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Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing (PGCertPharmPres)


Not offered in 2021.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing (PGCertPharmPres) is designed to prepare pharmacists who currently hold a position involving patient care with the knowledge, skills and attributes to competently prescribe medicines within a collaborative health team environment. The programme is undertaken part-time and consists of two distance papers.

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand for registration into the Pharmacist Prescriber Scope of Practice. This will enable them to take up a position as a non-medical prescriber.

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Information for new applicants

The Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing is for registered pharmacists in NZ only. You need to have a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy qualification, or higher, to enrol in the programme.

As there is a pre-enrolment selection process for the programme, you should contact the Postgraduate Administrator indicating your interest in the programme.

You will then need to complete the online process to apply for the PGCertPharmPres programme and once you have been admitted to the programme select your papers.
View further information on Enrolment at Otago.

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Contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
School of Pharmacy

Office address

Level 7, Adams Building
18 Frederick Street, Dunedin

Postal address

Postgraduate Administrator
School of Pharmacy
University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054

Tel 64 3 479 7271
Fax 64 3 479 7034

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Subject area

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Programme requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing (PGCertPharmPres)


Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing (PGCertPharmPres)

  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. hold current registration as a pharmacist in New Zealand;
      2. have been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or have an equivalent postgraduate qualification or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences);
      3. hold an appropriate position involving patient care acceptable to the Dean of Pharmacy; and
      4. have access to a designated medical prescriber that is acceptable to the Pharmacy Board of Studies.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme shall consist of two papers, PHCY 601 and PHCY 602.

  3. Duration of the Programme

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

  4. Special Examinations

    Any candidate who has obtained a fail 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.

  5. 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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