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Pharmacist’s Assistants Training

The School of Pharmacy is one of the five Schools of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). However, although it is newest at SMU as of 2017, it has a proud history of offering pharmacy education dating back to 1983 when it was established as a School within Faculty of Medicine in what was then MEDUNSA. Due to the political climate at the time and the subsequent rationalisation of the schools of pharmacy nationally, the undergraduate Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree was not implemented. Emphasis was thus placed on postgraduate education in the form of the MSc (Med) and PhD degrees.

The BPharm degree education was then offered in 1998 in partnership with Tshwane University of Technology. In 2005, University of Limpopo (UL) was established as a merger of MEDUNSA and University of the North. The new academic structure of UL came into effect in 2006, and as result, the School of Pharmacy became the Department of Pharmacy within the School of Health Care Sciences under Faculty of Health Sciences.

  • Pharmacist’s Assistants course (Learner Basic) for Institutional/Hospital, Community and Distribution/Wholesale Pharmacy  (Attached document PBL)
  • Pharmacist’s Assistants course (Learner Post Basic) for Institutional and Community Pharmacy (attached document PBL)


Pharmacy Practice Contact Number: 012 521 5703

Ms Elmarie Loock
Acting Head of Department

Ms Marlene Fourie
Administrative Assistant

Ms Lianie van Niekerk
Administrative Assistant