Polytechnics That Offers Pharmacy: Do Auchi Polytechnic offer Pharmacy?, How long does it take to Study Pharmacy In Nigeria Polytechnics?… Do you find yourself asking any of the questions above?, If yes, then you have finally come to the end of your search.
In Today’s Episode of my ‘Pharmacy Student Guide Series‘ I will take out time to provide answers to the above questions, precisely on ‘List of Polytechnics That Offers Pharmacy Program in2022/2023′ STAY TUNED!.
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Pharmacy as a Course in Nigeria is fully under the regulation of both PCN (Pharmacy Council of Nigeria) and NUC (Nigeria University Commission), these two bodies are charged with the regulation of the study requirement of pharmacy students.
The degree given to Pharmacy Students can Either be Pharm D ( A doctorate degree of pharmacy) or B Pharm (Bachelor of Pharmacy), each having a study duration of Six (6) and five (5) years respectively.
As at now, only about 25 Universities in Nigeria offers the Pharmacy program and about 5 of this number offers the PharmD program, for complete list of Universities That offers pharmD in Nigeria click HERE
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Polytechnics That Offers Pharmacy
As of now, Pharmacy as a course cannot be studied in any Polytechnics in Nigeria, although, there is a pharmacy related course you can study in some of the Polytechnics in Nigeria Called ‘Pharmacy Technician‘. As a graduate of this course you get to work side by side with Pharmacist.
Some polytechnics run a Pharmaceutical technology programme. This led to the award of OND and higher national diploma (HND) in pharmaceutical technology. The programme is run for five years. They are regulated by a different body entirely not NUC.
I know you may not be too familiar with the term “Pharmacy Technician” and their Prospect after graduation, so I will dissect it a little to give you an overview of what the course entails… ENJOY!
Who Is A Pharmacist Technician?
A Pharmacist technician (Pharmaceutical Technologist) is licensed health care provider who works collaboratively with the Pharmacist to perform pharmacy related functions.
Pharmacist technicians are still licensed under the regulatory body PCN, but this time do not require 5 or 6 years to round up their study program but in a 2 years time frame you would be done and dusted with the pharmacy technician program (that is if you don’t want to further with HND)
But if you intend to go through with the course till the end, it should take about 4 years to bag both ND and HND in Pharmaceutical technologist.
Difference between Pharmacy And Pharmacy Technician
For those who may not yet understand the difference between the two programs (Pharmacy vs Pharmacy Technician), take a glass of water and read smoothly as I explain clearly the differences between both programs…
1. Professional title:
While one who studies pharmacy in the University is called a Pharmacist, anyone who studies Pharmacy technician in any Polytechnic in Nigeria would be called ‘Pharmacist Assistant‘, ‘Technician‘ or Pharmaceutical Technologist.
2. Degree acquired:
Student studying pharmacy in the University would be awarded either the B Pharm Certificate or Both B pharm and PharmD certificate pending on the University. As against the National Diploma awarded by Polytechnics to student who studied pharmacy technician.
Haven Understood the difference between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacist technician, I will list out Polytechnics that accepts students that applies for Pharmacist Technician in Nigeria.
Polytechnics That Offers Pharmacy Technician
Currently, only five (5) polytechnics offers pharmacy Technician, these Poly includes…
- Kano State Polytechnic
- Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri
- Ogun State Polytechnic (Formerly Moshood Abiola Polytechnic)
- Edo State Polytechnic
- College of Health Technology Ilesa Osun State
As more schools are added, this list will be updated.
Requirements to Study Pharmacy Technician In Polytechnics
To be qualified for Admission into any of the aforementioned Polytechnics to Study Pharmaceutical technology you must meet with the following requirements in Jamb…
- O’level result (WAEC, NECO or NABTEB) (must not be more than two sittings)
- Minimum of 5 credit passes (C6 and above) in your five (5) Pharmacy Core subjects.
- A JAMB score of at least 120 upward.
Jamb Subject Combination for pharmacy Technician
Four (4) subjects must be enrolled for Jamb (with jamb use of English compulsory irrespective of the course you intend to study), and these subjects are…
- Use of English
To be assured of admission, you will need to score very high in Jamb, let’s say 200 and above is a good start.
WAEC Subject Combination For Pharmacy
Unlike Jamb, you will be required to sit for a minimum of Eight subjects (8) and a maximum of nine (9), out of this Nine or Eight subjects, five are core subjects specific for the course you wish to study which in this case is pharmacy Technician.
By core I mean subjects that lean directly to your field. Failure to pass these core courses can deny a student admission.
In WAEC, core subjects to study Pharmacy are…
- English Language
The remaining three (3) or four (4) subjects will be determined by you.
Mind you: This subject combination for waec is applicable for all O’ level exams such as NECO, NABTEB e.t.c
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Years To Study Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician just like any other Polytechnic courses will take you Two (2) Years to study, but this two (2) years would be only for you OND, to completely finish your training as a Pharmaceutical technologist, you will have to go for HND in any of the polytechnics listed HERE.
Therefore making the study duration for Pharmacy Technician a total of Four (4) years (ND and HND).
Is Pharmacy Technology The same As Pharmacy
NO, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technologist are different, While pharmaceutical technologist are trained in Polytechnics, Pharmacist are trained in the University and Awarded either B. Pharm or Pharm D.
Only students who study Pharmacy in the University, with a B pharm or Pharm D license are called pharmacist, while Pharmacy technicians are called Pharmaceutical Technologist.
No Polytechnic in Nigeria offers pharmacy as a course, if you must study Pharmacy in Nigeria, you will need to apply to any of the Universities that accept student to study the Pharmacy Program.
This means you cannot study Pharmacy in Any Nigeria Polytechnics but you can study other pharmacy related course which is not pharmacy itself.
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