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Dispensing for Healthcare Practitioners Short Course - Contact Tuition

Interests: Dispensing / Primary Health Care / Medicine / Lisense


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.

Licencing with the relevant authority as a dispensing healthcare professional can only take place once the certi?cate is awarded.

The Dispensing Course is available through the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) in association with the Health Science Academy.

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Who Should Enrol

This course is targeted at healthcare professionals, who are recognised as authorised prescribers and who are required to be licenced to dispense medicines in terms of regulation 18 of Act 101 of 1965 as amended.

Course Design

The Dispensing course leads to a certi?cate at NQF level 6. To obtain the certi?cate 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 provided on request.

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 conside- rations in all facets of dispensing
  • evaluate prescriptions and assess the patient pro?le
  • 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 speci?c date.


Participants will receive a certi?cate from the Health Science Academy should they successfully complete the assessment process. This certi?cate 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.