Pharm. D. (Post Baccalaureate) is a 3-year professional post-graduate course in the discipline of Pharmacy, open for pursuance by eligible graduates of Pharmacy, completed from an institute recognized by the PCI.
The course includes 1 compulsory year of residency or internship as well. The course is divided across two phases, of which the first phase includes theoretical study, and the second includes a residency/ internship program to be completed by enrolled students.
During the phase of internship, candidates are imparted advanced lessons in clinical pharmacy services or pharmacy practice under the supervision of faculty members.
The program covers subjects of study such as:
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 6000 and 20 Lacs for a span of 3 years. Such postgraduates are lucratively employed in both private and government hospitals, and may even pursue private practice.
The average initial annual salary offered to such postgraduates ranges between INR 3 and 10 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise and experience in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System/ Yearly|
|Admission Process||Merit-based/ Based on performance in entrance exam|
|Course Fee||INR 6,000 to 20 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 10 lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Kailash Hospital, Metro Hospital, Max Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Eisai Pharmaceuticals India Pvt. Ltd, Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Eris Life Sciences, Global Data Research Centre, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited, Himalaya, Nestle, Hospira, IMF Health, Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Kinapse, Lupin Ltd., Micro Labs, MSN, Mylan, Natco Pharma, Novartis, Novonordisk, Pfizer, Sanofi India Ltd., Quintiles, Shodaka Lifesciences, Silverline, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Srinivasa College of Pharmacy, UnitedHealth Group, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Health Centres, Colleges & Universities, Drug Control Administration, Food & Drug Administration, Foundation/Trust, Govt./Pvt. Hospitals, Non-Profit Organization, Pharmaceutical Firms, Medical Dispensing Stores, Research Agencies, and such.|
|Job Positions||Consultant, Professors, Clinical Pharmacist, Drug Inspector, Analytical Chemist, Researcher, Retail Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacy Director, Hospital Staff Pharmacist, Pharmacist, Pharmacist in Charge, Retail Staff Pharmacist, among others.|
Pharm. D. (Post baccalaureate) is one of the new courses introduced to the Indian pharmaceutical education. Pharmacy is essentially about:
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Jamia Hamdard University||New Delhi||INR 88,000|
|National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research||Mohali, Punjab||INR 1,36,000|
|University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Chandigarh||INR 11,000|
|Institute of Chemical Technology||Mumbai||INR 1,78,000|
|National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad||Hyderabad||INR 1,30,000|
|Birla Institute of Technology & Science||Jaipur||INR 2,50,000|
|Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Manipal||INR 95,000|
|Poona College of Pharmacy||Pune||INR 92,000|
|S.R.M Institute of Science and Technology||Chennai||INR 1,50,000|
|JSS College of Pharmacy||Mysore||INR 70,000|
|Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya-Sagar||Madhya Pradesh||INR 25,040|
|Birla Institute of Technology||Ranchi||INR 2,00,000|
|Annamalai University||Tamil Nadu||INR 25,000|
|Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research||New Delhi||INR 21,000|
|Bombay College of Pharmacy||Mumbai||INR 22,500|
|Nirma University||Ahmedabad||INR 2,00,000|
|JSS College of Pharmacy||Tamil Nadu||INR 72,000|
|Andhra University||Vishakhapatnam||INR 30,000|
|Sri Ramachandra University||Chennai||INR 1,50,000|
|Banasthali Vidyapith||Banasthali||INR 92,000|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes also admit students based on the candidate’s obtained merit at the level of graduation, while some conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
Some such entrance tests held in the country for admission to the course are:
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Pharmacotherapeutics – I||Pharmacotherapeutics - III|
|Pharmacotherapeutics – II||Clinical Research|
|Clinical Pharmacy||Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmaco-economics|
|Biostatistics & Research Methodology||Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Therapeutic Drug Monitoring|
|Biopharmaceutics& Pharmaco-kinetics||Clerkship *|
|Clinical Toxicology||Project work (Six Months)|
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Clinical Pharmacist||Clinical Drug Specialists work specifically with patients in the health care system, for example in hospitals or clinics. Equipped with advanced knowledge of drugs and their effects, and extensive experience with patients, doctors often give Clinical Pharmacists a great deal of control over prescribing medications and monitoring patients.||5,00,000|
|Drug Inspector||Drug Inspectors are responsible for ensuring that drug products are safe for human consumption, and controlling drug piracy and duplicity. They check chemist shops and pharmaceutical companies from doing any illegal drug-dealing.||6,00,000|
|Analytical Chemist||Analytical Chemists assess the chemical structure and nature of substances. Their skills are needed for a variety of purposes including drug development, forensic analysis, and toxicology.||5,00,000|
|Research Scientists||Research Scientists are in charge of designing, undertaking, and analyzing data from controlled lab-based investigations, examinations, tests, and trials.||7,00,000|
|Retail Pharmacist||Retail Pharmacists are responsible for dispensing and controlling both prescription and non-prescription medicine, and providing advice about health issues, symptoms, and medications in response to customer enquiries. Also, they recruit, train, and manage staff, besides processing prescriptions and dispensing medication.||4,00,000|