Lanka Hospitals Academy

About Lanka Hospitals Academy

Academy Profile

Established in 2019, the Lanka Hospitals Academy (LHA) was founded with the vision of producing and training skilled health care professionals to cater to the expanding health care sector in Sri Lanka and the South Asian region. The availability of a fully equipped clinical setting is an essential requirement to train healthcare professionals. The strength of LHA lies in the fact that its clinical training is based at the Joint Commission International (JCI) – accredited Lanka Hospitals, a hospital of international standards.

The courses offered at LHA are meticulously designed and conducted by some of Sri Lanka’s top professionals. These include experienced medical specialists and other professionals attached to Lanka Hospitals and prominent local universities. LHA provides the ideal nurturing ground for employees in the healthcare industry who wish to better their prospects. We focus on training our students adequately in both theoretical and practical aspects making them all-rounders in their respective fields. Full-time courses are offered to school leavers, graduate students & others who plan to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

The Lanka Hospitals School of Nursing is one of the most successful nursing schools in the private health sector. For 15 years the school has produced excellent nurses who have risen to great heights in the Sri Lankan private health sector. Following the establishment of LHA, an array of new courses have been introduced. These include Diploma courses in Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Technology, and Certificate courses in Phlebotomy, First Aid and Caregiver Training among others. In addition to these, tailor-made training courses are conducted for leading national organisations on request.

LHA also offers observer-ship programmes for students who wish to pursue a degree in medicine. This is available to students who have completed their advanced level at local and international schools as well as for foreign universities. This programme aims to educate them about the basics of clinical medicine and prepare them for the journey they wish to embark on.

LHA has recently undertaken to provide a clinical training component for a number of healthcare courses offered by leading universities and educational institutions in Sri Lanka and in the South Asian region.

The LHA is currently located at the Lanka Hospitals’ administration office building at No.598, Elvitigala Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 5, in close proximity to the hospital. The setup includes the administrative office, lecture halls and skills lab. Join us at LHA as we take healthcare education to the next level.

Diploma Programmes

Course title:

Diploma in Hospital and Community Pharmacy

Description: A pharmacist is “a person prepared to formulate, dispense and provide clinical information on drugs of medications to health professionals and patients”

A pharmacist plays a key role in providing quality healthcare and pharmaceutical care. This course is designed to give a thorough understanding of the various aspects on the subject of pharmacy and to train the students to sit for the Certificate of Efficiency in Hospital and Community Pharmacy examination conducted by Ceylon Medical College Council. This qualification will allow the trainees to work in an organization as a qualified pharmacist or to start their own pharmacy and grow as an entrepreneur.

Course Objectives To provide the participant a with the necessary theoretical input &
practical experience to gain a thorough knowledge about the subject of pharmacy.
To prepare the trainee to sit for the Certificate of Efficiency in Hospital and Community Pharmacy examination conducted by Ceylon Medical College Council.
Course Content 01 : Anatomy and Physiology
02 : Pharmaceutics
03 : Pharmacology and Therapeutics
04 : Pharmacy Practice
05 : Forensic Pharmacy
06 : Communication for Pharmacists
07 : Dispensing Practice
Course Duration Two years
Entry Requirement Be successful in G.C.E. (O/L) with Credit pass in English.
G.C.E. (A/L ): Pass in Chemistry and two passes from the following
subjects : Biology/ Physics/ Mathematics and Agriculture, in one sitting.
Course Coordinator Ms Chamalika Senaratne, Senior Executive – Training, LHA
Chief Resource Person: Ms Lakmali Hemachandra, Pharmacy Manager, LHC

Certificate Programmes

Course title:

Pharmacy Practice

Description: With the evolving changes in the society in relation to the diseases, increased use of healthcare services and drug usage are on the rise than ever. Hence, more and more people step into pharmacy stores daily, to fulfill their medication requirements. In the process, pharmacy assistant plays a significant role for the seamless functioning of its operation to assist pharmacists with administration work and customer care needs. Having understood the importance of pharmacy operation, Lanka Hospitals Academy offers you a Certificate Course in Pharmacy practice, enabling you to project yourself as a qualified candidate.
Course Objectives To provide adequate knowledge in Pharmacy related inventories, basic housekeeping practices, infection preventions and control procedures in maintaining a pharmacy.

To provide adequate knowledge in Pharmacy related inventories, basic housekeeping practices, infection preventions and control procedures in maintaining a pharmacy.

To know the principals of business management, finance, IT, customer care and Legal procedures relevant to running a Pharmacy

Course Duration 5 months
Course Contents Inventory Management including ordering, storing, stacking, reordering, stock book maintenance, storage conditions and annual stock verification.
Pharmaceutics, assisting in compounding and preparing medication
Introduction to basic pharmacology
Assist in dispensing medication
Customer care and Business Management
Basic IT and Finance
Rules and regulations enforced by NMRA in registering and managing a community pharmacy
Care, usage and maintenance of premises utensils, handling waste disposal and maintaining infection control measures.
Entry Criteria Successful at G.C.E. (O/L) or individuals who are interested in joining the field of Pharmacy and who are working in pharmacies without an accepted qualification.
Course Coordinator Ms. Chamalika Senaratne – Senior Executive-Training – Lanka Hospitals Academy
Chief Resource Person Mr. Aruna Gangodawila – Manager Pharmacy – Lanka Hospitals


Course title:

Caregiver Training Programme

Description: This training programme is targeted at Nursing Assistants who provide home level care for sick, elderly and disabled persons. The course will educate the trainees to build up a healthy professional relationship with the client they need to care for. The trainees are also taught how the immediate environment of the client can be made as comfortable as possible. The successful trainees are awarded the NVQ level 3 certificate by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka (TVEC). NVQ is an internationally recognized qualification, which will assist the trainees to obtain employment abroad, particularly in countries such as Japan.
Course Objectives To educate the trainee to communicate and attend to the basic needs of a sick, elderly or a disabled person.

To educate the trainee to make the immediate environment as comfortable as possible for the client.

Course Duration Full-time programme: 45 days | Part-time programme: 8 months
Course Contents Assess the client
Prepare care plan
Carry out self-preparation activities
Maintain personal hygiene and appearance of the client
Handle client’s movements
Carry out housekeeping activities
Maintain the relationship with the client
Administer medication
Maintain nutrition of the client
Provide special care
Promote client’s comfort
Ensure safe and healthy environment
Entry Requirement Age = 18-50 is preferred. Height = Not less than 4’ 6” Successful at G.C.E. (O/L) with a pass in English language.
Course Coordinator Ms. Chamalika Senaratne – Senior Executive-Training – Lanka Hospitals Academy
Chief Resource Person: Ms. Chitra Damayanthi, Deputy Chief Matron – Lanka Hospitals


Course title:

Certificate Course in Phlebotomy

Description: Results of all patient medical investigations primarily depend on how accurately a blood, urine or tissue sample is collected. However currently there is no formal course in Sri Lanka that offers training for phlebotomists who play a crucial role in collecting these samples. This course is designed to train such staff employed by hospitals, laboratories or collection centers, as knowledgeable competent, skilled and compassionate phlebotomists.This program has been designed by qualified and experienced medical consultants in the laboratory field and will be conducted in a state-of-the-art center with modern technology.
Course Objectives: To train any individual / group of staff as competent, skilled and compassionate phlebotomists through necessary theoretical and practical inputs.
To provide hospitals, laboratories and sample collection centers with a trained community of phlebotomists with professional certification.
Course Duration 5 months (Conducted on Saturdays)
Entry Requirements Successful at G.C.E. (O/L) with Credit passes in Science & English
Course Coordinator Ms. Chamalika Senaratne, Senior Executive – Lanka Hospital Academy
Chief Resource Person Mr. Susantha Liyanage, Manager – Quality Assurance – Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics (LHD)


Course title:

First Aid and Basic Life Support training

Description: Knowledge and training in first aid and basic life support should be a must for every citizen since we do not know when and where an emergency situation can happen. However it is essential for trainers who handle groups of persons, for organizations and offices where large group of people can be present. This training introduce students to the concepts, analysis, in assessing and solving emergency care issues. It also encourage students to adhere to ethical practices at all times.
Course Objectives To educate participants about the basic concepts of emergency care, attention to job role, rights and responsibilities.
To act as a life supporter whenever needed to save life of a person.
Course Duration One day
Entry Requirement Individuals who are interested to come forward at a challenging time and save a life. Should be free of any major medical problems.
Course Coordinator Ms Chamalika Senaratne, Senior Executive- Training, LHA
Chief Resource Person: Ms Chitra Damayanthi- Deputy Chief Matron, LHC


Course title:

Observership / Training for G.C.E. (O/L & A/L) and Medical students

A training aimed at providing an orientation in hospital practice during a period of 10 days for O/L & A/L students, who wish to continue their further studies in Medical sciences.
A programme with a wider coverage and a training component has been designed for medical students of foreign universities to obtain practical experience in a Hospital setting.
Course Objectives To provide an opportunity to G.C.E. (O/L & A/L) Students to observe operational activities of ten departments in the hospital environment, such as;

  • Support services,
  • Emergency department,
  • Health Check department,
  • Physiotherapy department,
  • Dental unit,
  • Pediatric Unit,
  • Nuclear medicine unit,
  • Nutrition department
  • Pharmacy
  • Diagnostics department to cover X-ray, MRI, CT Scan, Dexa)To educate Medical Students to obtain practical experience in four major clinical specialties and other related activities in relevant departments, such as ;
  • To observe basic clinical activities happening in wards and above units
  • To familiarize with medical records keeping / patient records
  • To know about common nursing procedure
  • To know about the infection control procedures in the hospital environment
  • To know about the medication management
  • To know about the Endoscopy, GU center & Dialysis unit
  • To observe and know the activities in the emergency department
  • To know about the Housekeeping functions in hospital environment
Course Duration G.C.E. (O/L & A/L) students : 10 days
Medical students : 2 – 3 weeks & Up to 6 weeks
Course Coordinator Ms Chamalika Senaratne, Senior Executive- Training, LHA
Chief Resource Person: Ms Chitra Damayanthi- Deputy Chief Matron, LHC

Lanka Hospitals’ School of Nursing

Choose a Career in Nursing

The value of human life, service to humanity and professional improvement of oneself and rendering nursing care at a level of excellence is considered the Philosophy of Nursing. To become a professional nurse you should also be an efficient communicator with good community service skills.

The School of Nursing of Lanka hospitals was established initially in the year 2001 by Apollo Hospitals, India. Years later the name was changed to Lanka Hospitals School of Nursing when the majority ownership of the hospital was transferred to the Sri Lankan Government. Since its commencement, up to year 2020, seventeen batches have passed out from the school as qualified nurses, and are now employed locally and overseas. The teaching staff of the Lanka Hospitals School of Nursing are experienced tutors. They have received their Diploma in Teaching and Supervision from the Government Post-Basic School of Nursing, Colombo.

The Lanka Hospitals School of Nursing is located at No. 598, Elvitigala Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 05, adjacent to Lanka Hospitals. The clinical training for all nurses is conducted at Lanka Hospitals. It is registered as a training institute by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC)

The Three Year Nursing Training Programme ( NVQ Level 6 Nursing course )

The training programme in General Nursing conducted by the school will prepare students to become a general nurse. After completion they will be qualified to join the Nursing Department of Lanka Hospitals. In the first year, students will learn about the Main Principles of Nursing, other introductory subjects as well as receive practical training. In the 2nd and 3rd year of the programme students will learn more advanced nursing procedures through clinical and practical training conducted at Lanka Hospitals.

The Diploma in General Nursing will be awarded by the Lanka Hospitals School of Nursing following the successful completion of the three-year programme. The students will be following the NVQ level 6 Nursing curriculum approved by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) and National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA). Therefore, at the end of the course students will also be awarded the internationally recognized NVQ Level 06 Nursing Qualification by the TVEC.

Selection Criteria

  • Height – Minimum 4’10 healthy unmarried indviduals
  • Age – 18-25 years.(Few male candidates will be accommodated)
  • Passed the G.C.E Ordinary Level Examination including Sinhala/Tamil, Science, Mathematics, English Language and
  • Possess a minimum of three passes in G.C.E Advanced Level examination in any stream or
  • Possess a minimum of one or two passes in G.C.E Advanced level examination in the science stream

Course Schedule

01st Year 01st Semester Subjects 02nd Semester Subjects
Fundamentals of Nursing Fundamentals of Nursing
Anatomy and Physiology Information Technology
Sociology Nutrition
Psychology Anatomy and Physiology
Nutrition Pharmacology Part (I)
History and Trends in Nursing Advance Career Skills
Professional Adjustment First Aid
Advance Career Skills – English


02nd Year 01st Semester Subjects 02nd Semester Subjects
Medical Nursing Pediatric Nursing
Surgical Nursing Gynecology and Obstetric Nursing
Pharmacology Part (II) Medical Nursing
Community Health Surgical Nursing
Pathology Research in Nursing


03rd Year 01st Semester Subjects 02nd Semester Subjects
Psychiatric Nursing Ward Management
Geriatric Care Medical Nursing
Research in Nursing Surgical Nursing
Medical Nursing Research in Nursing
Surgical Nursing Geriatric Nursing
Palliative Care

Theory and Practical Examinations will be conducted at the end of each semester.

Lanka Hospitals’ Dedication to Clinical Training

Lanka Hospitals is the first hospital in Sri Lanka to be awarded some of the most prestigious accreditations in the world for its healthcare service standards including the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation 06th edition and the world respected Medical Tourism Certification from the Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA)

Furthermore Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics (LHD) is the only Sri Lankan laboratory to be accredited by the prestigious laboratory accreditation body, The College of American Pathologists (CAP)

For further details please contact:

Ms. G.G.S. Sarojani
School of Nursing
No. 598, Elvitigala Mawatha,
Narahenpita, Colombo 05

Application form


Medical student shares her unique experience of the Observership programme

Event Gallery

Caregiver Training Programme Awards Ceremony



Capping Ceremony of 2019 batch Nursing students



First Aid and Basic Life support programme


Contact us

Course Coordinator

Ms. Chamalika Senarathna

Contact number

070 235 2211



Lanka Hospitals Administration Office Building
No. 598, Elvitigala Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 5.