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New Zealand Diploma in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician - Specialist) (Level 6)

Programme highlights

Are you a pharmacy technician looking to make the next move in your career?

This qualification will help you get ahead.

You'll learn the skills to step into a specialist technician role and make a difference within your pharmacy.

In order to undertake this course, you must be a qualified pharmacy technician with a level 5 qualification.

Our flexible learning options means you can study part-time online, anywhere in New Zealand while you remain in employment.

IT requirements

To complete this qualification you will need to have access to a computer and the internet to retrieve course materials, undertake assessments and participate in the courses online activities.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

Online plus workshops at MIT Manukau
(some workshops may be available online).

Level 6
Domestic fees

Click here to see a list of domestic course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ4410
Duration

Part-time for 2 years (40 teaching weeks per year)
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 4 years.

Study method

Blended
(online study with an initial two-day workshop and an additional five subsequent workshops).

Credits 120
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

MIT Diploma

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician) (Level 5) or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills recognised by the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand;

And

Applicants must have a minimum of one years' experience in a pharmacy technician role following the award of a Pharmacy Technician level 5 qualification;

And

Applicants must have access to a pharmacy and mentor pharmacist or be currently employed in a pharmacy environment;

And

Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.5) or equivalent achieved within the preceding 2 years.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

Programme structure

You will need to complete seven compulsory courses as well as three specialist courses (120 credits):

Compulsory courses

727.622 Leadership and management for effective teamwork (10 credits)

Lead, coordinate and delegate work within a pharmacy team.

Outcomes

Learner outcomes

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Critique leadership and delegation tasks within pharmacy teams
  • Discuss managing challenging situations within teams
  • Prioritise workload for effective coordination of tasks.

727.620 Effective communication (10 credits)

Establish and apply effective communication and interpersonal skills professionally, with a range of stakeholders, on complex matters, issues and ideas and/or in complex situations.

Outcomes

Learner outcomes

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Apply a range of effective communication skills in complex situations with patients and healthcare professionals
  • Evaluate communication strategies that can be utilised to overcome communication barriers.

727.621 Professional development of pharmacy staff (10 credits)

Mentor, coach and develop pharmacy staff in specified areas of pharmacy practice.

Outcomes

Learner outcomes

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Explore professional development needs and opportunities for pharmacy staff within an area of your employment
  • Design and facilitate a mentoring plan aimed at developing pharmacy staff in a specified area of pharmacy practice.

727. 623 Pharmacy operational management (15 credits)

Critically evaluate and apply a range of operational management practices to support business functions.

Outcomes

Learner outcomes

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and reflect on the application of pharmacy operational management strategies
  • Interpret key financial documents necessary to manage a pharmacy and demonstrate understanding of the financial implications
  • Demonstrate the principles of effective business functions.

727.624 Pharmacy law and ethics (10 credits)

Apply ethical decision making, relevant legislation and standards to pharmacy practice.

Outcomes

Learner outcomes

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Discuss how ethical principles are applied in relation to pharmacy practice
  • Apply knowledge of relevant legislation and standards that underpin pharmacy practice
  • Discuss the importance of cultural competence in a pharmacy environment.

727.625 Quality assurance in pharmacy practice (10 credits)

Apply regulatory knowledge of pharmacy audit and compliance as appropriate to maintain pharmacy compliance requirements.

Outcomes

Learner outcomes

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Apply quality assurance procedures and explain how they relate to pharmacy compliance
  • Critique and improve a standard operating procedure within your area of work.

727.626 New Zealand healthcare system (10 credits)

Apply in-depth knowledge of the NZ healthcare system and the interaction between healthcare providers to support the delivery of a range of pharmacy services.

Outcomes

Learner outcomes

On successful completion of this course, it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand healthcare system and the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in relation to pharmacy services
  • Discuss the roles of government agencies in supporting pharmacy services.

Specialist courses

727.631 Patient counselling (15 credits)

In this paper, you will be researching material about different drugs and assessing appropriate requirements for patient counselling. There is a practical component where you undertake counselling sessions.

727.637 Dispensary management (15 credits)

Develop your dispensary management skills. You will research your own resources enabling you to answer several management scenarios. There is a practical component which will be a work-based improvement project.

727.634 Medicines information (15 credits)

Research medicines information resources and undertaking self-learning. There is a practical component where you undertake medicines information queries.

727.639 Education and training support (15 credits)

Develop training sessions and research assessment and competency.  There is a practical component where you will run teaching sessions for staff.

727.630 Community pharmacy services (15 credits)

Focus on areas of dispensing services that require specialist knowledge, monitoring and/or counselling and CPSA, the contract through which pharmacies are funded. There is a practical component that will be developing an inception package around a health initiative in which your pharmacy is either currently providing to the public or looking to implement.

727.632 Health screening and testing (15 credits)

Research background information and current health screening and testing in NZ. There is a practical component that will be around setting up a service in your pharmacy or perhaps critiquing and improving an existing one.

727.633 Medicines reconciliation (15 credits)

Develop your medical history taking and medicines reconciliation skills. There is a practical component where you undertake medicines reconciliation.

727.640 Quality and risk management (15 credits)

You will research quality management systems (QMS) and either report on an existing QMS or develop one for your pharmacy. There is a practical component where you will undertake a risk assessment in your workplace

If you would like more information or would like to talk about study options related directly to the pharmacy specialist technician level 6 certificate please email a course lecturer Fiona McDonald fiona.mcdonald@manukau.ac.nz or Paula Ferguson paula.ferguson@manukau.ac.nz.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the health and counselling calendar.

Career opportunities

A range of specialist technician or other specialist pharmacy and healthcare roles, including those in community, hospital, industrial and educational settings. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.