Full-time: half year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2019 Semester One – 4 March
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Programme type

Programme overview

This certificate is designed for registered pharmacists working in an interprofessional healthcare environment. It equips pharmacists with advanced skills in the acquisition and evaluation of medicines information and clinical evidence.

It is possible to take a Prescribing specialisation in this certificate. Prescribing will teach you the following:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive pharmacotherapeutic knowledge of medicines within their proposed areas of prescribing practice.
  • Access and evaluate relevant clinical information concerning individual patients in order to prescribe safely and effectively.
  • Demonstrate skills in patient assessment, diagnosis and clinical decision-making to facilitate good prescribing decisions.
  • Demonstrate competence in prescribing practice under supervision.

Programme structure

  • 60-point programme
  • Advanced core courses include medicines information and management, critical appraisal and pharmaceutical care (60 points)


A specialisation in Prescribing is also available and has different requirements and courses. You will need to have already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or an equivalent qualification to gain entry.

The specialisation in Prescribing comprises:

  • An advanced taught course covering principles of prescribing (30 points)
  • A prescribing practicum, which is an experiential placement where you will develop experience in prescribing under the overarching guidance of a designated medical prescriber (30 points).

The PGCertClinPharm must be completed in one semester if enrolled full-time or within two years if enrolled part-time.

Sample programme structure


Year 1 60 points

  • Code:
    PHARMACY 764
    Medicines Information and Critical Appraisal
    Compulsory core course
    30 pts
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 765
    Medicines Management and Pharmaceutical Care
    Compulsory core course
    30 pts

Sample programme structure

PGCertClinPharm (Prescribing)

Year 1 60 points

  • Code:
    PHARMACY 769
    Principles of Prescribing
    Compulsory core course
    30 pts
  • Code:
    PHARMACY 770
    Prescribing Practicum
    Compulsory core course
    30 pts

Subjects available in this programme

2018 entry requirements

Programme requirements

Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy is limited to 40 students per year. Entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing is limited to 10 students per year. Selection is by academic merit based on your grades.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy at a recognised university (or similar institution). You must also be currently registered as a pharmacist or be enrolled in the New Zealand pharmacist pre-registration programme.

The Prescribing specialisation is only available if you have already completed one year of postgraduate study in clinical pharmacy, such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. You must currently be a New Zealand registered pharmacist with current registration with the New Zealand Pharmacy Council (or be enrolled in the New Zealand pharmacist pre-registration programme).

Further programme requirements

English language requirements

If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

You will require an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0. See alternative English language requirements.

How much does a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
International students

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $406.80 for full-time study (60 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

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Where could this programme take you?

The specialisation in Prescribing is designed to provide registered pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to register as a Pharmacist Prescriber with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Pharmacist Prescriber

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