Pharm.D course is a Professional Pharmacy doctoral program of 6 yrs duration after 10+2 (science academic stream) which includes 5 yrs of academic study + 1 year of internship or residency

Pharm.D (PB) course is a Professional Pharmacy doctoral Programme. B.Pharm graduates shall be admitted as lateral candidate to the 4th year of Pharm.D programme & the duration of course is 3 academic years ( 2yrs of study and 1 year of internship or residency).

For Pharm.D:

  1. i) A pass in 10+2 examination with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects along with one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Biology.
  2. ii) A pass in D.Pharm course from an institution approved by the Pharmacy council of India under section 12 of The Pharmacy Act.

For Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate):

A pass in B.Pharm from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.

To get admission in the course, students must have to qualify the entrance exams taken by respective college and university.

  • The registration form will be released on the official websites of the respective colleges or universities.
  • Students have to submit the registration fee on the online portal before the last date.
  • Some colleges conduct counseling or GD/PI for the final selection.

The course was introduced by Pharmacy Council Of India (PCI). The duration of the course is 6 years in which (5+1) one year of internship is included.

  • Doctor of Pharmacy is a combination of science and art of dispensing medicines.
  • Students are acknowledged with practical in clinical pharmacy, medical pharmacy.
  • After completing the course, students are gained with the skills in diagnosis, therapeutics usage of drugs, treatment and selection of diseases, etc.
  • They perform tasks like monitoring patients, diagnosing the disease, etc.

The course highlight includes the duration, eligibility, admission process, colleges, top recruiters, job profiles, fee and salary.

Course type Doctorate
Duration 6 years
Examination Type Semester wise
Eligibility 10+2 with minimum 50% marks with science stream
Admission process Entrance exam
Course Fee INR 6,00,000 - INR 20,00,000
Average Salary (per month) INR 3,00,000 – INR 10,00,000
Top Recruiting companies Home health care, community pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, geriatric pharmacy, managed care, governmental agencies, etc.
Job Position Pharmacists, drug experts, retail pharmacists, hospital pharmacy director, hospital staff pharmacists, clinical pharmacists, etc.

The PharmD course has its own set of advantages but it also gives an edge in the competitive world. The demand for PharmD graduates is high.

  • Involvement in community: Pharmacists are an important part of the community because they contribute to the health and welfare of the patients in residents. Also they served minorities.
  • Many career options: There are a variety of career options in this field. Pharmacists can work in organizations, nursing homes, hospitals, colleges, and the medical industry.
  • Part of the Healthcare Team: They work with the other professionals to ensure the continuity of care. They are playing an important role in decreasing the chronic disease management. They are also a part of clinics, counseling patients.
  • Growth: The growing rate of the Pharmacy industry is very fast these days. Many developments such as digital advancements like artificial intelligence.
  • Flexibility: There is flexibility in work hours and it balances the work – personal life. There is day shift, night shift, 7 on shifts or 7 off shifts. You can choose either of the shifts which are comfortable.
  • Autonomy: There is autonomy in work as you can choose your workplace and work hours. You can do a job or start your own business.

Syllabus for Pharm.D is semester wise. The syllabus is given for five academic years and each year contains two semesters.

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2
Pharmaceutics Pharmaceutical organic chemistry
Human anatomy & physiology Pharmaceutical inorganic chemistry
Medical biochemistry Remedial mathematics / biology
SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 4
Pharmaceutical microbiology Community pharmacy
Pathophysiology Pharmacology 1
Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals Pharmacotherapeutics 1
SEMESTER 5 SEMESTER 6
Pharmaceutical Analysis Medical chemistry
Pharmacology 2 Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
Pharmacotherapeutics 2 Pharmaceutical formulations
SEMESTER 7 SEMESTER 8
Hospital pharmacy Clinical toxicology
Clinical pharmacy Biostatistics & research methodology
Pharmacotherapeutics 3 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
SEMESTER 9 SEMESTER 10
Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomic Clerkship project work (6 months)
Clinical research Project work (6 months)
Clinical Pharmacokinetics & pharmacotherapeutic drug monitoring Year 6
- Internship or residency training which includes posting in special units

These top books will help while pursuing PharmD. These books will give a better understanding of the topics.

Books Authors
Handbook of drug information Lacy Armstrong
Hospital & clinical pharmacy Paradkar, Siddique, Yadav
Pharmacy practice Harikishan Singh,
Basic physiology Sreekumar
Clinical pharmacology Roger walker
Medical physiology Guyton
Pharmacotherapeutics Dipiro
Drug design A.V.Kulkarni
Anatomy & physiology Toro – Toro
Microbiology Pelzer
Pharmaceutics Aulton
Mathematics S.S. Rangi
Pharmacognosy Kokate
Organic chemistry Morrison
Immunology Kuby

The career options after the PharmD are Pharmacists, drug experts, retail pharmacists, hospital pharmacy director, hospital staff pharmacists, clinical pharmacists, etc. The career options are described in detail below with their roles and average annual salary.

Job profiles Description Average annual salary
Pharmacist The role of Pharmacist is to ensure the medicines given to patients are correct and the quality of medicines given to patients. They have to counsel the patients about the medicines, timings to take medicines and how to take it. INR 2,88,000
Hospital pharmacy director The role of Hospital pharmacy director is to distribute drug, drug control, ensures medication safety, clinical services as patient care, etc. INR 3,90,000
Retail pharmacist The role of Retail pharmacist is to dispense and control the prescribed and non-prescribed medicines. They order and sell the medicines and other stocks. INR 1,97,000
Drug expert The role of Drug expert is prepared medication use policies, rules & regulations. They ensure the improvement of the health system. Distributing newsletters containing medication information. INR 5,80,000
Clinical pharmacists The role of Clinical pharmacists is to take care of patients and be aware of his/ her health. Evaluates the effectiveness of patients' medications. INR 3,09,000

After completing PharmD there are a plethora of opportunities in the academic field as well as job opportunities. You can explore your path according to your liking:

  • For further studies, you can pursue Bachelor’s in pharmacy or 2nd year in B.Pharma if you have completed PharmD.
  • You can secure a job at drug stores of private and government hospitals. You can work in health clinics, NGOs, etc. by checking the dispensing medicines and advising them the directions.
  • You can become an entrepreneur by opening your own pharmacy store as retail, wholesale.
  • The top recruiting areas of Pharm.D are health centers, drug control administration, and medical dispensing stores.

No, NEET is not required to take admission in Pharm.D.

Yes, Pharm.D is better than B. Pharm because it is a more valued and detailed course on pharmacy. It provides more knowledge of clinical pharmacy than B. Pharm.


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