Pharm.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.
For Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate):
Those who have passed B.Pharm from an institute recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India under the division 12 of the Pharmacy Act can apply for Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate).
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.
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
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
Scope of Pharm.D
The demand for pharmacy graduates differ based on the student’s performance and career profile. Students can either work in the public sector or private sector. 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.