Pharmacy Schools in Kenya

Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.

The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are the experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize use of medication for the benefit of the patients.

An establishment in which pharmacy (in the first sense) is practiced is called a pharmacy , a chemist (duka la dawa) or drugstore

The field of pharmacy can generally be divided into three primary disciplines:

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
  • Pharmacy Practice


  • Pharmacists

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals with specialised education and training who perform various roles to ensure optimal health outcomes for their patients through the quality use of medicines. Pharmacists may also be small-business proprietors, owning the pharmacy in which they practice. Since pharmacists know about the mode of action of a particular drug, and its metabolism and physiological effects on the human body in great detail, they play an important role in optimisation of a drug treatment for an individual.

  • Pharmaceutical Technologists

These are diploma in Pharmacy holders.The diploma in pharmacy usually takes three years before they are enrolled by Pharmacy and poisons Board.

Pharmacy and Poisons Board

Registered institutions offer pharmacy course Kenya
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB or the Board in short) is the Drug Regulatory Authority established under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act, Chapter 244 of the Laws of Kenya.
The Board regulates the Practice of Pharmacy and the Manufacture and Trade in drugs and poisons.
The Pharmacy and Poisons Act, Cap 244 is an Act of Parliament to make better provision for the Control of the Profession of Pharmacy and trade in drugs and poisons.
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board is established as a body corporate, under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act, Cap 244 Laws of Kenya. The PPB is regulatory body within the Ministry of Medical Services. It is a body corporate under Section 3(6)

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 working 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

These are accredited institutions/schools to offer pharmacy in Kenya both at degree level and diploma level Registered Institutions


1.Nairobi University – (Nairobi) – Public
School of Pharmacy,
P. O. Box 19676 Nairobi – 00202 KNH,
Tel: 2726771, +254771946687
Fax: 2716961
Email :

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2.Mount Kenya University – (Thika) – Private
Contact Mount Kenya University Pharmacy School

3.Kenyatta University – (Nairobi) – Public
Entry Requirements
In addition to meeting the university entry requirements, candidates for admission into the BPharm degree course shall be required to have obtained
Alternative A
Chemistry B
Mathematics or Physics C+
English or Kiswahili B
Alternative B
Biological Sciences B +
Physical Sciences B+
Mathematics C+
English or Kiswahili B+

Alternative C
Two principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and a subsidiary pass In Physics or Mathematics

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
Basic and /or Advanced Nursing
Public Health/Environmental Health
Dental Sciences
Diploma in Biological Sciences

e) Holders of any degree in Biological Sciences or Chemistry from Kenyatta University or equivalent qualifications from a recognized University.

Duration/Mode of study/Campus
Mode of study:Full-Time
Duration: 5 Years (3 Trimesters per academic year)

Kenyatta University school of pharmacy fee structure
East Africans Kshs. 360,000
Non East Africans Kshs. 475,000
Statutory Fees : Kshs. 47,200

4. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – (Juja) – Public
Juja-Main Campus
067-5870001, 067-5870002,
067-5870003, 067-5870004,
Minimum Admission Requirements
Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade of C+ and above in KCSE. In addition they 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 Alternative B Chemistry Biological Sciences Biology Physical Sciences Math/physics Mathematics English/Kiswahili English/ Kiswahili OR G.C.E/A level (KACE) A minimum of two (2) principal passes in Chemistry and Biology and a Subsidiary pass or Credit in Mathematics or Physics at KACE or its equivalent or Credit pass at ‘O’ level in Physics or Mathematics Biology – Principal Chemistry – Principal Physic/Mathematics – Subsidiary General Paper – Pass

5.Kenya Methodist University (Meru) – Mission
Address: P.O. Box 267
Meru 60200 Meru, Kenya
Phone: 064-3131279/3131097 / 020-2118430/26
Fax: 064-30162
Mobile: +254724256162 / +254734310655

6.Kabarak University
Contact Information
Kabarak University Main Campus
P.O.Private Bag 20157 Kabarak
Phone: 020-2114658,0729-223370, 051-2343234/5
Email: registrar @,
academic_registrar @
admissions @ Registered institutions offer pharmacy course Kenya



Kenya Medical Training College (Nairobi)- Public
Off Ngong Road
P.O. BOX 30195-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
Email: Admissions Office:
Admissions Office:
Tel: 020-2725711/2/3/4

Technical University of Kenya {Formerly Kenya Polytechnic} (Nairobi) – Public
Contact Information
The Technical University of Kenya
P.O. Box 52428 – 00200
Nairobi- Kenya.
Located along Haile Selassie Avenue
Tel: +254(020) 2219929, 3341639, 3343672

Technical University of Mombasa {Formerly Mombasa Polytechnic} (Mombasa)- Public
Contact information
Tudor Area
Tom Mboya Street,
P.O. Box 90420 – 80100 G.P.O
Mombasa, Kenya
Tel: (254)41-2492222/3, 249057

The Eldoret National Polytechnic (Eldoret)- Public
Contact information
The Eldoret National Polytechnic,
P.o Box 4461-30100, Eldoret. KENYA.
Mobile No.:0714 871 685,0738 092 126, Fax: 053 203 31 88.

Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (Eldoret)- Public
Approved schools to offer pharmacy in kenya
Contact Information
Rift Valley Technical Training Institute,
Box 244-30100 Eldoret, Kenya

Menengai Medical & Training College (Nakuru)- Private
Contact Information
P.O. Box 2811, Nakuru 20100
Telephone: 051-8000175, 0722-860608, O20-2025866
Mobile: 0720-436963, 0733-719033, 0727-066367, 0719-770630

Nairobi Technical Training Institute (Nairobi)- Public
Phamacy schools in Kenya: Nairobi technical training institute
Contact Information
P.O. BOX 30039 – 00100 GPO, NAIROBI – KENYA
Tel: 6760482 / 6764863 / 09
Mobile: 0721233394, 0208034403
FAX: 6760357
Email: OR
Located: The Institute is located along Mogira Road,
Off Park Road and Ring Road Ngara, between Kariokor and Pangani Police Station

Kenya School of Medical Sciences and Technology (Thika)- Private
Contact Information
Tel: (+254) 770216742/701257692

Mount Kenya University {Formerly Thika Institute of Technology} (Thika)- Private
Contact information
General Kago Rd
PO BOX 342-01000 Thika
Tel: +245 067 2820 000
Cell: +254 709 153 000
Complaints : 0709 153 200

Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (Nairobi)- Private
Biashara Plaza,Thika Town
Opp. Old Equity Bank
P.O BOX 1127-00232 ,Ruiru
Mobile:0713 193 173 Registered institutions offer pharmacy course Kenya

St. Joseph’s Medical Training College (Nyabondo)- Mission
P.O BOX 49962 -00100,NAIROBI
Mobile:0721 107 701
Biashara Plaza,Thika Town
Opp. Old Equity Bank
P.O BOX 1127-00232 ,Ruiru
Mobile:0713 193 173

Royal College of Science & Technology (Ruiru ) – Private
Alimar House,Behind National Bank of Kenya,, Ruiru
Phone: 0734 547227

Mombasa Technical Training Institute (Mombasa) – Public
Contact Information
Postal Address:
P.O. BOX 81220 – 80100, Mombasa, Kenya
Phone: +254 (0) 712725554 +254 (0) 710389727
Registrar +254 (0) 719431215

The Kabete National Polytechnic (Nairobi) – Public
Contact Information
P.O. Box 29010 – 00625,
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: 0713 338 683

Nyeri Technical Training Institute (Nyeri) – Public
Contact Information
Mumbi Road Opposite Green Hills Hotel
Nyeri Town
P.o Box 465-10100 Kenya
Telephone: +254 061 2032330
Fax: +254 061 2032852
Mobile Phone Number: +254 724 477 942

The Kabete National Polytechnic (Nakuru) – Private
Contact information
Gibcon House 4th Floor, Nakuru
P.O.Box 12485-20100,Nakuru
Tel No: 051-2211607 /0720 008 671/0736 440 130

African Institute of Research & Development (Eldoret) – Private
Contact Information
+254 715-696-979
Email Address: Registered institutions offer pharmacy course Kenya

Thika Technical Training Institute – (Thika) – Public
Contact information
P.O. BOX 91,01000 Thika Kenya
Telephone: +(254) (0)67-21931 approved institutions offer pharmacy course Kenya

Equator School of Health Sciences – (Nairobi) – Private
Contact Information
Occidental Plaza, Muthithi Rd, Westlands, Box 66193-00800, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone : +254203753863

Gusii Technical Training Institute – (Kisii) – Public
Contact Information
Tel: +254700152177/ +254752031300
Email: pharmacy schools kenya

Kenya Methodist University–
(Meru) – Private
Contact Information
P.O. Box 267
Meru 60200 Meru, Kenya
Phone: 064-3131279/3131097 / 020-2118430/26
Fax: 064-30162
Mobile: +254724256162 / +254734310655 Registered institutions offer pharmacy course Kenya

Outspan Medical College – (Nyeri) – Private
Contact information
Mobile No.: 0705 510 308 and 0702 303 777
Landline: 0713 666 800
P.O. Box 1955, Nyeri
Email: admissions@ Registered institutions offer pharmacy course Kenya

Nyanchwa Adventist College – (Kisii) – Mission
Registered institutions offer pharmacy course Kenya

Certificate in pharmacy in Kenya
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board doesnt Recognize certificate in pharmacy
There are some school that still do offer certificate in pharmacy but the PPB does not recognize them.

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