Programs and Training | Faculty of Pharmacy and Allied Health

• Higher Diploma in Medical and Health Product Management

    Learning Outcome:
    To develop skilled, qualified drug and health product specialists and practitioners to deliver
    rational pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge to the industry.

    Duration: 2 years
    Weekend classes are available for working professionals

• Diploma in Pharmacy Practice

    Learning Outcome:
    To achieve advanced knowledge in drug delivery and dispensing
    The diploma holders are eligible to continue on a degree pathway with the proposed
    Bachelor of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences (B.Pharm)* or be a registered pharmacist
    by passing the National Examination for Pharmacists Certificate conducted by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC)**

    Duration: 1 year
    Weekend classes are available for working professionals

• Minimum qualifications

    B.Pharm Degree
    * Prospective applicants should have a C for chemistry with 2 S passes in biology stream in one sitting
    Diploma in Pharmacy Practice
    ** Prospective applicants should have 3 S passes in biology stream

Subject Introduction

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Chemistry covers foundational concepts of organic chemistry that are important to understand physicochemical principles of drug molecules. The main themes of the module are the concepts of organic chemistry in relation to biological action; class of organic compounds commonly used as medicinal agents. Applications of organic and inorganic compounds as therapeutic agents giving special emphasis to heterocyclic compounds as medicinal agents.

Human Biology
Basic knowledge on Physiology and anatomy of main systems of the body. Together with the said knowledge human biology the student will be able to understand the normal function of the systems of the body. Whenever relevant, how different disease conditions affecting each system alter this normal system functions would be introduced to the students.

This course teaches the scientific background and technical aspects important in dosage form design, basic dosage forms and their therapeutic applications. This course will focus on the physicochemical foundation of various dosage forms. Further it will cover the different types of quality control of all types of pharmaceutical products.

In Biochemistry, previous knowledge in these areas will be applied in nutrition and dietetics module which will be covered in this module. Further, this module provides the knowledge in biochemistry of hormones.

Basics of Business Management
In this module, student will learn pharmaceutical management and administration theories which encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive pharmaceutical business operations.

Pharmaceutical Microbiology
This module deals with the fundamentals of pharmaceutical microbiology and will provide knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical microbiology relevant to healthcare. Module will deal with basic theories of structure and function of components of bacteria and infective agents of pharmaceutical relevance, microbial genetics, microbial contamination/product spoilage and antimicrobial preservation, infectious diseases and the immune system for host defense, control of contamination and sterility testing, preservation of pharmaceutical products and the principles of good manufacturing practice.

This module provides the knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding pharmacology, such as the drug classification, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of drugs, prescription reading, pharmacogenetics and pharmacoeconomics. It gives specific information on adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, drug development and designs, clinical trials. In systemic pharmacology, student will learn about drugs acting on different systems in the body to correct the abnormalities in the relative systematic disorders. They will also learn about the mode of action, side and adverse effects, clinical indications and contraindications of each drug group.

This module will deal with the principles of management of patients with different diseases. They will learn to demonstrate the ability to understand pharmacy-therapeutic decisions for individual patients that take into account the efficacy and simplicity of drug therapy. Student will learn the prescription orders and deal with the health care professionals in a scientific manner.

Pharmaceutical Marketing
Product development, distribution, promotion, accountancy and principles of materials management Student will learn about national drug policy and other legislations law in different device and medical product license. As a drug production specialist, they will learn the ethical issues in pharmaceutical drug production and promotion and the principles of health economics in a country to have cost effective health budget.

Pharmaceutical Economics
This module will focus on economic principles; pharmaceutical. In addition to that they will do the theories of accounting journal entries and ledger posting, cashbook, petty cash book, trail balance, profit and loss account and balance sheet, bank reconciliation, brief study of cheques, bills of exchange and promissory notes.

Business Promotion and Professionalism
Develop and cultivate knowledge of professionalism in meeting customer needs and expectations.

Students will be able to develop and cultivate professional relationships, make effective decisions and present as a competent, capable transcriber when they are knowledgeable about customer service needs and expectations.

Cosmetics, Nutrition and Nutritional Supplements
Introduction of this module covers the basics: who uses supplements and why; common definitions; how to ask patients about their use of supplements; when to recommend/tolerate/monitor/ or avoid use of supplements; and the best on-line, evidence-based resources about herbs and dietary supplements.

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