Diploma in Pharmacy is one of the programme offered at KPJUC Nilai and KPJIC Penang. The programme is aimed to produce a qualified Pharmacy Assistants (PA) with wide knowledge and experiences. Throughout the 3 years of study, students will undergo several modules, which are subcategorized into Basic Science (Biology, Physiology, Chemistry, and Mathematics etc), Pharmacy Core Subjects (Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Dispensing, Management etc) and Compulsory Subject such as MPU and English.
After the first semester, student will undergo practical training at 17 esteemed KPJ hospitals for every semester onwards to gain hands-on, real life clinical and pharmacy practice experience. Upon completion of the study, the student shall be ready to work in pharmacy departments of private hospitals or clinics, retails outlets and manufacturing companies which are expected to raise in demand. This is in line with the expansion of healthcare industry in Malaysia and the increasing demand for Pharmacy Assistants.
Diverse job opportunity are available in front of Diploma In Pharmacy certificate holders. Employment security in organization such as :
1. Pharmacy Practice/ Clinical
Pharmacy assistant in hospitals, clinics, retail pharmacy and community health centres
2. Pharmaceutical industry
In Pharmaceutical companies, such as manufacturing, process control, quality control and marketing
Tutor, pharmacy instructor and lab assistant at relevant pharmacy schools or institutes.
Financing your Study
For 2020, KPJ offers a lot of opportunities for Scholarship in the form of Biasiswa by Merit that reflects our commitment in grooming future professionals and leaders in the healthcare sector. With the combination of PTPTN and our Scholarship, many students may not need to pay or pay very little tuition. Hostel accommodation for the whole duration of 3 years of your study which is readily included in the tuition and fee. Please refer the following Table for an indication of how much you will actually need to pay or will receive for your study. This calculation is based on the condition that you, like almost all our present students, are approved and receive PTPTN to pay for your tuition and fee. We would help you to apply for PTPTN during your orientation week.
*BSH=Bantuan Sara Hidup
Code – R2/727/4/0017 (09/2022) (A7906)
- Duration – Full Time (3 Years / 6 Semesters)
- Fees –KPJUC, Nilai: RM51,888 / KPJIC Penang: RM51,888
- Mode : Full Time
- Campus : KPJUC Nilai & KPJIC Penang
- Intake – March, July and September
- Pass SPM/SPMV/ O-level/equivalent
- Credit in 3 subjects (1 of the subject must be Science)
- Pass UEC/equivalent
- Grade B in 3 subjects (1 of the subject must be Science)
Similar as Malaysian candidate, AND must possess IELTS ≥ 5.5 or TOEFL ≥ 550 or equivalent.
This module aims to enable the students to develop a basic understanding of the concepts and applications of a range of communication skills and apply these in an educational context. It will ensure the use of correct , appropriate communication skills on drug dosage which can enhance patient compliance to drug therapy
This module is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the human structure and functions of various organs and associated diseases. The human body is described on a system by system. It also serves as a foundation for students to apply the knowledge gained when they proceed on to other subjects such as Pharmacology.
This module is designed to provide the student the knowledge and skills which will enable students to draw and interpret graphs of linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Ultimately they will be able to solve related equations and inequalities, as well as simple real life problems related to their career in pharmacy
This module is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the human structure and functions of various organs and associated diseases. The human body is described a system by system. It also serves as a foundation for students to apply the knowledge gained when they proceed on to other subjects such as Pharmacology
This module introduces the study of Pharmaceutics which will enable students to skillfully prepare pharmaceutical products on a small scale and dispense drugs to patients with due regards to legal, therapeutic and professional implications. It provides information to students on the principles of dispensing, care and use of laboratory apparatus, using relevant reference books, Latin abbreviations, simple pharmaceutical calculations and prescription details.
This module highlights the role and responsibilities of pharmacy assistants in the provision of pharmaceutical care in support of the pharmacy profession. It also introduces the organization system and the national pharmaceutical care programmes under the Ministry of Health. Opportunities are also provided for pharmacy students to compare the organization system in KPJ Group of Hospitals.
This module covers the key concepts of basic principles of chemistry such as thermodynamics and kinetics. What drives a reaction? Will they occur or won’t they? And what happens at sub-atomic level.
This module provide the students with an understanding of the physiochemical principles that influence the formulation and stability of drug, the mathematical skills needed throughout the programme and the practical skills necessary to extemporaneously prepare medicines.
This module will introduce you to a number of ways of representing data graphically and of summarizing data numerically. Students will learn the uses for pie charts, bar charts, histograms and scatter plots. Diagrams, charts and graphs are used by all sorts of people to express information in a visual way.
This module integrates the theories of Introductory Pharmaceutics into dispensing practice to develop clinical reasoning skills in a pharmacy setting. Dispensing practice will emphasize on the basic principles of dispensing, components of a prescription and the other processes with vital information that students must know and be aware. Students will be placed in an outpatient pharmacy to observe the pharmacy process at work.
This module aims to provide the students with an understanding of the physicochemical principles that influence the formulation and stability of drug delivery system. The mathematical skills needed throughout the module and the practical skills necessary to extemporaneously prepared medicines. This module describes about emulsion, creams, ointments, pastes, paints and liniment and how the various preparation can be used.
This module provides student knowledge of microorganism and the activity associated with illnesses, body’s defences and how to control the spread of infection. This module also introduces students the basics of microbiology, the spread, control as well as treatments for different types of infections.
This module is the introductory phase into pharmacology which is the study of drugs and their origin, nature, properties and effects on living organisms. It provides students the basic information on drug activity in the field of pharmacology focusing on Pharmacognosy, Drug Administration or Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetic, Pharmacodynamic, Pharmacotherapeutics and Toxicology
This module is crucial in preparing students for a career in genetic research, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical design and scientific research. It covers the fundamentals of identifying organic compounds, its synthesis, reactions and its application in life.
This module will impart knowledge of psychological development to human behavior. It includes personality development, learning, cognitive, motivation theories and psychological reaction to illness and working situations. It also covers sociological concepts relevant to health and social pharmacy. It deals with health and illness, implication of human habit and behavior in drug use and abuse current and social problems.
This module provides opportunity to integrate theories of Introductory Pharmaceutics, Basic Pharmaceutics I and Basic Pharmaceutics II into practice to compounding of simple extemporaneous preparations and carrying out simple counter dispensing under supervision in a hospital pharmacy. They will also be able to integrate theories of Introductory Pharmacology into dispensing practice .Communication skills provided will ensure the practice of professional behaviors and professional relationships.
This module gives the student a chance to practice the skills received in the classroom to provide a wider view of healthcare and equip them with sufficient knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to develop and extend clinical and professional role as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
This module focuses on the problems and diseases that may occur in specific organ systems. Students are provided with knowledge on diseases and conditions of the digestive system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels) and blood disorders. It will ensure the use of correct, appropriate communication skills on drug dosage to enhance patient compliance to drug therapy.
This subject equips pharmacy students with the knowledge and skill on correct dispensing techniques, select information on drug dosage for the correct use of medication to enhance patient management. It also provides opportunity to simulate the hospital pharmacy setting.
The students will be introduced to physiochemical methods and theories used in the formulation of medicines. It is a continuation of Introductory Pharmaceutics, Basic pharmaceutics I and Basic Pharmaceutics II where emphasis is on Part III of Extemporaneous Preparations. Practical aspects of this subject are taught to the students at the extemporaneous laboratory and the clinical setting.
The module focuses on occupational health and hygiene, covering: principles of toxicology and epidemiology; the evaluation of risk from chemical agents; monitoring, control and PPE for hazardous substances; biological agents; physical hazards; psychosocial hazards; and ergonomic agents. The module is taught through a series of interactive lectures during which the topics are related to workplace experiences.
This module introduces the essentials of a research as well as the requirements to construct a good research proposal. Students will also exposed to the techniques of data collection and sampling in this module.
The students will be introduced to principles of aseptic technique for sterile production and quality assurance to enable them psychomotor and analytical skills necessary for competent and reflective practice in their working life. The students will be sent to selected hospital pharmacies and institutions that will emphasize sterile compounding on Cytotoxic Drug Reconstitution (CDR).
This module focuses on the problems and diseases that may occur in specific organ systems. Students are provided with knowledge on diseases and conditions of the renal system, nervous system, endocrine system and the reproductive system. It will ensure the use of correct, appropriate communication skills on drug dosage to enhance patient compliance to drug therapy.
This module is designed to provide pharmacy students a comprehensive understanding of pharmacy management skills for pharmacy practice. Particular focus is given to customer services, work force management and workplace issues. The students will also be exposed to simulated practical experiences through case studies and discussions about managerial decision making in the daily routine tasks of the pharmacy profession.
This module focuses on the problems and diseases that may occur in specific organ systems. Students are provided with knowledge on diseases and conditions of the renal system, nervous system, endocrine system and the reproductive system. It will ensure the use of correct, appropriate communication skills on drug dosage to enhance patient compliance to drug therapy
This module continues to provide the physicochemical principles that influence the formulation and stability of drug delivery systems through powders, granules, enema, suppositories, principles and methods of sterilization, ophthalmic preparations and parenteral products.
This module introduces a clear understanding of the drug distribution system, from the receipt of drugs by the institution through their administration to the patient, is fundamental to the pharmacy assistant’s role. In this rotation, students will increase their knowledge of drug distribution systems and the roles of various health care providers within them
The module aims to give the students knowledge of basic immunology and to provide pharmacological knowledge of drugs in inflammatory response. It also approaches infectious disease from several perspectives – exploring the underlying biology, epidemiology, ecology, and evolution of pathogens in relation to the extraordinary immune defenses of their human hosts.
Pharmacy students are expected to have a good professional understanding of inpatient dispensing process practiced in a hospital pharmacy. This exposure provides pharmacy students the opportunity to observe the work processes in a hospital pharmacy setting in patient care confined to inpatients and to be aware of the documentation requirements.
This module will integrate theories acquired in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology. The students will be sent to selected hospital pharmacies institutions that will emphasize the inpatient dispensing process in pharmacy practice. They will be able to examine hospital pharmacy practice, including the role of pharmacy assistant within the health care system, inpatient dispensing process, medication safety, and the routine tasks of the pharmacy technician.
This module embraces the major concepts in alternative medicine, in first describing its origin, methods and various therapeutic uses. It offers the students an understanding of each type and its methods of practices namely ; naturopathy , Traditional Malay Medicine , Traditional Chinese Medicine , acupuncture , reflexology , ayurvedic , chiropractic ,homeopathy and aromatherapy.
This module provides basic information on emergency treatment and simple first aid techniques. It generally consists of a series of simple and in some cases, potentially life-saving techniques that an individual can be trained to perform with minimal equipment. The students are provided first aid intervention necessary as basic lifesaving measures, such as clearing the airway, rescue breathing, preventing shock, and controlling bleeding.
This module will prepare pharmacy students to apply a broader integration of the theories in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology in pharmacy practice which will emphasize on the individual accountability in the patient dispensing process in pharmacy practice. The recognition of their improved competence in pharmacy practice will enable students to provide a wider scope of responsibilities in their role within the health care system, patient dispensing process, medication safety, and to assist in the routine tasks of the pharmacy assistants.
This module will demonstrate the caring aspects of pharmacy practice, in which the role of pharmacy students is to adopt a structured approach to reviewing, evaluating and monitoring the patient’s use of medicines with the aim of promoting the quality use of medicines to ensure safe and effective therapy. Students will be introduced to principles and procedures of pharmacy practices related to patient care under direct supervision of pharmacist/preceptors.
This module will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work at entry level in a retail/community pharmacy. Typical functions within the retail/community pharmacy industry at this level include serving and interacting with customers, merchandising products and controlling stock, understanding the product range and the roles and responsibilities of pharmacy assistants and pharmacists, communicating with customers to identify needs and provide appropriate product advice and/or referral.
This module demonstrates the need for effective health promotion within the wider context of public health and provides the student with underpinning knowledge required to deliver effective health promotion activities and enhance their management and report writing skills.
This module introduces students to the analytical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industry’s principles, procedures and methods. It also discusses the instruments used in the industry and its applications. Students will get hands-on experience in using the instruments during laboratory session in this module.
This module provides a research-led teaching and introduces pharmacy students to the values and skills of research. It establishes a learning environment in which students are required to take responsibility for their intellectual development.
This module introduces the study of Microbiology which will enable students to skillfully prepare pharmaceutical products on a small scale aseptically. It provides information to students on the principles of manufacturing, aseptic control, contamination and use of laboratory apparatus, using relevant reference books. Practical aspects of this subject are taught to the students in the laboratory.
This module will improve resourcefulness and adaptability in solving the community health issues relevant to community pharmacy. The pharmacy practice will demonstrate competence in interpersonal skills, responding to symptoms, and provision of services to a variety of patient groups, such as, children, women, the elderly, and the chronically ill patients. In addition, students knowledge of a variety of therapeutic areas will strengthen individual accountability in pharmacy practice as well as create sound clinical reasoning skills in their role within the community health care system .