Pharmacy Placements

Placements are organised and managed by the Placement Office. The placement units and activities are designed to enable student exposure to the day-to-day pharmacy practice. Students will be assigned to various pharmacy practices, offered by the pharmacy proprietors and/or managers.

The pharmacy practices that contribute to CDU placement activities have a wide variety of services and settings, which include community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, industry/ special service, urban and rural settings.

The primary objective of pharmacy placement is for students to observe, apply, develop, analyse and integrate the knowledge they have learnt in prior pharmacy lectures, workshops and tutorials.

Preceptors will provide students with exposure to real-life cases with real clinical issues. These experiences are critical for the student learning process as they cannot be replicated in the classroom.

This website includes placement related information, including student guidelines, code of conduct, financial assistance, the outline of the task and online discussion board.

Online Placement Nomination Form for Bachelor of Pharmacy PHA307 Placements

Online Placement nomination form

Nominations Open 9 July 2018

Nominations Close 31 July 2018

Students are required to nominate for a placement and enrol themselves in the unit. Prior to being confirmed into a placement, all students are required to meet the pre-placement requirements. This information can be found under the Pre-Placement Requirements tab at the top of this screen.

The Placement Office endeavour to give students as much notice as possible of their placement location. However, students may only be given as little as four weeks notice. The Placement Office can be contacted via email at or in person in Blue 5.1.12.

Extenuating Circumstances Guidelines for non-attendance at allocated placements (PDF 264KB)
Information for students that cancel or do not attend allocated placements


If you are approved to travel under the Placement Allowance you will be required to complete a Movement Request. This form must be completed and given to Kaitlyn O'Bryan, School Administration Leader.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy at Charles Darwin University (CDU) who are undertaking units which involve a placement must meet all pre-placement requirements set by the University. This ensures compliance with State/Territory legislation and Facility requirements.

Information and checklist by State and Territory

Select your State or Territory

NB: The above links will direct students to the School Of Health website, however the information is correct for Bachelor of Pharmacy students.

All mandatory documentation is to be submitted during nominations. Some requirements will take longer to obtain so you are to advise the Placement Office of what you are missing and provide evidence of having commenced the process to obtain these documents. Students already enrolled in a placement unit will not have placements found for them until they have met the pre-clinical requirements.

Some of your required documents will expire during your studies.

It is your responsibility to provide updated/current documents PRIOR to the expiry date of the documents you have previously provided.

All documentation needs to be submitted as certified copies by post to the following address:

Charles Darwin University
EHSE Placement Office, Blue 5
Darwin NT 0909

The Placement Office can be contacted via email at or in person in Blue 5.1.12.

Process for rural/remote pharmacy placements reimbursement

  • Students nominate through the online nomination process. All notifications of the nomination period will be sent to students via their CDU student email.
  • Students must provide their pre-placement documents to the Placement Office a minimum of 8 weeks prior to the placement period for their year level.
  • The Placement Office will arrange the placement as per the placement requirements and confirm this with the pharmacy.
  • Once the placement is confirmed and the student has met their pre-placement requirements, the Placement Office will confirm the placement to the student via their CDU student email account.
  • If applying to a rural/remote placement, the student will need to liaise with the School Admin Leader regarding accommodation.
  • Students approved for a reimbursement will need to complete the following forms and provide them to the School Admin Leader:
  • Students are advised to contact the School Admin Office staff if they have any enquiries about this process.
  • Reimbursement forms will be held by the School Admin Office staff until placement is completed. Once placement is completed, the School Admin Office staff will arrange to have reimbursement forms processed.

Important notes

  • The cost of fuel when students use their own vehicle is reimbursed to students but only for travel between the placement site and accommodation.
  • The cost of car hire/taxi may be covered by reimbursement but only for travel between the placement site and accommodation.
  • Economy airfares and bus fares may be reimbursed.
  • Food and general living costs are not reimbursed.
  • Part time students are not eligible to claim reimbursement from the Guild Allowance.
  • International students are not covered by the Guild Allowance – but The School may cover reimbursement costs.