PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy)

Doctor of Pharmacy, also known as PharmD, is a professional degree programme that is essential for candidates who want to practice pharmacy. The programme covers uses, production and application of medicines with respect to the disease that the patient is suffering.

There are two levels of the PharmD programme. Candidates aspiring for this programme can apply at graduate as well as postgraduate, i.e. those who seek a career in pharmacy can apply for PharmD after 10+2 and even after completing graduation. The two PharmD courses are as follows:

  • PharmD 6-year programme
  • PharmD Post-Baccalaureate 3-year programme

The programme prepares the candidates to understand the clinical as well as commercial uses of medicine. A brief understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of the disease is also offered by the programme in the final year of the progamme.

PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) Eligibility Criteria

PharmD 6-year programme:

  • Candidates must have passed class 12 board exams from a recognized board with physics, chemistry and biology.
  • The minimum requirement for candidates seeking this programme is 55% average marks in class 12 board exams.
  • Candidates who have pursued diploma courses from either of the institutes recognized by the PCI (Pharmacy Council of India) can also apply for this programme.

PharmD Post-Baccalaureate programme:

  • Candidates who have successfully completed BPharm from institutes recognized by PCI can apply for this programme.
  • The candidates must have secured at least 50% aggregate marks in graduation in order to pursue this programme.

PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) Syllabus

First Year:

Human Anatomy and PhysiologyPharmaceutical Organic ChemistryMedicinal Biochemistry
Remedial BiologyPharmaceuticsPharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry

Second Year:

PathophysiologyPharmocology – 1Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals
Community PharmacyPharmaceutical MicrobiologyPharmacotheraputics – 1

Third Year:

Pharmacology (Advanced)Pharmaceutical JurisprudencePharmacotherapeutics – 2
Medicinal ChemistryPharmaceutical AnalysisPharmaceutical Formulations

Fourth Year:

Hospital PharmacyResearch MethodologyBiostatistics
Pharmacotherapeutics – 3Clinical PharmacyBiopharmaceutics
PharmacokineticsClinical Toxicology 

Fifth Year:

Clinical ResearchPharmacoeconomicsPharmacoepidemiology
Pharmacotherapeutic Drug MonitoringClerkshipClinical Pharmacokinetics
Project work  

Sixth Year:

Candidates have to pursue internships or training includes postings in special medical units. Students have to provide clinical pharmacy services to the allotted wards independently. Training is done for:

  • 6 months in General Medicine department
  • 2 months in each of the Speciality departments 

Career Options and Job Prospects

The PharmD course offers a good return on investment as there are a lot of jobs available after completion of the programme. Candidates can practice as a pharmacist at government as well as private hospitals. Jobs are also available at NGOs working in the health domain, especially in rural areas.

High paying jobs are also available in the pharmaceutical industries and pharmacy institutes. Candidates can also take up business opportunities and start their own pharmacy stores to provide medicines to patients and doctors.

  • Pharmacist
  • Medicinal Instructor
  • Research professional
  • Marketing professional for Pharmaceutical Industry)
  • Quality Control Officer
  • Drug Inspector