NZMA pharmacy graduates in high demand

Study Pharmacy at NZMA

The Pharmacy industry is dynamic and exciting, and there are loads of jobs out there for qualified Pharmacy Technicians. This practical programme teaches you all of the necessary skills and pharmaceutical knowledge to start your career. It includes classroom and practical learning, along with extensive work placement in the pharmacy industry.


  • Pharmacy law
  • Dispensing processes
  • Pharmacy health and over-the-counter medicines
  • Advance dispensing techniques
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Compounding 
  • Pharmacology


  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy Technician (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy Technician (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy (Introduction to Pharmacy Practice) (Level 3)

Students now only require 5.5 IELTs level to apply for this programme.
The New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy Technician (Level 5) programme* teaches all of the necessary pharmaceutical skills and includes six pharmacy module programmes plus 400 hours of work experience, giving students an opportunity to gain a recognised higher qualification and the ability to step into exciting and sustainable employment in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Qualified technicians can earn from NZ$42,000 to NZ$56,000 per year^ and 80% of our current graduates are working in the pharmacy industry.

Next intake – 8 October 2018
NZMA is dedicated to supporting our students to achieve the best from their studies, with over 80% of our graduates moving onto employment or higher study. NZMA delivers employment-focused vocational training across 11 campuses in New Zealand to 4,500 students each year in the fields of business, hospitality, cookery, services, pharmacy and health.

The consultation process of post-study work rights for international students ended on 29 June. No announcements or changes have been made at this point, however, NZMA upcoming intakes could be the last chance international students have to enter New Zealand under the current rules.