Bachelor of Pharmacy

The Student Experience

The USIU-Africa Pharmacy program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in different pharmacy practice settings, management and research. In particular, both the industrial and hospital arms of our program have been so enhanced as to bring out the best of knowledge, skills, ethics, values, style and success in our graduates. The program focuses on the development, application and effective management of Pharmaceutical technology as a fundamental tool of modern healthcare. This is why USIU-Africa has invested heavily in the best equipped laboratories and library of any pharmacy program in the region.. The Bachelor of Pharmacy Program is designed as per the requirements of the two accrediting bodies, the Commission for University Education (CUE) and the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The USIU – Africa Bachelor of Pharmacy is also accredited and regulated by the Kenya Pharmacy & Poisons Board.


The B Pharm programme at USIU – Africa is delivered through face to face learning and applying multimedia teaching strategies. This enables to model holistic professional pharmacists currently desired who measure up across the entire spectra of the Pharmacy profession from Pharmacy education, Clinical Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaco-economics. This is achieved by the expansive state of the art laboratories for different specialties well equipped for analytical work in areas of Chemistry – Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Flame photometry, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography, Elemental Analyzers, Poentiostat and Thermo-Gravimetry Analyser; Pharmaceutical Analysis – Polarimeter, digital tablet hardness tester, Disintegration/dissolution apparatus, HPLC: Physiology / Pathology/Anatomy – Kymographs, Opthamoscope, Power lab teaching system, electrocardiograms and the Langedorf among others. Additional teaching infrastructure like no other in the region entails a Pharmacy Skills Laboratory for students’ skills development in handling patients alongside a Research & Development Unit that mimics the pharmaceutical manufacturing set up.

Admissions 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 A Option B
Chemistry Biological Sciences
Biology Physical Sciences
Maths/Physics Mathematics
English/Kiswahili English/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.

Biology Principal
Chemistry Principal
Physics/Mathematics Subsidiary
General paper Pass

c. Diploma in Biological Sciences

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

Option A Option B Option C
Biology Biology Biological Sciences
Chemistry Physics with Chemistry Physical sciences
Physics/Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics


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.

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