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.
Diversification in career pathways with the qualification of Diploma in Pharmacy:
Hospital Based: Pharmacy Assistant in hospitals
Community Pharmacy: Pharmacy Assistant/ Supervisor in community pharmacy
Clinics: Pharmacy Assistant at dispensary counter
Pharmaceutical Industry: Manufacturing / Quality control / Marketing department
Research Company: Research officer
Academic/Education: 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 – R/727/4/0027 (03/2023) (MQA/FA0999)
- Duration– 3 Years
- Fees – Local: RM51 888
- Mode : Full Time
- Campus : KPJIC Penang
- Intake –March, June and September
Pass SPM or equivalent
- Pass in Bahasa Melayu
- Credit in any Mathematics subject OR any Science subject
- Credit in 2 other subjects
* SPM Credit = Grade C or above
* SPM Pass = Grade E or above
* Science subjects include Science, Applied Science, Physics, Biology and Chemistry
* Mathematics subjects include Elementary, Additional and Modern
* Equivalent = Refers to the overseas academic qualifications obtained that are equivalent to SPM as approved by MQA
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 basic foundation in understanding living organism including the structure and mechanism of each system. 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 programme under the Ministry of Health. Opportunities are also provided for pharmacy students to compare the organization system in KPJ Group of Hospitals.
This module is designed to enable the student to study the basic principles of chemistry and to use the knowledge to relate the importance of chemistry in chemical analysis; and to various body processes which includes chemical reactions and interactions in the body
This module aims to provide the students with an understanding of the physiochemical principles that influence the formulation and stability of drug delivery systems, the mathematical skills needed throughout the programme and the practical skills necessary to extemporaneously prepare medicines. This module specifically focuses on pharmaceutical calculations aimed on mixtures and aromatic waters and how these preparations can be used. It also describes the composition, properties and use of these products.
Kursus ini membincangkan Sejarah dan Politik, Perlembagaan Malaysia, Sistem dan Struktur Pentadbiran Negara, Kemasyarakatan dan Perpaduan dan Pembangunan Negara dan Agama Kepercayaan. Kursus ini adalah bertujuan untuk melahirkan graduan yang mempunyai identiti kebangsaan dan semangat patriotisme yang unggul. Pengajaran dan pembelajaran akan dilaksanakan dalam bentuk kuliah, tugasan, peperiksaan dan pengalaman pembelajaran.
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 physiochemical principles that influence the formulation and stability of drug delivery systems, the mathematical skills needed throughout the module and the practical skills necessary to extemporaneously prepare medicines. This module specifically describes what is meant by emulsions, creams, ointments, pastes, paints, liniments and nasal preparations and how the various preparations can be used. It also describes the composition, properties and use of these products.
This module provides student knowledge of microorganism and the activity associated with illnesses, body’s defenses 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 designed to provide the basic and fundamental principles in organic chemistry to equip pharmacy assistants with technical skills in analytical chemistry. It also serves as a pre-requisite to Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Knowledge of the structure, function, and reactivity of organic molecules of numerous phenomena, from biological and biochemical processes (enzyme-substrate interactions), to medicine (pharmaceuticals), to the properties of materials (polymers) are discussed.
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 INTRODUCTION TO 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.
This module aims to provide the students with further understanding of the physiochemical principles that influence the formulation and stability of drug delivery systems, the mathematical skills needed throughout the module and the practical skills necessary to extemporaneously prepare medicines. It specifically describes the mouthwash, gargle, suspension or lotions, solutions, tablets, capsules, pastilles and cachets and how these preparations can be used. Other than describing the composition, properties and use of these products; the importance of regulatory measures for Hospitals & Institutions relating to handling of poisons and dangerous drugs are emphasized.
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).
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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 focuses on the problems and diseases that may occur in specific organ systems. Students are provided with knowledge on diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system, disorders of the skin, eye and ear; in addition to drug interactions, drug safety, drug effectiveness and the consequences of polypharmacy. 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 physiochemical 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. The theory covered in this module prepares the students for self-regulation and recognition of the need for continuous self-improvement with an awareness of personal limitations including limitations of one’s medical knowledge during the process of dispensing medication to patients and other health care personnel in the clinical areas.
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. They will develop necessary skills to function in key areas of the drug distribution system, and begin to solve problems related to drug distribution issues.
This module will integrate theories acquired in Intermediate and Advanced Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Drug Distribution System. The students will be sent to selected hospital pharmacies and institutions that will emphasize on the Cold Chain System pertaining to immunological and vaccines storage. They will also be able to examine hospital pharmacy practice, including the role of hospital pharmacy within the health care system, drug distribution systems, medication safety, and the routine tasks of the pharmacy assistants.
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. Learners will be introduced to principles and procedures of pharmacy practices related to patient care confined to inpatients and supply of drugs to the wards.
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 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 course provides students with basic knowledge about the process of decision-making skills and behaviors wisely and efficiently. This includes giving students an understanding of some decision-making approach based on decision-making models selected. Aspects that influence decision-making as a value, needs and goals as well as an element of uncertainty is also discussed. In addition, religion and religious factors, experience, environment, cognitive, psychological, ethical and individual personalities also taken into account in decision making.
This course is developed to equip students with higher levels of English language skills and enhance communicative competence in written and spoken English, specifically in preparation for tertiary study and employment.
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 will provide various methods of analysis for the quality control of drugs. Its rational approaches on the physical or chemical structure and origin of products through pharmaceuticals tests. It deals with the theory and practical application of various methods used to analyze biological and chemical samples, including hands-on practice with equipment such as spectroscopic and chromatographic instruments and methods.
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. Students will also learn how to study changes in the incidence of diseases, and investigate strategies for combating disease through detailed case studies with antibacterial, systemic and topical antifungal drugs, antiviral drugs, antiparasitic drugs, anthelmintic drugs and cancer drugs.
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 ‘s 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
This module provides students with the basic information needed to discuss the formulation of a research, review the literature and refine the study by developing the statistical background and establishing parameters for the study in the field of pharmacy. It creates an understanding of the research process from idea formulation through data analysis and interpretation. The knowledge acquired is then used to design a research investigation on a topic of interest. It also enables students to read and understand the literature on research done in pharmacy field.
This module is designed to encourage the students to participate in community service activities. There are a lot of skills that can be learned, such as teamwork, leadership and etc. It can also develop awareness, knowledge and skills for working with special and diverse populations.