How To Become a Pharmacist in Kenya

The purpose of this article is to give information on how to become a pharmacist in Kenya, including the required credentials, qualifications, and salary.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (B pharm.) degree is provided by seven approved institutions in Kenya; it is one of the most marketable courses in Kenya. They include Nairobi University, Kenyatta University, Kabarak Universit, Mount Kenya University, United States International University, Kenya Methodist University, and JKUAT.

Kenya’s Pharmacy and Poisons Board mandates that all pharmacists in the country be holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy for five years, followed by a one-year supervised internship.

How To Become a Pharmacist in Kenya

Who is a pharmacist?

A pharmacist is a specialist pharmacy specializing in the safe and correct use of drugs. To improve the health outcomes of patients, pharmacists have specialized education and training and are entrusted with different critical duties. A pharmacist who owns the pharmacy where they work might also be an entrepreneur.

What is Pharmacy Practice?

Pharmacy is a clinical health science in charge of finding new drugs, making them, getting rid of them, making sure they are used safely and effectively, and keeping track of them. To be a good pharmacist, you need to know a lot about how drugs work, their side effects, how they react with other drugs, how they move, and how toxic they are. It demands therapy and pathology comprehension.

Requirements to join campus and application process

You must have done well in the B pharm program, which is quite competitive.

Listed below are the general qualifications for entry:

A mean grade of C Plus (plus) on the KCSE, in addition to the marks specified for one of the following alternative subject clusters:

Alternative A:

  • Biology – B
  • Chemistry-B,
  • Physics /Maths-C+
  • English/Kiswahili – B

Alternative B:

  • Biological Sciences -B+
  • Physical Sciences -B+
  • Maths -C+
  • English/Kiswahili -B

Other qualifications:

Also applicants with KCSE mean grade of C+ plus a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology, Nursing, Clinical Medicine, Biological Sciences, or Dental Sciences from an accredited Training Institution are accepted.