Certificate in Pharmacy
(Introduction to Pharmacy Practice) (Level 3)
Credits : 40
Duration : 15 teaching weeks plus 3 study break weeks (plus 4 weeks summer break depending on intake start date). Face to face learning activities / Clinical Placement are normally scheduled over 3 days per week.
Delivery : You can expect the following workload for the theory modules:
20 hours per week engaging in face-to-face learning activities.
10 hours per week completing independent study tasks.
For 6 of the last 7 weeks of the programme students will be required to complete 135 hours of practicum in a commercial pharmacy setting (22.5 hours per week). The 7th week is for feedback activities relating to the practicum.
Domestic - $2,120
International - $6,800 plus insurance
Graduates will learn...
Safe practice and communication
Professional and ethical basic practices for a Pharmacy Assistant
Pharmacy related products and services
The programme aims to provide the pharmacy sector with a graduate who has underpinning knowledge and skills in pharmacy retail. Graduates will be able to work within a pharmacy in a non-dispensing role with the supervision of a pharmacist or pathway into further study at level 4 or 5 in a pharmacy programme.
Pharmacy Assistants can progress to be a Pharmacy Technician working in the dispensary or may become retail or business managers looking after the retail side of the pharmacy.
Domestic students –
At least 16 years of age at programme start date.
8 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing) or equivalent.
Minimum of 3 years secondary education.
There are no minimum academic requirements for applicants 20 years of age and over
International students –
At least 18 years of age at programme start date.
Year 12 or 13 qualification or equivalent (high school) including at least one science subject.
IELTS 5.0 with individual no bands less than 5.0 or equivalent as per the English Language Proficiency Requirements for International students determined by NZQA.
These are specified in the table found at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/
Core Papers Included
CPI 1.1 Safe Practice
Work ethically and professionally as required by the pharmacy code and standards
Interact with pharmacy team members and customers/patients to ensure the provision of culturally appropriate customer service.
Apply all legislation relevant to their workplace.
CPI 1.2 Pharmacy related products and services
Determine if it is safe and appropriate to provide pharmacy related products and services or advice to customers/patients and know when to refer to a pharmacist.
Provide First Aid
CPI 1.3 Pharmacy Assistant (Clinical)
Carry out a range of support activities within the pharmacy.
Perform accurate calculations using appropriate information technology tools for point-of-sale transactions and retail operations.