Graduating from a Pharmacy school is not a guarantee that you are no longer a student. Pharmacy internship in Nigeria is a one year compulsory program for a fresh pharmacy graduate to go into training under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
To qualify as a Pharmacy intern, You will have to obtain a Pharmacy degree in any accredited pharmacy school within and outside the country. In Nigeria, After B.Pharm or Pharm D. education, you will be awarded a Provisional Pharmacy license (Form G) by the Pharmacy council of Nigeria.
Therefore, the induction ceremony/Oath taking is a birth of an amateur pharmacist who must pass through a compulsory one year training before being a full licensed pharmacist.
Internship in Nigeria can be done in any accredited pharmacy internship centers in Nigeria. The centers can be;
Hospital pharmacy (State or federal)
Administrative and Consulting Pharmacy( such as PCN, NAFDAC, NDLEA, NPHCDA)
Pharmaceutical Research centers such as (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).
Which type of internship center is best for training?
The answer to this question is no center. All training centers are very good and are monitored by the Pharmacy board to ascertain the level of training interns get – that is the reason for accreditation.
Most times, young pharmacists are hazy when choosing an internship center. Some are challenged with the monetary benefits to gain from choosing a center. But, from a personal experience, It is better to define the types of Career to pursue in Pharmacy Profession immediately you graduate. You can choose to follow that part through your training.
Secondly, You need to be versatile. That you are working in a pharmaceutical industry will not stop patients or relations from asking you, “what dose of Paracetamol can i take?” or still, “what is the difference between a Gel and an ointment?”
Therefore, when choosing a center, try to choose a different area from what you have done before during your Industrial Training or Clerkship. In other words, try an entirely different field of pharmacy practice.
Current List of PCN accredited centers in Nigeria
The Pharmacy internship centers in Nigeria are grouped into the 8 PCN zones, you can search a center by zone. Below is the 8 zones of the Pharmcay Council of Nigeria.
Note: These centers are not an exhaustive list, also, any center can loose or obtain accreditation anytime. Please, visit any PCN office for update.
Here are the list of Locations on this zone:
44, Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna.
Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria.
Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Kaduna.
National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna.
Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital, T/Wada, Kaduna.
Ishara Pharmaceutical Chemist, Kaduna.
Osbud-K Pharmacy Limited.
Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.
National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, Kano.
Mohammed Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Nasarawa, Kano.
Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, Kofar Mata, Kano.
Federal Medical Center, Katsina.
General Hospital, Katsina.
Federal Medical Center, Birnin Kebbi.
Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital Birnin Kebbi.
Federal Medical Center, Birnin Kudu.
General Hospital, Dutse.
Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.
Federal Medical Center, Gusau.
Federal Medical center, Gombe.
General Hospital, Kaltungu, Gombe State.
State Specialist Hospital Gombe, Jekadafari.
Federal Medical center, Yola. Lamido Zubairo Way.
Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Federal Low-cost Housing Estate, Maiduguri.
General Hospital Mubi, Adamawa State.
General Hospital, Numan, Adamawa State.
Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Federal Medical Center, 1. Hospital Road, Jalingo.
Specialist Hospital, Jolly Nyame Way, Jalingo.
Federal medical centre Nguru, Yobe state.
General Hospital, Hadejia, Damaturu.
General Sanni Abacha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, Gujba Road, Damaturu.
Federal Medical Centre, Azare.
Specialist Hospital, Bauchi.
State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri, Shehu Laminu Way, Maiduguri.
UmaruShehu Specialist Hospital, Bulumkutu Ward, Jos Road, Maiduguri.
University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Bama Road, Maiduguri.
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