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.
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:
- JCU also topped the field for learner engagement, teaching quality and student support.
- The University of Newcastle achieved 100% student satisfaction for learning resources, ahead of Curtin University and The University of Queensland.
- Griffith University ranked number one for skills development, followed by the University of Newcastle, the University of New England and the University of Tasmania.
- Charles Sturt University, the University of Tasmania and the Queensland University of Technology boast a 100% graduate employment rate.
- Graduates from the University of Tasmania and the University of Sydney on average earn more than the national median salary for pharmacy ($43,800) at $50,900 and $45,300 respectively.
See all Good Universities Guide rankings for pharmacy at www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.
This article originally appeared in Pharmacy News – How they rank: Students name top pharmacy schools