Can I Study Pharmacy With BSC/HND Microbiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology etc? -

Can I Study Pharmacy With BSC/HND Microbiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology etc?

When it comes to direct entry admissions, it's possible to limit the acceptable qualifications to IJMB, JUPEB, NCE, or ND. However, direct-entry admissions are more likely to favor BSC and HND holders. After all, holders of BSC are already done with their first degree, so also are their counterparts from polytechnics who already possess the Higher National Diploma (HND).

In this post, I'll be answering the questions of the BSC/HND holders who wish to obtain the JAMB Direct Entry forms in order to change course to Pharmacy.

Of course, Pharmacy is a pure Science course. This is why it's called the Doctor of Pharmacy by a few universities (UNIBEN, UNILORIN). Hence, its direct entry admission requirements must align with this. This is the first point to note. 

Having said that, is it possible to obtain the DE form and use it to chase the Pharmacy with a BSC or HND in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Microbiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, etc.?

Universities Accepting BSC/HND for Pharmacy DE Admission

According to the JAMB brochure, below is the extract of the universities accepting Direct Entry applicants with BSC and HND and the courses they accept.

1. Niger Delta University (NDU)

The university accepts a first degree in Chemistry or any of the Biological Sciences.

2. University of Nigeria Nzuka (UNN)

UNN accepts:

  1. Bachelor's degree in any of Biological Sciences, Health Science and Technology, or Medical Sciences with a minimum of second-class lower division
  2. HND upper credit in Biological Sciences, Health Science and Technology, or Medical Sciences

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3. Delta State University (DELSU)

The university requires a First degree in relevant Biological Sciences with not less than a second-class Upper Division may be considered.

4. Kaduna State University (KASU)

KASU accepts a First Degree in a relevant Biological or Physical Sciences discipline.

5. University of Benin (UNIBEN)

The university accepts B.Sc. second classes in related programs.

6. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

The university accepts B.Sc. with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours in any relevant program (Sciences).

7. University of Port Hacurt (UNIPORT)

PHC accepts B.Sc, not lower than Second Class Lower in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics, and Pharmacology including UTME entry requirements.

Will I Be Offered 200 or 300 Level Admissions?

Generally, applicants for Direct entry admissions hope to be offered spaces in the 200 level of their proposed courses. However, many HND/BSC aspirants will be rightly greedy to be offered admission into the 300 level of the proposed course. And in fact, some universities do honor this. BSC and HND holders can be offered admission into the 300-level instead.

In the case of Pharmacy, no universities are offering 300-level admissions for direct entry applicants. Hence, aspirants should be expecting 200-level admission. In case you insist on 300-level consideration, kindly visit the admission office of the proposed university for such possibilities and terms.

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  1. Good day sir. Pls, can I study pharmacy with HND in Chemistry?

    1. I can't find any university accepting that. Check the post below please.

  2. Hello, please I want to consider switching from microbiology to pharmacy and I am just in my second year in the University. Will this be possible?

  3. Hello say can a biochemistry student study pharmacy during postgraduate


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