Study Pharmacy at JCU

#1 pharmacy degree in Queensland

Graduate full-time employment^, learner engagement^, and skills development^.

Make a difference

Help people live happier, healthier lives.

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#1 pharmacy degree in Queensland

Graduate full-time employment^, learner engagement^, and skills development^.

Make a difference

Help people live happier, healthier lives.

Locations: Cairns, Mackay, Townsville

Start date: February 

Duration: 4 years full-time, 6 years part-time

QTAC code: Townsville (316151), Cairns (326151), Mackay (336151)

Entry requirements: ATAR 79.3
English (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (3/4,C)

Don’t meet the entry requirements? No problem. JCU has a number of pathways to help you get to where you want to be. Find out more about your options, including JCU’s online summer bridging course.

Make a difference to people’s health and be in demand by employers when you graduate with a JCU Pharmacy degree.

Pharmacists play a vital role in the healthcare industry and are often the first point of contact. A pharmacy degree will provide more career opportunities than you might expect including retail community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist, defence force, research, drug development, consultant pharmacist, aged care facilities, home visits, health service management, government and much more. Pharmacists can also benefit from flexible working arrangements, making it a great career choice for those looking to balance work and life.

Pharmacists are in demand and career opportunities are growing. The JCU Cairns Pharmacy course is no longer taking applications for 2021 intake, but it’s not too late to apply for JCU Townsville and JCU Mackay. Develop the knowledge and skills to launch your career with a degree from the number one Queensland University for full-time graduate employment for pharmacists^.

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"I studied pharmacy at JCU for four years and I had an awesome experience. The support was amazing and by the time I got to my internship I felt really ready to take on my career."

Tegan Stark, JCU Pharmacy graduate

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▶︎ #1 pharmacy degree in Queensland

JCU’s pharmacy degree is ranked as the #1 pharmacy degree in Queensland for full-time graduate employment, skills development and learner engagement^. JCU Pharmacy is also independently rated 5 stars for teaching quality, skills development, learner engagement and overall quality of educational experience^.

▶︎ Be in demand

Ranked as the #1 pharmacy degree in Queensland for full-time graduate employment for pharmacists^, JCU pharmacy graduates are highly sought after by employers.

▶︎ Balance work, life, study

Offering flexible study options in Townsville, Cairns or Mackay where you’ll learn through a mix of online and campus classes, with the choice of part-time or full-time study.

▶︎ Committed to student success

Be supported to succeed by passionate and experienced educators whilst learning in small class-sizes with individual support.

▶︎ Plenty of hands-on experience

Learn through practical experience. With one of the highest number of clinical practice hours in an Australian pharmacy degree (over 600 hours), you’ll be well equipped when you graduate and be in demand by employers.

▶︎ Amazing placement experience

Experience placement opportunities in a range of unique and diverse communities and gain a wide scope of practice. Learn in retail community and hospital pharmacies and develop the skills to make a difference in regional, rural, and remote communities and beyond.

"Other universities don’t have the experiences and exposure we have and it shows when we graduate.”

Chris Simpson, JCU Pharmacy Student
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Where could a career in pharmacy take you?

JCU Pharmacy alumni share their stories.

"The pharmacy degree at JCU really emphasised people skills, how to be mindful of people, show empathy and understand that we are all different. I love being able to build a rapport with my customers so that they feel comfortable in discussing their health with me.”

Vince Pappalardo
JCU Pharmacy Gaduate, owner of Wholelife pharmacy stores nationwide
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"One day you could be working with a child who has had a heart transplant, the next you can be working on specialist immunisation programs. Your study just makes the world of difference when you do start working and when you’re applying for internships.”

Tom Clayton
JCU Pharmacy Graduate, Paediatric Pharmacist at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane
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"Flying around the Himalayas, up in the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in black hawk helicopters is definitely a career highlight… I have also been the pharmacist in support of the entire Middle East region, taking requests from Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Egypt and Israel and sending pharmaceuticals, equipment, and consumables to all these places…”

Tamara Lee
JCU Pharmacy Graduate, Senior Army Pharmacist
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“The most rewarding thing I find about being a pharmacist is when you really do make a difference in someone’s life, making their life easier and making them feel better physically.”

Kate Gill, Community and Consultant Pharmacist

Your pathway to pharmacy at JCU

Not everyone takes the same pathway to university. If you don’t meet the entry requirements there are other options such as JCU’s online summer bridging course where you can complete Preparatory Mathematics (MA0020) and Preparatory Chemistry (CH0020) to get you up to speed, ready to start your pharmacy degree.

Whatever your situation may be, there’s a place for you at JCU.

Need advice on entry requirements? Speak to a JCU advisor.

What on campus accommodation is available to JCU Pharmacy students?

Living on campus is a great way to meet new people and experience all that uni life has to offer. JCU has a variety of accommodation options at JCU Townsville, Cairns and Mackay.

Townsville accommodation options:

  • UniLodge JCU Halls of Residence: Catered accommodation from $321.00 per week or self-catered $241.00 per week.

Cairns accommodation options:

  • UniLodge JCU’s John Grey Hall: Self-catered accommodation from $179 per week.

Mackay accommodation options:

  • JCU Mackay Student Residential College: Here you’ll share with other students from JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry. Accommodation is self-catering, with a fee of $100 per week which covers room, electricity and internet costs. There are limited rooms available in Mackay. Find out more about Mackay accommodation.

On-Campus accommodation is an all-in-one fee – meaning that accommodation outgoings (including electricity, water and internet) are all included, and no bond is payable.

Living on campus connects and enhances the learning environment, provides a safe and supportive home for residents, has a vibrant community lifestyle, and supports educational endeavours and encourages the creation of new friendships and experiences. JCU Students who live on campus have been proven to outperform non-residents.

Find out more about accommodation at JCU.

I’m studying pharmacy from Cairns or Mackay and need a weeks accommodation in Townsville for my residential classes once a semester.

No problem, we have matched our semester rates and weekly rates so you can have affordable accommodation on the Townsville campus during the week-long semester residential. There are self-catering and catered options – both at a reasonable rate. This is a cost effective and stress-free accommodation option for that short duration stay!

I stay in uni accommodation in Cairns or Mackay during the semester – will I have to pay for accommodation in Townsville for the residential?

If you live at John Grey Hall and need to stay in Townsville for a week or two, we will cover your accommodation. Stay at JCU Halls of Residence and you will only pay for meals $100 per week (if you choose a catered option) and a $82 departure fee when you leave (to cover cleaning).

If you aren’t living on-campus and need to stay in Townsville, contact us at and we will help you. Indicative placement rates for 2021 are outlined above.

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