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Universities That Offers PharmD Program In Nigeria [UPDATED]

Universities That Offers PharmD Program: Is pharmacy a good course to Study?, How many Universities in Nigeria accept student in Pharmacy PharmD program?…

Here, you and I will be going through all you need to know about Universities offering PharmD program in Nigeria, STAY TUNED!

Universities That Offers Pharm. D
Doctor Of Pharmacy
DegreeDoctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Study DurationSix (6) Years
SuitabilityScience Students

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.

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Over the years, there have been a gradual increase in the number of Universities either planning to offer this program or awaiting approval from Nigeria University Commission (NUC).

I may have to deviate a bit for the sake of those not too familiar with the differences between these two degrees, I will give quick insight as to what both program is all about, tighten your sit belt as we head to the good stuff!

Is PharmD Different from B. Pharm

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Both PharmD 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 7 of these Universities offers PharmD 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

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Universities That Offers PharmD Program In Nigeria

As at now, only seven (7) Universities in Nigeria offers the pharmD 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

Pharm. D, Uniben
Pharm. D, Uniben

UNIBEN is the pioneer of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in Nigeria, UNIBEN started the program 2001 upon the approval given for the commencement of the program 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 (UNN)

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 (UNIJOS)

5. University of Ibadan (UI)

6. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)

7. Delta State University

Aside these five universities, there are other Universities that has their PharmD program approved by NUC but not by PCN.

Universities Approved By NUC to Offer Pharm D

  1. Bauchi State University, Gadau, Bauchi State
  2. Bayero University, Kano, Kano State
  3. Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
  4. Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State
  5. University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State
  6. University of Calabar, Cross River State
  7. University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State Kwara State
  8. University of Ilorin, Ilorin
  9. University of Jos, Plateau State
  10. University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
  11. University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Will More Schools Adopt PharmD?

Although this program is quite expensive to run, overtime most Universities already running B. Pharm program would have to tilt towards PharmD.

In summary

There are 7 Universities in Nigeria currently offering the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) program, 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!

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  1. Hello sir I wento to register for jamb the lady registering me said that uniport doesn’t have “pharmacy” as a course anymore it is now “doctor of pharmacy”

    Does this mean that uniport is now offering D.pharm

  2. I went to register for jamb this year (2024) the lady registering me said that uniport doesn’t have “pharmacy” as a course it is now “doctor of pharmacy” , does this mean that uniport is now offering d.pharm

  3. Thank you for your detailed insight. I noticed in the Jamb list this year that Igbinedion University is no longer offering Pharmacy but have Pharmacology instead. What is the difference please? Can someone who studied Pharmacology practice as a Pharmacist?

  4. Is the PharmD program approved for the Capital City University Kano?
    And which other private University offers a PharmD program in Nigeria again?

    1. School of Pharmacy in any University in Nigeria is regulated by two bodies, NUC (National university commission) and PCN (Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria)

      So you get some schools having partial accreditation (from either of those two bodies mentioned above instead of both).


    Please above is JAMB’s listed of Universities Offering Pharm.D, bar Uniben, it is different from the list you have above. Please I need more clarity. Thank You

  6. Ques 1:
    (Ref. to Stephen’s question about UNIZIK)
    Pls does that mean that UNIZIK is in the wait list of universities about to obtain accreditation for pharm.D?
    Ques 2:
    Is pharmacology a specialty of pharmacy in universities most especially in Nigeria, like how medicine students specialize in their particular field of medical career?

    1. Answer to ques 1: YES

      Answer to ques 2: Yes, after graduating from Pharmacy school, you can decide to specialize in any of the six departments in Pharmacy by coming back for your masters of which Pharmacology is part of.

  7. Pls is pharmaceutical technology different from pharmacy

    I mean when a school offers pharmaceutical technology, does that mean pharmacy or a variant of pharmacy?

    1. Hey Johnny, Pharmaceutical technology is not pharmacy, some of the differences between these two are:

      1. Students who study pharmacy are called pharmacist, while students that study pharmaceutical technology will be addressed as pharmaceutical technologist or technicians.

      2. Pharmacy is offered in Universities while Pharmaceutical technology is offered in Polytechnics.

      3. Students who study pharmacy upon graduation are given license to practice as pharmacist.

      There are others, but this is enough now, if you have further questions feel free to drop them🥂

  8. Can a pharmD graduate go for Ph.D at university of Benin Benin city Edo state Nigeria?
    I want to know can a pharmD student pursue ph D?
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