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Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm)

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Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm) provides advanced education in clinical pharmacy for registered pharmacists who are practising in various professional environments such as community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. It can be used as a foundation to proceed to the Master of Clinical Pharmacy degree.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Information for new applicants

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

Practising as a registered pharmacist is a prerequisite.

Students who have first completed the PGCertPharm (endorsed in Medicines Management) need to complete two further papers. During the application process please request a cross-credit of papers completed during the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (PGCertPharm) programme.

Students enrolling directly into the PGDipClinPharm will need to select the first two of four papers required. The PHCX 541 paper is a prerequisite for the programme and therefore is required to be completed first.

You will then need to complete the online application process to apply for the PGDipClinPharm 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.

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:
7th Floor
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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Subject Area

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (PGDipClinPharm)

  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 shall hold the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours, or have an equivalent qualification or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences); and be registered for practice as a pharmacist in the country of residence.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The diploma may be achieved by passing any four of PHCX 522, PHCX 523, PHCX 541, PHCX 542, PHCX 548, or by passing PHCX 512, PHCX 525, PHCX 541 and PHCX 542.
    2. A candidate who has completed the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.

      Note: Students should normally enrol initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.

    3. With the permission of the Dean of Pharmacy, candidates may substitute related papers of other subjects, or other approved postgraduate qualifications in Pharmacy, for one or two of the required papers.

  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 may complete the programme after the equivalent of one year of full-time study and shall normally be required to complete within four years of part-time study.

  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. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. 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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