List of Pharmacy Courses

About Pharmacy Courses:

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in India. The number of ill people increases every year, because of several factors. To cope up with this more numbers of doctors are required. And most importantly, a large number of medicines are required to cure all these people.

Pharmacy is a field that is related to drug production and advancement. It was considered as a branch of chemistry or biology because in this field we read about chemical reactions and the effect of the medicine on the human body. But it is totally a different field. Now, Because of the high demand for medicines and drugs, B.Pharm has become more popular than it was earlier.

A Pharmacy student learns everything about medicine and drugs. He will learn how to prepare a drug, how to test it and how to improve an existing drug. Also, He learns about the effects of various chemicals on the body. A person having a good knowledge of this field and required skills will have a good demand in the market.

If an existing drug is not working properly and effectively, it is the task of a pharmacy professional to improve its quality and make it effective. He also works on the advancement and testing of medicines. He analyses the drug through various techniques and develops better medicine.

Eligibility Criteria for Pharmacy courses:

You should fulfill the eligibility criteria to take admission in Pharmacy courses. These criteria would work as a benchmark for the students.

Also, Eligibility criteria depend upon the course you are choosing. If you are applying for a diploma course, the minimum marks required are comparatively low. And if you are selecting a PG course, you should have completed your graduation.

It is not always necessary that every college has the same benchmark. Some colleges ask for entrance exams. But the basic requirement is that you should have opted for the science stream in your 12th class.

The common eligibility for Pharmacy courses are as follow:

  1. Candidates are required to pass their 10+2 with a minimum percentage of 60%.
  2. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Biology should be the main subjects in their 10+2.
  3. Those who have completed their Diploma in Pharmacy are also eligible for pharmacy graduation courses like B.Pharm.
  4. Some colleges take admission on the basis of your marks in the Pre Pharmacy Test.
  5. While some colleges conduct their own entrance exam. Candidates have to qualify this exam to take admission in these colleges.
  6. For a Masters Degree, a candidate should complete his graduation with a minimum percentage of 60%.

Note: Candidates can also apply for a national level entrance exam to take admission in govt. colleges.

Top Colleges for Pharmacy Course

Some of the top colleges which provide the best education in the affordable fee are as follow:

Name of Colleges

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali

Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

Poona College of Pharmacy, Puna

School of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow

JSS College of Pharmacy, Mysore

Punjab university of Pharmaceutical and research, Chandigarh

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Azad Institute of Pharmacy and research

Different Pharmacy Courses are:

Diploma courses

Diploma in Pharmacy - (D.Pharm)

Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) is a diploma course of the duration of 2 years. In this course, you will learn about all the concepts related to Pharmacy. D. Pharma is comparatively easier than B.Pharma as it is a diploma course. This course will ensure your job in Pharmacy companies.

Eligibility and Course Duration

  1. You must have a minimum percentage of 60% in the 12th from a college affiliated to some national or state level board.
  2. Also, you should have opted for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology in your 10+2. English is a compulsory subject.

The duration of this course is 2 academic years.

Entrance exams for D.Pharm

To take admission in a Diploma course in pharmacy in a govt. college, students have to clear the Pre-Pharmacy Test. The syllabus of this test is shown on the official website of the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).

Another exam for Diploma course is JEECUP

Syllabus of D.Pharm

Part-I:

Pharmaceutics I

Pharmaceutical Chemistry I

Pharmacognosy

Biochemistry and clinical Pathology

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Health Education and community Pharmacy

Part-II:

Pharmaceutics II

Pharmaceutical Chemistry II

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmaceutical jurisprudence

Drug store and Business management

Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy

Future scope

After D.Pharm, you can apply for jobs in the pharmacy sector. During this course you have already learned about different skills required in the industries. So, you are eligible for a pharmacist or chemist.

For further education, you can apply for an undergraduate course like B.Pharm or B.Pharm Practice. In an Undergraduate course, the extent of your knowledge will broaden and you will learn various new concepts.

Job Roles

A student who has finished his Diploma in Pharmacy can apply for a job. His designation will be lower than a graduate like junior Pharmacist but after gaining experience he will be promoted to higher posts.

Some common job profile for a diploma holder are as follows:

  1. Lab Technician
  2. Pharmacist
  3. Pharmacy Assistant
  4. Quality Control Officer
  5. Clinical Research Associate

Undergraduate Courses:

Bachelor of Pharmacy - (B.Pharm)

B.Pharma or Bachelor of Pharmacy is a graduation course. The duration of this course is 4 years. If you want to make a career in the pharma industry, this course is the best choice for you.

In this course, you will learn about all the important concepts, practices, technologies and methods to prepare and test medicinal drugs. Also, you will study some portion of chemical engineering and biotechnology. Because all these subjects are interrelated in some respect.

B.Pharma contains subjects like Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry which are required to understand the production and effects of medicines on the human body. This makes it a more important degree in this field.

Eligibility and course duration

  • The Candidate should have passed the 10+2 with a minimum percentage of 60% from a recognized board.
  • Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology are the main subjects and English is a compulsory subject.
  • The duration of this course is 4 years (8 semesters) and for lateral entry, the duration of this course will be 3 years. 

Entrance Exam

The best way to get a good college is by cracking an entrance exam. These exams check your level of knowledge and understanding of science subjects.

Below is the list of some common Entrance exams to take admission in the B.Pharm course:

BITSAT - (BITS Admission Test)

MET - (Manipal Entrance Test)

PU CET - (Punjab Entrance Test)

Syllabus of B.Pharm

Semester-1

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Remedial Mathematics

Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Analysis I

Communication Skills

Pharmaceutics I

Practicals

Semester-2:

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Environmental Sciences

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I

Pathophysiology

Computer Application in Pharmacy

Biochemistry

Practical

Semester-3:

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry II

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Physical Pharmaceutics I

Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Practicals

Semester-4:

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry III

Pharmacology I

Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry I

Medicinal Chemistry I

Physical Pharmaceutics II

Practicals

Semester-5:

Pharmacognosy and phytochemistry II

Industrial Pharmacy I

Medicinal Chemistry II

Pharmacology II

Pharmaceutical jurisprudence

Practicals

Semester-6:

Quality Assurance

Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Herbal Drug Technology

Medicinal Chemistry III

Pharmacology III

Practicals

Semester-7:

Novel Drug Delivery System

Pharmacy Practice

Instrumental methods and analysis

Industrial Pharmacy II

Instrumental Methods of Analysis - Practical

Semester-8:

Pharmacovigilance

Pharma Marketing and Management

Biostatistics and Research Methodology

Social and Preventive Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science

Experimental Pharmacology

Future scope

This course will give you the knowledge of all the concepts of the pharmaceutical industry. This is a graduation course so after this course you are completely eligible to enter in the industry as fresher. You will be designated to some good post after experience.

Job Roles

  • Community pharmacist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Drug Inspector
  • Quality control Associate

Bachelor of Pharmacy - B.Pharm (Practice)

If you don’t want to study in a normal B.Pharm course, you can Choose B.Pharm (Practice). The benefit is for those students who are looking for a job oriented short term course after their Diploma. Although it is equivalent to a graduation course.

The duration of this course is 2 academic years. So, you don’t have to wait for 4 years to finish your graduation

Eligibility and Course Duration

  1. A diploma in Pharmacy with at least 60% marks is the minimum requirement.
  2. Work experience as a pharmacist is also required.

The duration of this course is two academic years.

Syllabus

First year:

  1. Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics I
  2. Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics II
  3. Pharmacy Practice I
  4. Pharmacy Practice II
  5. Applied Pharmaceutics
  6. Social Pharmacy I

Second year:

  1. Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics IIII
  2. Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics IV
  3. Pharmacy Practice III
  4. Pharmacy Practice IV
  5. Social Pharmacy II
  6. Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

Future Scope

This course provides you important knowledge in a short period of time. This course mainly focuses on job oriented subjects and skills. So after this course, you will have a deep knowledge of the core subjects of this field.

This course provides you a job easily as compared to the usual B.Pharm because it mainly focuses on practical work.

Job Roles

  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Registered Pharmacist
  • Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Pharmacist

Post Graduate courses:

Masters of Pharmacy - (M.Pharm)

M.Pharma is a post-graduation course. You have a wide variety of options you can choose from. This course will provide you with a specialization in the field you choose for post-graduation. 

Eligibility and Course Duration 

  1. Candidates should have completed their Graduation course (B.Pharm) with a minimum percentage of 55% from a recognised university.
  2. They should have registered them in the State Pharmacy Council otherwise their admission may be canceled.

The duration of M.Pharma is 2 academic years (4 semesters).

Entrance Exams

Most popular exams to take admission in Masters of Pharmacy are as follow

  1. GPAT
  2. NIPER JEE
  3. UPSEE
  4. GITAM GAT

Some popular streams for M.Pharm are as follow:

Pharmaceutics  - Pharmaceutics is the branch of science which is related to the preparation and usage of drugs. You will study about different methods and technologies to prepare drugs from chemical compounds. Also, you will learn about the transportation of compounds within the body. 

This is a branch of M.Pharm. Its duration is 2 years and every year has two semesters. So, there are a total of 8 semesters.

Syllabus

Semester 1 :

Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Drug Delivery System

Modern Pharmaceutics

Regulatory affairs

Pharmaceutics Practical - I

Semester 2 :

Molecular Pharmaceutics

Advanced Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

Computer Aided Drug Delivery System

Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals

Pharmaceutics Practical II

Semester 3 :

Research methodology and Biostatistics

Journal Club

Research work

Presentation

Semester 4 :

Journal Club

Research Work

Presentation

Pharmacology - Pharmacology deals with the study of effects of drugs and medicines on the body. A drug is a chemical compound which causes some chemical reaction in the body. So, after taking the drug what changes takes place in the body is the main focus of this subject.

Syllabus

Semester 1 :

Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Advanced Pharmacology I

Pharmacological and Toxicological Screening Methods I

Cellular and Molecular pharmacology

Pharmacology Practical I

Semester 2 :

Advanced Pharmacology II

Pharmacological and Toxicological Screening Methods II

Principles of Drug Discovery

Experimental Pharmacology Practical II

Pharmacological Practical II

Semester 3 :

Research methodology and Biostatistics

Journal Club

Research work

Presentation

Semester 4 :

Journal Club

Research Work

Presentation

Pharmaceutical chemistry - Students learn about different concepts and reactions related to physical chemistry and organic chemistry which leads to the formation of drugs. Also, this is a specialization course, so you will learn deeply about this field. This branch is mainly related to Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Pharmacy.

Syllabus

Semester 1 :

Modern pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Advanced Organic Chemistry I

Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

Chemistry of natural products

Pharmaceutical Chemistry Practical I

Semester 2 :

Advanced Spectra Analysis

Advanced Organic Chemistry II

Computer Aided Drug Design

Pharmaceutical Process Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Chemistry Practical II

Semester 3 :

Research methodology and Biostatistics

Journal Club

Research work

Presentation

Semester 4 :

Journal Club

Research Work

Presentation

Future Scope

After M.Pharm you have the benefits of Graduation and Post-graduation. Post-graduation gives you specialization. And the market needs specialists who have good knowledge and required skills. More importantly, you can also apply for some competitive exams.

This course is for specialization, so you will learn about the subject deeply. Some of the benefits you will get from Post Graduation are as follow:

  1. You will learn the skills required in your field
  2. In most cases a master degree is required for the research work. So, a PG degree gives you an opportunity to enter in the research field.
  3. Also, you have different career options in the PG like you can go for Pharmaceutics, pharmacology and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Job Roles

  • Senior Pharmacist
  • Research and Development
  • Quality Control and Assurance
  • Medical Representative
  • Drug control Director

MBA in Pharmacy Administration

 

If you want to change your career and want to go into the management sector, you can pursue an MBA in Pharmacy Administration. This course will provide you knowledge of the management courses related to the pharmacy industry.

In graduation, you have studied how to produce medicinal drugs and in the Post Graduation of MBA in pharmacy Administration, you will learn about the management work in an organization related to Pharmacy.

Syllabus

Semester 1 :

Managerial Economics

Managerial accounting

Computer Application in Management

Semester 2 :

Financial Management

Marketing Management

Human Resource Management

Business Environment

Semester 3 :

Pharmaceutical Management Information System

Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

Strategic management

Semester 4 :

Management Control System

Corporate Governance and Business Ethics

Entrepreneurship and management of innovations

Pharmaceutical management Research Projects

Future Scope

After this PG you become familiar with both business and marketing skills and production and usage of medicinal drugs. You will be eligible for management designations in a pharmaceutical company. If you want a career shift, this will be a good choice for you.

You will learn about the following things:

  1. You will learn about business and marketing strategies.
  2. You will learn various skills related to research, marketing, production, etc.

Post Graduate Diploma Course:

Post-graduation diploma courses are for those candidates who want some specialization course but don’t have the time to do a regular PG course. Usually, the PG courses are for two years but the duration of these courses is only 1 year.

The main benefit of these courses is that they are job-oriented means you can easily get a job after doing this course.

Eligibility and Course Duration

A degree of (B.Pharm) with at least 50% from a recognized college is the minimum requirement for this course

The duration of this course is one academic year.

Also, these courses are cheaper than the normal PG course for Pharmacy.

Some of the specializations for this course are as follow:

Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance:

This course will teach you about different methods and parameters to check the quality of a drug. Main focus is on practical work. After this course the disciple will learn about different concepts of quality control and assurance. Also, you will learn the concepts and process of validation.

Syllabus

Paper-I: Quality assurance and quality centre control

Definitions and concepts related to quality assurance and quality control

cGMP guidelines according to schedule M

Document maintenance in pharmaceutical industry

In process and finished product quality control

GLP

Paper-II: Pharmaceutical validation

Basic concepts of process validation

Prospective, Concurrent and Retrospective Validation

Process validation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

Validation of Sterile and Non Sterile Facility

Validation of Analytical methods

Clinical Research:

This stream is based on the present requirements of clinical industries. After this course, you will be employable in the field of Clinical Research. This course mainly focuses on job oriented subjects.

Syllabus

Paper-I: Clinical Development and regulation

Drug Development Process

Ethics in Clinical Research

Regulations governing Clinical Trials in India

Quality assurance and quality control in Clinical Trials

Regulations Governing Clinical Trials in foreign countries

Paper-II: Clinical Research

Types and design of clinical trials

Clinical Trial Start-up activities

Clinical Trial Study Team

Clinical Trial Documents

Clinical Trial Process

Medical Devices: In this course, you will learn about different devices used in the field of medical science. Also, you will learn about how to use and design these devices. So this course is of utmost importance.

Syllabus

Paper-I: Regulated Markets

Introducing medical devices

Ethicsrecognised

IMDRF/GHTF

US

EU

Paper-II: Rest of the world market

Medical Device Regulations in WHO

Medical Device Regulation in Latin America

Medical Device Regulation in Asia

Medical Device Regulation in GCC

Harmonization in Medical Device Regulations in Asia

Future Scope

This course has branches which are in demand and after completing these courses you can find jobs in the market. Also, the competition is less and the demand is high so you will easily get a job.

If you don’t get any job you can open your own medical store because According to the government rules only those candidates can open their medical store who have some kind of degree or diploma related to pharmacy.

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