. College of Healthcare Sciences
  3. College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Ian Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU during the event.

Know before you go! Find out more about these popular JCU schools!

We can’t wait to meet you there!

For more information about this exciting event, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1- 866-698-7355. Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

About Australian Pharmacy Schools

Pharmacists are key members in the health care team, because of their specialized knowledge in the use and application of medications and also in their communications with patients. They are in a great position to provide valuable information on the formulation of dosage forms and this relates to drug product efficacy. Pharmacists are also able to provide patients with information on the appropriate storage of medications. Their understanding of the functioning of the body systems and the impact of disease on these systems allows them to provide insight into disease state management. Accessibility often makes pharmacists the first members of the health care team contacted by patients and thus are important primary health care providers.

Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia

Learn more about Australian Pharmacy Schools

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. The following Australian universities offer pharmacy programs:

James Cook University Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

JCU Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program aims to equip graduates with the knowledge, practice, skills and attitudes they will require to practice as pharmacists and effective members of the health care team within the community. Professional placements form a key component of the course, with students based in hospital and community pharmacies in rural and urban locations throughout northern Queensland in their third and fourth years of study. This practical experience is vital for developing effective interpersonal and patient-counselling skills as well as cross-cultural awareness. Professional placements allow students to develop their focus within the pharmacy field. The JCU School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences ensures that graduates are prepared for careers in hospital or community pharmacies, regulatory and drug management facilities, the pharmaceutical industry, armed forces and public service.

Apply to James Cook University Pharmacy School!

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University of Queensland Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

The UQ Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimise medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice. The program integrates six streams of study: quality use of medication; dosage form design; social and professional aspects of pharmacy; drug discovery; biological fate of drugs; and data analysis in pharmacy.

Apply to the University of Queensland Pharmacy School!

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University of Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy covers the study of the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The first year is a foundation year in which students study biology, chemistry and basic pharmaceutical sciences, and are introduced to pharmacy. The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, together with specialized clinical pharmacy studies. During third and fourth years, considerable time is spent in clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacies, where valuable practical experience is gained.

Apply to the University of Sydney Pharmacy School!

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University of Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy

The four-year undergraduate program at the University of Newcastle Pharmacy School is an integrated program consisting of lectures, practicals, tutorials and experiential learning through clinical placements and simulated learning environments. The program will build upon the student’s existing knowledge of science while focusing on material that specifically relates to the knowledge, skills and attributes required as a pharmacist.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Callaghan, Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to apply as early as possible.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Pharmacy School!

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Griffith University Bachelor of Pharmacy

The Griffith University Pharmacy School has purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, including a professional practice laboratory with a model dispensary, a dedicated formulation laboratory, aseptic dispensing unit and research laboratories. As a result, Griffith Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates are work-ready with the knowledge and skills valued in both industry and health care. The clinical experience program in the Bachelor of Pharmacy reflects the contemporary health care environment. Students undertake weekly visits to community pharmacies during their third year. Students also have a one-week block placement in third year and at least a further two weeks in fourth year. By the end of their fourth year, all students have had at least three one week placement blocks in clinical experience, as well as the series of community pharmacy visits.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Apply to Griffith University Pharmacy School!

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If you complete a pharmacy degree in Australia, can you practice in Canada?

Graduate qualifications in pharmacy from Australian universities are recognized internationally. Graduates from Canada who wish to become a pharmacist upon their return to Canada should visit the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada website for accreditation and certification information: http://www.pebc.ca/. Graduates of an Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degree must also apply for certification through the provincial regulatory body in the Canadian province they wish to work in.

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Would you like more information about studying at a pharmacy school in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

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.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Professor Sandra Harding re-appointed JCU Vice Chancellor

James Cook University’s Professor Sandra Harding has been re-appointed as Vice Chancellor and President.

The Chancellor of JCU, Lt Gen John Grey AC, said Professor Harding has been re-appointed by the University Council to serve as Vice Chancellor and President until the end of 2021.

Lt Gen Grey said the Council recognised Professor Harding’s strong leadership of the University.

“Professor Harding has provided exemplary leadership for the university since joining JCU in 2007. She is held in deep respect by the people of northern Queensland, as well as nationally and internationally.”

“She has done a tremendous job driving JCU’s tropical agenda in line with the University’s strategic intent, as well as providing strong leadership to maintain JCU’s financial sustainability.”

“Under her leadership, JCU has reinforced and enhanced its position as one of the world’s leading tropical institutions of research and teaching,” Lt Gen Grey said. “Her passion for JCU and its tropical agenda is truly inspiring.”

Professor Harding said it’s a privilege to lead James Cook University. “I am so proud of the university and its talented students, researchers, teachers and professional staff. Building on the work of so many since the university began, the contemporary JCU has achieved much over the past few years, and there is much more work to be done.”

“I’m particularly delighted to lead JCU as we approach two crucial milestones: the 50th Birthday celebrations of the university in 2020 and growing international recognition of the significance of the Tropics as part of a new geopolitic.”

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Join JCU in Toronto on June 2

James Cook University’s Division of Tropical Health and Medicine will be hosting a Welcome Evening in Toronto on Monday, June 8, 2015.

JCU Dentistry

James Cook University Dental School, Cairns

Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wronski  is hosting a social event in Toronto welcoming all students and parents interested in learning more about the faculty and JCU.

Venue: Pinnacle Room, Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, 123 Queen St. W.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/sheratonTO

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 2 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUwelcomeRSVP

The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the College of Medicine and Dentistry during the event.

Know before you go! Find out more about these popular JCU schools and programs!

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For more information about this exciting event, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

James Cook University to host Welcome Evening in Toronto

James Cook University Division of Tropical Health and Medicine Welcome Evening in Toronto

JCU Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski

Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski will host the JCU Welcome Evening in Toronto

Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, and Mrs Sandra Hurlock, Associate Faculty Registrar, from James Cook University in Australia will be hosting a social event in Toronto on Monday, June 8, welcoming all students and parents interested in learning more about the university and its programs.

Venue: Pinnacle Room, Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, 123 Queen St. W.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/sheratonTO

RSVP: by Tuesday, June 2 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUwelcomeRSVP

Within the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU are three colleges:

  1. College of Medicine and Dentistry
  2. College of Healthcare Sciences
  3. College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Ian Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU during the event.

Know before you go! Find out more about these popular JCU schools!

We can’t wait to meet you there!

For more information about this exciting event, please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1- 866-698-7355. Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

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.