Bachelor of Pharmacy: Course Details, Eligibility & Career Opportunities
BACHELOR OF PHARMACY (B. PHARMA) : Bachelor of Pharmacy is the art & science of preparing and conferring drugs and medicines for a number of illnesses and deficiencies.
It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. The Course teaches us about the medicines and their effect on human body, with details of the chemical and organic properties of all the elements used. Pharmacy education is regulated by the Pharmacy Council of India ( PCI ) , a statutory body governed by the provision of the Pharmacy Act 1948 passed by the India Government & are approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) . Pharmacists can work in a range of industries related to the prescription, manufacture & provision of medicines. For getting the license to work as a pharmacist B.Pharm qualification is the basic requirement.
B.Pharm ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
- Admission in the B. Pharmacy courses, student must have to cleared class 12thwith Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics/Biology as subject & at least one has to secure a minimum of 50% marks in the qualifying examination.
Students, those pass the three year Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) are also eligible to purse B pharmacy course. There is no option for direct year B. Pharmacy course.
COURSE & DURATION
Course duration is 4 years. The 4 years’ duration is divided into 8 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months. In case of each semester, students will have to face one theoretical external examination (main exam). In case of some semesters, practical examinations will also be held, with the subjects being hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy and community pharmacy.
- PHARMA COURSE CONTENT
1st year subjects-
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Organic, Inorganic and Physical)
- Dispensing and General Pharmacy
- Human Anatomy
2nd year subjects-
- Pharmaceutical Analysis
- Advanced Organic Chemistry
- Health Education
- Clinical Chemistry
- Molecular Biology
3rd year subjects–
- Chemistry of Natural Products
- Pharmacology 1
- Industrial Management
- Computer Applications
4th year subjects-
- Pharmaceutics (Advanced)
- Pharmacology 2
- Pharmacy Practice
- Pharmaceutical Analysis (Advanced)
#only the important subjects have been mentioned in the above list#
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND JOB Options
The pharmacy sector offers ample of opportunities to the students after the completion of the course. The students can work in a Pharmaceutical company or can practice as a Pharmacist. After completing the course and obtaining practice license, graduates may work as pharmacists at Government hospitals, private hospitals/clinics or private medical shops. This course provide a huge number of opportunities available for the students in both Government and the private sector as well as in abroad
In a pharmaceutical company, graduates may work in departments such as manufacturing, quality control, packing, marketing etc.
Some of the options for graduated pharmacy professional can venture into:
- Health Inspector
- Pathological Lab
- Research & Development
- Making Prescription to Patients
- Research Officer
- Analytical Chemist
- Medical Transcription
- Custom officer
- Regulatory Manager
- Data Manger
- Drug Inspector
- Hospital Drug Coordinator
Employment Areas of Bachelor of Pharmacy
- Chemist shop
- Drug Control Administration
- Educational Institution
- Food & Drug Administration
- Health Centre
- Medical Dispensing store
- Pharmaceutical Firms
- Research Agencies
- Sales & Marketing Department
Government Job Opportunities after completion of Bachelor of Pharmacy
- Primary care pharmacist
- Drug Inspector
- Royal army Pharmacist
- Industrial pharmacist
- Academic pharmacist
- Government hospitals
- Railway Pharmacist
- OJEE (Odisha Joint Entrance Examination)
- KEAM (Kerala Engineering, Agriculture and Medical)
- GCET (Goa Common Entrance Test)
COMPANIES OPTION FOR GRADUATE B.PHARMA STUDENT
Some of the Companies which may hire you after completion in Pharmacy
- Himalaya Drug Company
- Sun pharmaceutical.
- Torrent Pharmaceuticals ltd.
- SRL Ranbaxy
- Cadila pharmaceutical
- Glaxo Smithklin & many more ….
And some of the Multinational Companies
- Schwarz Pharma
- Sanofi Aventis
- Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd.
- Bristol — Myers Squibb
- Merck Sharp & Dohme
On completion of Bachelor of Pharmacy course, graduates have handful of postgraduate courses to choose from.
- M Pharm (Master of Pharmacy) course – It is a 2 years long PG course.
- Pharm can be done in pharmaceutics, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical pharmacology, pharmacognosy, biotechnology, etc. After M.Pharm pharmacists gets higher pays in production and quality control etc.
After B.Pharm graduates can pursue MBA from reputed institute to get management Jobs in Heath Care and Pharmaceutical Industry.
Those who are interested in doing job in pharmaceutical companies in foreign countries can pursue Master of Science in pharmacy and related MS degrees from foreign universities. NIPER in India also provide MS Pharm Course. In India scope OF MS Pharm is similar to M. Pharm
You can even pursue LLB to become lawyer and specialize in pharmaceutical jurisprudence, intellectual property law, patents, etc