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Pharm. D. graduation is a post graduate professional doctoral degree. It is a pre-PhD, post-graduate professional doctoral program and a student gets authorization to use prefix Doctor(Dr) to his/her name. It was introduced to improve clinical and hospital pharmacy services in India and it is the only pharmacy service which is in direct contact with patient health care system and authorized to take critical decisions in in-patient prescription.

The Pharm. D. degree requires five years of classroom and hospital based didactic study. It is followed by one year of internship training in a hospital setting for Clinical Management of In patients, in addition to ongoing practicals and research project. Pharm. D. students and graduates are actively participating in direct patient care in hospitals.
Approved by Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi

Program Objective

The Pharm. D. curriculum is designed to produce a scientifically and technically competent pharmacist who can apply this education in such a manner as to provide maximum health care services to patients. Students are provided with the opportunity to gain greater experience in patient close cooperative relationships with health practitioners. It is the goal of all pharmacy schools to prepare pharmacists who can assume expanded responsibilities in the care of patients and assure the provision of rational drug therapy.

Program Structure

Some of the Important subjects taught in the various semester of the 6-Year program are as follows

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

Pharm. D. qualification, as prevalent in U.S, U.K, Canada, other European and developed countries, entitles the pharmacists for prescribing medicines and the doctors role is focused mainly on diagnosis.

Also, with a Pharm. D., a person can register as pharmacist all over the world and can practice as Hospital/Clinical/Community pharmacist anywhere, and also as Clinical scientific expert, Clinical research associate and Associate in pharmacovigilance program.

Hospital Pharmacist Clinical Pharmacist Community Pharmacist
Specialized Area Opportunities Pharmacy Education Pharmacoeconomics
Managed Care Home Health Care Governmental Agencies
Community Pharmacy Clinic Pharmacy Practice
Knowledge processing outsourcing (KPO)

All the jobs related to Hospital/Clinical Pharmacy etc in European/American and other countries are highly paid due to the authority to the Pharmacist to take up the prescription and clinical monitoring of admitted patients where the physicians focus on diagnosis and operative care and medical prescription is supervised by Pharmacists.

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