To register and practise as a pharmacist in New Zealand, a four-year University programme leading to a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree followed by 52 weeks of trainee internship at approved pharmaceutical establishments has to be undertaken. The Otago BPharm, the oldest university pharmacy degree in New Zealand, opens opportunities to practise as a pharmacist in various professional settings. It is a broad-based university programme in the physical, biological, social and health sciences.
Information for New Applicants
Applications for 2015
Open: August 2014
Close: 15 September 2014
Information regarding the guidelines for admission can be found on the following website.
Division of Health Sciences
18 Frederick Street
P.O. Box 56
Registration of Pharmacists
Admission to the practice of Pharmacy in New Zealand is governed by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
It requires practical training carried out under conditions prescribed by the Pharmacy Council. This practical work must be carried out after the candidate has passed the Fourth Year Examination for the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy. Further details may be obtained from the Registrar of the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, PO Box 25137, Wellington 6040.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
|1st year|| |
|2nd year|| |
PHCY 219 Microbiology and Immunoloogy (for BPharm)
PHCY 231 Biochemistry (for BPharm)
PHCY 251 Physiology (for BPharm)
PHCY 254 Physical Pharmacy A
PHCY 255 Physical Pharmacy B
PHCY 256 Biopharmaceutical Chemistry
PHCY 258 Introduction to Drug Action
PHCY 259 Quality of Medicines
PHCY 263 Principles of Pharmacy Practice
Note: Since candidates for the second and subsequent years of the BPharm degree will normally have passed all papers for the previous year of study, information regarding exemptions from and prerequisites for papers is not published here but may be obtained from the Dean of Pharmacy.
|3rd year|| |
PHCY 315 Human Disease
PHCY 340 Essentials of Drug Action
PHCY 342 Drug Delivery Systems
PHCY 343 Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics
PHCY 344 Professional Pharmacy Practice A
PHCY 345 Quality Use of Medicines A
PHCY 346 Professional Pharmacy Practice B
|4th year|| |
PHCY 470 Elective Study
PHCY 471 Quality Use of Medicines B
PHCY 472 Professional Pharmacy Practice C
PHCY 473 Quality Use of Medicines C
Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the second year classes in Pharmacy is determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee (see Note 2).
- Admission to the second year classes in Pharmacy is limited to 120 candidates who are eligible by virtue of citizenship or permanent residence in New Zealand (but see Regulation 1(i) regarding International Student admissions).
- The Pharmacy Admissions Committee shall select candidates for admission according to the following categories:
- Health Sciences First Year
- Two or More Years of University Study
- In selecting Domestic students from categories 1(c)(i-iv) above, to enter the second year of the Pharmacy programme, the Pharmacy Admissions Committee will first select from those applicants who have specified that they are seeking entry to the Pharmacy programme only and not also to one or more of the Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Physiotherapy or Radiation Therapy programmes offered by the University of Otago, and who, normally, have achieved an average grade of B- or better.*
Thereafter if Domestic places are still available in each of the applicable categories, the Committee will then select from the group of applicants who are seeking to enter Pharmacy and one or more of those other programmes and who, normally, have achieved an average grade of B- or better.*
*Guidance on how average grades are calculated will be published annually and made available with the application materials.
Note: To be considered in the “Pharmacy Single Programme Preference” group, an applicant must specify that he or she is applying only for the Pharmacy professional programme by close of applications (15 September) for admission to Health Sciences Undergraduate Professional Programmes in the year prior to admission. Applicants in this group may apply for admission to other programmes excluding Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Physiotherapy and Radiation Therapy at the University of Otago.
- The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of Māori and indigenous Pacific Island graduates. The Division of Health Sciences is focused on ensuring that New Zealand’s diverse health workforce needs are met, honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and promoting academic equity for under-represented groups.
Applicants in any category who have fulfilled the requirements as described in 1(f), 1(g), 1(h) or 1(i) may also be considered in one or both of the following sub-categories:
- Indigenous Pacific (see note)
An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must provide verified evidence of either Māori whakapapa or indigenous Pacific ancestry and be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand.
An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must have achieved grades acceptable to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee in the course of study on which the application is based.
Note: Students applying under the Indigenous Pacific sub-category need to provide verified evidence of family ancestry originating from one or more of the following Pacific nations: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawai'i, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).
- To gain entry in the Health Sciences First Year category a candidate must, in the first year of university study at the University of Otago, pass all the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course, at the first attempt, and have achieved grades acceptable to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee.
- To gain entry in the Two or More Years of University Study category, a candidate must have passed all the papers prescribed for the first year course and have achieved grades acceptable to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee in all papers.
- To gain entry in the Graduate category, a candidate must have completed, normally in the minimum academic time, a qualification awarded by a university in New Zealand:
- a first degree; or
- a first degree followed by an honours degree; or
- a first degree followed by a postgraduate diploma similar to an honours degree;
An application must be received within three years of the completion of the first degree, and applicants must have passes in all papers equivalent to those prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course, and have achieved grades acceptable to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee.
- To gain entry in the Alternative category a candidate must be:
- a graduate who will either
- have completed a first degree from a university in New Zealand or Australia more than three years before the date of application and may since have taken a second degree or other university qualification; or
- have completed a degree from a recognised overseas university; or
- an allied health professional who holds a relevant tertiary level qualification and has completed no less than five years of full-time work in that allied health profession.
All persons applying for admission under the Alternative category will be required to complete, to have completed or to be exempted from the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course and to have achieved grades acceptable to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee. A candidate for admission under this category may be required to attend an interview.
- a graduate who will either
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to candidates' meeting a specified English language requirement prior to entry to any second year classes.
- The Pharmacy Admissions Committee shall have discretion to offer additional places in second year classes to both private international students and international students under arrangements which have been approved by the School of Pharmacy. Candidates must have achieved a level of academic attainment to be determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee and shall have completed all necessary prerequisites.
- Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Pharmacy Admissions Committee shall have discretion to consider any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, warrants admission to second year classes in Pharmacy for exceptional reasons.
- Any applicant who
- is, or who has been, the subject of criminal charges; or
- is, or has been, subject to disciplinary proceedings of a tertiary institution or professional body; or
- has a mental or physical condition that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
- who is found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (m)(i)-(iii),
may be declined admission to the programme by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee on the recommendation of the Health and Conduct Review Group. Any offer of admission made before responses to medical tests or requests for information regarding an applicant’s health status or past conduct have been received is conditional on the information received confirming the applicant’s suitability for admission.
Structure of the Degree
- Every programme of study shall satisfy the programme requirements above.
- Candidates will not normally be permitted to enrol for any paper of a year until all papers of the preceding year have been passed.
A candidate who is enrolled for the degree concurrently with another degree, or who has completed one degree and is proceeding with the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers which are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 180 points.
- No candidate shall be eligible to sit a paper in a final examination without having gained terms in that paper.
- A candidate gains terms in a paper by satisfactorily demonstrating the acquisition of sufficient knowledge and skills, by attendance at classes, and by performance in a professional manner of such practice/clinical and other work as the School of Pharmacy may require.
- A candidate who fails to gain terms in any paper will, if other regulations have been met, be required to repeat the whole of that paper.
- Terms granted in any paper shall normally be for the year only.
- A candidate who fails a paper may be permitted to sit a special examination for that paper. Normally, no candidate may be admitted to special examinations if papers, equal to half the points or worth more than half the points comprising the course for that year, have been failed.
- Any candidate who has obtained an E grade in a paper will not normally be admitted to a special examination in that paper.
Withdrawal from and Readmission to the Programme
- A student who withdraws from the programme on or before the first day of the second semester in the year of admission to second year classes will be required to apply to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee for readmission and any such applications will be dealt with under the regulations governing admission to the programme.
- A student who, at any later time, withdraws from the programme is required to apply for readmission to the Board of Studies for Pharmacy no later than 15 September in the year prior to that for which readmission is sought. The period of withdrawal from the programme shall not normally exceed one year following the year of withdrawal.
Exclusion from the Programme
- A candidate who fails any or all of the papers for a year of the programme other than the Health Sciences First Year may enrol again for the paper or papers concerned. This concession may normally be granted only once in the programme. If the candidate fails to complete all of the requirements for a year of study at a second attempt, or fails to complete any paper of a later year of the programme at the first attempt (which may include special examinations) having repeated a previous year, he or she may be excluded by the Board of the Division of Health Sciences, on the recommendation of the Board of Studies for Pharmacy, from further study towards the degree.
- Any student who, during the course of their studies, is
- subject to criminal charges;
- subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or
- found to have an issue in connection with their mental or physical health that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
- found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (b)(i)-(iii),
may be excluded from further study towards the degree by the Academic Board of the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Board of Studies for Pharmacy.
Level of Award of the Degree
The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.
1. All the papers prescribed for the University of Otago Health Sciences First Year course must be passed with grades acceptable to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee. If an additional optional paper from the approved list is taken, and provided all of the prescribed papers are passed at or above the required minimum standard, the results in the best seven papers will be counted for admission purposes.
2. The due date for applications for enrolment in the second year course is 15 September in the year before admission.