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Apply for the Master of Clinical Pharmacy (MClinPharm) through the Dunedin campus in 2020

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Overview

Do you want your job to have meaning? Are you passionate about changing people’s lives for the better?

Study to become a pharmacist with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago, and embark on a hands-on, multi-disciplinary, patient-focused learning experience that leads straight to a rewarding career in the health sciences.

Pharmacists are among society’s most trusted and accessible health care professionals, and they are often the first point of contact for individuals with health concerns. Pharmacists are medicines experts who use their knowledge to help people manage their medicines and their health. The career is stimulating and rewarding – and it’s also rapidly changing. With more medicines than ever before, people living longer and with more complex conditions, and governments broadening the scope of pharmacy services, the field is ever-evolving. Our undergraduate programme prepares you to tackle these changes head on with practical, team-based and patient-centred learning.

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Career opportunities

You will have many opportunities as a pharmacist. You can work in, and/or own, a community pharmacy and enjoy close relationships with the local community by providing advice about medical conditions and medicines. Alternatively, you could work in a clinic and provide advice to patients and health care professionals about medicines.

As a hospital pharmacist, you are able to specialise in many areas, for example: diabetes, paediatrics, intensive care, respiratory medicine, cardiology, mental health, oncology and more. Hospital pharmacists participate in hospital ward rounds with the medical team, advise medical and nursing staff and provide information to patients about their medicines.

Pharmacists also fulfil important roles in places such as the Ministry of Health, Medsafe (medicines registration agency), universities, drug companies, pharmacy regulatory bodies, Pharmac and the armed forces.

Finally, pharmacists can continue their education and complete graduate studies in a variety of disciplines including pharmaceutical sciences, social pharmacy and clinical pharmacy, and embrace additional careers in academia or industry.

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Admission

You will generally enter the Pharmacy programme following the Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) programme.
Details of the HSFY course for Pharmacy

There are 120 places available for New Zealanders and permanent residents in the second year of our programme, as well as an additional 30 places for international students. Your application for admission must be made to the Division of Health Sciences by 15 September of the preceding year. There are several different categories of admission, although most students will be selected on their performance in HSFY. Entry is competitive, and an average grade of B- or better is required for eligibility and typically a B average is required to gain a place (passing all HSFY papers). This grade standard is only a guideline and not a guarantee. If you select only Pharmacy as your choice, you will be given preferential consideration. The School of Pharmacy is committed to supporting Māori and indigenous Pacific Islands students for entry into Pharmacy.

You may also enter the programme after two or more years of university study or as a university graduate. In these categories, you will need to have successfully completed papers equivalent to the Otago HSFY prior to applying for entry into Pharmacy.

If your background does not fit the categories specified above, you can still apply for admission under the Alternative category. In every case, applicants have to demonstrate that they have completed work equivalent to the requirements of the Otago HSFY course and meet the minimum academic standard.

Studying Pharmacy

You will commence your Pharmacy degree in the second year of university study. Here you will build on the fundamental sciences studied during the HSFY. You will also learn about the practice of pharmacy along with the legal and social aspects of health care, which are continued throughout the course. You will then study a series of integrated module-based papers where the focus is person-centred care in clinical settings and working with patients in the community. The integrated studies teach students how to apply what they learn at University to the practice of pharmacy. During these studies you will have opportunities to learn in different types of pharmacy environments alongside practising pharmacists.

Internship

Once you complete your fourth year and graduate, there is a pre-registration (intern) programme (a minimum of 44 weeks’ supervised practice) run by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. This is undertaken as paid employment at an approved site in a hospital or community pharmacy. It is your responsibility to arrange employment at this site.

Health and conduct

The Division of Health Sciences requires all applicants applying for any of its health professional programmes to declare any criminal or disciplinary charges they have faced, or are facing, and any health status issues which could affect their participation in clinical aspects of the programme or their overall fitness to practise.

Contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office for information.

The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 is aimed at providing better protection for vulnerable children. One of the ways it aims to do this is by introducing 'safety checking'. Applicants who enter the programme will receive further information regarding the timing of these checks.

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Contact details

School of Pharmacy

Office address
Level 7, Adams Building
18 Frederick Street, Dunedin

Postal address
School of Pharmacy
University of Otago
PO Box 56 Dunedin 9054

Tel +64 3 479 7271
Fax +64 3 479 7034
Email pharmacy@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/pharmacy

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Qualifications

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Papers

See the full list of Pharmacy (PHCY) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)

Note: Students who commenced with Second Year papers prior to 2018 should refer to the 2017 University of Otago Calendar for current Third Year and Fourth Year paper requirements.

Year Papers Points
1st year

Health Sciences First Year Course

Note: Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.

126
2nd year

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.

12

48

60

3rd year

PHCY 310  Integrated Modules B

PHCY 320  Integrated Modules C

60

60

4th year

PHCY 410  Elective Studies A**
PHCY 420  Pharmacy Practice Leadership and Management**
PHCY 430  Elective Studies B**
PHCY 431  Structured Practical Experiential Programme**
PHCY 432  Applied Pharmacotherapy and Patient Care**

15
15
15
20
55

**Further information will be available for these papers in early September.

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Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours (BPharm(Hons))

Year Papers Points
1st year

Health Sciences First Year Course

Note: Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.

126
2nd year

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.

12

48

60

3rd year

PHCY 310  Integrated Modules B

PHCY 320  Integrated Modules C

60

60

4th year

PHCY 410  Elective Studies A

PHCY 420  Pharmacy Practice Leadership and Management

PHCY 431  Structured Practical Experiential Programme

PHCY 480  Honours Research Project

PHCY 485  Applied Pharmacotherapy and Patient Care for Honours

15

15

20

36

58

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Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing (PGCertPharmPres)

Papers

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