Master of Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy)

Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy

 Executive Summary

 Over the past four decades, there has been a global trend for pharmacy practice to move away from product focus to a patient-centered care model ensuring the safe and effective use of medications in all practice settings. Thus, the role of the pharmacist has evolved from that of a compounder and supplier of pharmaceutical products to that of a provider of services and information, and ultimately, that of a provider of patient care.

The mission of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy degree program is to provide the graduate with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to engage in clinical practice as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, and expand career opportunities in the field of clinical pharmacy.

This two-year, full time (79 credit total) postgraduate degree program is delivered in a multidisciplinary approach, combining didactic, laboratory simulation, experiential and research as an integral part of learning. It is.

The program is housed in the Faculty of Medicine, drawing expertise from various departments of the health sciences, and offers both taught courses within the university, and clinical/research experiences at the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital in the various wards, including, but not limited to emergency & critical care, pediatrics, oncology, surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, Internal medicine, psychiatry, TB/HIV.

Completion leads to the award of the Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) degree in clinical pharmacy.

Overall aim

The overall aim of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy degree program is to train clinical pharmacists who would be able to provide patient-centered care in a multidisciplinary approach by applying medical and therapeutic knowledge to clinical pharmacy practice in identifying, resolving and preventing medication related problem.

Core competencies/learning outcomes:

The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy curriculum at MUST is designed to prepare students to be entry level generalist Clinical pharmacists that can proactively integrate into the interdisciplinary healthcare team in order to collaboratively advance and deliver optimal patient care.

The curriculum is designed to produce pharmacists who have the abilities, skills and competence in the following areas:

  • Provide patient care
  • Apply medical and therapeutic knowledge to pharmacy practice
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive approach to practice and care
  • Demonstrate professional behavior
  • Manage and Use the Resources of the Health-Care System
  • Engage in Personal and Professional Development

A set of overall competencies have therefore been developed to represent what graduates are expected to be able to do as entry-level Clinical Pharmacists as a result of their education in the Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy degree program. They are acquired across the length and breadth of the curriculum, and reflect the integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes learned in the curriculum.

By the end of the training program, the students should be able to:

  • Apply evidence based practice in the daily clinical practice on identifying, resolving, and preventing medication related problems.
  • Tailor medication therapy to patients needs and monitor medicines use to ensure optimal treatment
  • Contribute to medication clinical knowledge & skills to the healthcare team
  • Identify and reduce risks associated with medication use
  • Health educate patients, caretakers and other health care professionals on medication therapy
  • Identify sources, retrieve, evaluate, organize, assess and disseminate drug resources to the collaborating health team
  • Identify opportunities through critical thinking and innovate clinical pharmacy services
  • Review medication therapy (even the unknown) and provide appropriate advice
  • Manage the pharmaceutical resources in a hospital/healthcare setting
  • Work effectively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Detect dangers/complications/adverse pharmaceutical events and refer patients appropriately
  • Understand the role of complementary medicine in relation to conventional medicine in practice
  • Create rapport effectively and counsel patients on the use of complimentary medicines
  • Apply business and entrepreneurship skills
  • Long life learning
  • Conduct research, influence policy and health system management

Specific objectives

  • To prepare graduates for a successful career in Pharmacy Profession with effective planning skills, problem analyzing skills, leadership skills, communication skills, and professional ethics
  • To create dynamic and proficient Pharmacists for their successful careers in Pharmaceutical industry, academia, government organization, hospitals, and other organizations and as an entrepreneur
  • To inculcate in the graduates, the spirit of professionalism that will form the basis for integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to patient care in their practice of pharmacy
  • To ensure that the students, upon graduation, will appreciate and demonstrate the importance and significance of research in advancing pharmaceutical care and developing sustainable life-long learning skills.
  • To establish collaborative links with other schools of pharmacy for the promotion of mutual academic and research goals.

Career and employment opportunities

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) defines clinical pharmacy as the “area of pharmacy concerned with the science and practice of rational medication use.” Under this definition, the career and employment opportunities for clinical pharmacists are limitless.

The following list includes the scope of practice areas in which clinical pharmacists may practice:

  • Clinical administration
  • Clinical informatics
  • Critical care
  • Drug information
  • Emergency medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Infectious disease
  • Nutrition support
  • Pain and palliative care
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmacy informatics
  • Toxicology (poison control)
  • Research
  • Women’s’ health
  • Academia
  • Hospitals and clinics

Admission requirements

Students who have the following qualifications will qualify for admission into the Master of Clinical Pharmacy:

  • A Bachelor of pharmacy degree or a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.8 or higher
  • In addition to the above prerequisites, all candidates will be subjected to other entry requirements as deemed necessary by the department policies and procedures.

YEAR I SEMESTER I

COURSE CODE

COURSE NAME

LH

PH

TH

CH

CU

MCP 6101

Pharmaco-epidemiology and vigilance

30

30

00

45

3

MPH 1102

Biostatistics.

45

30

00

60

4

MPH 1104

Survey Design and Research Methodology

30

30

00

45

3

MCP 6102

Clinical skills in pharmacy practice

00

60

30

45

3

MCP 6103

Principles of pharmaceutical care

45

30

30

75

5

MCP 6104

Entrepreneurship  & Pharmaco-economics

15

30

30

45

3

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

YEAR I SEMESTER II

COURSE CODE

COURSE NAME

LH

PH

TH

CH

CU

MPH 1204

Health Policy, Planning and Health Systems Management

45

00

00

60

3

MCP 6205

Advanced Clinical pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic drug monitoring

00

30

60

45

3

MCP 6206

Research Proposal development and presentation

00

150

00

75

5

MCP 6207

Pharmaceutical care - Infectious Diseases

15

60

30

60

4

MCP 6208

Pharmaceutical care - Non Communicable diseases

15

60

30

60

4

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

YEAR II SEMESTER I

COURSE CODE

 

COURSE NAME

LH

PH

TH

CH

CU

MCP 7109

Pharmaceutical care in emergencies & critical care

30

30

30

60

4

MCP 7110

Role of a clinical pharmacist in the health Care system and Clinical trials

15

90

00

60

4

MCP 7111

Introduction to teaching, Learning, assessment and evaluation relevant for health care professionals

00

90

60

75

5

MCP 7112

Development and presentation of the Dissertation

00

150

00

75

5

MCP 7113

Scientific writing, responsible conduct of research & Research Communication

30

30

30

60

4

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

YEAR II SEMESTER II

COURSE CODE

 

COURSE NAME

LH

PH

TH

CH

CU

MCP 7214

Complimentary medicines

30

60

30

75

5

MCP 7215

Clinical Oncology pharmacy

15

60

30

60

4

MCP 7216

Community health and pharmacy practice

30

30

00

45

3

MCP 7217

Defense of the Dissertation and manuscript writing

150

00

00

75

5

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

17

Graduation

 

 

 

 

79

 

  1. Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent with at least 5 passes
  2. Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent with at least 2 principal passes.
  3. An Honors degree from an accredited degree awarding institution
  4. Candidates who have a Pass degree should have at least a Postgraduate Diploma with at least a credit from an accredited degree awarding institution.

Additionally, for international applicants:

  1. Applicants whose first language or medium of instruction is not English, must provide evidence from a recognized English language training institution that they have sufficient command of English language.
  2. Applicants should have their documents verified by NCHE.
  3. Applicants should have their degree certificate and transcript translated and converted into an equivalent of Ugandan Universities’ CGPA

For applicants to clinical programmes;

  1. Have documentary evidence of Internship Training indicating disciplines and dates.
  2. Be registered or eligible for registration with Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council.
  3. A current certificate of good standing with the Medical Practitioners’ Council of the country of origin.

An honors degree in Pharmacy or equivalent

Evidence of completion of internship and registration with a pharmacy professional body

Motivation letter indicating why you are in pursuing this programme

Two letters of recommendation from employer and former university

A 2-page concept paper of a proposed research topic in the field of interest. The concept paper should have the following structure: 1. Background, 2. Problem Statement, 3. Objectives, 4. Proposed methods, 5. Significance and 6. References

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PROGRAMME

DURATION

UGANDAN STUDENTS

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

 

 

 

 

TUITION (SHS.) per Semester

FUNCTIONAL FEES (SHS.) per year

 TUITION (SHS.) per Semester

 FUNCTIONAL FEES (SHS.) per year

MPCP

Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy

2

1,400,000

1,270,000

2,800,000

2,540,000

Other Fees    
ITEM Ugandan International
NCHE 20,000 USD. 50
Smart ID Card 33,000 USD. 10
Application Fees Undergraduate 50,000 USD. 50
Application Completion programmes 80,000 USD. 50
Application Fees Postgraduate 50,000 USD. 50
Application Fees PHD 100,000 USD. 100
Certification Fees 3,000  
Graduation Fees 20,000 USD. 50
Transcript Fees 25,000 USD. 50
Certificate Fees 25,000 USD. 50
Partial Transcript 20,000 USD. 10
Convocation 10,000 USD. 50
Retake Fees 30,000 USD. 10
Application Fees for Change of Programme 10,000 USD. 10
Replacement of Admission Letter 10,000 USD. 10

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