Students name top pharmacy schools

Pharmacy students have ranked James Cook University’s pharmacy course 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.

In second place was Curtin University (88.5%), followed by The University of Queensland (87.4%) and University of Newcastle (87%).

Pharmacy graduates have better full-time employment prospects than most university graduates, with the median national employment rate for pharmacists being 95.6%. Across all universities and study disciplines, the median employment rate is 70.6%.

The median starting salary of $43,800 for pharmacy undergraduates is below the median $58,000 for all university graduates. The salary is lower than for nursing ($58,000), communications ($48,800) and creative arts graduates ($47,000).

The median starting salary for postgraduate pharmacists is $62,600

There are 7049 undergraduate pharmacy students, 2131 postgraduate students and 1603 international students

Here are other key results for pharmacy from The Good Universities Guide 2019:

See all Good Universities Guide rankings for pharmacy at


This article originally appeared in Pharmacy News –  How they rank: Students name top pharmacy schools

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