BACHELOR OF PHARMACY(B.PHARM)

Overview

In the last two decades Kenya has put in place strategies to strengthen the pharmacy workforce through government policies aimed at increased training; improvement of distribution; creating an enabling environment; recognition and financial and non-financial incentives; and strengthening regulation. Despite these efforts, the ratio of pharmacists to the population remains far below the recommended by the world health Organization. In the last few decades, the role of the pharmacist globally has been shifting more towards patient care and majority workforce in Kenya is in the community pharmacy sector. Therefore, though Kenya is the largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical products in the common market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), supplying half of the region’s market, the pharmaceutical industry employs few pharmacists. Besides, there are still relatively few pharmacists in the public sector and the rural-urban pharmacists; distribution is very low. There have been rapid changes in global health environment requiring

Greater clinical orientation, leadership and management roles for pharmacists in addition to international technological advances in pharmaceutical industrial sector and Information Technology driven delivery of pharmaceutical services. In recognition of this, there is a need to train graduates who can serve in a growth throughout their professional practice as they are engaged nationally, regionally and internationally.

The current pharmacy curriculum runs over four years each of 44 weeks. After administering this curriculum for fourteen years, it has been found to be too strenuous because it does not allow students to rest. In addition it leaves little time for teaching staff to do research and improve their academic input. Through consultation with students and other stakeholders, it has been found necessary to revise the programme duration for five years, each lasting 36 weeks in order to enhance objectivity and place greater emphasis on acquisition of skill and competences.

The common undergraduate courses are well adapted within the curriculum with emphasis on the relevance of the pharmacy profession, other health professions and the interaction with the patient. On completion of the course, the graduates will be expected to be competent in the provision of quality pharmaceutical services

The course leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy shall be full time for minimum period of not less than five (5) years and maximum period of not more than ten (10) academic years.

The course leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy shall  be full time for minimum period of not less than five (5) years and  maximum period of not more than ten (10) academic years.

Each year will be made up of 36 weeks and all candidates shall   enrol   for all the prescribed courses offered in each year of study. 

 The degree program shall be by lectures, laboratory practicals,  clinical work, seminars, tutorials, research papers and a research  project.

            All courses for the Bachelor of Pharmacy program shall be    compulsory except       in cases of credit transfer and exemptions as   stipulated in section 4.0.

           One (1) unit of study shall be equivalent to 45 Contact hours

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have satisfied the University's general admission criteria of a mean grade C+ (plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E). A minimum C+ (plus) grade pass will be mandatory in each of the cluster subjects. The cluster subjects

for Bachelor of Pharmacy in K.C.S.E are as follows:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics or Mathematics
  4. English or Kiswahili

Eligibility for consideration for admission into the Module II Bachelor of Pharmacy programme shall be governed by the  following  admission requirements, outlined under each category:

          KCSE (8.4.4 System of Education)

                    Applicants must have obtained an average cluster weight of B- in the             subjects shown below provided that no subject in this cluster shall have a      grade below C+:

                        Alternative A

                         -Chemistry

                         - Biology

                         - Maths/Physics

                         - English/Kiswahili

   

                         Alternative B

                         - Biological sciences

                         - Physical Sciences

                         - Mathematics

                         - English/Kiswahili

 

G.C.E/A-Level

                 A minimum of two Principal passes in Biology and Chemistry 

                 And a subsidiary pass or credit pass at 'O' level in physics or Mathematics.

                             Biology                                  - Principal

                            Chemistry                               - Principal

                            Physics/Mathematics           - Subsidiary

                            General paper                     - Pass

International Baccalaureate  (IB) Diploma

C (plain) mean grade in KCSE with an average cluster weight of 32 points in relevant subjects as shown in (3.2) above.

In addition, a pass of not less than 5 at IB level in each of the KCSE subjects shown in (3.2) above.

Diploma in Biological Sciences

A minimum O level Division II with credit passes in the                                                   following subjects:

                                    - Biology

                                    - Chemistry

                                    - Physics/Mathematics

                                     or                                          or

                                     - Biology                                  Biological Sciences

                                    - Physics with Chemistry         Physical Sciences

                                    - Mathematics                           Mathematics

                                     OR

 C mean grade in KCSE with an average cluster weight  of 32 points in relevant subjects as shown in (3.2) above,

            In addition, they should have a credit pass in the following qualifications from the Kenya Medical Training College or any other recognised training institution Diploma in

  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Laboratory Technology
  • Clinical Medicine
  •  Radiology
  •  Basic and/or Advanced Nursing
  •  Public Health/Environment Health
  • Dental Sciences

     Holders of any degree in Biological Sciences from the  University of Nairobi        or equivalent qualifications from a recognised University.

Holders of other qualifications deemed to be equivalent to (2.1 – 2. mentioned above.

 Applicants from non-English speaking countries must sit and pass English  assessment examination set and administered by institutions recognised by University of Nairobi Senate.

The objectives of the course are to produce pharmacy graduates with appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills to:

  1. Contribute to improved healthcare applying innovative and structured patient-oriented services and strategies.
  2. Provide technical skills and leadership in pharmaceutical Industry including quality assurance of medicinal products for human and veterinary use;
  3. Provide leadership in formulation and implementation of regulatory policies that enhance oversight and service delivery in the manufacture, licensing and distribution of human and veterinary pharmaceutical products;
  4. Apply self-learning, critical appraisal and research techniques in problem solving in pharmaceutical practice and research.

 Provide leadership and managerial services in the delivery of health care

  • Clinic Pharmacy Practice
  • Geriatric Pharmacy
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Managed Care
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacy Education
  • Specialized Area Opportunities

Graduates of pharmacy degrees work right at the heart of human healthcare, taking on roles relating to the design and development of new treatments, prescription and care management, and advising on the range of medical options available.

If you study pharmacy at university, you will typically take modules focusing on chemistry, human biology and physiology, pharmaceutics (how medicines are made) and pharmacology (how drugs interact with the body). Most pharmacy degrees combine academic research with more vocational training and professional pharmacy skills, such as learning about legal and ethical issues, and how to interact with patients.

BACHELOR OF PHARMACY - U29      
Bachelor of Pharmacy - Year 1      
Course Code  Course    Hours   Units   
UPC101  Chemistry        180.00           4.00                      78,260.87
UPC102  Biochemistry  Ia        225.00           5.00                      97,826.09
UPC103  Medical Physiology  Ia        180.00           4.00                      78,260.87
UPC104  Mathematics        135.00           3.00                      58,695.65
UPC106  Human Anatomya        180.00           4.00                      78,260.87
UPC113  Pharmaceutical Chemistry  Ia        135.00           3.00                      58,695.65
       1,035.00                     450,000.00
         
TUITION                         450,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                            6,500.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                            5,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                            6,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                            2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                            4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                            4,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                            7,000.00
         
Semester 1                       262,000.00
Semester 2                       225,000.00
Total for Year 1                        487,000.00
         
Bachelor of Pharmacy - Year 2      
Course Code  Course    Hours   Units   
UPC202  Biochemistry IIb        270.00           6.00                   103,846.15
UPC203  Medical Physiology IIb        315.00           7.00                   121,153.85
UPC208  Microbiology b        180.00           4.00                      69,230.77
UPC211  Pharmaceutics I           45.00           1.00                      17,307.69
UPC212  Pharmacology I           90.00           2.00                      34,615.38
UPC213  Pharmaceutical Chemistry  IIb        225.00           5.00                      86,538.46
UPC215  Social and Behavioural Chemistryb           45.00           1.00                      17,307.69
       1,170.00                     450,000.00
         
TUITION                         450,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                            6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                            7,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                            2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                            4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                            4,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                            7,000.00
         
Semester 1                       258,000.00
Semester 2                       225,000.00
Total for Year 2                       483,000.00
         
Bachelor of Pharmacy - Year 3      
Course Code  Course    Hours   Units   
UPC310  Human Pathologyc        135.00           3.00                      56,250.00
UPC311  Pharmaceutics Ic        225.00           5.00                      93,750.00
UPC312  Pharmacology IIc        180.00           4.00                      75,000.00
UPC313  Pharmaceutical Chemistry IIIc        225.00           5.00                      93,750.00
UPC314  Pharmacognosy Ic        225.00           5.00                      93,750.00
UPC316  Clinical Pharmacy I           90.00           2.00                      37,500.00
       1,080.00                     450,000.00
         
TUITION                         450,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                            6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                            6,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                            2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                            4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                            4,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                            7,000.00
         
Semester 1                       257,000.00
Semester 2                       225,000.00
Total for Year 3                       482,000.00
         
Bachelor of Pharmacy - Year 4      
Course Code  Course    Hours   Units   
UPC411  Pharmaceutics IId        225.00           5.00                      72,580.65
UPC412  Pharmacology IIId        180.00           4.00                      58,064.52
UPC413  Pharmaceutical Chemistry IVd        225.00           5.00                      72,580.65
UPC414  Pharmacognosy IId        225.00           5.00                      72,580.65
UPC416  Clinical Pharmacy Id        225.00           5.00                      72,580.65
UPC417  Elective Term        315.00           7.00                   101,612.90
       1,395.00                     450,000.00
         
TUITION                         450,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                            6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                            6,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                            2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                            4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                            4,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                            7,000.00
         
Semester 1                       257,000.00
Semester 2                       225,000.00
Total for Year 4                       482,000.00
         
Bachelor of Pharmacy - Year 5      
Course Code  Course    Hours   Units   
UPC511  Pharmaceutics IIIe        180.00           4.00                      72,000.00
UPC512  Pharmacology IVe        180.00           4.00                      72,000.00
UPC513  Pharmaceutical Chemistry Ve        180.00           4.00                      72,000.00
UPC514  Pharmacognosy IIIe           90.00           2.00                      36,000.00
UPC515  PharmacyManagement and Leadership e           45.00           1.00                      18,000.00
UPC516  Clinical Pharmacy II e        225.00           5.00                      90,000.00
UPC517  Research Project        180.00           4.00                      72,000.00
UPC518  Pharmacy Law and Ethics  e           45.00           1.00                      18,000.00
       1,125.00                     450,000.00
         
TUITION                         450,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                            6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                            8,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                            2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                            4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                            1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                            4,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                            7,000.00
         
Semester 1                       259,000.00
Semester 2                       225,000.00
Total for Year 5                       484,000.00
         
Grand Total for Bachelor of Pharmacy         2,418,000.00
     
       
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       
         
       
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       
         
       
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       
         
       
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       
         
       
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
       
       
       
         
       

1. Candidates are required to attend all prescribed courses.

2. No candidate shall be allowed to sit for any examination unless he/she has satisfactorily completed the prescribed courses.

3. University examinations will comprise of written, practical and oral examinations.

4. The final examinations shall constitute 70 per cent and continuous assessment tests and practicals will constitute 30 per cent in each course taken during the year.

5. A candidate shall be required to pass in all courses taken during the year. The pass mark will be 50 per cent of the total mark.

6. Bachelor of Pharmacy is not classified. The degree performance in each subject shall be graded as follows:

  • 75% and above