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Pharm.D

1. What is Pharm.D course?

Pharm.D course is a Professional Pharmacy doctoral program of 6 yrs duration after 10+2 (science academic stream) which includes 5yrs of academic study + 1 year of internship or residency.

Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional doctorate degree. In some countries, including the US, it is a first professional degree, and a prerequisite for licensing. In India, the Pharmacy Council of India permitted few universities to start Pharm.D (post baccalaureate)(2 years + 1 full working year internship in a 300 bedded hospital)for B pharmacy graduates. The first batch of Pharm.D students will graduate by 2011.

The Government of India published news to this effect in The Gazette of India,no 19, part 3, section 4 on 10 May 2008.

Certificate of passing Examination :

Pharmacy Council of India is a national apex body controlling the course; Doctor of Pharmacy(Pharm.D) Degree will be issued by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore,(R.G.U.H.S.) after passing examinations.

2. What are the eligibility criteria to join Pharm.D courses?

a) Pharm.D. Part-I Course – A pass in any of the following examinations –

(1) 10+2 examination with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects along with one of the following subjects:

Mathematics or Biology.

(2) A pass in D.Pharm course from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.

(3) 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.

b) Pharm.D. (Post Baccalaureate) Course –

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.

3.How many numbers of admissions will be made by the institution for the Pharm.D and Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate)?

Number of admissions for the Pharm.D program shall be as prescribed by the Pharmacy Council of India from time to time and presently it is restricted to 30 students intake for Pharm.D & 10 students for Pharm D (PB) per academic year.

4. What is the Duration of the course?

a) Pharm.D: The duration of the course shall be six academic years (five years of study and one

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 six 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.

b) Pharm.D. (Post Baccalaureate): The duration of the course shall be for three academic years (two

years of study and one 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 three 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.

6.Whether the Pharm.D is a registrable qualification?

Yes, Pharm.D is a registrable qualification under the Pharmacy Act -1948.

7. In what way Pharm.D differs from regular B.Pharm?

Both B.Pharm and Pharm D are the registrable qualification for practicing pharmacy profession under the Pharmacy Act. B.Pharm is a 4 yrs course and Pharm D is 6 yrs course including one yr of clinical internship.

Pharmacy practice component in all spheres of Pharmacy professional

services like Hospital & Clinical Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, clinical research, regulatory, formulation development, quality control are emphasized in Pharm D programme and after Pharm D qualification the professionals are eligible to undertake Ph.D. programme.

8. After completion of Pharm D am I eligible for Ph.D.?

Yes, After Pharm.D the candidate is eligible to register for Ph.D.

9. Can I prefix Dr to my name?

Yes, for the purpose of practicing Pharmacy Profession under Pharmacy Act.

October 13, 2010

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