Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Scope & Placement

Doctor of Pharmacy Pharm. D scope and placement

People say, “Never mess with a pharmacist, they are in charge of the happy pills and they know the most lethal drug combinations too.” The pharmaceutical Industry in India is currently ~$50 bn. India is a major exporter of pharmaceuticals for over 200+ countries. The pharmaceutical industry not only lifesaving drugs and potential cures but also create employment and fuels the global economy. Let us dive into the details of this course:

What is Pharm. D?

Pharm. D (Doctor of Pharmacy) is a post-graduate professional pre-doctoral program. It is a 6-year master’s and doctorate degree. Students in this course must complete 5 years of intensive learning and 1 year of mandatory internship. This program was introduced to improve the clinical and hospital pharmacy services in India. This program covers subjects related to chemical, biological, social, medical, and clinical sciences that underline pharmacy. Knowledge of patient care and understanding of taking critical decisions in patient prescription is a major part of this course.

Eligibility and Fees for Pharm. D

Candidates must have passed their 10+2 level with a 60% aggregate from any state or national education board. Candidate must have studied Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects and Mathematics or Biology as additional subjects. Different colleges can have various eligibility criteria such as entrance exams and personal interviews.

Fees for Pharm. D can be anywhere between INR 6,00,000 – 20,00,000 depending on the type of institute you study in.

Pharm. D Syllabus

Some of the major subjects taught in this program are:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Pathophysiology
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Formulations
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Biostatistics and Research Methodology
  • Biopharmaceutics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring

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Career Opportunities After Pharm. D

Pharm. D curriculum is designed in such a way that the students are equipped with scientific and clinical skills to treat patients with maximum healthcare services. Following are the different career paths that students can choose post Pharm. D:

Clinical Pharmacist

Clinical pharmacists perform functions other than regular pharmacists. They monitor and optimize the medication selection and dosing of the patients. Other than that, they provide pharmacotherapy support to diagnosticians and develop institutional healthcare tools that can make help doctors make smarter decisions related to medications. The average salary of a clinical pharmacist in India can range between 4-6 LPA.

Quality Assurance Manager

Quality assurance managers devise and safeguard the quality standards in any pharmaceutical company. They oversee the processes that affect the overall integrity of the product and manage it. They make sure that the drugs meet the required quality. They set appropriate quality standards and parameters for drugs. They perform product testing and identify and analyze the issues. The average salary of a quality assurance manager in a pharmaceutical company in India is ~10 LPA.

Research Scientist

Research Scientist in pharmacy is an individual to performs research focusing on drug discovery, development, and testing. They perform experiments aimed at introducing new drugs to the market. The drug discovery pipeline is one of the biggest projects that employ multiple scientists at a time. They have a knowledge of how diseases happen inside the body and what can be done to combat the same. The average salary of a research scientist in the pharmaceutical field is ~7 LPA.

Faculty or Academician

Any course that students pursue and make a future in is all because of their teachers. There is always a need for experts in this field who can bloom other experts by teaching theoretical and practical knowledge in and outside the classroom. Teaching is a profession that always stays in place and will always require an expert from the field. The best institutes in the country recruit faculties for different subjects. Students can opt for becoming faculty at any renowned institute depending on their interests. The average salary of a faculty in pharmacy is ~5-6 LPA.

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Why study Pharm. D at Chitkara can be the best decision for you?

Chitkara University prepares its students to provide high-quality pharmaceutical care with the patient being the focus and optimal drug therapy and health as its goal. The curriculum at Chitkara University is continually refreshed to reflect pharmacists as frontline workers for the country. Post Covid the need for medicines has increased but the need for the right medicine will always be governed by a pharmacist. The Pharm. D program at Chitkara University is approved by the Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi. The career is designed to make students successful in the ever-changing world of healthcare. Chitkara University has a mandatory 1-year internship at a clinical setting or hospital which eventually prepares students for industry. The modern laboratories at Chitkara University are the perfect educational environment to train its students for the practical skills they need to become world-class pharmacists. Pharmacy is one of the 3rd largest health & medical professions after medicine & nursing. Chitkara University students are equipped with the skills required to work in a variety of healthcare settings. From government agencies to hospitals and from the pharmaceutical industry to pharmaceutics wholesalers, Chitkara University students flourish in every place.

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