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This course is based on the recommended standard for the dispensing course for prescribers in terms of Act 101 of 1965 as amended, which was developed by the South African Pharmacy Council, in consultation with the other statutory health councils. 
Licensing with the relevant authority as a dispensing healthcare professional can only take place once the certificate is awarded. 
The Dispensing Course is available through the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) in association with the Health Science Academy.

Who Should Enroll?
This course is targeted at healthcare professionals, who are recognized as authorized prescribers and who are required to be licensed to dispense medicines in terms of regulation 18 of Act 101 of 1965 as amended.

Course Design

The Dispensing course leads to a certificate at NQF level 6. To obtain the certificate a minimum of 30 credits must be obtained. Each credit represents about 10 notional learning hours. The course is taught through distance education, training workshops are  also provided.

Contact sessions: 
The course consists of four days of lectures and a dispensing practical workshop on the fifth day. 
Distance course: 
The Resource Guide as well as the online summative assessment and requirements for the portfolio of evidence will be available online. Once completed, HSA will schedule the practical exam. Fees for the course include one assessment to be completed within
six months from the date of registration. A resubmission fee will be applicable to all assessments where the learner has been found Not Yet Competent (NYC). After six months the learner will have to pay a re-registration fee to be able to continue with the course.

Course Content
This Dispensing Course is designed to enable healthcare professionals to dispense and to ensure the quality use of medicines prescribed to the patient to improve their health status. At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

*identify and apply ethical, legal and therapeutic considerations in all facets of dispensing
*evaluate prescriptions and assess the patient profile
*dispense a prescription
*manage the procurement and storage of medicines
*advise patients to ensure quality use of medicines and improve health status

Participants will be assessed through:

*Portfolio of evidence.
*Written questionnaire.
*Dispensing Practical Exam - scheduled on a specific date.

Certification & Accreditation
Participants will receive a certificate from the Health Science Academy should they successfully complete the assessment process. This certificate must then be submitted in terms of regulation 18 of Act 101 of 1965, as amended. The course is accredited through SAMA for 30 CPD point on Level 2.

Course Fees:

Workshop based course: R 6 825.00
Distance course: R 4 000.00

The course fee includes all study material, assessments and certification. Study material will be provided as soon as full payment has been received.

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