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Make a difference, be a Pharmacist

There is a Chinese proverb that says – “It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions, but hard to get one single remedy.” The same can be said about being a pharmacist. There are numerous medicines available for every single health symptom, but which is the right medicine that is effective and safe for you? Only a pharmacist is able to provide you with the information and advice to help you in making the right choice with your medicine, as pharmacists are well trained with specialised and in-depth knowledge of medicines, its uses and actions, side effects and interactions with other medicines and food, and how these medicines should be taken.

If you are thinking of being a pharmacist, then you are providing yourself an opportunity to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of the society, directly or indirectly, depending on where you practice. Being a pharmacist provide you with a wide career option with excellent prospects and remunerations. You can work as a hospital/clinical and community pharmacist. You can also choose to work in pharmaceutical drug companies, where you can be involved in overseeing manufacturing, quality assurance or sales and marketing of medicines; or be involved in research and development; or clinical trials for new medicines. You can also choose to work in other areas such as government regulatory agencies, veterinary, military and academia.

To become a Pharmacist in Malaysia, you need to study the 4-year Pharmacy degree accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The Pharmacy degree at SEGi University is fully accredited in 2016 and its programme is delivered in an integrated manner encompassing many different teaching and learning strategies. The aim is to make the students into well-rounded future pharmacists with sound knowledge accompanied with desirable skills and competencies. Apart from the conventional teaching methods of lecture, tutorial and practical, SEGi University’s Faculty of Pharmacy adopt creative and innovative teaching strategies with small groups in problem-based learning situations, case-based workshops, and pharmacy skills development practice. Pharmacy students also have the opportunity for inter-professional learning with SEGi University’s medical, dental and optometry students through problem-based learning and seminars to foster collaborations with other healthcare professionals, which is an important strategy in improving healthcare delivery and services. SEGi University’s Pharmacy students also have access to fully equipped laboratories within the campus for individual hands-on practical work.

“Here at SEGi University, the faculty puts a strong emphasis on the integration of work-based and clinical skill training under controlled simulated environments to nurture pharmacy specific skill sets and the development of soft skills and career competency. We believe that competent graduates with excellent soft skills and strong work ethics make our pharmacy graduates stand out among others, and they will be highly sought after by employers,” shared Dr. Tey Kim Kuan, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, SEGi University.

“In addition, due to our strong industrial linkages and SEGi’s Valued Corporate Partners Programme, our pharmacy students are guaranteed experiential placements at community and hospital pharmacy, and pharmaceutical industry during the course of the programme to prepare them well for their pre-registration year. We also provide the opportunity for students to undertake a research project in Year 4 under the supervision of our academic staff from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry or in collaboration with our local and international academic partners. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to seek research experience and networking for broader career options,” added Dr. Tey.

SEGi University’s Faculty of Pharmacy have developed international partnerships which include Nihon Pharmaceutical University, Japan and Creative College of Pharmacy, India, and its local partners include the Ministry of Health and Biocon Sdn. Bhd., for its student placements, research, and student exchange programmes.

The Pharmacy programme at SEGi University offers up-to-date curriculum which incorporates the latest advances in the evolving field of pharmacy, through regular curriculum reviews, continuous and stringent quality assurance by internal and external auditing by MQA and Pharmacy Board Malaysia, and engagement of external examiners from local and Asian University to ensure its programme is benchmarked against the international standard.

If you are ready to own your future, grab your opportunity to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of the society with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons), log on to www.segi.edu.my, or call 03-6145 1777 or WhatsApp 011-1210 6389. Alternatively, speak to our counsellors to learn more about the courses and workshops available at our University.

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