The Bachelor of Pharmacy programme at Mount Kenya University is structured to produce a pharmacist that meets the World Health Organization (W.H.O) stipulated benchmark of the ‘seven star pharmacist’. The course therefore aims to produce graduates who possess the following seven qualities as advocated for by the W.H.O:
- A care-giver – The graduates are comfortable interacting with others and are able to offer health services of the highest quality.
- A decision-maker – Able to exercise appropriate, efficacious and cost effective use of resources.
- A communicator – As a critical interface between the physician and patient, the pharmacist must be knowledgeable and confident while interacting with other health professionals and the public.
- A leader –Leadership involves compassion and empathy as well as the ability to make decisions, communicate, and manage effectively. Leadership and management training is a unique component of the MKU Bachelor of Pharmacy programme.
- A manager – The pharmacist must effectively manage resources (human, physical and fiscal) and information. Management units in the MKU Bachelor of Pharmacy programme constitute almost 10% of the entire programme.
- A life-long-learner – It is no longer possible to learn all one must learn in school in order to practice a career as a pharmacist. The School of Pharmacy at Mount Kenya University recognizes that the concepts, principles and commitment to life-long learning must begin while the future pharmacist is still attending pharmacy school.
- A teacher – The pharmacist has a responsibility to assist with the education and training of future generations of pharmacists. Participating as a teacher not only imparts knowledge to others, it offers an opportunity for the practitioner to gain new knowledge and to fine-tune existing skills. The programme therefore encompasses a learner centered approach to training with class sessions dominated by student presentations and class discussions.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION
This is a five (5) year intensive programme consisting of two (2) years pre-clinical training followed by three (3) years clinical training. The duration of the course shall not be less than five academic years. All units in the BPharm programme shall be compulsory unless the School Board recommends exemption and the University Senate approves. The academic year in the School of Pharmacy shall be divided into 3 terms, with a minimum of 39 weeks. Each term shall be 13 weeks exclusive of any examinations.
To join this program ,follow the instructions and guidelines here , You can also download an application form here and follow the checklist on page 2 of the application form, online applications can be submitted here