The White Coat Ceremony is a tradition that has been adopted by many schools and colleges of Pharmacy as a way to recognize and celebrate the transition of students into the clinical years of their program. It is an important rite of passage, as it signifies the beginning of the professionalization process and serves as a reminder of the responsibility, professionalism, and commitment that are expected of Pharmacists.

Central University recently held its Maiden White Coat Ceremony for Level 500 Pharmacy students. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor, preceptors, parents, and invited special guests. A total of 124 Level 500 students were adorned in a beautiful white pharmaceutical gown in 15 batches of 8 students, with each being gowned by a Pharmacist Preceptor or Mentor.

The Dean of School of Pharmacy, Central University, Professor Kwasi Adomako Ohemeng welcomed all participants, giving a history of the Doctor of Pharmacy program and how far it had come. He mentioned that Central University’s School of Pharmacy has some of the best laboratories in the country, with equipment such as High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and manual capsule fillers, which help in the professional training of pharmacy students.

The ceremony was also graced by a keynote speaker, Dr. Florence Amah Nkansah, who spoke on the theme “Excellence in Scientific Knowledge, Skills, And Professionalism in Pharmacy Practice in The 21st Century.”
The Vice Chancellor of Central University, Professor Bill Buenar Puplampu, admonished the celebrants on the fact that there is no room for errors in the pharmacy profession, as any mistakes could be costly given the importance of their work in caring for the health and well-being of patients. He urged the students to keep striving for excellence and to make the institution proud.

To acknowledge the excellent performances of the students so far, Silvia Amoah, Bawa Nafiu Issah, and Benedict Stanley were awarded as the top students of the Doctor of Pharmacy class of 2024. Each student of the class as well received a generous donation of BNFs from the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) as presented by the Executive Secretary of the Society, Rev. Dr. Denis Sena Awitty.

Overall, the White Coat Ceremony at Central University was a meaningful and significant event, marking the transition of students into the clinical years of their pharmacy program and emphasizing the importance of professionalism and excellence in the field. It was a proud moment for the students, their families, and the entire pharmacy community, and it served as a reminder of the important role that Pharmacists play in the healthcare system.

Suspension Of Bachelor Of Pharmacy As A Registrable Qualification

The Pharmacy Council is mandated by the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 2013, ACT 857 to ensure that the education and training of pharmacists and any other pharmaceutical support staff are carried out at approved educational institutions for efficient pharmacy practice among others.

The Pharmacy Council therefore wishes to inform the general public that, the minimum registrable qualification as a pharmacist in Ghana shall NO LONGER include the BACHELOR OF PHARMACY (BPharm) degree effective JANUARY 2022.   The qualification(s) recognized by the Board that entitles a person to be registered as a pharmacist in Ghana includes the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree.

The registration of foreign-trained pharmacy graduates shall be in accordance with Section 84 of the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 2013, ACT 857 which states inter alia that a foreign-trained person may be registered as a practitioner if he/she has proof of qualification and registration to practice in that person’s country of origin or where that person was trained.