Pharm D (Doctor in Pharmacy)

Pharm D (Doctor in Pharmacy)

Pharm D course introduced by the Government of India and the Pharmacy Council of India in 2008. The Pharm.D program is a pre-PhD, post-graduate professional doctoral program of 6 years. It was introduced to improve clinical pharmacy services in India.

Pharm D

Pharm D is the discipline that deals with preparing and dispensing medicines. The course has been designed to train eligible candidates in clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical care. Upon successful completion of the course, students gain skills in diagnosis and treatment of diseases, selection and therapeutic usage of drugs, monitoring of patients, etc.

After clearing Pharm.D qualification, it is clarified to all universities that passed out students can directly register for Ph.D.

Some unique features of Pharm D include-

  • Eligibility to register for Ph.D.
  • Prefix ‘Dr.’ to name
  • A registrable qualification after completion of course.

About the Course

The Pharm.D degree requires five years of classroom and hospital based didactic study (two years didactic post-baccalaureate course), followed by one year of internship training in addition to ongoing practical and research project. The course aims to prepare eligible candidates students in the management of patient medication therapy and improving patient outcomes.

The academic study includes the same subjects such as B. Pharm, in addition the pharmacy practice components are emphasized such as Hospital Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapeutics, Clinical Pharmacy, Biostatistics and Research Methodology, Clinical Toxicology, Clinical Research, Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring. Further to add, in the fifth year of the course the candidate has to perform a project work for six months.

Admission Process

For admission to the course, candidates need to have passed a relevant entrance examination, conducted at State and national levels or by any university at individual level. Later, candidates qualifying the entrance exam needs to qualify group discussion and personal interview round as part of the counseling procedure.

Besides these entrance examinations, some institutes in the country also have their own admission criteria and offer admission on the basis of the candidate’s score in such qualifying examination.

Some of the major entrance examinations conducted in India for admission to the course are as follows:

  • GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test)
  • UP-CPMT (Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test)
  • PMET (Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test)
  • UPSEE Pharmacy (Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination)

Eligibility Criteria

Science stream students (any group- Mathematics or Biology), who have passed 10+2 board examination (at least 50% marks) from a recognized board OR Diploma in Pharmacy holders (from a PCI recognized institute) are eligible to pursue this course.

Student should have completed 17 years of age by December 31 of the year of admission to the course.

There may be reservation of seats for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes candidates in accordance with the instructions issued by the Central Govt. /State Govts. /Union Territory Administrations.

Course Curriculum

I Year

Human Anatomy & Physiology Pharmaceutics

Medicinal Biochemistry

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry

Remedial Mathematics/Biology


II Year



Pharmaceutical Microbiology




Community Pharmacy

Pharmacotherapeutics 1

III Year

Pharmacology (Advanced)

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Pharmacotherapeutics 2

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Formulations

IV Year

Hospital Pharmacy

Clinical Pharmacy


Research Methodology

Pharmacotherapeutics 3



Clinical Toxicology

V Year

Clinical Research

Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomic

Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring


Project work (six months)

VI Year


Internship or Residency Training that includes postings in special units.

1)      Six months in general medicine department

2)     2 months each in three other specialty department

Career Prospects

After completing the Pharm D course, one get license to practice as a pharmacist in India and abroad. Pharm. D. degree provides several national and international employment opportunities in areas such as Academics, Management, Research and Administration. Job opportunities are available in the Pharmaceutical industry. Graduates may practice in Government hospitals, Private hospitals, Community health centers, Nursing homes and NGOs. One may take on technological, administrative or marketing positions in this industry. Clinical research organizations and research labs also hire Pharm D Degree holders. Teaching is another job opportunity. One may take on the job post of a lecturer/instructor at Pharmacy Colleges/institutes.

Common job profiles available are-

  • Pharmacist
  • Teacher/Instructor
  • Research professional
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Marketing professional (Pharmaceutical Industry)
  • Administrative posts (Pharmaceutical Industry)
  • Quality Control Officer (Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Drug Inspector

Places/areas where one may find job are-

  • Government Hospitals
  • Private Hospitals
  • NGOs
  • Food and Drug administrations
  • Clinical Research Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Pharmacy Colleges/Institutes
  • Research Agencies

Top Pharm D Colleges In India

Sl.No Name of the College


1 SRM University Kattankulathur Campus, [SRM] Kanchipuram
2 Acharya Institute of Technology, [AIT] Bangaluru
3 Manipal College Of Pharmaceutical Sciences – [Mcops], Manipal
4 Jss College of Pharmacy Ooty, The Nilgiris Ooty
5 Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune Pune
6 Al- Ameen College of Pharmacy, Bangalore Bangaluru
7 Jaipur National University, [JNU] Jaipur
8 VELS University, Chennai Chennai
9 Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University), [MMDU] Mullana, Ambala
10 Andhra University, [AU] Vishakhapatnam Vishakhapatnam
11 Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, [JNTU] Anantapur
12 Chaitanya Degree & PGCollege, [CDPGC] Warangal
13 Samskruti College of Engineering and Pharmacy Institutions, [SCEPI] Hyderabad
14 Maharishi Markandeshwar University, [MMU] Sadopur
15 Nitte University, [NU] Mangalore Mangalore
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