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UHAS Doctor of Pharmacy, Entry Requirements and Outline

Does UHAS offer Doctor of Pharmacy?

Yes, the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho was established in 2012 and started offering the six years Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2015.

What is Doctor of Pharmacy?

Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional undergraduate degree that is required by several countries including Ghana, Nigeria and the USA as a basic requirement for registration as a pharmacist.

This pharmacy degree is offered as a six-year duration programme in most countries but some countries offer it also as a two year top up programme to people who already have a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy.

Click here for a list of all the pharmacy related courses and their respective duration 

Admission requirements for UHAS Doctor of Pharmacy

UHAS accepts three different categories of students into their six-year Doctor of Pharmacy programme. 

These categories are:

  • Applicants with WASSCE/SSSCE qualification
  • Applicants with A’ Level qualification
  • Applicants who are considered Mature applicants

Applicants with WASSCE/SSSCE qualification

You need to have a minimum of three (3) credits which are considered as grades from A1 to C6 in WASSCE or A to D in SSCE in the core subjects (Core Mathematics, Integrated Science, and English Language).

You will also need a minimum of three (3) credits in the following elective subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Elective Mathematics).

Applicants with A’ Level qualification

If you are using an A’ level certificate, you must have the General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level in five (5) subjects which include:

  • English language
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology

Additionally, General science and any other subjects together with the General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level or its equivalent in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Mathematics.

Mature Applicants

You may be considered as a mature applicant if you meet any of the two criteria below:

  • You have a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Dispensing Technology or Pharmacy Technician Course or its equivalent from an accredited institution with at least three (3) years of relevant working experience.
  • You have attained a minimum age of 25 years at the time of submitting your application forms and have five (5) credits at 0-level including English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Want to know what the requirements for admissions to KNUST Doctor of Pharmacy is like? Click this link to find out more

Can I apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy Programme as a Pharmacy Technician?

Yes. Pharmacy technicians can use their HND qualification to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy programme in UHAS. However, accepted candidates will begin from the first year just like any other applicant who applies to the programme.

What is the duration of the Doctor of Pharmacy Course at UHAS

The doctor of pharmacy programme offered by the University of Health and Allied Sciences is a six-year programme leading to the award of a professional undergraduate doctorate degree in pharmacy.

The first four years are considered as your pre-clinical studies and are made up of a lot of classroom work. The last two years are more clinical or practical in nature. The programme has been structured to give you the best exposure and to help you acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to best practice as a 21st century Pharmacist.

After the first four years, students are inducted into their clinical years through the performance of a white coat ceremony. 

In the final year, which is the sixth year, students undertake a clerkship rotation in a selected hospital. This is known as the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations and is meant to last for 36 weeks.

These clerkship rotations involve clinical experiences, designed to provide opportunities for students to merge theory and practice to enhance positive patient outcomes. 

The goal of APPE is to allow the student to develop independent judgment and integrate fundamental academic base knowledge with clinical applications. These rotations include experiences in clinical pharmacy services in various medical sub-specialty environments. Students follow all assigned patients and make recommendations regarding medication use under the supervision of the preceptor. 

In-patient rotations include adult medicine, infectious diseases, critical care, cardiology, nephrology and surgery. The experiential training is done at approved sites with approved preceptors.

Which departments are in the school of Pharmacy, UHAS?

The school of Pharmacy, UHAS has six (6) different departments. The available departments are:

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Pharmacognosy and Herbal Medicine
  • Pharmacy Practice

During the clinical years, students are attached to specific departments where they undertake their electives.

Course outline (Programme Curriculum) for UHAS Doctor of Pharmacy

First year course outline


CodeCourse TitleTPCredit
UHAS 107Academic & Communicative Skills 1202
UHAS 110Quantitative Literacy202
UHAS 109Information Literacy011
SOPH 131Introduction to Pharmacy213
SOPH 161Introduction to Microbiology 213
SOPH 121Foundation Chemistry213
SBBS  119Human Physiology I (with Practical)213
SBBS  121Human Anatomy 202


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
UHAS 116Academic & Communicative Skills II202
UHAS 104Community Entry and Organization101
UHAS 114Ghanaian and African Studies202
SOPH 122 Organic Chemistry 1213
SOPH 132Dispensing213
SBBS  108Human Physiology II (with Practical)213
SOPH 152Introduction to Pharmacognosy213

Second year course outline


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
SOPH 211Sociology for Pharmacy202
SOPH 213Pharmacy Communication and Patient Counselling213
SOPH 221 Organic Chemistry II213
SOPH 231Physical Pharmacy213
SBBS  215Biochemistry I213
SOPH 251Phytochemistry213
SOPH 261Immunology303


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
UHAS 201Health Care Systems in Ghana303
UHAS 272French For Communication I202
SOPH 212 Health Psychology 202
SOPH 214Pharmacy Practice I213
SOPH 222Physical Chemistry213
SOPH 216Biochemistry II202
SOPH 244Introduction to Pharmacology213
SOPH 262Pharmaceutical Microbiology 213

Third year course outline


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
UHAS 371French For Communication II202
SOPH 311 Biostatistics and Research Methods303
SOPH 321Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry 314
SOPH 331Pharmaceutical Technology I213
SOPH 341Systems Pharmacology I213
SOPH 351Natural Drug Production and Evaluation213
SOPH 361Biotechnology and Molecular Biology213


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
UHAS 372French For Communication III202
SOPH 312Pathophysiology and Therapeutics I213
SOPH 322Medicinal Chemistry I 314
SOPH 332Pharmaceutical Technology II314
SOPH 342Systems Pharmacology II314
SOPH 352Phytopharmaceuticals and Plant Poisons202

Fourth year course outline


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
UHAS 471French For Communication IV202
SOPH 411Pathophysiology and Therapeutics II213
SOPH 413Pharmaceutical Care I303
SOPH 421Medicinal Chemistry II303
SOPH 431Biopharmaceutics202
SOPH 441 Chemical Pathology I213
SOPH 451Advances in Complementary and Alternative Medicines202
SOPH 410/420 /430/440/450/ 460Pharmaceutical Assignment


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
SOPH 412Pathophysiology and Therapeutics III202
SOPH 414Pharmaceutical Care II213
SOPH 416Pharmacy Jurisprudence202
SOPH 418Pharmacoeconomics202
SOPH 442Chemical Pathology II213
SOPH 452Veterinary Pharmacy and Agroceuticals202
SOPH 462Chemotherapy 303
SOPH 410/420 /430/440/450/ 460Pharmaceutical Assignment033

Fifth year course outline


CodeCourse Title TPCredits
SOPH 510Pharmacoepidemiology202
SOPH 513Pharmacy Practice II 314
SOPH 515Public Health I202
SOPH 517Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring303
SOPH 519Management, Leadership and Decision-making303
SOPH 553Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice213
SOPH 511/ 521/ 531/ 541/ 551/561Elective I303


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
UHAS 574Entrepreneurship 303
SOPH 516Public Health II202
SOPH 518Clerkship022
SOPH 534Pharmacovigilance2    02
SOPH 544Clinical Toxicology303
SOPH 554Scientific Meetings (Seminars)033
SOPH 512/ 522/ 532/ 542/ 552/562Elective II303

Sixth year


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
SOPH 611Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Internal Medicine066
SOPH 613Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Surgery 066
SOPH 615Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Elective I066
SOPH 610Project


CodeCourse TitleTPCredits
SOPH 612Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Child Health066
SOPH 614Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Elective II 066
SOPH 610Project 066

Nature and Duration of Examination for UHAS Doctor of Pharmacy Course

The university organizes end of semester examinations for Pharmacy students at the end of each semester. However, in the course of the semester, a number of interim assessments (I.As) may be organized by various lecturers.

Students are usually pre-informed before an interim assessment, so that they can prepare adequately for it. 

Each end of semester examination may take place for about two weeks within which students will sit to write exams on all the courses they registered in the semester.

Supplementary examinations

Students who do not acquire the pass mark will be required to redeem themselves through participation in the supplementary examinations. Each department organizes resits or supplementary exams during the long vacation (usually after or during the second semester break). 

Thus, students who have resits would have to register for supplementation exams and write them during the long vacation.


Dr. Ehoneah Obed is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. He has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and has experience working in a Tertiary hospital as well as various community pharmacies. He is also a software engineer interested in healthcare technologies.

His love for helping others motivates him to create content on an array of topics mostly relating to the health of people and also software engineering content.

He is knowledgeable in digital marketing, content marketing, and a host of other skills that make him versatile enough to uplift any team he joins.

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MPSGH, MRPharmS, MPhil.

Isaiah Amoo is a practicing community pharmacist in good standing with the Pharmacy Council of Ghana who has meaningful experience in academia and industrial pharmacy. He is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, England, UK and currently pursuing his overseas pharmacy assessment programme (MSc) at Aston University, UK. He had his MPhil degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has about 5 years’ experience as a community Pharmacist and has also taught in academic institutions like KNUST, Kumasi Technical University, Royal Ann College of Health, and G-Health Consult. He likes to spend time reading medical research articles and loves sharing his knowledge with others.

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