The initial training at the School of Pharmacy in Zaria started around 1947 to train dispensers (Dispensers Course), and much later in 1961 it was upgraded to the Chemist and Druggist Diploma. This was the first requirement for registration as a 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 were awarded two diplomas viz the Professional Diploma of the PBN (the Chemist and Druggist Diploma) and the Pharmaceutical Chemists Diploma (of the Pharmacy School, Zaria). The three year Pharmacy degree programme was started in 1968 in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Faculty of Science, ABU Zaria. However the first set of students were admitted in 1970 and they graduated in 1973 with a BSc degree in Pharmacy.
Our B. Pharm. program are to produce Pharmacists with the required skills, knowledge and motivation to provide pharmaceutical services. The skills of our graduates are sufficient to compete with other pharmacist all over the world. These are in line with the objectives of the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria.
The philosophy of the B. Pharm. degree program is to produce educated persons and well trained professionals that will be able to provide relevant pharmaceutical services to the public