Universities That Offers PharmD Program: Is pharmacy a good course to Study?, How many Universities in Nigeria accept student in Pharmacy PharmD program?… Today, you and I will be going through all you need to know about PharmD program, Stay tuned!
PharmD is an Acronym for Doctor of Pharmacy, this degree is analogous to the B. Pharm (Bachelor of Pharmacy) degree and should not be written as D. PHARM as against PharmD, this degree is relatively new in Nigeria when compared to the B pharm and this most Universities are yet to adopt this program.
Over the years, there have been a gradual increase in the number of Universities either planning to offer this program or awaiting approval from NUC (Nigeria University Commission).
I may have to deviate a bit for the sake of those not too familiar with the differences between this two degrees, I will give quick insight as to what both program is all about, prospect and , for now, tighten your sit belt as we get to the good stuff!
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Is PharmD Different from B. Pharm
Both Pharm. D and B. Pharm are the certifying degree offered to graduands of Pharmacy.
While Pharm. D is a professional doctorate in pharmacy, the B. Pharm program is a Bachelor degree in pharmacy, in some countries the minimum degree to practice as a Pharmacist is with the Pharm. D.
In Nigeria currently, the minimum degree to practice as a Pharmacist is B Pharm, but as pharmacy as a practice evolves to be more clinically inclined the need to incorporate the Pharm. D Program has become sacrosanct.
Out of over 100 Universities in Nigeria, only about 23 schools offers Pharmacy and not more than 5 of these Universities That Offers Pharm. D Program. making it very quite competitive to study in Nigeria…
PSN has predicted that as time goes on, the Pharm. D degree would be the minimum registration/licensing degree requirement of fresh graduates of School Pharmacy in Nigeria
Universities That Offers PharmD Program In Nigeria
As at now, only five (5) Universities offers the pharm. D Program, Below you will find the complete list of Universities That Offers the Doctor of Pharmacy Program In Nigeria, Stay tuned…
1. UNIVERSITY OF BENIN, UNIBEN
The University of Benin (UNIBEN) is the pioneer of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in Nigeria, Uniben started the program the year 2001 upon the approval given for the commencement of the program to by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).
However, the program gained full accreditation by NUC (National University Commission) in 2016, the duration of this program is six (6) years, unlike the Bachelor of pharmacy program where student spend five (5).
Student who successfully complete the study of the Pharm. D Program In Uniben would be awarded both the B. Pharm and Pharm D. Degrees.
2. Bayero University, Kano (BUK)
Bayero University is located in Kano, Nigeria. In 2016 her first set of pharmacy student was admitted into the pharmacy program and yet to graduate any set.
3. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
The University of Nigeria, normally refered to as UNN is located in Enugu, Nsukka. Her first set of Pharm. D student were admitted in 2019, and yet to graduate any.
4. University of Jos
5. University of Ibadan
Aside these five universities, there are other Universities that has their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) program approved by NUC but not by PCN. Below you will find the complete list…
Universities Approved By NUC to Offer Pharm D
Bauchi State University, Gadau, Bauchi State
Bayero University, Kano, Kano State
Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State
University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State
University of Calabar, Cross River State
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State Kwara State
University of Ilorin, Ilorin
University of Jos, Plateau State
University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
Will More Schools Adopt Pharm D?
Although this program is quite expensive to run, overtime, most Universities already running B. Pharm degree would have to tilt towards Pharm. D.
There are 5 Universities in Nigeria that is currently offering the Pharm. D degree, and are listed below…
University of Benin
Bayero University, Kano
UNN, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
University of Jos
University of Ibadan, UI
Overtime, other Universities currently offering the B. Pharm program would join this train.
This will be all for now, I understand you may have a question or two to ask, feel free to drop them using the comment box below!