Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy in Prescribing

Are you ready to take your pharmacy career to a new direction?

It is an exciting time to be a pharmacist! Internationally, the role pharmacists can play in patient care is rapidly expanding and New Zealand is at the forefront of this. Legislation has now been passed that allows pharmacists to prescribe, and the numbers of New Zealand pharmacists registered to prescribe is steadily growing. This innovation is in line with the Government’s commitment to support health practitioners to work to their full capacity and provide better, sooner, more convenient access to services for patients.

The aim of the Pharmacist Prescribing qualification is to build on the clinical capabilities gained in the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and equip pharmacists with the knowledge, skills and attributes to competently prescribe medicines within a collaborative healthcare team environment.

The programme is taught by a wide range of expert professionals including medical practitioners, bioethicists, lawyers, patient safety experts, clinical pharmacists and academic staff.


A printable flyer is available for this subject

A Pre-admission application form is available here

Information for Doctors considering mentoring a pharmacist to become a prescriber is available here


Students must be registered with the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand (and hold a current Annual Practicing Certificate) and have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (or an equivalent qualification) to be eligible for entry.

Additional entry requirements as stipulated by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand and the University are listed here

Duration and points value

Points required: 60
Time to complete: Within two years (enrolled part-time)
Start semester: One

New students, to ensure you enrol on time, please visit our step-by-step guide to applications, admission, and enrolment.

To apply for this programme click on the red APPLY NOW button.  



The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy in Prescribing consists of the following courses:

PHARMACY 769 Principles of Prescribing (30 points) - Not offered in 2018

Legal and ethical considerations; communication with patients and other health professionals; clinical reasoning and decision-making; physical assessment and diagnostic skills; prescribing safely and effectively.

PHARMACY 770 Prescribing Practicum (30 points) - Not offered in 2018

An experiential placement where the pharmacist develops experience in prescribing under the overarching guidance of a designated medical practitioner.

Important information

Places on this programme are limited.

This programme has a total enrolment clause of 90 points. This is the maximum number of points you can enrol in (including failed or withdrawn courses) towards this programme. 


Detailed information on admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the Calendar Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy.

These should also be read in conjunction with the University's General regulations - Postgraduate Certificates.


For further information about the programme, please contact Adele Print