Doctor of Pharmacy is shortly known as Pharm–D. D pharmacy means the study of pharmaceutical sciences. Students with FSc pre medical background can choose this degree after fulfilling eligibility criteria. D pharmacy in Pakistan is approved by Higher Education Commission and recognized by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan and is also accepted worldwide.
Pharm-D Guide Update-2023
Pharm D in Pakistan 2023
According to Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, there are 386 D Pharmacy colleges in Pakistan in which institutions offering degree programs in public sector colleges are 14 in total while private sector colleges are 23 in number. 15 colleges have been granted NOC to start Pharm. D. Program while 334 colleges are offering Pharmacy Technician Programs.
D Pharmacy Course Detail
Doctor of Pharmacy is a 5-year program in Pakistan.Universities have different system. In public universities annual system is followed but in some private universities semester system is followed . In annual system there are 6 to 7 subjects in one year but in semester there are 5 to 6 subject. It is the professional degree and a prerequisite degree to practice in pharmacy or to become a pharmacist. It opens the door to diverse and rewarding health care careers.
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Objectives of Pharm D Course in Pakistan
Following are the objectives of D pharmacy course in Pakistan:
- To apply therapeutic knowledge to pharmacy practices
- To show professional behavior
- To take part in professional and personal growth
- To develop the skills and knowledge to provide enhanced patient care
- Contribution in designing complex pharmacotherapy
- Pharmaceutical care in health systems and community environment
- Pharmaceutical industries and its quality systems.
- Uniformity in the curriculum of pharmacy at domestic level
- To prepare pharmacy graduates for better pharmacy practice
- Community pharmacy practice should be comprehensive
Pharm D Eligibility Criteria in Pakistan
The minimum criteria for admission to Pharm D is 60% marks in Intermediate or equivalent with medical subjects. With this, there are some institutions or universities where Entry Test and interview are also compulsory. This entry test is Internal Test and is conducted by the University and syllabus for test is from FSc course.
Pharmaceutical industry is the part of health sector that deals with medicines like discovers,develop, manufacture and markets the pharmaceutical drugs.The main objective of pharmaceutical industry is to provide medicine that maintain health,to prevent infections and cure diseases. Another objective is to increase the productivity of pharmaceutical research and development process. A graduate Pharm D person can start their career in pharmaceutical Industry.
Pharm D FAQs
Q: What is D Pharmacy?
Ans: D Pharmacy is Doctor of Pharmacy undergraduate program for 5 years.
Q: What is the eligibility criteria for Pharm-D?
Ans: Acorrding to PCP the eligibilty criteria for Pharm D is atleast 60% marks in FSC per medical.
Q: Is D Pharmacy / Pharm-D recognized by PMC?
Ans: No, PMC is autonomous body only for MBBS & BDS Degree Programs.
Q: Is there any accreditation body for Pharm-D program?
Ans: Yes, Pakistan Council for Pharmacy PCP Pakistan is autonomous body for Pharm-D program. Those institutes which are recognized by the PCP, they can induct students for Pharm-D according to requirements.
Q: Is MDCAT necessary for Pharm-D?
Ans: No, MDCAT is not necessary for D Pharmacy. It is only mandatory for admissions in MBBS & BDS Degrees. However, some universities conduct their Internal Entry Test for Pharm-D.
Q: Is interview compulsory for admission?
Ans: It varies from institution to institution admission policy because some institutions offer admissions only on the policy of FSc pre medical marks on merit while there are many institutes where interview or internal entry test are compulsory requirements for getting admission in this degree with FSc marks percentage.
Q: What is difference between B Pharm & Pharm-D?
Ans: The study of Pharm-D is clinical oriented such as patient specific, clinical pharmacy, and they are normally called “Clinical Pharmacists” while B Pharmacy is industry oriented and focuses on Pharmaceutical industries and researches.