The Department of Dispensing Technology (Pharmaceutical Science) was established to provide in-depth training for students who aspire to become Dispensing Technologists/ Pharmacy technicians and Pharmacists. The department received accreditation on 1st September 2012 to run the HND Dispensing Technology programme. The first batch of students was enrolled in the 2013/ 2014 academic year to pursue the three-year programme.
To become a world class centre for learning and practical training in drug preparation, distribution, regulation and quality.
The Mission of the Department is to:
- Educate and train students to become leading Pharmacy technicians/ technologists, Quality control chemists and herbal medicine practitioners.
- Provide training for various practitioners in the informal sector to enable them to apply basic scientific principles in the delivery of their services.
- Contribute to the advancement of health in Ghana through outreach and public service.
We will accomplish this mission through learning, discovery and engagement by:
- Attracting and retaining talented and diverse staff and students.
- Delivering contemporary and innovative curricula that empower students to acquire practical skills and be able to provide scientifically-informed patient care.
- Producing world-class graduates who are prepared to assume positions of leadership in the health sector, industry and academia.
- Establishing new synergies by creating partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances at the regional, national and international levels.
The Department has the following plans:
- To publish papers on issues relating to dispensing of medicine in our hospitals, pharmacies, drugs stores and quality of personnel involved in the work in Northern part Ghana.
- To help in the accreditation process for HND Science Laboratory Technology programme
- To commercialise the laboratory, since it is the only laboratory in the region which has state-of-the-art equipment to handle samples for a fee from organisations such as Ghana Standards Authority, Food and Drugs Authority and other organisations within the region.
- To organise short training courses, seminars and workshops for people within the industry who do not have the necessary qualifications and experience to equip them execute their job very efficiently and effectively.
- Determine the quality of drugs being dispensed in the Upper West Region
Conduct of research on social issues relating to quality of health in the Upper West Region.