Unquestionably, I had faced many difficulties in choosing a course to pursue a career after completing Intermediate (10 + 2). After a lot of brainstorming, surfing on endless sites on the internet as well as searching on google for endless hours for many days, finally, I came to a conclusion and selected Pharm D.
Now that I’m in my Final Year of Pharm D, I have many insights about this course. Therefore, from my personal experience, I can correctly describe the course of Pharm D or Doctor of Pharmacy.
WHAT IS PHARM. D?
So, basically, Pharm D or Doctor of Pharmacy course is a 6-year long Professional Pharmacy post-graduate program. On the whole, it was introduced in India by The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) in the year 2008 and additionally, it is the only postgraduate degree that can be pursued immediately after passing Intermediate (10 + 2). In addition, B. Pharmacy or Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates could also pursue Pharm D (Doctor of Pharmacy) by seeking admissions to the Post Baccalaureate course. Conversely, it is a 3-year course focusing on the aspects of Pharm D which are not included in the B Pharmacy Course. Correspondingly, these courses have to be carried out from a College offering Pharm D course recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI). Moreover, this course covers the use, manufacture and application of medicines about the disease the patient is suffering from.
Pharm D is in many ways different from the traditional B Pharmacy course. The duration of Pharm D is 6 years which is 2 years longer than B Pharmacy that is 4 years. In addition, Pharm D course focuses mainly on clinical medicine, medical education, pharmacy treatment and health care. B Pharm course primarily focuses on the pharmaceutical as well as the testing industries. In short, Pharm D is much more comprehensive as well as integrated and worthwhile than the course of B Pharmacy. A person holding a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) degree can add the prefix “Dr” for the purpose of practising Pharmacy Profession under the Pharmacy Act as per the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).
WHAT ARE THE SUBJECTS IN PHARM. D COURSE?
The first five years of Pharm D are based on theoretical aspects, unquestionably. For instance, There are a total of 27 subjects included in all the 5 years of Pharm D. Individually, the first four years of Pharm D include six subjects each and the fifth year has only 3 subjects. Moreover, The sixth-year is based only on practical training at the Hospital. So, I’ve included the year-wise list of all the subjects included in the course of Pharm D.
List of subjects in 1st year of Pharm. D
1.1 Human Anatomy and Physiology
1.3 Medicinal Biochemistry
1.4 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
1.5 Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry
1.6 Remedial Mathematics / Biology
List of subjects in 2nd year of Pharm. D
2.2 Pharmaceutical Microbiology
2.3 Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals
2.4 Pharmacology – I
2.5 Community Pharmacy
2.6 Pharmacotherapeutics – I
List of subjects in 3rd year of Pharm. D
3.1 Pharmacology – II
3.2 Pharmaceutical Analysis
3.3 Pharmacotherapeutics – II
3.4 Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
3.5 Medicinal Chemistry
3.6 Pharmaceutical Formulations
List of subjects in 4th year of Pharm. D
4.1 Pharmacotherapeutics – III
4.2 Hospital Pharmacy
4.3 Clinical Pharmacy
4.4 Biostatistics and Research Methodology
4.5 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
4.6 Clinical Toxicology
List of subjects in 5th year of Pharm. D
5.1 Clinical Research
5.2 Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics
5.3 Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring
6th year of Pharm. D
Candidates may undertake internships, or research requires positions in different units in medicine and additionally, students will separately provide clinical pharmacy services to the wards allocated. Particularly, the training includes:
- 6 months in the School of General Medicine
- 2 months in each Department of Specialities
ADMISSION PROCESS FOR PHARM. D
On the whole, admission typically happens under the jurisdiction of State or Central Medical Admission. So, It’s based on Merit Marks. With this in mind, taking into account marks earned by a State student or all Indian level entrance exam and 12th Science Board examination. Consequently, on the basis of these points, they select a merit list and the seats will be allocated to students who earn them, based on the merit list. When it comes to the admission process, reservations and relaxations exist in the form of caste-based reservations & relaxations, NRI quota and donation quota. So, These reservations/relaxations can be used by qualified and competent applicants.