Diploma in Pharmacy (D.pharma)
Diploma in Pharmacy usually abbreviated as D.pharma. It is a discipline of medicine that deals with the science and technique of preparation of dispensing drugs. The course gives the concept about drug therapy, different types of drugs (their composition, manufacturing process and properties) and optimum use of drugs (depending upon the condition of the patient). In India Diploma in Pharmacy is the minimum qualification required to practice or work as a pharmacist.
In this article course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, career prospects, job profiles and relevant colleges are mentioned.
About the Course
Diploma in Pharmacy program is a 2 years Diploma certificate course. The course consists of two academic years and practical training session. On course completion (academic program and practical training), successful candidates will get Diploma certificate from the University/Institute. The course includes atleast 180 working days in besides 500 hours of practical training.
Generally the admission to the course could be direct admission or merit based admission process. Reputed and well established institutes follow merit based admission process. Under merit based process, marks scored by students in board examination are considered. Some institution also conducts entrance test for admissions.
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 as the case may be from time to time
Pharmaceutics – I (Theory and Practical)
Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Theory and Practical)
Pharmacognosy (Theory and Practical)
Biochemistry and Clinical Pathology (Theory and Practical)
Human Anatomy and Physiology (Theory and Practical)
Heath Education and Community Pharmacy (Theory)
Pharmaceutics – II (Theory and Practical)
Pharmaceutical Chemistry – II (Theory and Practical)
Pharmacology and Toxicology (Theory and Practical)
Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence (Theory)
Drug Store and Business Management (Theory)
Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy (Theory and Practical)
Intermediate examination in Science with physics, chemistry, biology or Mathematics
The first year of the three-year degree course in Science,
Any other qualification approved by the Pharmacy Council of India as equivalent to any of the above examination.
Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry
Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yoga Science
“>Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Career Growth and Prospect:
There is large number opportunity in the field of Pharmacy. After finishing the course, one gets knowledge about drug therapy, optimum use of drugs (depending upon the condition of the patient) and different types of drugs (their composition, manufacturing process and properties). Their major duties include- dispensing drugs, advice dosage, compounding, checking prescriptions, and directions to patients and checking and maintaining the drug store inventory (at hospitals, clinics or drug stores).
D.Pharma graduates can work in both government and private sectors. They may work at drug stores in Government hospitals, private hospitals, clinics, community health centers or private drug stores. One can also go for further studies (B Pharm, Pharm D, M.Pharm. etc). After finishing higher degree like PhD they can work as R&D (Research and Development) associates in the field of pharmacy.
The average salary varies between 10 to 20K per month (at start). It depends on various factors like profile of the employer, job location and job profile.
List of Colleges Diploma in Pharmacy
Sl.No. Name of the College Location
1 Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research or D.I.P.S.R. Delhi
2 B.K. Mody Government Pharmacy College or B.R.G.P.C. Rajkot ,Gujarat
3 B.R. Nahata College of Pharmacy or B.R.C.P. Madhya Pradesh
4 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology or B.I.T. Mesra, Ranchi
5 A.R. College of Pharmacy and G.H. Patel Institute of Pharmacy or A.R.G.H. Kheda, Gujarat,
6 Department of Pharmacy, Bhupal Nobles’ Girls’ College of Pharmacy or B.N.G.C.P. Udaipur, Rajasthan
7 Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology or L.M.C.S.T. Jodhpur, Rajasthan
8 Seemanta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences or S.I.P.S. Orissa
9 Siddhant College of Pharmacy or S.C.P. Pune Maharashtra
10 University of Pharmaceutical Sciences or U.P.S. Chandigarh , Punjab,