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Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)

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Overview

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.

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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

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Contact details

7th Floor
Adams Building
18 Frederick Street
P.O. Box 56
Dunedin

Tel 64 3 479 7275
Fax 64 3 479 7034
Email pharmacy.admissions@otago.ac.nz
Website http://pharmacy.otago.ac.nz

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Subject area

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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.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)

Year Papers Points
1st year

Health Sciences First Year Course

Notes:
(i) Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.
(ii) No student will be permitted to take an examination in a subject of the first year course in which a pass has already been gained.

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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.

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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

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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

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    Notes:
    (i) All applicants seeking admission to the second year of the Pharmacy programme must have completed the requirements of the Health Sciences First Year course at the University of Otago (or equivalent for the Two or More Years of University Study and Graduate admissions categories).
    (ii) For specific enquiries about admission to the Pharmacy programme intending students should make an appointment with the Health Sciences Admissions Office (health-sciences@otago.ac.nz).

    1. Admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy programme shall be determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee.
    2. Admission of Domestic students to the second year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy programme is limited to a number determined annually (but see regulation 1(j) regarding International student admissions).
    3. Note: ‘Domestic student’ is defined in the Admission to University Statute 2011, clause 3.3.

    4. Applications for admission may be made under the following categories:
      Health Sciences First Year (see 1(f))
      Two or More Years of University Study (see 1(g))
      Graduate (see 1(h))
      Alternative (see 1(i))
    5. In selecting Domestic students from the categories in 1(c) 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 admission 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, achieve a minimum average of 65% for the Health Sciences First Year category, or a minimum average of B- (grade point average (GPA) of 4) for the Two or More Years of University Study and Graduate categories. (See Note (ii) below.)

      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.

      Notes:
      (i) 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.
      (ii) For guidance on how average grades are calculated, see the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034699.html.

    6. The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of students of Māori and Pacific ancestry. The Division of Health Sciences is focused on ensuring that New Zealand’s need for a diverse health workforce is 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 (see regulation 1(c)) 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:

      1. Māori
      2. 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, be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand, and complete a written statement describing their commitment to Māori and/or Pacific health.

      An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee from year to year 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).

    7. To gain admission in the Health Sciences First Year category a candidate must:

      1. be enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course at the University of Otago (see also 1(l));
      2. pass all of the papers prescribed for the University of Otago Health Sciences First Year course, normally with a minimum average of 65% (but see 1(e)).

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on their average mark in the Health Sciences First Year papers and in accordance with 1(d).

      Note:
      (i) 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 highest scoring seven papers will be counted for admission purposes.
      (ii) To be admitted to the Health Sciences First Year course, the applicant must not have studied any university degree-level papers that include a subject that is the same, similar to, or contains significant portions of any of the prescribed Health Sciences First Year papers. Prior university degree-level study in any subject area must not comprise more than one year of equivalent full-time study.

    8. To be considered for admission under the Two or More Years of University Study category, an applicant must not be a finalist, but must have completed two or more years of full-time study at a university in New Zealand comprising at least three papers at 200-level, including the equivalent of the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course, normally with a minimum of a B- (GPA of 4) across all papers (but see 1(e)).
    9. Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on their GPA, as calculated by the Division of Health Sciences, and in accordance with 1(d).

      Note:
      (i) For guidance on how average grades are calculated, see the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034699.html.
      (ii) Applicants offered a place under the Two or More Years of University Study category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee, before being admitted to second year classes.

    10. To be considered for admission under the Graduate category, an applicant must have completed, normally in the minimum academic time, at least one of the following qualifications awarded by a university in New Zealand:

        - a bachelor's degree; or
        - a bachelor's honours degree; or
        - a bachelor’s degree, followed by a postgraduate diploma equivalent to a bachelor’s honours degree from the awarding university.

      Note:
      (i) The qualifying degree for the Graduate category will be the first university degree awarded to the applicant.
      (ii) The grades obtained in a bachelor’s honours degree (if separate from the qualifying degree) or an equivalent postgraduate diploma will be included in the GPA calculation, along with the qualifying degree.

      Applications must be received within three years of completion of the qualifying degree. Normally, the date of completion will be taken as the end of the teaching period in which the final paper or papers included in the programme are undertaken. Repeat applications within the eligibility period are allowed.

      The applicant must have passed the papers of the Health Sciences First Year course or their equivalents. The average grade for all papers in the qualifying programme must be at least B- (GPA of 4) (but see 1(e)).

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on their GPA, as calculated by the Division of Health Sciences, and in accordance with 1(d).

      Note: Applicants offered a place under the Graduate category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee, before being admitted to second year classes.

    11. To be considered for admission under the Alternative category, an applicant must:

      either
      hold a degree from a New Zealand university, and no longer be eligible under the Graduate category;
      or
      have completed a degree at an overseas university at a standard of at least NZQF Level 7;
      or
      hold a master’s or doctoral degree;
      or
      be 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.

    12. Note: Applicants seeking admission to Pharmacy with health-related professional experience will be required to demonstrate academic and/or professional experience in the relevant field, to a standard acceptable to the Pharmacy Admissions Committee, as part of the selection process.

      All applicants applying for admission under the Alternative category will be required to complete, to have completed, or to be exempted from the equivalent of the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course and to have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee in any papers undertaken at university level. A candidate for admission under this category may be required to attend an interview.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit, a single programme preference for Pharmacy and a possible interview (see also 1(e)).

      Note: Applicants offered a place under the Alternative category may be required to pass prescribed papers, to a standard determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee, before being admitted to second year classes.

    13. The Pharmacy Admissions Committee shall have discretion to offer a limited number of additional places in second year classes to International students who meet all the requirements determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee. (See Note (i) below.)

    14. Admission to the programme shall be subject to applicants’ meeting an English language requirement as determined by the Pharmacy Admissions Committee, dependent on the category under which the application is made.

    15. 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 the programme for exceptional reasons.

    16. Any applicant who
      1. is, or who has been, the subject of criminal charges; or
      2. is, or has been, subject to disciplinary proceedings of a tertiary institution or professional body; or
      3. has a mental or physical condition that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
      4. 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.

    Notes:
    (i) See the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034699.html.
    (ii) The due date for applications for enrolment in the second year course is 15 September in the year before admission.

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  2. Structure of the Degree

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the programme requirements above.
    2. Candidates will not normally be permitted to enrol for any paper of a year until all papers of the preceding year have been passed.

  3. Cross Credits

    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.

  4. Terms Requirements

    1. No candidate shall be eligible to sit a paper in a final examination without having gained terms in that paper.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Terms granted in any paper shall normally be for the year only.

  5. Special Examinations

    1. 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.
    2. Any candidate who has obtained an E grade in a paper will not normally be admitted to a special examination in that paper.

  6. Withdrawal from and Readmission to the Programme

    1. 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.
    2. 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.

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  7. Exclusion from the Programme

    1. 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.
    2. Any student who, during the course of their studies, is
      1. subject to criminal charges;
      2. subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or
      3. found to have an issue in connection with their mental or physical health that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
      4. 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.

  8. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  9. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

  10. Notes:
    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.

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