Faclty Of Pharmaceutical Sciences: History
The initial training at the School of Pharmacy in Zaria started around 1947 to train dispensers (Dispensers Course) and much later in October 1961 it was upgraded to the Chemist and Druggist Diploma, this was the first requirement for registration as Pharmacist by the former Pharmacist Board of Nigeria (PBN). The entry requirement for the Diploma was the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology (NCAST) certificate, Ibadan. However, candidates with credits in the relevant science subjects in GCE O’Level were admitted for a five year course. At the end of the course successful candidates are awarded two diplomas
(i) the professional Diploma of the Pharmacists Board of Nigeria namely The Chemist and Druggist Diploma and
(ii) the Pharmaceutical Chemists Diploma (of the Pharmacy school, Zaria).
The three years Pharmacy Degree program was started in 1968 in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Faculty of Science, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, however the first set of students were admitted in 1970 and they graduated in 1973 with a BSc. Pharmacy degree. The Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology became the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1982, to be awarding B. Pharmacy Degree. However, the first set of 4 years (from direct entry) B. Pharmacy Degree graduated in 1988. The newly introduced course credit system started in 1988 in-line with the new National Education policy.