The profession is dynamic; continually expanding in new directions and offering interdisciplinary professional education and work-based learning opportunities. Over time, the paradigm has shifted from traditional compounding and dispensing of medicines to a more patient-orientated, research-led professional advisory and primary healthcare role.
Pharmacists screen people for early signs of disease, using advanced methods to provide sound pharmaceutical care. They are also specialists in the formulation, manufacture,storage, dispensing, counselling, and controlling of medicines. They provide advice on medications used to treat illnesses and ensure optimal drug therapy.
Clinical pharmacy involves screening patients for chronic diseases and implementing appropriate care and advice to improve patient outcomes. You will learn how to screen for chronic diseases through our Screening and Testing Programme for Pharmacy Students (STEPPS) and in our Clinical Pharmacy programme, which uses state-of-the-art screening equipment.
Pharmaceutical research pharmacists research and develop new, safer, more effective medicines. As a Wits Pharmacy graduate, you will be exposed to cutting-edge global research and distinctive research-led pharmacy education from our Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) unit, as well as aseptic concepts in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Natural Products development.