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Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm)

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Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm) can be taken as either a non-endorsed or endorsed programme. The endorsed options are Medicines Management or Social Pharmacy. The endorsed certificate serves as an introduction to advanced level papers. The non-endorsed certificate is an introduction to research by way of a small research experience in the pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy, social pharmacy or biopharmaceutics.

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Information for new applicants

The postgraduate certificate is intended for students who have earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree and wish to extend their knowledge by way of postgraduate study.

For students wishing to complete the PGCertPharm (endorsed) options, you are required to decide which endorsement you wish to enrol in. Students wishing to advance to the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm) should obtain an endorsement in Medicines Management. Practising as a registered pharmacist is highly desirable.

For students wishing to complete a PGCertPharm research programme, you should first contact the Postgraduate Administrator to arrange a suitable project and supervisor.

You will then need to complete the online application process to apply for the PGCertPharm programme and select your papers. This is the usual enrolment process that starts with an online application and ends with a form for course approval. This form needs to be signed by the Associate Dean for the relevant area.

Summary of application process

  1. Contact the Postgraduate Administrator.
  2. Submit an online application form.
  3. When you receive your form for course approval, forward this to the School for signing by the appropriate Dean.

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Contact details

Postgraduate Administrator

Office address

Level 7, Adams Building
18 Frederick Street, Dunedin

Postal address

P.O. Box 56, Dunedin 9054

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

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Schedule of Endorsement Requirements

Endorsed OptionPapers Required
Medicines ManagementPHCX 541  Medicines Information, and PHCX 542  Medicines Management
Social PharmacyPHCX 547  Medicines and Culture, and approved papers to the value of 30 points

This endorsement for the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    2. Every applicant for the certificate shall
      1. be a Pharmacy graduate or hold a health professional qualification acceptable to the Board of Studies in Pharmacy; and
      2. present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme shall consist of an approved paper or papers to the value of 60 points, which must be as specified in the Schedule of endorsed options if the certificate is to be endorsed in an area of specialisation.

  3. 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.

  4. Duration of the Programme

    A candidate shall complete the requirements for the certificate within two years of admission to the programme.

  5. Special Examinations

    A candidate who obtains a D grade in a paper may be permitted to sit a special examination for that paper. Any candidate who has obtained an E grade in a paper will not normally be admitted to a special examination in that paper but may be offered an opportunity to repeat the paper.

  6. Variations

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

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