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Do you have an interest in Pharmacy? If yes, then you have an opportunity to pursue Pharm.D also known as Doctor of pharmacy if you are eligible for it. Pharm.D is a higher-level course to be pursued either after completion of class 12th or after pursuing a Diploma in Pharmacy. Pharm.D is the course where after achieving the degree, holders obtain exceptional skills in diagnosis, treating diseases simultaneously obtain skills of selection and usage of drugs for treating ailments and monitoring patients. Pharm.D is offered in two forms which are as follows
1. 6-year course with five years of education and one year of the internship experience.
2. The post-baccalaureate course which is a 3-year course.
To apply either of the courses, an applicant must be eligible for it by the criteria provided which is
1. 6-year Pharm.D course
2. 3-year Post Baccalaureate Pharm.D course
The syllabus for the 6-year Pharm.D course consists of ten semesters as five years of which is education and one year is for the internship.
Human Anatomy & Physiology
Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry
Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals
Biostatistics & Research Methodology
Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomic
Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring
Project work (six months)
Internship or Residency Training that includes postings in special units.
There are various entrance examinations held at National, State, and Private levels. Some of them are as follows
Jamia Hamdard University
New Delhi, Delhi
Institute of Chemical Technology
KLE College of Pharmacy
Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Poona College of Pharmacy
S.R.M College of Pharmacy
Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
JSS College of Pharmacy
Mysore, Tamil Nadu
Birla Institute of Technology
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
After pursuing the degree of Pharm.D, the degree holder is opened to various opportunities. Some of these are displayed here. He/she can get into one of these areas after pursuing Pharm.D.
A Clinical Pharmacist collaborates with physicians and patients to test the successfulness of prescribed medication for patients so that the effectiveness of the medications can be maintained or changed if required.
Drug Inspectors’ work is to avoid drug piracy and hypocrisy at chemist shops and pharmaceutical companies dealing in it or producing duplicate medication which leads to an adverse effect on human life.
The job of an Analytical Chemist is to evaluate the chemical formation and nature of the substances. They can also a part of forensic analysis, toxicology along with drug development for medicinal purposes.
The researcher has to work in a team for various projects, finding new theories and practically examining them and such activities
A Retail Pharmacist has to manage the purchase and sales of prescription and non-prescription medicines. They are also qualified in advising medication for various health diseases, forwarding the customer feedbacks and inquiries to the companies and such activities.
The average entry-level salary of a Pharm.D degree holder is calculated between 2 lakhs to 6 lakhs per annum.
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