In order to become a registered pharmacist within New Zealand, you need to complete the four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) or Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours (BPharm(Hons)) degree, and successfully complete a one-year internship run by the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand?
A pharmacist is involved in all aspects of medicine delivery to patients. For example, in a community pharmacy a pharmacist will dispense (prepare and package) the medicines a doctor has prescribed for a patient. They are also involved in selling medicines to a patient or customer for which a prescription is not required, such as cough cold remedies, pain relief, and emergency contraception. Additionally they counsel patients as to how to best take the medicines they have been prescribed and they may provide additional information about the disease and how these medicines will work. Pharmacists can also have other roles, for instance they may work in hospital providing a range of services including medicine information and cancer chemotherapeutic agents, or they may work in the pharmaceutical industry developing and/or testing new medicines. Some pharmacist work in more unusual areas, for example those that work for Pharmac (the Government agency that funds medicines) or even in border control—preventing unlicensed and illegal drugs being imported into New Zealand.
Most pharmacists work in community pharmacies, while others work in hospitals. Many find varied careers in industry, where they may be involved with developing new products, quality control, evaluation, or marketing. The medical publishing industry employs pharmacists as editors and writers, and government organisations use pharmacists in legal, advisory, technical, editorial, and administrative positions. Graduates are increasingly becoming involved in teaching and research.
You should consider a career in pharmacy if you are interested in disease and medicine therapy. Pharmacists know more about medicines than most doctors do—that is, they are an expert in medicines! It is also important that you are interested in patients and their health, and in helping them achieve optimum benefits from their medicines. It is also desirable that you are interested in science especially chemistry as that underpins medicines including how and why they are used and how they are formulated
Entry into the BPharm programme is competitive and primarily based on results from the Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) course. In addition, the Pharmacy Admissions Committee may select candidates who have two or more years of University study or are university graduates. Applications may also be considered from Māori or New Zealand Resident Pacific Islanders.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy is a set course. The first half of the degree covers pharmaceutical, clinical and social sciences that will underpin the understanding of drugs and pharmacy. The second half of the degree focuses on professional practice and quality use of medicines In addition some time is spent in community and hospital pharmacies, either in New Zealand or as part of an international exchange scheme in approved countries. Please see the university website for more information.
Not at present, however the Pharmacy Council are revisiting this area. A requirement would be to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Prescribing.
Yes. The New Zeaalnd College of Pharmacists offer continued education. Formal postgraduate qualifications may be gained by distance learning through the School of Pharmacy's postgraduate professional programmes.
Yes, see the University of Otago website.
Yes. With a GPA of B+ or higher you may enter the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy (Research). This will then enable you to enter the PhD programme.
You will need to have completed a bachelor's degree in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences or a related field. In addition you will have completed either a master's degree, honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy, or two research-based summer studentships. You must have prior research experience.
The quickest method is to call Student Administration on 0800 80 80 98 and enrol over the phone request a registration pack. You can also enrol online via the University of Otago website.
Yes, however, it is expected that students spend approximately 20 hours per week per paper. If you are working part-time, then doing more than one paper a semester should be fine. If you are working full-time then it may be quite time-consuming.
Prerequisites are outlined in the Guide to Enrolment.
Yes. All papers have either one or two workshops—held in Auckland or Dunedin unless otherwise stated. Workshop dates and venues are provided here and updated regularly. All workshops are compulsory to attend. If you are unwell or out of the country please contact the Postgraduate Administrator and complete a Health declaration for Special Consideration.
It is highly recommended that you complete papers PHCY 541 and PHCY 542 before moving onto PHCY 522, PHCY 523, or PHCY 525. Similarly, it is recommended that you complete PHCY 525, or PHCY 522 and PHCY 523, before moving on to PHCY 512. Please see suggested programme structures.
The quickest method is to call Student Administration on 0800 80 80 98 and enrol over the phone or they will send you out a registration pack. You can also enrol online via the University of Otago webpage.
You must contact the paper coordinator as soon as possible. Most workshops are compulsory so if you are unable to attend you may not be able to complete the paper.
Assignments should be uploaded to Blackboard under 'Assignments' section unless otherwise stated.
Some papers have external exams while others are internally assessed. The programmes of study provides materials about each programme and paper.
Hopefully this won't happen. If it does, you will have the opportunity to repeat the paper the following year.
This will depend of prerequisites for papers. Please check details for the programme of study.
One year full-time or two years part-time.
Two years full-time or four years part-time.
Two years full-time or four years part-time.
Yes, to access email and Blackboard. It is preferable that you have access to a laptop that has wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity.
Each paper costs approximately NZ$2,600 for domestic students. For more details link to the cost per paper or go to otago.ac.nz/subjects and search by paper code.
You need to be a pharmacy graduate to enrol in the PGCertPharm (Endorsed in Medicines Management). To enrol for the PGDipClinPharm you need to be registered for practice as a pharmacist in the country of residence. To enrol for the MClinPharm every applicant must hold the PGDipClinPharm qualification.
International student enquiries are approved on a case-by-case basis. Please see guide for international students.