Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) - An Overview
No.of seats
     Pharmacy is considered as a noble profession and pharmacist is a highly qualified professional and expert in Drugs and medicines, their use, adverse reactions etc. In India, education in Pharmaceutical sciences is opted at different levels starting from Diploma in Pharmacy, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Pharmacy etc. which are basically business and Industrial oriented though clinical aspects are included up to an extend in the curriculum. Contrarily it is not the same, Overseas and in developed countries where pharmacists are an integral part of health care team.

     The Western and European Countries rose to the occasion and took timely decision to include Pharm.D Coures,which is a six year integrated Post Graduate programme,basically focusing on clinical aspects of Pharmacy. Interestingly middle east countries like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Egypt too started Pharm.D Course. Patient care and patient oriented professional approach in health care is the center point of Pharm.D. Currently Pharmacy graduates from India are not eligible to take up jobs as practicing pharmacists in many countries, particularly in the Western Countries, where Pharm.D is the professional qualification for practicing pharmacy.

     Pharm.D curriculum provides students with education and training in clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical patient care. This Course gives an in-depth knowledge to the pharmacist to understand health care, diagnosis and treatment of diseases , the therapeutic uses.appropriateness,selection,monitoring and cost effectiveness of drugs.
     In May 2008, a central gazette notification to start Pharm.D in India was issued by the Ministry of Health, Central Government and subsequently approved and sanctioned permission as per the Pharmacy Act 1948 ,where Pharmacy Council of India is the sole regulatory body.

The Pharm.D Course in India is laid down in two formats.

1. Six years Pharm.D Programme (Regular)
2. Three years Pharm.D Programme for B.Pharm Graduates (Post Baccalaureate)

Career and Higher Studies after Pharm.D
     Few professions offer the variety of specialization and opportunities that the profession of pharmacy does. Pharmacy offers a challenging, satisfying and rewarding career to the individual whose interest lies in health services to the public, business, scientific research, teaching and hospital practice. Pharmacist’s services have been invaluable to society for the last few centuries and have assured greater importance presently due to the advent of "wonder drugs". The holder of Pharm.D is sought after in the following areas like Hospital Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Geriatric Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy, Radio Pharmacy, Pharmacy in Armed Forces, As Teacher/Researcher, Pharmacy law Practice, Drug control administration, Pharmaceutical Marketing,Pharmacoeconomics,Opportunities abroad
After completing Pharm.D program, the aspirants can go for Ph.D and other higher studies

Pharm.D - The Course
     The college offers Six years Pharm.D course with state of the art advanced class rooms and teaching methodology with clinical exposure, laboratories and library with high speed OFC internet support. The students are guided and evaluated by well experienced faculty members.

Affiliated Hospital - Lourde's Hospital, Cochin

No. of Seats - 30

Medium of Instruction

Eligibility for Admission

Minimum qualification for admission to. –
Pharm.D. (First Year /Part-I) Course – A pass in any of the following examinations :
(1) 10+2 examination with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects along with one of the following subjects:
Mathematics or Biology with a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate for optional subjects.
(2) A pass in D.Pharm course with a minimum of 50%marks from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.
(3) 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. Provided that 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 as the case may be from time to time
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     The duration of the course shall be six academic years (five years of study and one year of internship or residency) fulltime with each academic year spread over a period of not less than two hundred working days. The period of six years duration is divided into two phases –
Phase I – consisting of First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth academic year.
Phase II – consisting of internship or residency training during sixth year involving posting in specialty units. It is a phase of training wherein a student is exposed to actual pharmacy practice or clinical pharmacy services and acquires skill under supervision so that he or she may become capable of functioning independently.

How to Apply ?
The candidates shall apply online for the Pharm.D course. The link to the notification, prospectus and online application is given below. The application after submission shall be printed and submitted to the college with DD for Rs. 1000/- (Rupees thousand only) along with necessary documents. The DD shall be taken in favour of KSSPCMA payable at Chalakudy, Thrissur.

Tel : 0478-2816600, 2821546, 9846607220.

 * Currently St.Joseph's College of Pharmacy Offers Six years Regular Pharm.D programme only.

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