After fighting hard to get the accreditation to run the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program (PharmD), the University of Ibadan would subsequently administer a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree instead of a B Pharm degree starting with the current 200 Level students – the 2018/2019 Set.
The Sub Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Dr Thomas O. has created a WhatsApp group for 100 Level students indicating that they will be running the PharmD curriculum.
The contents of the curriculum provide the tools to evaluate students’ performance. It is, therefore, desirable that various methods of assessment (not one technique of assessment) are fully integrated to provide for a more accurate evaluation of students.
It is believed that two broad methods of assessment can be useful in pharmacy namely Norm-referenced tests and
Criterion-referenced tests. These will include multiple-choice questions, short answers, True or False, and essays.
The evaluation will be based on learning objectives and outcomes.
Other forms of evaluation suggested include Computer Based Test and Objective Structure Clinical Examination
(OSCE), group readiness assessment (GRAT), feedback mechanism, generic assessment criteria. The Criterion-referenced test will most importantly evaluate students’ behaviour with reference to the previously agreed behaviours desirable of a pharmaceutical practitioner.
One of the implications of switching to the PharmD curriculum is that students of pharmacy will now spend 6 years or 12 semesters of study in the university, as opposed to the initial 5 years or 10 semesters.
Also, after graduation, graduands will be awarded a doctors degree and will be regarded as doctors of pharmacy.
Mainly, the difference between PharmD and B Pharm is that the PharmD curriculum is more clinically oriented than the B Pharm curriculum.
The Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan as at 2018 – 2019 worked tirelessly to gain the required accreditation to run the PharmD program.
Lecturers from the Faculty of Pharmacy UI had to register for the Special PharmD Conversion Program hosted by the Faculty of Pharmacy Uniben in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. The program was designed to develop pharmacy lecturers as well as hospital and community pharmacy preceptors without PharmD to be able to apply patient-centered approach in the education of pharmacy students.
Besides, it is worthy to note that schools like the University of Benin Faculty of Pharmacy have been running the PharmD program since 2016 after the NUC (National Universities Commission) approved them; though, PCN (Pharmacists Council of Nigeria) had approved their Pharm D program since 2001.