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Universities Offering Medicine, Pharmacy on Part-Time Basis?

While various academic programs can be pursued on a part-time basis, Medicine and Pharmacy are strictly full-time due to their intensive curriculum, clinical rotations, accreditation requirements, and the need for continuous learning and professional competency. However, advanced courses in these fields may offer part-time options, especially with the advent of online and blended learning formats, although the core clinical components still require full-time commitment.

These days, you can study your interested course on a part-time basis. Some can take advantage of distance learning programs while others may acquire their degrees directly from the internet.

These three avenues have helped many to avoid the hustle of conventional universities. You can work while on your way to a four-year or five-year degree course without appearing on campus with minimal practical attendance.

So, if you want a course such as Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, etc., constituting some of the well-sought-after courses, can you do it on a part-time basis? Is there any university offering Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, etc., on distance learning basis, part-time mode, or directly online?

This is the question this post stands to answer. I will not only list the universities you can try for this (if any), but I will also be sure to open your mind to some misconceptions you might have had before now.

Medicine/Surgery, and Pharmacy are Offered Strictly on a Full-Time Basis

You're right if you have heard that you can run certain courses on a part-time basis. Unfortunately, Medicine and Pharmacy are not among such courses.

I've seen universities offering Biochemistry, Microbiology, etc., on a part-time basis, e.g., Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB). I've seen those offering Agriculture, Technology and Engineering courses on a part-time basis, e.g., Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE). I've seen those offering a wider range of courses such as Chemistry, Computer Science, Education courses on a distance learning mode, e.g., UI DLC, LAUTECH DLC. However, till date, no single university is offering Medicine and Surgery or Pharmacy on a part-time, distance learning, or online mode.

The reasons for not offering courses such as Medicine and Pharmacy on a part-time basis are not far-fetched. Let's be inquisitive. Below is a list of familiar reasons Medicine and Pharmacy must be run strictly on a full-time basis.

  1. Intensive Curriculum: Medicine and pharmacy programs typically have rigorous and comprehensive curricula. The volume of material to be covered in a limited time is substantial, and part-time study might not allow students to grasp the necessary knowledge and skills adequately.
  2. Clinical Rotations and Practical Training: Both medicine and pharmacy education involve hands-on experience through clinical rotations, internships, and practical training in laboratories. These components often require a significant time commitment and may not be easily accommodated in part-time schedules.
  3. Professional Accreditation and Licensing Requirements: Medical and pharmacy professions have strict accreditation and licensing requirements. Part-time programs may not align with these requirements, as they often mandate a specific number of hours of education and clinical training.
  4. Patient Safety and Professional Competency: The nature of healthcare professions demands a high level of competency and responsibility. Full-time programs ensure that students are thoroughly trained and ready to take on the responsibilities associated with patient care.
  5. Continuous Learning and Evolving Knowledge: Medicine and pharmacy are dynamic fields with constantly evolving knowledge and technology. Full-time programs allow students to stay current with the latest advancements and research, ensuring that they are well-prepared to practice in their respective fields.
  6. Teamwork and Communication Skills: Interprofessional collaboration and effective communication are crucial in healthcare settings. Full-time programs often provide opportunities for students to develop these skills through group projects, case studies, and collaborative learning experiences.

Advanced-Level Courses May Be Run on a Part-Time Basis

After completing your first degree, even while practicing as a medical doctor/surgeon, or pharmacist, you may want to pursue advanced courses in line with your field. At this point, there may be opportunities for part-time arrangements with the institution depending on the programs. This is why Nursing can be run on part-time if you already have practical experiences with Registered Nursing (RN), Registered Midwifery, National Diploma in Nursing.

Part-time programs in medicine and pharmacy, if available, might have specific structures. For example, some universities may offer part-time options for certain phases of medical or pharmacy education, such as pre-clinical coursework or didactic components. However, the clinical and practical aspects of these programs may still require a full-time commitment.

Moreover, advancements in online and blended learning formats may contribute to increased flexibility in the delivery of medical and pharmacy education. These technologies could potentially allow for more adaptable scheduling, making part-time options more feasible.


The landscape of education has evolved, offering various avenues for pursuing one's academic interests on a part-time basis. However, the realm of Medicine and Pharmacy remains steadfast in its commitment to full-time engagement, driven by the demanding nature of these professions. The intensive curricula, hands-on clinical rotations, and strict accreditation requirements underscore the necessity for a comprehensive, immersive educational experience. 

While part-time options may emerge at the advanced level, especially in the era of online and blended learning, the core elements of these disciplines demand undivided attention. This exploration not only clarifies the limitations but also underscores the vital role of full-time commitment in fostering competent, well-rounded healthcare professionals.

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