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.
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.
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.