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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:
pr-sample24  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.
pr-sample24  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

pr-sample24 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.

pr-sample24 Pharm. D course is registered under the Pharmacy Act of 1948 for undergoing pharmacy as a profession.

pr-sample24 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

pr-sample24  Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kerala

pr-sample24  Annamacharya College of Pharmacy, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Andhra Pradesh

pr-sample24  Annamalai University, Chidambaram

pr-sample24  B.L.D.E.A’s College of Pharmacy, Bijapur

pr-sample24  B.V.V. Sangha’s Hanagal Shri Kumareshwar College of Pharmacy, Bagalkot

pr-sample24  Bansal College of Pharmacy, Madhya Pradesh

pr-sample24  Bapuji Pharmacy College, Davangiri

pr-sample24  Bharat Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University

pr-sample24  Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

pr-sample24  Chalapathi Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, Guntur, Acharya Nagarjuna University.

pr-sample24  College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra Pradesh

pr-sample24  Deccan School of Pharmacy, Hyderabad

pr-sample24  GIET School of Pharmacy , EG District, Andhra University

pr-sample24  Hyderabad Karnataka Education Society’s, College of Pharmacy, Gulbarga

pr-sample24  J.S.S. College of Pharmacy, J.S.S. University, Karnataka

pr-sample24  Jagadguru Sri Shivathreeswara University (J.S.S University), Karnataka

pr-sample24  KLE College of Pharmacy, Belgaum

pr-sample24  KMCH College of Pharmacy, Coimbture, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University

pr-sample24  KVSR Siddhartha College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vijayawada, Acharya Nagarjuna University

pr-sample24  M.L.R Institute of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh

pr-sample24  M.S. Ramaiah College of Pharmacy, Bangalore

pr-sample24  Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh

pr-sample24  Malla Reddy College of Pharmacy, Osmania University, Secunderabad

pr-sample24  Manipal College of pharmaceutical Sciences, Karnataka

pr-sample24  Modern Institute of Technology, Haridwar

pr-sample24  N.E.T Pharmacy College, Karnataka

pr-sample24  Nandha College of Pharmacy, ERODE, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University.

pr-sample24  Navodaya Education Trust’s N.E.T. College of Pharmacy, Raichur

pr-sample24  North Maharashtra University, Maharashtra

pr-sample24  P. Rami Reddy Memorial College of Pharmacy, Kadapa, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.

pr-sample24  PES College of Pharmacy, Bangalore

pr-sample24  Poona College of Pharmacy, Bharti Vidhyapeeth, Pune.

pr-sample24  PSG College of Pharmacy, Coimbatore, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University

pr-sample24  Raghavendra Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ananthapur,Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University

pr-sample24  Ramachandra College of Pharmacy, Chennai, Sri Ramachandra University

pr-sample24  Ramakrishna Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coimbatore. Dr. M.G.R. Medical University

pr-sample24  S.J.M College of Pharmacy, Karnataka

pr-sample24  Satara College of Pharmacy, Maharashtra

pr-sample24  Shri Ramnath Singh Instt. of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Gwalior

pr-sample24  Shri Vishnu College of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh

pr-sample24  Smt. Sarojini Ramulamma College of Pharmacy, Seshadrinagar, Mahabubnagar, Osmania University

pr-sample24  Sri Adichunchanagiri College of Pharmacy

pr-sample24  Sri Jagadguru Mallikarjuna Murugharajendra College of Pharmacy, Chittradurga

pr-sample24  Sri Venkateswara Colege of Pharmacy, Hyderabad, Osmania University

pr-sample24  SRM College of Pharmacy, Kattankulathur.

pr-sample24  St. Peters Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hanmakonda Kakatiya University, Vidyaranyapuri

pr-sample24  Talla Padmavathi College of Pharmacy, Andhra Pradesh

pr-sample24  Talla Padmavathi College of Pharmacy, Warangal, Kakatiya University, Vidyaranyapuri

pr-sample24  The Oxford College of Pharmacy, Bangalore

pr-sample24  V.E.L.S University, Tamil Nadu

pr-sample24  Vaagdevi College of Pharmacy, Warangal, Kakatiya University

pr-sample24  Vinayaka Missions’s College of Pharmacy, Salem

pr-sample24  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

• Pathophysiology

• Community pharmacy

• Pharmacology

• Medicinal chemistry

• Clinical toxicology

• Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics

• Pharmaceutics

• 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

• Promptness

• Regularity

• Viva – voce

• Record maintenance

• Assignments

• 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

• College

• University

• Foundation / Trust

• Franchise

• Hospital

• Non-Profit Organization

• Pharmaceutical Company

• Private Practice/Firm

• Self-Employed

Job Types

• Clinical Pharmacist

• Hospital Pharmacy Director

• Hospital Staff Pharmacist

• 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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