To register and practise as a pharmacist in New Zealand, a four-year University programme leading to a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree has to be undertaken, followed by a minimum of 44 full-time weeks of trainee internship at approved pharmaceutical establishments.
The Otago Bachelor of Pharmacy (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.
Pharmacists are health professionals. They are the experts on medicines in the community. They have the skills and knowledge to help patients understand and use their medicines in the most appropriate way. The practice of pharmacy includes the development and manufacture of medicines, the supply and dispensing of medicines to patients, and the giving of information about medicines, drug therapy and disease management to patients, doctors and other health professionals.
Health Sciences First Year:
- BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry
- CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology
- CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
- HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1
- HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2
- PHSI 191 Biological Physics
- PUBH 192 Foundations of Epidemiology
- PHCY 210 Introduction to Pharmacy
- PHCY 211 Fundamental Pharmaceutical Science
- PHCY 220 Integrated Modules A
Note: Candidates for the second and subsequent years of the BPharm programme will normally have passed all papers for the previous year of study.
- 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
- PHCY310 Integrated Modules B
- PHCY320 Integrated Modules C
- PHCY 470 Elective Study
- PHCY 471 Quality Use of Medicines B
- PHCY 472 Professional Pharmacy Practice C
- PHCY 473 Quality Use of Medicines C
- PHCY410 Elective Studies A
- PHCY420 Pharmacy Management
- PHCY430 Elective Studies
- PHCY431 Structured Practical Experiential Programme
- PHCY432 Applied Pharmacotherapy and Patient Care
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.
To apply for entry into Pharmacy
Entry into Pharmacy is administered by the Health Sciences Admissions Office. Check the Health Sciences website for details on enrolment dates and application requirements for entry, and the pathways available.
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