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PHCY602 Prescribing Practicum

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A practicum for prescribing; an experiential placement where the pharmacist develops experience in prescribing under the overarching guidance of a designated medical prescriber.

Are you ready to take your pharmacy career to a new direction? It is an exciting time to be a pharmacist! Internationally, the role pharmacists can play in patient care is rapidly expanding, and New Zealand is at the forefront of this. Legislation has now been passed that allows pharmacists to prescribe, and the numbers of New Zealand pharmacists registered to prescribe is steadily growing. This innovation is in line with the Government's commitment to support health practitioners to work to their full capacity and provide integrated services for patients. The Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing (PGCertPharmPres) is designed to prepare pharmacists with the knowledge, skills and attributes to competently prescribe medicines within a collaborative healthcare team.

Paper title Prescribing Practicum
Paper code PHCY602
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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PHCX 602
Limited to
Students must be New Zealand registered pharmacist who are registered in New Zealand and hold a current position involving patient care and have been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (or equivalent qualification).
The Pharmacy Council of New Zealand lists the following entry requirements for admission into the programme:
  • Applicants must hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent
  • Entrants must hold registration in the Pharmacist scope of practice and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate (APC) issued by PCNZ
  • Entrants must have at least two years of recent, appropriate and relevant post-registration experience within a collaborative health team environment, in a community- or hospital-care-based setting
  • Entrants must be able to demonstrate that Competence Standards 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the Pharmacist scope of practice are applicable and part of their current practice
  • Entrants should demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Entrants must have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice
  • Entrants must have identified potential Designated Medical Practitioner(s) to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities
  • Entrants must have discussed and identified their possible role(s) as a prescriber within the collaborative health team environment they intend to practise in prior to commencing the practicum
  • Entrants must obtain their manager's approval to undertake the programme to ensure they will be allocated work time to complete the practicum

Professor Stephen Duffull

Teaching staff

The paper is taught by a wide range of expert professionals, including medical practitioners, bioethicists, lawyers, patient safety experts, clinical pharmacists and academic staff.

Paper Structure
The overall philosophy of this paper is practice-based, self-directed learning under the supervision of a Designated Medical Practitioner. You are encouraged to utilise your practice experiences in your learning and assignment activities. The work has a very practical emphasis, and you are expected to be able to apply the results of your work to optimise medicines management as a pharmacist prescriber in training.
Teaching Arrangements
Online self-directed learning, three compulsory weekend workshops, and six 2-hour evening videoconferences
No specific textbook requirements
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Optimise medicines-related health outcomes
  • Understand the responsibilities of the pharmacist prescriber
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships
  • Integrate clinical knowledge into prescribing behaviour
  • Competently use common diagnostic aids relevant to the area of practice in which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy
  • Apply clinical assessment skills
  • Demonstrate a shared approach to decision making
  • Prescribe safely, appropriately and with awareness of costs
  • Maintain accurate, effective and timely records
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the public health issues related to medicines use
  • Work within clinical governance frameworks that include audit of prescribing practice

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system