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3 Steps to become a Pharmacist in Nigeria

Have you been wondering on how to become a Pharmacist in Nigeria? If “Yes”, this article will help you to achieve just that. From this article, you will increase your knowledge-base by enlightening you on what it takes  to become a professional Pharmacist well as  how to set up your own private Pharmacy.

The healthy existence of all citizens in a country depends on the strength of the existing healthcare system. Doctors alone are not able to give the required healthcare treatments because the object which brings about the cure, palliation and prevention is not in their possession. In a nutshell, the healthy existence of all citizens depends on a set of trained professionals called PHARMACIST.

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Pharmacists as healthcare professionals are the most accessible to patient and the health seeking public. They work closely with patients and assist them with the management of their medicines. From the synthetic and natural substances, Pharmacist manufacture, prepare, formulate, dispense and also make available, safe and efficacious medicines for use in the human and animal healthcare delivery system thus promoting healthcare and improving the quality of life.

The role of a Pharmacist encompasses counseling patients on the best use of medications, advising in symptoms and the management of common ailments, providing information on drugs and drug products, promoting health education and advising other healthcare professionals on the rational use of medicines.

The road to becoming a successful Pharmacist in Nigeria works in accordance with the laws of nature. There is no shortcut to being one and if there happened to be one, Pharmacist could have been scattered all over Nigeria.

In your quest to become a successful Pharmacist in Nigeria, you should also expect to face many roadblocks most of which normally occurs at the skill acquisition stage. You will have to make a lot of sacrifices and also draw closer to God than anyone else.

To the young minds who are aspiring to become a Pharmacist in Nigeria, I congratulate you for having such a great dream. This article will take you through everything you need to know in order to become a Pharmacist here in the Giant of Africa.

We will break down this article into 3 informative subtopics which will further suffice for the entire procedure to turn a young potential Pharmacy aspirant into a successful and resourceful Pharmacist here in Nigeria. Below listed are the topics we will consider together, so relax and grab a cup of coffee as you learn how to make your dreams a vivid reality.

  1. Acquiring initial educational training in the field of Pharmacy.
  2. Sourcing and keeping your capital in place for starting your own Pharmacy.
  3. Establishing, registering and managing your Pharmacy.

There you go! You can see how brief the sub topics are, so let’s discuss them one after the other.

1. Acquiring Initial Educational Training in the Field Of Pharmacy

Following the trend of other educational fields, Pharmacy also requires its own training whereby you will be exposed to whatever you need to know in order to become a Pharmacist.

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Most of the stress which you will testify to after being an established Pharmacist is found in the educational stage. Based on the fact that we are Nigerians and still reside right here in Nigeria, we know what it takes and the obstacles to cross before getting admitted by any tertiary institution in Nigeria to study the course of your choice.

As a Pharmacy student, you will have to study for 0-6 years after which you will be honoured with the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (B.Pharm).

Not all institution in Nigeria offers Pharmacy as a course due to its inescapable criteria which the institution must beat, before it is granted the permission to train students in the course.

So first of all, the first step to take in order to become a Pharmacist in Nigeria is to study hard, pass through the required screening bodies (JAMB and the school’s screening test). Get admitted to study Pharmacy in the University of your Choice, take your assignments, test, practicals and examinations serious. Graduate after the stipulated period and enjoy the feeling of a lifetime of being honoured in front of the crowed as a Bachelor of Pharmacy.

See: List of Universities that Offer Pharmacy in Nigeria and Admission Requirements

2. Sourcing and Keeping Your Capital in Place for Starting Your Own Pharmacy

Now, after passing your first stage by acquiring your Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, you will then have to begin having an entrepreneurial mind by sourcing and making plans for the capital which will take you through the whole process of setting up a Pharmacy.

Here are few ways for doing this

  • Work with an already established Pharmacy. This will also give you more experience aside from the money.
  • If the ability is available, you can go into partnership with another Pharmacist. Acquire a loan from your bank. If you are sure you can handle this option, then go into it, else, back off

This takes us to the final stage.

Read Also: 10 Sources of Capital and Funds for your Business in Nigeria

3. Establishing, Registering and Managing Your Pharmacy

After putting your capital in place, you will then need to establish your own Pharmacy. Pharmacies are not opened like other road side business; it is different from running a food or book store.

In setting up your own Pharmacy, you must first of all register it with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) for legitimacy, also, you will have to register and get the approval of PCN (Pharmacist Council of Nigeria). PCN is the body that regulates and control most things relating to Pharmacy, especially those pertaining to the establishment of a new Pharmacy here in Nigeria.

After the registration, you will now have to choose a good location and get approved for it by PCN. Once you have your business location, you can now go on to fill your Pharmacy with drugs, employ workers and make it known to the public through the use of media like television, radio, newspaper, magazine and social networks.

Recommended: How to start a Pharmacy in Nigeria

How you deal with your customers matters a lot. No one would love to get associated with a grumpy, arrogant and proud Pharmacist. You have to treat your customers with care in order for you to make them visit your center often.

I hope this article was detailed enough to hint you on those things which could help you become a Pharmacist in Nigeria.

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Patrick Okon

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