Pharm.D Frequently Asked Questions

In India, Pharm.D / Doctor of Pharmacy is still a new term to a lot of general public and healthcare providers & stakeholders. There are always several questions in mind related to Pharm.D and its scope. That’s why we have designed and covered PharmD FAQs, related to Doctor of Pharmacy.

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Pharm.D Frequently Asked Questions (PharmD FAQs)

Things to know before taking admission in Pharm.D.

Frequently striking questions to a Pharm.D pursuing student.

Pharm.D Frequently Asked Questions (PharmD FAQs)

Things to know before taking admission in Pharm.D (PharmD FAQs)

1. What is Pharm.D ?

Doctor of Pharmacy also termed as “Pharm.D “. It is professional Pharmacy Doctoral programme. It is 6 years integrated postgraduate doctoral course which includes 1 year compulsory rotatory internship. To know more about Pharm.D, Click here…

2. How long does it take to earn a Pharm.D degree?
Six or 6 years. It includes 5 years of course work with hospital postings from 2nd year + 1 year compulsory internship. To know more about Pharm.D, Click here…
3. Is there any specific all India level entrance exam for Pharm.D?

Till now there is no specific All India  level entrance exam for Pharm.D.

Colleges and Universities conduct their own entrance exam or selection is based on merit level.

However for some government colleges, NEET or State level entrance exams marks are considered for admission to Pharm.D course. 

Click here to see the list of colleges according to state with distance difference from hospital.

4. What is the eligiblity criteria to join Pharm.D in India ?
Pharm.D Eligibility:
  • A pass in any of the following examinations –
    10+2 examination with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects along with one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Biology, OR
    A pass in D. Pharm course from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act, OR
    • Any other qualification approved by the Pharmacy Council of India as equivalent to any of the above examinations.
  • Provided that a student should complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission to the course.
  • There shall be reservation of seats for the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes in accordance with the instructions issued by the Central Government/State Government/Union Territory Administration from time to time.
5. How many seats are available in the Pharm.D program each year?
A total of 30 seats per college ( those colleges which are affiliated for Pharm.D) is approved by Pharmacy Council of India.
6. Is NEET required for admission in Pharm.D?

Yes NEET is required, but for government colleges only (which are a few in number). 

7. After D.Pharm, can i do Pharm.D, is there any lateral entry?

Yes of course, you can take admission in Pharm.D if you have completed your D.Pharm.

However, there is no lateral entry after D.Pharm to the course, you will have to take admission from the very 1st year of Pharm.D.

Check for PharmD FAQs -4 for the eligibility criteria.

8. Can I prefix "Dr" to my name after completion of Pharm.D?

Yes. According to Pharm.D regulations 2008, and Notice with Ref.No.14-126/2012-PCI/46595-618  ,Dated: 16th Feburary  2012 a student who has completed his Pharm.D degree must be awarded with “Dr” prefix .

Refer : https://pharmdia.com/pci-notices-for-pharm-d/

9. What if I already have a related graduate or professional degree ,and I wish to join Pharm.D?

Check for eligibility criteria in PharmD FAQs -4 . If you are eligible according to the criteria you will be able to get admission in Pharm.D PB or Pharm.D course from the beginning of 1st year.

10. Is Pharm.D a registrable qualification?

Yes , Pharm.D passed out students are registered in separate register by the council, according to the PCI Notice Dated : 19/06/2012

 Refer : https://pharmdia.com/pci-notices-for-pharm-d/

11. What is the average fees of Pharm.D course ?

Average fees ranges approx 1.5 lac to 3.0 lac per year in private and unaided colleges.

However the government colleges fees are relatively low and ranges around 50,000 per year. 

*These are approximate data, actual fees may vary from college to college.

12. What are the subjects in Pharm.D ?

Pharm.D syllabus comprises of:

  1. Human anatomy and physiology, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry, Remidial Mathematics/ Biology
  2. Pathophysiology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals, Pharmacology-I, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapeutics-I
  3. Pharmacology-II, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacotherapeutics-II, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Formulations
  4. Pharmacotherapeutics-III, Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, Biostatistics & Research Methodology, Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Toxicology
  5. Clinical Research, Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clerkship, Project Work (Six months)
  6. Internship : 6 months in general medicine and two months each in 3 other speciality departments.

Refer : Pharm.D complete syllabus . Click here

13. Which is the best college for Pharm.D in India ?

JSSAHER is one of the pioneer colleges that started Pharm.D education in India. However, you can see a list of top ranked colleges enlisted for Pharm.D. Click to view the list. 

Check state-wise top ranked college here.

14. Are Pharm.D doctors eligible to write prescription?

Asking for Indian scenario,then its absolutely no

*Pharm.D associations and even the Central Council has suggested MOHFW to allow Pharm.D for treatment for minor ailments and to allow follow up in case of chronic diseases etc,. Matter is under consideration till now.

However in some developed countries Pharm.D doctors are there to suggest or write prescription after the diagnosis portion is over by the physicians.

15. Which is the regulating body of Pharm.D in India?

Pharmacy Council Of India (PCI) solely regulates Pharm.D education in India.

**However, a small issue raised between AICTE and PCI for the regulation of the course curriculum, but the apex court turned his back to AICTE and allowed PCI to have the whole & sole responsibility of Pharm.D education.

16. Is Pharm.D considered a master's degree?

Yes , Pharm.D is considered a Master’s degree in India.

17. Is Pharm.D, the best alternative ?

Indeed Pharm.D is a good course to pursue.

But, asking of the best alternative , totally depends upon your field of interest, as the option will vary from individual to individual point of perspective. 

18. Is Pharm.D a good course?

Indeed Pharm.D is a good course to pursue .

19. Is Pharm.D in India, valid in other countries like USA/UK?

Yes ,there is no limitations like B.Pharm and M.Pharm that thay have to face while facing to different countries.

The Pharm.D degree is considered and valid in other developed and developing countries. 

20. What can a Pharm.D do that a registered medical practitioner (clinicians/ medical doctors) can't?

Job roles of Pharm.D doctors or Clinical Pharmacists is not limited to patient counselling about various drug use , its effects and adverse effects but they vary from monitoring ADRs to monitoring various prescribing errors in the healthcare setup.

They are responsible for 

Apart from the diagnosis portion, a Pharm.D doctor is capable to manage chronic pharmacotherapeutic cases more effectively than anyone else, as observed under various scenarios from different countries.

21. What can a Pharm.D do that other Pharmacy professionals can't ?

Pharm.D doctors or Clinical Pharmacists collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals for better patient care by ensuring compliance of all clinical and pharmaceutical procedures by analyzing all laboratory data and procedures that should/are being introduced to the patient. Also, helps in better patient compliance and protects from several unknowing drug resistance, side effects, adverse events and hence reducing mortality and becomes barrier between patient and his/her increasing severe condition. 

These roles makes Pharm.D doctors apart from other Pharmacy Professionals.

22. Can a Diploma holder pharmacist, pursue Pharm.D while being in service?

Yes, A diploma holder pharmacist can pursue Pharm.D and he will be granted with study leave while he is in-service to pursue the higher qualification like Pharm.D.

1. What is Pharm.D PB?

Pharm.D PB or Pharm.D Post Baccalaureate is a post graduate Pharmacy doctoral program. It is 3 years course which includes 1 year compulsory rotatory internship..

To know more about Pharm.D PB, Click here…

2. How long does it take to earn a Pharm.D PB degree?

It takes 3 professional years. 

2 years of which is academic years and the 3rd year is the internship period. To know more about Pharm.D PB, Click here…

3. Is there any specific all india level entrance exam for Pharm.D PB?

Till now there is no specific All India  level entrance exam for Pharm.D PB.

Colleges and Universities conduct their own entrance exam or selection is based on merit level.

However for some government colleges, NEET or State level entrance exams marks are considered for admission to Pharm.D PB course. 

4. What is the eligiblity criteria to join Pharm.D PB in India ?
Pharm.D PB Eligibility: 

• A pass in B.Pharm from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.
• There shall be reservation of seats for the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes in accordance with the instructions issued by the Central Government/State Government/Union Territory Administration from time to time.

5. How many seats are available in the Pharm.D PB program each year?

A total of 10 seats per college ( those colleges which are affiliated for Pharm.D) is approved by Pharmacy Council of India.

6. Can I prefix "Dr" to my name after completion of Pharm.D PB?

Yes. According to Pharm.D regulations 2008, and Notice with Ref.No.14-126/2012-PCI/46595-618  ,Dated: 16th Feburary  2012 a student who has completed his Pharm.D degree must be awarded with “Dr” prefix .

Refer : https://pharmdia.com/pci-notices-for-pharm-d/

7. What if I already have a related graduate or professional degree ,and I wish to join Pharm.D PB?

Check for eligibility : FAQ 4 of Pharm.D PB

No other graduate candidates are allowed for Pharm.D PB.

8. Is Pharm.D or Pharm.D PB a registrable qualification?

Yes , Pharm.D passed out students are registered in separate register by the council, according to the PCI Notice Dated : 19/06/2012

 Refer : https://pharmdia.com/pci-notices-for-pharm-d/

9. What is the average fees of Pharm.D PB course?

Average fees ranges approx 1.9 lac to 4.0 lac per year in private and unaided colleges. 

*These are approximate data, actual fees may vary from college to college.

10. How long will it take to study Pharm.D if I already have a B.Pharm/BS Pharm degree ?

You are not extraordinary , 3 years is the completion time for Pharm.D PB and it applies to you also.

Comparing different Courses with respect to Pharm.D (PharmD FAQs)

Comparing courses doesn’t means that other courses are bad to pursue. Courses are never bad, it is only your perspective that decides which course is designed for you  and you should pursue with.

Scopes and Future stability totally depends on you, on how you turn the opportunity into the successful ones by your dedication and interest in the subjects and course matters that are designed in the specific course. 

PharmDia doesn’t suggest to criticise any course. While selecting any course, do go through the syllabus covered and the after roles of the graduate professional. 

1. What is the difference between Pharm.D and Pharm.D PB ?

Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy)

Pharm.D PB (Doctor of Pharmacy-Post Baccalaureate)

Pharm.D is Integrated Post Graduate Pharmacy Doctoral Programme

Pharm.D PB is Post graduate Pharmacy Doctoral Programme.

Duration : 6years (5years + 1 year)

Duration: 3 years ( 2years + 1year)

Eligibility: See eligibility criteria

Eligibility: See eligibility criteria

Click to read more about PharmD

Click to read more about PharmD PB

Click to view the syllabus of PharmD

Click to view the syllabus of PharmD PB. Though the syllabus is same as Pharm.D 4th year. Additionally Pharmacotherapeutics I & II is added in 4th year syllabus.

2.What is the difference between Pharm.D and D.Pharm ?

Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy)

D.Pharm (Diploma in Pharmacy)

Pharm.D is Integrated Post Graduate Pharmacy Doctoral Programme

D.Pharm is Diploma in Pharmacy. It can be pursued after 12th or 10+2.

Duration : 6years (5years + 1 year)

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: See eligibility criteria

Eligibility: See eligibility criteria

A person holding Pharm.D degree is considered higher qualification in Pharmacy and is eligible for the roles where other Pharmacy Professionals are required.

A diploma holder registered Pharmacist is eligible to dispense medicines in hospital and public sector.

Pharm.D syllabus comprises of:

1.       Human anatomy and physiology, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry, Remidial Mathematics/ Biology

2.       Pathophysiology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals, Pharmacology-I, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapeutics-I

3.       Pharmacology-II, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacotherapeutics-II, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Formulations

4.       Pharmacotherapeutics-III, Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, Biostatistics & Research Methodology, Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Toxicology

5.       Clinical Research, Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clerkship, Project Work (Six months)

6.       Internship : 6 months in general medicine and two months each in 3 other speciality departments.

Refer : Pharm.D complete syllabus . Click here

D.Pharm Syllabus comprises of :

  1.       Pharmaceutics I, Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1, Biochemistry Clinical Pathology, Human Anatomy Physiology, Health Education Community Pharmacy
  2.       Pharmaceutics 2, Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2, Antibiotics, Hypnotics, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence, Drug Store Business Management, Hospital Clinical Pharmacy

3. What is the difference between Pharm.D and B.Pharm ? (PharmD FAQs)

Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy)

B.Pharm (Bachelor of Pharmacy)

Pharm.D is Integrated Post Graduate Pharmacy Doctoral Programme.

B.Pharm is Undergraduate course in Pharmacy.

Duration : 6years (5years + 1 year)

Yearly programme

Duration: 4 years

Semester-wise programme

Eligibility: See eligibility criteria

Eligibility: 50% aggregate marks in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology and English from a recognized board.

A person holding Pharm.D degree is considered higher qualification in Pharmacy and is eligible for the roles where other Pharmacy Professionals are required.

A person holding B.Pharm degree is eligible to work in several Pharmaceutical field. However, is restricted for proposed Clinical Pharmacist post (which is exclusive for Pharm.D doctors).

Pharm.D syllabus comprises of:

1.       Human anatomy and physiology, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry, Remidial Mathematics/ Biology

2.       Pathophysiology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmacognosy and Phytopharmaceuticals, Pharmacology-I, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapeutics-I

3.       Pharmacology-II, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacotherapeutics-II, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Formulations

4.       Pharmacotherapeutics-III, Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, Biostatistics & Research Methodology, Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Toxicology

5.       Clinical Research, Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics, Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring, Clerkship, Project Work (Six months)

6.       Internship : 6 months in general medicine and two months each in 3 other speciality departments.

Refer : Pharm.D complete syllabus . Click here

B.Pharm Syllabus comprises of:

 Sem1. Human Anatomy and Physiology, Communication Skills, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry, Remedial Biology/ Mathematics

Sem2: Human Anatomy and Physiology-II, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Computer Applications in Pharmacy, Environmental Science

Sem3. Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry-III, Microbiology, Physical Pharmacy,

Sem4: Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry-IV, Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry-I, Physical Pharmacy-II, Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry

Sem5: Medicinal Chemistry-II, Industrial Pharmacy-I, Pharmacology-II, Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry-II, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

Sem6: Medicinal Chemistry-III, Pharmacology-III, Herbal Drug Technology, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Quality Assurance

Sem7: Instrumental Method of Analysis, Industrial Pharmacy-II, Pharmacy Practice, Novel Drug Delivery System

Sem8: Biostatistics and Research Methodology, Social and Preventive Pharmacy, Pharma Marketing Management, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Sciences, Pharmacovigilance, Computer-Aided Drug Design, Cosmetic Science

4. Which is better Pharm.D or B.Pharm? (PharmD FAQs)

Candidates who wish to pursue carrier in Pharmacy have two major options to choose now-a-days ,i.e, Pharm.D or B.Pharm.

Both the options leads to great sectors in Pharmaceutical field. 

Pharm.D. is a Doctoral programme and the course on clinical pharmacy. It is an extremely detailed and well integrated course which makes a student professionally qualified to dispense and prepare medical drugs and interact directly with patients for better medical care and therapeutic outcomes. B.Pharm. however is related to drug manufacture as it includes subjects like quality assurance and control and also drug discovery; also marketing is a sector for graduate students.

Comparison of both courses can be seen in FAQ Comparison-03

If you are a student who wishes to work as a pharmacist in hospitals and healthcare clinics whether it is in your homeland or in countries abroad, then a Pharm.D. course would be better for you. 

Also, if you can dedicate continuously for 6 years for Pharm.D, then only approach towards it.

You can also pursue Fellowships like in Oncology , Cardiology ; and even can do Ph.D. after completing Pharm.D. if you are interested in doing further clinical research work.

However, if researching about new therapies and drugs interests you immensely and you look forward to work in pharmaceuticals, drugs and biotech industries then a B.Pharm. programme would be best suitable for you. You must follow it with M.Pharm. to excel in this field and may also do Ph.D. after that.

5. How is Pharm.D different from MBBS and BDS ? (PharmD FAQs)

Syllabus: 

While comparing the syllabus of Pharm.D and MBBS, it can be seen that the syllabus are almost same. 

Role:

Pharm.D focuses on lab investigations , diagnosis assurance and more on patient counselling, therapy of the disease ,i.e, treatment and management of Mild to Chronic diseases related to different medical departments and works on appropriate drug  adherence for patients, while MBBS/MD focuses more on clinical examination, Diagnosis and later on a basics of treatment & management too (In India). However, a BDS work is limited to the field related to dental science only.

6.Is Pharm.D equivalent to MBBS degree? (PharmD FAQs)

As of now (Dec 2020) , no research data or general statements have been issued by competant authorities about the equivalency of Pharm.D and MBBS. Pharm.D doctors are trained competitively for the treatment, management, patient counselling,etc. whereas MBBS doctors are trained equally towards the clinical examination, diagnosis and henceforth a basics of treatment.  Both the stream has its own value clinically working for the patient.

7. Is Pharm.D equivalent to MD degree in medical science? (PharmD FAQs)

Same as there is no official comparision  of MBBS  and Pharm.D, Here also, as of now (Dec 2020) , no research data or general statements have been issued by competant authorities about the equivalency of Pharm.D and MD. 

MBBS/MD Pharmacology syllabus is lot similar to Pharm.D while Pharm.D focusing more on treatment, management and patient counselling.etc. whereas MBBS/MD doctors are trained equally towards the clinical examination, diagnosis and henceforth a basics of treatment. Again one should keep in mind that both the stream has its own value clinically working for the patient, and should focus on how to provide better  patient care while working together and in coordinated way.

8. Which is better pursuing MBBS from private college or Pharm.D? (PharmD FAQs)

You can see the comparison of both the courses from above FAQs, however even if you have come to this question, then this is the genuine and relatable solution for you. Pharm.D is still struggling for its recognition at National level in the general public through Govt. whereas MBBS is well established and you can be more satisfied. No doubt Pharm.D will take a better place/status than other healthcare courses (can be seen from different Countries, as Pharm.D is not too old course everywhere), but practically it depends on Govt. that how much time will they take to give it a full fledged responsibility. Private sector has been massively accepting Pharm.D.

However, Go for MBBS only if you can pay the amount for MBBS+MD/MS, as you be prepare for the future as well that you can clear for govt. college further or not. As of now, it has seen that the demand of only MBBS has been decreased in metro cities. Also, you can analyze by your city and can relate that. Hope this answer satisfies your querry.

9. Which is better BDS or Pharm.D? (PharmD FAQs)

The choice is totally upon you and your area of interest, as you have to struggle after both the courses, then you only choose which kind of struggle you want to face easily and in future. Area of interest is a term that every students hear by everyone, but can’t decide the hell out of it. So, here is a tip .. do some work ..search the role and responsibilities of both the fields, and the kind of struggle being faced by both. And boom, you will get your answer. And even after that you are confused.. let us know through our contact us page.

10. Which is better, a B.Sc in agriculture or Pharm.D ?

The choice is totally upon you and your area of interest, as you have to struggle after both the courses, then you only choose which kind of struggle you want to face easily and in future. Area of interest is a term that every students hear by everyone, but can’t decide the hell out of it.

And a basic tip for this querry is that, if you are searching for this, come on accept that you are directly focusing on the nature of job, money and a good recognition in your nearby social circle.

So, here is a tip .. do some work ..search the role and responsibilities of both the fields, and the kind of struggle being faced by both. And boom, you will get your answer. 

And even after that you are confused.. let us know through our contact us page. 

11. Which is better , BAMS or Pharm.D ? (PharmD FAQs)

The choice is totally upon you and your area of interest, as you have to struggle after both the courses, then you only choose which kind of struggle you want to face easily and in future. Area of interest is a term that every students hear by everyone, but can’t decide the hell out of it. 

And a basic tip for this querry is that, if you are searching for this, come on accept that you are directly focusing on the nature of job, money , good recognition in your nearby social circle, and the diagnosis portion too.

So, here is a tip .. do some work ..search the role and responsibilities of both the fields, and the kind of struggle being faced by both. And boom, you will get your answer. And even after that you are confused.. let us know through our contact us page or go through more PharmD FAQs in this section.

12. Which is better to do , Pharm.D PB or M.Pharm ( in any discipline) after B.Pharm?

A direct – forward  answer to this question is that if you are interested in clinical field of pharmacy then only opt for Pharm.D (PB) otherwise there is no need to be confused between the courses. This is because other courses are established compared to Pharm.D. However there is no doubt that Pharm.D will grow and will be one of the most recognised (can be seen from other countries as the course is not too old anywhere) but it totally depends on govt. nature that how long will it take.

And if you have to choose between Pharm.D PB and M. Pharm (Pharmacy Practice) …here is the answer.

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