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Can I Use Pharmacy Technician For DE Pharmacy?

Can I Use ND Pharmacy Technician or Pharmaceutical Technology For DE Pharmacy?
Gaining admission into universities that are offer Pharmacy is not that easy. Scoring higher, if not the highest mark, in JAMB is a demand that most aspirants won't meet. Limited spaces for competing admission seekers is another concern. 

And since it's rational to find a shortcut, once it's legal, to get your dream achieved, is acceptable, why don't you just go to a college of health or polytechnic to start with? Then, study Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Technology or Technician so as to use that for direct entry admission into a university offering Pharmacy.

Commonsensically, since Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Technology/Technician aligns with Pharmacy, it should be accepted for Pharmacy admission through Direct Entry.

In fact, that's why very many students are opting for the former at different colleges of health technology and polytechnics.

Is this promising? Will these universities accept Pharmacy Technology or Technicians for Direct Entry? These and a few related questions will be answered in this post.

A University Offering Pharmacy is Accepting Pharmacy Technology/Technicians

Before now, there was no university, running Pharmacy, that would gladly accept a graduate college of health or polytechnic who studied Pharmacy Technician or Pharmaceutical Technology.

Fortunately, very recently, we have one Federal university, which among other qualifications, will accept candidates with distinction in National Diploma in Pharmacy Technician from (PCN approved) colleges or polytechnics.

The said university is the University of Jos, Plateau State. This federal university accepts the following, for direct entry admission to its Pharmacy Department, as detailed in the official JAMB brochure.

  1. BSC Second Class (Hons) and above in related fields plus UTME requirements.
  2. ’A’ level requirements plus five ‘O’ level credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics Chemistry and Biology.
  3. Three ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry, Biology/Zoology/Botany and Physics plus UTME requirement.
  4. Candidates with distinction in National Diploma in Pharmacy Technician from (PCN approved) colleges, plus five ‘O’ level credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

With this regard, if you're interested in the University of Jos, you can go to a college of health or polytechnic to study Pharmacy Technology/Technician or Pharmaceutical Technology.

So also if you're already running the programme, be reinformed that it's only with DISTINCTION, as your final ND result, that you could stand any chance with the university.

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Other Universities, Offering Pharmacy, Don't Accept Pharmacy Technicians For Direct Entry

As much as I wish a few of these universities will accept the National Diploma (ND) for their direct entry admission for Pharmacy, very many will prefer A'level. By A'level, I mean, programmes such as JUPEB and IJMB (depending on the one a particular university is accepting).

In fact, after my extensive research into the JAMB brochure, all the universities accept one or two of the A'level programmes, with a few, such as the same UNIJOS, UNN, and UNIZIK also accepting degrees (BSC) in related courses.

The worst part of this narration is that the private universities that are expected to be lenient and more motherly about accepting ND Pharmacy Technology for Pharmacy are equally adamant about A'level programmes.

Speaking of private universities, you can approach any to know if they can bend their requirements for you if you can afford them. These private-owned universities are usually more flexible with their admission requirements as they can sometimes go against what is open to the public or detailed in the JAMB brochure. Money matters!


Even though Pharmacy Technology or Pharmacy Technician is directly related to Pharmacy, it's quite unfortunate that, in Nigeria, as of the time of this post, only one university is motherly enough to admit these ND holders through direct entry.

The reason for this sidelining is not farfetched as it's apparent that most of these universities also run advanced courses such as JUPEB and IJMB through which they're producing competing aspirants for the same course.

In the end, if you're already in the college or polytechnic studying Pharmacy Technology, you must buckle up to have distinction, so as to be competitive when processing DE to the only accepting university. 

If you're just considering taking this shortcut, you may want to rethink things again or face the handle ahead with unbeatable boldness.

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  1. Can I gain direct admission into Unilag as a pharmacy technician to study pharmacy?


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