B.PHARM OR PHARM.D? BENCHMARK MINIMUM ACADEMIC STANDARD MUST BE UPHELD.

A delegation from the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria paid a visit to the National University Commission Boss, Professor Julius Okojie, OON, where it indicated that the pursuit for the award of the Pharm.D degree, which will be an upgrade from the B.Pharm, across the universities in the country would be revisited.

Prof Okogie said, ”we are not averse to Pharm D programme, but we have to go through the right process. Without a BMAS, how do you evaluate a programme? Let us approach Pharm D programme diligently.”

He went on to say, that before any new programme was introduced in the NUC, the critical mass of both human and material resources must be in place to ensure a smooth take off, adding that the fact that the programme was taught in other countries was not a guarantee that it could be introduced in the NUS without adequate basic resources. He therefore, advocated a staff and students audit in Pharmacy programmes across the country in order to determine what level of additional capacity building was required to fill the gap.

Registrar of the Council, Pharm. N. E. A. Mohammed, said that the visit was aimed at seeking the Commission’s approval for the Pharm D programme, 6-year in duration. According to him, ”It is pertinent for us to take a second look and give official recognition of the programme to enable qualified Nigerians to access such quality educational training for the benefit of the public. Secondly, the official recognition would enable those already qualified to fit properly into the civil service scheme in Nigeria.

Others in the delegation were, PCN President Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, former President of PCN, Pharm. Akhimien Anthony, Professor A. O. Okhamafe, Pharm. T.O. Ilupeju and Pharm. Usman Monday.

 

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