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What is a Doctor of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional undergraduate degree that is required by several countries including Ghana, Nigeria, and the USA as a basic requirement for registration as a pharmacist.

Duration of the Doctor of Pharmacy Programme.

The doctor of pharmacy program is a six-year program that leads to an undergraduate professional doctorate in pharmacy. The first five years of the program are spent on campus, with the fifth year being spent working off campus. During the fifth year, students select an elective for which they will be assigned to a specific company or institution to train under, based on the elective selected.

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana was the first to offer this six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

KNUST Departments of the Doctor of Pharmacy Faculty

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FPPS) is the name of the faculty and falls under the College of Health Sciences (CoHS).

FPPS offers two main undergraduate programmes; Six years of Doctor of Pharmacy and Four years of BSc. Herbal Medicine.

Currently, the faculty has 6 (six) different departments and they are;

  1. Department of Pharmaceutical chemistry
  2. Department of Pharmacology
  3. Department of Pharmacognosy
  4. Department of Pharmaceutics
  5. Department of Pharmacy Practice (Previously Department of Clinical and Social Pharmacy)
  6. Department of herbal Medicine

Unlike other faculties, where students are assigned to a specific department, every student in the faculty of Pharmacy will work with all of the available departments. That is, as a faculty student, you will be lectured by lecturers from all of these departments.

You will only be able to choose one of these departments to work with during your fourth-year project work.

Admission Requirements for KNUST Doctor of Pharmacy

KNUST accepts three different categories of people into their Doctor of Pharmacy programme. These three categories are:

1. Applicants with WASSCE/SSSCE qualification

2. Applicants with A’ Level qualification

3. Mature applicants

Applicants with WASSCE/SSSCE qualification

You need to have a minimum of three passes in the elective subjects (Chemistry, Biology, and Physics or Mathematics). This means that individuals who get anything beyond a C6 in more than one of these elective subjects are not eligible or do not qualify for this course.

Applicants with A’ Level qualification

If you have an A’ Level qualification, you need a minimum of five (5) credits which should include English Language and Mathematics, together with three (3) passes in any of the electives (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics).

Mature Applicants

1. To qualify as a mature applicant, you must be at least 25 years at the time of submitting your application forms.

2. Mature applicants can be applicants with either WASSCE/SSSCE or O’ level qualifications.

3. For O’ Level, a minimum of five (5) credits including English Language and Mathematics.

4. For WASSCE/SSSCE, a minimum of credit passes in three (3) of your electives (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Mathematics)

Cost of KNUST Pharmacy Admission Forms

  • GHANAIAN APPLICANTS       –          GH¢ 220.00.
  • FOREIGN APPLICANTS           –           USD 150.00.

KNUST Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) top-up (FEE-PAYING)

A Degree in Pharmacy with at least THREE (3) years post-registration experience. The faculty will interview all prospective applicants.

Duration of the Programme: Two (2) years.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section.

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