Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree Entry Requirements in Kenya

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One of the most marketable degree courses in Kenya is the degree in Pharmacy. You will need at least a B plain to register for a parallel degree in pharmacy in Kenya. For those joining under JAB, the requirements are either A or A- .The demand for the program is extremely high.

With a degree in Pharmacy, you’ll never be jobless—you can opt to start your own pharmacy or get employed. The salary for employed Pharmacists go as high as ksh600, 000 per month. The lowest a graduate can earn is Ksh 100,000.

Below are Entry Requirements for a Bachelor of Pharmacy in various Kenyan Universities

Kabarak University Bachelor of Pharmacy Entry Requirements

System of Education

Applicants must have satisfied the University’s general admission criteria of a mean grade B-(minus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) with C+ and above in the following cluster subjects:

Alternative A: Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics/Physics, English/Kiswahili

Alternative B: Biological sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, English/Kiswahili

                                                       OR

A Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology and KCSE mean grade of C+ (plus) and enrolled with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB).

                                                         OR

Other Diploma holders in health related programmes such as Laboratory Technology, Clinical Medicine, Radiology, Basic and/or Advanced Nursing, Public Health/Environment Health, Dental Sciences and should have graduated with at least (credit pass) from training institutions recognized by the Commission for University Education (CUE)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Mean grade of C+ (plus) in KCSE with an average cluster weight of 32 points in cluster subjects as shown in KCSE (8.4.4 System of Education) above. In addition, a pass of not less than 5 at IB level in each of the KCSE subjects

                                                           OR

G.C.E/A-Level system of education

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

Kenyatta University BACHELOR OF PHARMACY (B. PHARM) Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements
i. Candidates shall have met the minimum University and School of Medicine entry requirements.
ii. Candidates shall have obtained a mean grade of at least C+ at K.C.S.E. and passed the subject clusters indicated or 2 principal passes at A level or their equivalents:

Alternative A
Biology B
Chemistry B
Mathematics or Physics C+
English or Kiswahili B

Alternative B
Biological Sciences B+
Physical Sciences B+
Mathematics C+
English or Kiswahili B
OR
iii. Two principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and a subsidiary pass in Physics or Mathematics
OR
iv. Holders of a Diploma in the following areas from a recognized Training Institution. The candidate must have attained the minimum University entry requirements of C+ at KCSE OR division II at O level. Pharmaceutical Technology, Laboratory Technology, Clinical Medicine, Radiology, Basic and /or Advanced Nursing, Public Health/Environmental Health, Dental Sciences, Diploma in Biological Sciences
OR
v. Holders of any degree in Biological Sciences or Chemistry from Kenyatta University or equivalent qualifications from a recognized University.

Course Duration
The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree course (BPharm) is a full time programme that shall extend over a period of not less than five academic years of three semesters each. All the courses in the programme are core and must be successfully completed by the student before graduation. A course is designated as one or more units of study. Each course shall comprise the contact hours indicated against it. These will comprise of lectures, practicals, research projects and hospital, industrial and community pharmacy attachments. A unit shall be defined as 35 contact hours.

University of Nairobi BACHELOR OF PHARMACY(B.PHARM) Admission Requirements

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.

Bachelor of Pharmacy fees Structure

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        225.00          5.00                     97,826.09
UPC103 Medical Physiology        180.00          4.00                     78,260.87
UPC104 Mathematics       135.00          3.00                     58,695.65
UPC106 Human Anatomy       180.00          4.00                     78,260.87
UPC113 Pharmaceutical Chemistry        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 Chemistry          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 Pathology      135.00          3.00                     56,250.00
UPC311 Pharmaceutics  I      225.00          5.00                     93,750.00
UPC312 Pharmacology II      180.00          4.00                     75,000.00
UPC313 Pharmaceutical Chemistry III      225.00          5.00                     93,750.00
UPC314 Pharmacognosy I      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 II      225.00          5.00                     72,580.65
UPC412 Pharmacology III      180.00          4.00                     58,064.52
UPC413 Pharmaceutical Chemistry IV      225.00          5.00                     72,580.65
UPC414 Pharmacognosy II      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 III      180.00          4.00                     72,000.00
UPC512 Pharmacology IV      180.00          4.00                     72,000.00
UPC513 Pharmaceutical Chemistry V       180.00          4.00                     72,000.00
UPC514 Pharmacognosy III          90.00          2.00                     36,000.00
UPC515 Pharmacy Management 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

JKUAT Bachelor of Pharmacy Entry Requirements

To qualify for this degree program, the minimum entry requirements are as listed below:

K.C.S.E C+(plus) mean grade with an average cluster weight of B-(minus) in the subjects shown below, provided that no subject in this cluster shall have a grade below C+(plus).

Alternative A

Chemistry      

Biology           

Mathematics/Physics

English/ Kiswahili

Alternative B

Biological Sciences

Physical Sciences

Mathematics

English/ Kiswahili

OR G.C.E/A level (KACE) with two (2) Principle passes in Chemistry and Biology and a Subsidiary pass or Credit in

Mathematics/Physics or its equivalent, or Credit pass at ‘O’ level in Mathematics/Physics

Biology – Principle

Chemistry – Principle

Physic/Mathematics – Subsidiary

General Paper – Pass

OR KCSE C+ (plus) mean grade with a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology, Clinical Medicine or Nursing and recognized by the relevant regulatory bodies.

USIU Bachelor of Pharmacy Entry Requirements

Applicants must have met the minimum entry requirements for the pharmacy degree course in Kenya.

a. KCSE System of Education

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

Option AOption B
ChemistryBiological Sciences
BiologyPhysical Sciences
Maths/PhysicsMathematics
English/KiswahiliEnglish/Kiswahili

b. 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.

BiologyPrincipal
ChemistryPrincipal
Physics/MathematicsSubsidiary
General paperPass

c. Diploma in Biological Sciences

A minimum “O” level Division II KCE with credit in the following:

Option AOption BOption C
BiologyBiologyBiological Sciences
ChemistryPhysics with ChemistryPhysical sciences
Physics/MathematicsMathematicsMathematics

OR

A mean grade of C in KCSE with a minimum score of C plain in each of the cluster subjects above and a credit pass in the following qualifications from training institution recognised by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Diploma holders in

  • Pharmaceutical Technology.
  • Laboratory Technology.
  • Clinical Medicine.
  • Radiology.
  • Nursing.
  • Public/Environment Health.
  • Dental Sciences.

d. Holders of degree in Biological Sciences or equivalent from a recognised University.

e. The provisions of the PPB Credit Waiver Policy Guidelines shall apply.

This curriculum shall be administered in English. This means applicants from non-English speaking countries must sit and pass English assessment examination set and administered by institutions recognised by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Kenya Methodist University Bachelor of Pharmacy Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)KCSE B-(minus)or equivalent qualification with cluster subject of KCSE C+ in Chemistry, Biology, Maths/Physics and English / Kiswahili or a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology from a recognized institution by the Pharmacist and Poisons Board

Mount Kenya University Bachelor of Pharmacy Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPHARM)

Admission Requirements 

KCSE mean grade of B-(minus) with C+ (Plus) in cluster subjects: Biology/Biological Science, Chemistry, Mathematics/Physics, English/Kiswahili

Or

Diploma in relevant discipline in Health Sciences plus KCSE mean grade C (plain) with C (plain) in cluster subjects: Biology/Biological Science, Chemistry/ Physical Science, Mathematics/Physics, English/ Kiswahili

Or

Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology must be Registered by Pharmaceutical Technologists plus KCSE mean grade C (plain) with C (plain) in cluster subjects: Biology/Biological Science, Chemistry/ Physical Science, Mathematics/Physics, English/ Kiswahili

Or

Higher National Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology, with Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology plus KCSE, mean grade C (plain) with C (plain) in cluster subjects: biology/biological Science, Chemistry, Mathematics/Physics, English/Kiswahili.