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Australian Pharmacy Schools

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James Cook University Pharmacy School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Pharmacy

University and Faculty: James Cook University (JCU)
College of Medicine and Dentistry
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
University Location: Townsville, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 190,000
Student Population: 11,500
Campus Location: Townsville, Queensland
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2019
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $35,800 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $143,000 AUD (based on 2019 fees; fees subject to increase)

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 an excellent 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, which is particularly important in tropical climates. In addition, 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 results in pharmacists being the first members of the health care team contacted by patients and thus are important primary health care providers. In this role they are able to provide advice to patients on their health in both community and hospital pharmacy.

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 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. Placements may also be undertaken in the pharmaceutical Industry, 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.


Unique Features of the Program

Professional placements, which take place in years three and four, allow students to develop their focus within the pharmacy field. The School of Pharmacy 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.


Why Canadians Like the Program

Canadian students enjoy the JCU Pharmacy program because it provides them with the opportunity to gain professional experience while completing their academic requirements. As well, the campus and surrounding area offers a relaxing environment in which students can study.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Practicing in Canada

Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees are recognized internationally. If you intend to practice in Canada, you must first apply for certification through your provincial regulatory body. Please visit the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada website for detailed accreditation and certification information.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

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.


Total Number of Places in the Program: variable

Application Deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Charlynn Lecompte

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