Skip to main content

Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program For The Re-Certification Of Pharmacists In Nigeria

Program for practicing pharmacist for re-certification
Pharmacist program
Every profession is evolving so too is the pharmacy profession. It is imperative of pharmacist to keep themselves abreast of recent happenings and current trends in the world of pharmacy.
It is in view of this the Pharmacists Council Of Nigeria (P.C.N) has introduced a program designed for pharmacists to keep educating themselves. This program is compulsory for re-certification.

How Continuing Professional Development Program Began

It was in the year 1995 that a call for a Continuous Education Program (C.E.P) for all profession was made in Nigeria in the National Health Summit (N.H.S). Ever since then, PCN has started various programs for that which was known as Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (M.C.P.E). The first and second phase were in 1998 and 2005 respectively.  They were, however, rounded up in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Since it is a continuous program, another phase started 2008 and 2013.

Objectives Of The Program

The following are the objectives of the program:

  • It will help to update the knowledge of pharmacist by equipping them to keep abreast of developments in current trends and practice in pharmacy
  • Provide an opportunity to supplement the initial training of pharmacists by expanding their knowledge base and skills to meet the needs of the consumers/clients of their products and services.
  • Improved the skills and knowledge of pharmacists to ensure their continued relevance in the health care management team.
  • To provide a forum for cross-fertilization of ideas and experience which would enhance the competence and commitment of pharmacists and in turn help to improve the quality of pharmacists’ products and services
  • Serves as an important element of necessary change by preparing pharmacists to learn to adapt, contribute positively, and participate actively in the implementation of change.
  • Ensure that the Nigerian pharmacist is always positively oriented and professionally competent to offer the services for which he is licensed.

How Is The Program Organised?

The program stretch across three years. The semesters are called modules. Each of those modules run for two days at a time. In those two days, several courses will be offered. The total units in each module are much. However, a pharmacist must pass 30 units for re-certification to be approved.


Consider the following rules guiding the program

  • The 30 units pass must be achieved within a space of 5 years
  • Pass mark of 50 % 
  • Must attend all lectures for three modules
  • Attend at least two modules with any other local, regional, or international recognised conferences or seminar with courses recognised by PCN to obtain additional 10 units pass.
  • During the program, a pharmacist must not attend more than modules in a year.

Who Can Participate?

All pharmacist who registered on or before 2008. In essence, after five years of graduation.

Registration Procedure

The participants pay money online. The money covers for refreshment and learning materials. Payment must be processed on or before two weeks before commencement of a module. There is like a penalty for late online and onsite payment.

Note: Failure to participate in this program will lead to the withdrawal of licence.

Exemption From The Program

  • Forty years post graduate Pharmacy experience
  • Public office holders

Note: The first sets are advice to participating while all their expenses are fully paid by PCN
In addition, public office holders like the president must partake of the program once he is out of office.

Centres For The Program

  1. All approved schools of pharmacy
  2. West Africa Postgraduates College of Pharmacist
  3. National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (N.I.P.R.D)
  4. Special providers

Note: A centre must admit more than 50 students for each module, which should not exceed 150.

Evaluation

The following are what is considered for credit pass
  1. Attendance
  2. Instructors’ evaluation
  3. Centre evaluation
  4. Participants’ examination assessment




Note: With the introduction of the online program, lectures, evaluation, and examination has been made easy. This is because participants can now take the course from the comforts of their home while receiving the certificate of attendance online. This online program currently runs concurrently with the classroom formats.

Courses

It covers all aspects or areas of the profession no matter your areas of speciality.

Share On Social Media With Family And Friends To Show You Care!

Comments

Also In This Blog

Undergraduate And Postgraduate Courses Offered In Accredited Schools Of Pharmacy In Nigeria

To practice as a pharmacist in Nigeria, one has to study in an accredited school. The study programme is long and practically impossible for anyone to learn everything the profession has to offer. This ranges from the undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Guidelines On How To Fill Industrial Training Log Book For Pharmacy Students In Nigeria

Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (S.I.W.E.S) Industrial Training (I.T) was designed by the government to add to student Curriculum Vitae (C.V) after graduation.

How Doctors Write Medical Prescription Of Drugs For Pharmacist

A visit to the hospital is hardly complete without a visit to the hospital pharmacy unit. A doctor has the power to send you to various units within the hospital to have a better diagnosis.

How To Write A Project Proposal For Pharmacy students In Nigeria

Once a project topic has been approved, the next steps in some cases is to write a project proposal. This is not always the case. It all depends on if your supervisor wants one. The truth is that proposals for undergraduate school projects is a little bit different from when one wants to write a proposal for other projects.

The Full List Of Drug Classification Of Nigeria Essential Medicine

The national drug policy for Nigeria presents a formula in which categories falls into a framework for meeting the nation’s drug need.

The Stages Of Drug Development And Design For Herbal Medicine

Medicines are group into traditional and orthodox (western) medicines. Western medicines involve proper investigation of the activities of the drug, which is usually in a pure form in the dosage ranging from tablets to capsules etc. This is not the case with traditional drugs, which depends on the crude drug for activities. They are mostly in liquid forms.
Traditional medicines are more common in Africa and Asia with the western world using more of orthodox medicine. The success stories of many traditional medicines have made World Health Organization (W.H.O) to adopt guidelines in the incorporation of it into mainstream medicine.
The adoption of traditional medicines by who has led to the introduction of the methods used in orthodox medicine. Let us see how some of the popular drugs came about. The method here focuses on herbal drugs development but have similarity with synthetic products. For the herbal drugs developed by the methods, it can be called semi-synthetic drugs like hyos…

How To Become A Pharmacy Technician In Nigeria

Pharmacy technicians are a group of trained personnel who assist the pharmacist in all aspects of practice. They were introduced by Pharmacists Council Of Nigeria (P.C.N) some years ago. The schools that have been licenced to run the program include most state-owned school of health technology e.g. School of Health Technology, Ofuoma, Ughelli. This is in addition to some other health institutions including some newly approved private health institute. These schools also offer other health-related courses such as Community Health Extension Workers (C.H.E.W). In all and all, the method of admission and training is similar.

Recommended International Non-proprietary Name Of Drugs (Full List) With Formal Name

One of the functions of World Health Organisation (W.H.O) is the regulation of International Non-proprietary Names (I.N.Ns) which was established in 1950.

Guidelines On How To Choose A Project Topic In Pharmacy

The fear of school project is the beginning of hard work. The curiosity of what final year project is going to look like is normal among final year students. Making the right choice is a very difficult task. The choice is to put into account the right department and the right project supervisor to the right topic. All these choices if properly selected will make the student to achieve a very good project work that will be appreciated by the external supervisor at minimum cost to the student.

Common Hospital Staffs And Their Roles In A Nigerian Hospital

A visit to the hospital by many people bring them in direct contact with doctors and some few other health care professional.

Labels

Show more