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Polytechnics Offering Pharmaceutical Technology, UTME and SSCE Subjects Required

List of Polytechnics Offering Pharmaceutical Technology/Engineering
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Pharmaceutical Technology can be confusing sometimes. I’ve seen a student who claimed Ogun State Polytechnic is offering Pharmacy. I couldn’t be but argue till I was able to prove to her the course was not Pharmacy rather Pharmaceutical Technology.

Don’t be confused, the courses are not the same. While Pharmacy is a pure and medical science which studies the origin, preparation, properties, effects, dosage and dispensation of medicines, the other is the application of scientific knowledge or technology to pharmacy, pharmacology, and the pharmaceutical industry.

In this part of the world, Pharmaceutical Technology is an engineering course rather than life science. We can argue that it deals with the use of machines in the production of drugs. Pharmaceutical engineers are concerned with the transformation of raw materials into valuable products by chemical, biochemical or physical processes.

List of Polytechnics Offering Pharmaceutical Technology/Engineering

Currently, in Nigeria, we have three polytechnics officially with this course.
  1. Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri
  2. Kano State Polytechnic
  3. Ogun State Polytechnic (Formerly Moshood Abiola Polytechnic)

SSCE (O’level) Subjects Required for Pharmaceutical Technology

Five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language and four (4) credit passes in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agricultural Science

UTME Subjects Combination Required

English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics /Biology.

The subjects above are the general requirement, While English, Mathematics and Chemistry are compulsory, I advise a prospective admission seeker to choose Physics in UTME instead of Biology as the fourth subject. Most schools will prefer that and it can be easy to change to any other engineering course in case of a change of mind.

Special Requirements
OGUN-POLY requires four (4) O’Level credit passes at one (1) sitting or five (5) credits at not more than two (2) sittings to include Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics with a pass in English Language and Physics. Agricultural Science is not acceptable as an alternative to Biology.

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