Bachelor of Pharmacy - BPHAR - 2018

Course overview

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to manage a patient’s use and understanding of medication, in order to achieve the best health outcomes.

This is a professional degree, designed to meet the demands for pharmacy services across Australia, plus a focus on healthcare needs within remote and rural communities in Australia.

We encourage you to think outside the square about maintaining community health when support services are compromised. 

The pharmacy program encompasses the sciences that underpin the profession of pharmacy, including chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology.

Pharmacy-specific subjects such as pharmaceutics, pharmacy practice, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology and therapeutics run throughout the program.

Additionally, as a CDU pharmacy graduate, you will have sound knowledge in management, leadership, multidisciplinary teamwork and cultural competence.


A police check is mandatory for all healthcare professionals in training and is required for clinical placements.


  • The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a four-year degree with an Honours option.
  • During the course, you will undertake professional placements in the community, in hospital pharmacies, in urban, rural and/or remote settings or in healthcare centres. Professional placements provide understanding and experience of the processes involved in providing primary healthcare, clinical pharmacy services, and drug information.
  • The CDU Pharmacy degree offers an embedded Honours degree. Higher degrees by research are offered at the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy levels.
  • Once graduates complete the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s pre-registration program, they can they register as a pharmacist and work anywhere in Australia.


Outside of the centre of some major cities, there is a strong demand for pharmacists in Australia. Most graduates opt for careers as community or hospital pharmacists, while others opt to take on further study and become independent consultant pharmacists.

Other challenging and fulfilling options include careers in government and regulatory authorities, the pharmaceutical industry, research, and academia.

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements of the Australian Pharmacy Council. Eligibility for registration in Australia will be granted by the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Pharmacists registered in Australia are able to work as pharmacists in all Australian States and Territories and New Zealand. Graduates may be employed in a community or hospital setting and other government jobs.

More details about the course

Please visit the Course Catalogue for more information.

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