Pharmacy courses after 12th Science


Pharmacy – It can be defined as the branch of science that will deal with the preparation, doses, dispensing and effects of medicines. It is the interconnection of Medicine, Biology, and Chemistry.

Pharmacists – Responsibilities include dispensing and managing medications, educating patients about the correct drug usage and possible drug side effects, and also in managing the health-care/ well-being of patients/customers. Pharmacists should have knowledge in handling the medications for patients in common and also follow the laws pertaining to the prescribed medication.

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1 List of Courses in Pharmacy
2 Subjects involved in the Pharmacy Courses
3 Eligibility Criteria
4 The Best Pharmacy Colleges in India
5 Scope in Pharmacy
6 Job Opportunities and Sectors

List of courses in Pharmacy

The pharmacy can be divided as,

  • Pharmaceutics

  • Medical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

  • Pharmacy Practice

Diploma Courses

  • Diploma in Pharmacy – D.Pharm: 2 years

Undergraduate Courses

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy - B.Pharm: 4 years

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy - B.Pharm: 3 years ( Lateral )

  • Pharm ( Hons. ): 4 years

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy in Ayurveda: 4 years

Postgraduate Courses

  • Master of Pharmacy - M.Pharm: 2 years

  • D – Post Baccalaureate: 3 years

  • Doctor of Pharmacy – Pharm.D: 6 years

Doctoral Courses

  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences: 3 years

Specialization Courses

Clinical Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Chemistry Quality Assurance
Pharmacognosy Pharmaceutical Technology Pharmaceutical Marketing Management
Pharmacy Practice Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Assurance Phytopharmaceuticals and Natural Products
Pharmacology Pharmaceutics Drug Discovery and Development
Industrial Pharmacy Biopharmaceutics Bulk Drugs
Drug Regulatory Affairs Medicinal Chemistry  

Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm)

  • It is a foundation course in the field of Pharmacy.

  • Duration: 3 years.

  • It involves all the subjects related to the Pharmacy field.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)

  • It is an undergraduate degree course in the field of Pharmacy.

  • Duration: 4 years

  • Subjects involved will be Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Maths, and Biostatics

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)

  • It is a postgraduate degree course in the field of Pharmacy.

  • After the completion of this course, the student can either work/ go for higher studies.

Subjects involved in the Pharmacy Course

Human Anatomy and Physiology Pharmacotherapeutics 3 Pharmacology
Pharmaceutics Biopharmaceutics Community Pharmacy
Medical Biochemistry Pharmacokinetics Pharmacotherapeutics 1
Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry Clinical Toxicology Pharmacology (Advanced)
Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry Clinical Research Pharmaceutical Analysis
Mathematics/Biology Clerkship Pharmacotherapeutics 2
Pathophysiology Pharmacoepidemiology Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
Pharmaceutical Microbiology Pharmacoeconomics Medicinal Chemistry
Pharmacognosy Clinical Pharmacokinetics Pharmaceutical Formulations
Phytopharmaceuticals Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring Hospital Pharmacy
Research Methodology Biostatistics Clinical Pharmacy

Eligibility Criteria for Pharmacy Courses

  • Candidates should have passed 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/Biology from a recognized university.

  • Minimum 50% aggregate in the qualifying examination.

  • Candidates who had passed Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) are also eligible.

  • Admissions differ from Colleges to Colleges.

  • Admission is done by State/ Central Medical Admission Authority. It can be based on the merit/Entrance exam.

  • Entrance exams like GPAT, TS EAMCET, AP EAMCET, etc can be given.

The Best Pharmacy Colleges in India

  • Mohali National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research

  • Jadavpur University, Kolkata

  • Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi

  • Department of Pharmaceutics, IIT BHU, Varanasi

  • University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh

  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

  • New Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research

  • Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara

  • Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam

  • Hyderabad  National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research

Scope in Pharmacy Course

Pharmacists work in a community and Ayurveda/ Yoga/ Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy dispensaries. Private and Public hospitals, Retail pharmacies, etc offer opportunities for Pharmacists. Also, sectors like R & D, Analysis and Testing, Production and Manufacturing, Marketing, Hospitals, Regulatory Bodies, etc provides Job Opportunities.

Job Opportunities in Pharmacy

Chemical/ Drug Technician Pathological Lab
Drug Therapist Pharmacist
Bio-Technology Industries Scientist
Drug Inspector Research Officer
Health Inspector Research and Development
Hospital Drug Coordinator Making prescription to patients
Administrative posts Marking Professional
Quality Control Officer  

Sectors Providing Job Opportunities

Hospital Clinical Pharmacy
State Wise Drugs and Pharmaceutical Boards Technical Pharmacy
Medical Shop Chains Research Agencies
Chemist Shop Medical Dispensing Store
Research bodies and labs Sales and Marketing Department
Hospital Pharmacy Educational Institutes

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