The education and training of pharmacists for award of the Bachelor of Pharmacy of the University of Namibia is conducted over a 4-year period. During the course a variety of instructional methodologies are used. Instructional strategies at the School combine didactic methods (lectures and seminars), practical work (laboratory, pre-clinical practice, and fieldwork), clinical apprentice, independent study and student scientific work.
In order to be admitted to the programme, candidates must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
1. To apply for the B.Pharm degree, a candidate must be enrolled in Grade 12 studying towards a NSSC certificate or in possession of a NSSC certificate or any other equivalent qualification with at least:
a) 30 points on the UNAM scale with a grade B or better in ordinary level English OR 32 points on the UNAM scale with a grade C or better in ordinary level English
b) A Score of "2" or better on higher level in Mathematics and Physical Sciences (or a 2 in Mathematics and a 3 in Physical Science) (or a 2 in Physical Science and a 3 in Mathematics) or a grade B or better in ordinary level Mathematics and Physical Sciences
c) Grade B or better in ordinary level Biology/Life Science
(Please refer to the scale used by the University to calculate the UNAM score);
2. To apply for the BPharm degree, a candidate must have successfully completed the entire first year Science curriculum and must have passed chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics modules with an aggregate of at least 55%.
3. To apply for the BPharm degree, a candidate must have successfully completed a Science degree from a recognised University with passes in Sciences including Chemistry and Biology
4. Mature Entry: Candidates aspiring for admission to UNAM's Bachelor of Pharmacy degree through the Mature Age Entry Scheme must satisfy the following conditions:
a. They should be at least 25 years old on the first day of the academic year in which admission is sought
b. They should have successfully completed senior secondary education
c. They should have proof of at least five years pharmacy relevant work experience (as determined by the School).
d. They should pass all papers of the prescribed Mature Age Entry Tests with an overall average of 55%.
e. Candidates who, in the opinion of the Faculty, merit further consideration, may be called for an oral interview before the final selection is made
Meeting the above student admission criteria DOES NOT necessarily ensure admission. Admission is awarded on merit based on places available on the programme and any other conditions that may be determined from time to time.
The Faculty reserves the right to administer special written entry tests and interviews before admission.
The admissions process will not be re-opened and a waiting list will be kept to choose from in the case of admitted student not turning up for registrations the following year.
Duration of Studies:
Each academic year shall comprise of two semesters each of 16 weeks of lectures and 2 weeks of examinations. The programme shall be completed in not less than four (4) years of full time academic study. The BPharm degree MUST be completed within six (6) years of full time study, unless special permission is granted for this period to be extended.
Year 1, Semester 1
Sociology of Health & Disease
English for Academic Purposes
Year 1, Semester 2
Introduction to Pharmacology
Primary Health Care: Health Promotion
Contemporary Social Issues
Year 2, Semester 1
Introduction to Pharmacy & Dispensing
Systems Pharmacology I
Year 2, Semester 2
Introduction to Clinical and Nursing Skills
Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
Pharmacy Practice I
Year 3, Semester 1
Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Systems Pharmacology II
Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacy Law & Ethics
Veterinary Pharmacy & Agrochemicals
Year 3, Semester 2
Medicinal Chemistry I
Applied Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Environmental & Occupational Health
Pathophysiology & Pharmacotherapeutics I
Pharmaceutical Technology I
Pharmacy Practice II
Year 4, Semester 1
Medicinal Chemistry II
Pathophysiology & Pharmacotherapeutics II
Pharmaceutical Technology II
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Year 4, Semester 2
Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring