Pharmacy

OverviewStudying pharmacy

Pharmacy programs in Australia are structured quite similarly to that of 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 can also apply for entry into Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy programs.

Bachelor of Pharmacy: This is an undergraduate degree. It 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.

Master of Pharmacy: This is a graduate pharmacy degree. It is designed to equip students for a career in the pharmacy profession. Students must have completed an undergraduate degree and specified prerequisite courses to be eligible for entry into a Master of Pharmacy program.

Please note the Australian Master of Pharmacy program format is not currently recognized in Canada 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.

Licensing Practicing in Canada

Practicing in Canada

1. Visit Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada  for information on licensure in Canada
2. Enrol in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada
3. Apply to the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada for Document Evaluation and the Evaluating Examination

Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees are recognized internationally. Please visit the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada website for detailed accreditation and certification information.

Graduate qualifications in pharmacy from Australian universities are recognized internationally. Currently, in order to gain licensing through the PEBC, there is a minimum education requirement of 4 years from an accredited pharmacy program. Consequently, a master’s program format alone will not meet this requirement (as they are fewer than 4 years in length). Students are encouraged to undertake a 4-year undergraduate program (which is an equivalent format to Canada’s PharmD).

Former OzTREKK students have graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in Australia and have successfully become accredited in Canada; however, every student is assessed on an individual basis. You are encouraged to visit the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada website (https://www.pebc.ca/) for accreditation and certification information. Upon return to Canada, graduates must also apply for certification through the provincial regulatory body in the Canadian province in which they wish to work.

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“I like how it gets right into the pharmacy stuff, so you can experience what it will be like when you are done.”

I like how it gets right into the pharmacy stuff, so you can experience what it will be like when you are done. I dislike how we still have to do some courses which are very similar to the ones I did back home during my Bachelor of Sciences.

Kajal G.
The University of Queensland, 2018

“The Bachelor of Pharmacy program is really unique as it offers teaching to smaller classes and the teaching quality is amazing!”

I really love how James Cook University create event especially for international students, mainly the weekly Cafe International where everyone can have a chat and play board games while having free coffee! The Bachelor of Pharmacy program is really unique as it offers teaching to smaller classes and the teaching quality is amazing!

JCU Australia John Max M.
James Cook University, 2018

“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”

The JCU pharmacy program is great and I really think it properly prepares you for the registration exams (both written and the oral OSCE).  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. JCU always emphasized the importance of being both prepa... Read More

JCU Australia Jeremy W
Bachelor of Pharmacy
James Cook University, 2014