Pharmacy is one of the most sought-after courses in Nigeria, with many prospective candidates aiming to get admission to study the course in Nigeria tertiary schools. It is good for any candidate to know the approved pharmacy schools in Nigeria and choose from them only.
Recently, there has been a surge in the establishment of private tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The National University Commission (NUC), the body regulating tertiary education in Nigeria, has always done its best to publish schools that are accredited and approved to undertake some courses.
It is pertinent to any candidate who is applying to any university to study pharmacy to verify if the institution is fully accredited. Even if the NUC has granted accreditation to a school, make sure your course of study is fully accredited. Furthermore, make sure that if they have been accredited before, they still retain that privilege before you apply.
In addition to NUC, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) is also another major body regulating pharmacy education in Nigeria. They reserve the right to strip any school of its pharmacy accreditation if it does not meet their basic requirements, such as poor infrastructure, laboratory equipment, quality of staff, and an unconducive learning environment.
List of approved pharmacy schools in Nigeria
Here is the list of PCN-approved pharmacy schools in Nigeria.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, Kaduna State University, Kaduna State.
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
- Madonna University, Elele, Rivers State.
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Jos, Plateau State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto State.
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, Gombe State University, Gombe State
- Faculty of Pharmacy, Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State.
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos, Lagos State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Sagamu, Ogun State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Maiduguri, Borno State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ilorin, Kwara State.
An additional four universities have been approved recently by PCN, taking the total number of schools offering pharmacy in Nigeria to 24. These schools are:
- Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State.
- Chukwuemeka Odumegwu – Ojikwu University (COOU), Igbariam Campus, Anambra State.
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Agbani Campus, Enugu State.
- Faculty of Pharmacy, Bayero University (BUK) Kano, Kano State.
For foreign students, make sure your school is not on the current list that was rejected by the NYSC. These schools, mostly based in the Benin Republic, have been discovered to award certificates to the graduates in a short time without the required training. Beware of these schools listed below:
- Ecole Superieur Sainte Felicite (Benin Republic)
- Al-Nahda International University (Niger Republic)
- International University, Bamenda (Cameroon)
- Institute Superieur de Comm. (Benin Republic)
- Dord Et De Management – ISFOP (Benin Republic)
- Ecole Superieur St. Louis DAfrique (Benin Republic)