How they rank: Students name top pharmacy schools
Pharmacy students have ranked James Cook University’s (JCU) 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 Queensland University (87.4%) and Newcastle University (87%).
Here are 10 other key results:
- JCU also topped the field for learner engagement, teaching quality and student support.
- Newcastle achieved 100% student satisfaction for learning resources, ahead of Curtin and Queensland universities
- Griffith University is tops for skills development. Newcastle, New England and Tasmania were the other universities in the top four in this category
- Charles Sturt University, the University of Tasmania and the Queensland University of Technology boast a 100% graduate employment rate. The median national employment rate for pharmacists 95.6%
- Pharmacy graduates have better full-time employment prospects than most university graduates. 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 communications ($48,800) and creative arts graduates ($47,000).
- The median starting salary for nurses is $58,000.
- Undergraduates from two universities earned more than the median salary — the University of Tasmania ($50,900) and the University of Sydney ($45,300)
- The median starting salary for postgraduate pharmacists is $62,600
- There are 7049 undergraduate pharmacy students, 2131 postgraduate students and 1603 international students