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Pharm.D(Doctor of Pharmacy)

Course Information
Name

Pharm.D(Doctor of Pharmacy)
Duration

6 Years
Course Type

Doctorate
Eligibility

10+2
Course Details

Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy)

Pharm.D is a Professional Pharmacy Doctoral Programme. 'Pharm.D' is a Latin term which stands for 'Pharmaciae Doctor' which means 'Doctor of Pharmacy'. Pharmacy is the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines. The course is also known as Pharma.D, which many of the medical institutes prefer to term it as such. Pharm.D is a registrable qualification under the Pharmacy Act 1948. Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is the regulatory body of Pharmacy education in India. Pharmacy Council of India introduced the 6 years Pharm.D. course in India from the academic year 2008. Pharm.D. enables one to practice the profession of a Pharmacist under the Pharmacy Act, 1948. Doctor of Pharmacy Programs are focused on class room theory, penetrative laboratory experiments and motivated research projects. Only PCI approved Colleges can offer Pharm. D course. There are only a limited number of Pharmacy Schools which provide Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

There are 2 types of Pharm.D

Regulations for the both Courses as per PCI 2008

1.  Pharm.D
- The duration of the course shall be 6 academic years (5 years of study and 1 year of internship or residency) full time with each academic year spread over a period of not less than two hundred working days.

The period of 6 years duration is divided into two phases :

Phase I : consisting of First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth academic year.
Phase II : consisting of internship or residency training during sixth year involving posting in speciality units. It is a phase of training wherein a student is exposed to actual pharmacy practice or clinical pharmacy services and acquires skill under supervision so that he or she may become capable of functioning independently.

2.  Pharm.D. (Post Baccalaureate) - The duration of the course shall be for 3 academic years (2 years of study and 1 year internship or residency) full time with each academic year spread over a period of not less than two hundred working days.

The period of 3 years duration is divided into two phases :

Phase I :  consisting of First and Second academic year.
Phase II : consisting of Internship or residency training during third year involving posting in speciality units. It is a phase of training wherein a student is exposed to actual pharmacy practice or clinical pharmacy services, and acquires skill under supervision so that he or she may become capable of functioning independently.

The number of admissions for the Pharm.D program are prescribed by the Pharmacy Council of India from time to time and is restricted to 30 students intake for Pharm.D & 10 students for Pharm. D (PB) per academic year as per 2008 regulations.

Eligibility

For Pharm.D (6 year course):

A pass in any of the following examinations -

  • 10+2 examination with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects along with one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Biology.
  • A pass in D.Pharm course from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.
  • Any other qualification approved by the Pharmacy Council of India as equivalent to any of the above examinations.
  • Provided that a student should complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission to the course.
  • Provided that there shall be reservation of seats for the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes in accordance with the instructions issued by the Central Government/State Government/Union Territory Administration as the case may be from time to time.

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.
  • Provided that there shall be reservation of seats for the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes in accordance with the instructions issued by the Central Government/State Government/Union Territory Administration as the case may be from time to time.

Doctor of Pharmacy Subjects

The following subjects are of Pharm.D (6 year course). Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate) subjects may vary from the former.

  • Pharmaceutics.
  • Medicinal Biochemistry.
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology.
  • Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals.
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis.
  • Clinical Research.

Eligibility for appearing Examination

Only such students who produce certificate from the Head of the Institution in which he or she has undergone the Pharm.D. or as the case may be, the Pharm.D. (Post Baccalaureate) course, in proof of his or her having regularly and satisfactorily undergone the course of study by attending not less than 80% of the classes held both in theory and in practical separately in each subject shall be eligible for appearing at examination.

Mode of examinations

  • Theory examination shall be of 3 Hours and Practical Examination shall be of 4 Hours duration.
  • A Student who fails in theory or practical examination of a subject shall re-appear both in theory and practical of the same subject.
  • Practical examination shall also consist of a viva –voce (Oral) examination.
  • Clerkship examination – Oral examination shall be conducted after the completion of clerkship of students. An external and an internal examiner will evaluate the student. Students may be asked to present the allotted medical cases followed by discussion.
  • Students’ capabilities in delivering clinical pharmacy services, pharmaceutical care planning and knowledge of therapeutics shall be assessed.

Award of sessional marks and maintenance of records

  • A regular record of both theory and practical class work and examinations conducted in an institution imparting training for Pharm.D. or as the case may be, Pharm.D. (Post Baccalaureate) course, shall be maintained for each student in the institution and 30 marks for each theory and 30 marks for each practical subject shall be allotted as sessional.
  • There shall be at least two periodic sessional examinations during each academic year and the highest aggregate of any two performances shall form the basis of calculating sessional marks.

The sessional marks in practicals shall be allotted on the following basis:-
(i) Actual performance in the sessional examination (20 marks);
(ii) Day to day assessment in the practical class work, promptness, viva-voce record maintenance, etc. (10 marks).

Minimum marks for passing examination

  • A student shall not be declared to have passed examination unless he or she secures at least 50% marks in each of the subjects separately in the theory examinations, including sessional marks and at least 50% marks in each of the practical examinations including sessional marks.
  • The students securing 60% marks or above in aggregate in all subjects in a single attempt at the Pharm.D. or as the case may be, Pharm. D. (Post Baccalaureate) course examination shall be declared to have passed in first class.
  • Students securing 75% marks or above in any subject or subjects shall be declared to have passed with distinction in the subject or those subjects provided he or she passes in all the subjects in a single attempt.

Eligibility for promotion to next year

  • All students who have appeared for all the subjects and passed the first year annual examination are eligible for promotion to the second year and, so on.
  • However, failure in more than two subjects shall debar him or her from promotion to the next year classes.

Internship

  • Internship is a phase of training wherein a student is expected to conduct actual practice of pharmacy and health care and acquires skills under the supervision so that he or she may become capable of functioning independently.
  • Every student has to undergo one year internship.

Certificate of passing examination

Every student who has passed the examinations for the Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) or Pharm.D. (Post Baccalaureate) (Doctor of Pharmacy) as the case may be, shall be granted a certificate by the examining authority.

Post your queries
Is this Pharm D course approved by WHO? So far the American Medical Council has not approved/accredited this Degree.What's the scope for this course if its not valid outside India?
Has any countries accredit this course?
by Koshy Phillip, on Feb-19-2015
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