Pharma-D is a professional degree honored for students who undergo their graduation course in Pharmacy Doctoral Programme. The Pharm D took its origin from a latin word ‘Pharmacaie Doctor’ signifying ‘Doctor of Pharmacy’. The pharmacy education in India is under the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) which initiated the 6 years Pharm.D course in India from the year 2008. The course is registered under the Pharmacy Act of 1948.
The Pharm.D course comes in two types:
One is Pharm.D course with duration of five years and besides this students will have to work as an intern or do the residency for 1 year.
Second one is Pharm.D (post Baccalaureate) where in the duration of the course is 3 years including 2 years theoretical study plus one year internship or residency as per PCI.
Pharmacy Council of India is the sole body that decides the number of admissions taken for the Pharm.D course. It differs from time to time. Currently it offers admission for 30 seats in Pharm.D and 10 Seats for Pharm.D (PB) every year. The course does not confine to theoretical study alone. It broadens its programme towards penetrative laboratory experiments and many research objects. Only few colleges in India offers Pharm.D course recognized by PCI.
Advantages or Benefits of Doing Doctor of Pharmacy
As the Pharma.D is course that offers doctoral pharmacy, those who perform pharmacy as their profession under the Pharmacy Act will be entitled to prefix ‘Dr’ before their name.
Pharm. D course is registered under the Pharmacy Act of 1948 for undergoing pharmacy as a profession.
After graduation in Pharm.D, students can opt for Ph.D programmes if they are qualified.
Eligibility Criteria for PHARM D program
For Pharm.D (6 year course):
All the aspirants who apply for Pharm.D course must have cleared their higher secondary board examination with chemistry or physics as obligatory subjects together with Biology or Math.
Those who pass in D.Pharm course can also apply provided the institution from which they took the degree should be recognized under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act lay down by the Pharmacy Council of India.
Admission Procedure for Pharm.D program
The performance of students in the qualifying board exam is the main criteria for selection towards Pharm.D program. Students will be selected based on the merit list prepared by the institution on the basis of the applications received from applicants.
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) Colleges in India
Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kerala
Annamacharya College of Pharmacy, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Andhra Pradesh
Annamalai University, Chidambaram
B.L.D.E.A’s College of Pharmacy, Bijapur
B.V.V. Sangha’s Hanagal Shri Kumareshwar College of Pharmacy, Bagalkot
Bansal College of Pharmacy, Madhya Pradesh
Bapuji Pharmacy College, Davangiri
Bharat Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
Chalapathi Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, Guntur, Acharya Nagarjuna University.
College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra Pradesh
Deccan School of Pharmacy, Hyderabad
GIET School of Pharmacy , EG District, Andhra University
Hyderabad Karnataka Education Society’s, College of Pharmacy, Gulbarga
J.S.S. College of Pharmacy, J.S.S. University, Karnataka
Jagadguru Sri Shivathreeswara University (J.S.S University), Karnataka
KLE College of Pharmacy, Belgaum
KMCH College of Pharmacy, Coimbture, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
KVSR Siddhartha College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vijayawada, Acharya Nagarjuna University
M.L.R Institute of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh
M.S. Ramaiah College of Pharmacy, Bangalore
Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh
Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Osmania University, Secunderabad
Manipal College of pharmaceutical Sciences, Karnataka
Modern Institute of Technology, Haridwar
N.E.T Pharmacy College, Karnataka
Nandha College of Pharmacy, ERODE, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University.
Navodaya Education Trust’s N.E.T. College of Pharmacy, Raichur
North Maharashtra University, Maharashtra
P. Rami Reddy Memorial College of Pharmacy, Kadapa, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.
PES College of Pharmacy, Bangalore
Poona College of Pharmacy, Bharti Vidhyapeeth, Pune.
PSG College of Pharmacy, Coimbatore, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
Raghavendra Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ananthapur,Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
Ramachandra College of Pharmacy, Chennai, Sri Ramachandra University
Ramakrishna Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbatore. Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
S.J.M College of Pharmacy, Karnataka
Satara College of Pharmacy, Maharashtra
Shri Ramnath Singh Instt. of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Gwalior
Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh
Smt. Sarojini Ramulamma College of Pharmacy, Seshadrinagar, Mahabubnagar, Osmania University
Sri Adichunchanagiri College of Pharmacy
Sri Jagadguru Mallikarjuna Murugharajendra College of Pharmacy, Chittradurga
Sri Venkateswara Colege of Pharmacy, Hyderabad, Osmania University
SRM College of Pharmacy, Kattankulathur.
St. Peters Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hanmakonda Kakatiya University, Vidyaranyapuri
Talla Padmavathi College of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh
Talla Padmavathi College of Pharmacy, Warangal, Kakatiya University, Vidyaranyapuri
The Oxford College of Pharmacy, Bangalore
V.E.L.S University, Tamil Nadu
Vaagdevi College of Pharmacy, Warangal, Kakatiya University
Vinayaka Missions’s College of Pharmacy, Salem
Vishweshwarapura Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Bangalore
Pharm.D course curriculum
The Pharm.D course for 6 years consists of the following subjects. The curriculum for Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate) subjects may be different from that of the graduation course.
• Human Anatomy and Physiology
• Community pharmacy
• Medicinal chemistry
• Clinical toxicology
• Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics
• Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetic
• Medicinal Biochemistry
• Pharmaceutical Microbiology
• Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals
• Pharmaceutical Analysis
• Clinical Research
The course is designed in such a way that it provides the opportunity for the candidates to understand the theory as well as the practical aspects of each concept.
Pharm.D Course Evaluation
In Pharm D program the course evaluation criteria is based upon the PCI regulations. The students are evaluated on their theoretical as well as the practical knowledge base. There will be internal as well as the external assessments. The marks will be awarded based on the following methods:
• Written exam
• Practical sessions
• Viva – voce
• Record maintenance
• Major and minor experiments
PHARM D Text Books
• Cooper and Gunns Dispensing for pharmacy students.
• A text book Professional Pharmacy by N.K.Jain and S.N.Sharma.
• Harpers review of biochemistry - Martin
• Text book of biochemistry – D.Satyanarayana
• Text book of clinical chemistry- Alex kaplan &Laverve L.Szabo
• A text book Inorganic medicinal chemistry by Surendra N. Pandeya
• H. Beckett and J. B. Stanlake’s Practical Pharmaceutical chemistry Vol-I & Vol-II
• Inorganic Pharmaceutical Chemistry III-Edition P.Gundu Rao
• Differential calculus By Shantinarayan
• Text book of Mathematics for second year pre-university by Prof.B.M.Sreenivas
• Text book of Biology by S.B.Gokhale
• A Text book of Biology by Dr.Thulajappa and Dr. Seetaram.
• Pathologic basis of disease by- Cotran, Kumar, Robbins
• Text book of Pathology- Harsh Mohan
• Text book of Pathology- Y.M. Bhinde
• Pharmacognosy by G.E. Trease & W.C.Evans.
• Pharmacognosy by C.K.Kokate,Gokhale & A.C.Purohit.
• Kulkarni, S. K. and Dandia, P. C. Hand book of experimental pharmacology. Latest edition.
• Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics - Roger and Walker, Churchill Livingstone publication.
• Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic approach - Joseph T. Dipiro et al. Appleton & Lang
What to do after Pharm.D?
After finishing PHARM D course, students can either choose to work or else they can go for higher studies. Both private and Government sector offers job opportunities for pharmacists. Those students who are interested to take PhD can choose their field including executive and clinical practicing courses.
Job and Career options for Pharm.D
The pharmacy sector coming under the science filed is gaining its importance day by day. It deals with all aspects of medicine and therefore it is one of the crucial areas in the field of medical science. A person with pharmacy degree has a lot of opportunities in front of him. It provides employment opportunities in the field of academics, Management, Research and Development etc. The Pharm D holder also have opportunity with Administration, Government and constitutional agencies including the various drug implementation, quality control, manufacturing regulation etc.
• Employment Areas
• Foundation / Trust
• Non-Profit Organization
• Pharmaceutical Company
• Private Practice/Firm
• Clinical Pharmacist
• Hospital Pharmacy Director
• Hospital Staff Pharmacist
• Pharmacist in Charge
• Retail Pharmacist
• Retail Staff Pharmacy
Remuneration after Pharm.D
The remuneration for pharmacy graduates differ based on the student’s performance and career profile. The average remuneration of a pharmacist in India varies from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 40000 per month. Students can either work in the public sector or private sector. The salary can go high up to Rs. 50,000 per month based on their experience. A pharmacist gets the chance to work with laboratory brands of international standard and also with many well reputed companies. As the pharmaceutical sector is growing day by day the chances to prosper in this field is very high.
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