New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Community Pharmacy Assistant)

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

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52 Weeks

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the community pharmacy sector with people who facilitate the provision and sale of over the counter (OTC) medicines and related pharmacy products and services.

Graduates will work in non-dispensing support roles within a community pharmacy to support the provision of safe, patient-centered healthcare under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Introduction to Pharmacy Practice) [NZQF Ref: 1886], or demonstration of comparable skills and knowledge. Students for whom English is not a first language will need to demonstrate a level of proficiency to an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. Students must be employed in a New Zealand Pharmacy. Students must have a current first air certificate or complete one within 6 months of commencing the programme.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


52 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$3,089 $3,089
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$8,400 $8,400
Total $11,489 $11,489

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings N/A
Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
On a benefit N/A

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 913 5300
Fax: (04) 913 5308

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

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NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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