D.Pharma.

Duration: 2 Years
Level: Diploma After 10+2
Type: Diploma
Eligibility: 10+2 or Equivalent

D.Pharma. or Diploma in Pharmacy is an undergraduate Diploma Course in the medical field of Pharmacy. Pharmacy is a medical field involved in the preparation, dispensing and appropriate use of medication meant for therapeutic purposes. The course provides the minimum qualification to become a Registered Pharmacist in India. It is also offered as D.Pharm. in various medical institutes which is one and the same thing. Pharma.D./Pharm.D. is another course which might sound similar but it is not; Pharma.D. is Post Graduate Course. Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is the regulatory body of Pharmacy education in India and as such only the institutes approved by the PCI under sub-section (1) of Section 12 of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 can offer it. There is no specialisation in D.Pharma. and the course only provides the basic concepts of pharmaceutical science.

Eligibility as per PCI Regulations

Minimum qualification for admission to Diploma in Pharmacy Part-I course -A pass in any of the following examinations with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Mathematics.

(1) Intermediate examination in Science;
(2) The first year of the three year degree course in Science,
(3) 10+2 examination (academic stream) in Science;
(4) Pre-degree examination;
(5) Any other qualification approved by the Pharmacy Council of India as equivalent to any of the above examination. Provided that there shall 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 Admins. as the case may be from time to time.

Some Institutes also conduct Entrance Test for admission.

One of the Entrance Test

D.Pharma. Course of Study and Other Regulations - Pharmacy Council of India, 1991

The duration of the course is 2 Academic Years with each academic year spread over a period of not less than 180 working days in addition to 500 hours practical training spread over a period of not less than 3 months

The course of study for Diploma in Pharmacy Part-I and Diploma in Pharmacy Part-II shall include the subjects as given in the Tables I & II below. The number of hours devoted to each subject for its teaching in Theory and Practical, shall not be less than that noted against it in columns 2 and 3 of the Tables below.

Diploma in Pharmacy (Part- I) 

Sr. No.

Subjects of Study

1

Pharmaceutics I

2

Pharmaceutical Chemistry I

3

Pharmacognosy

4

Biochemistry & Clinical Pathology

5

Human Anatomy & Physiology

6

Health Education & Community Pharmacy

Diploma in Pharmacy (Part- II) 

1

Pharmaceutics II

2

Pharmaceutical Chemistry II

3

Pharmacology  & Toxicology

4

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

5

Drug Store and Business Management

6

Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy

Examinations

There shall be an examination for Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-I) to examine students of the first year course and an examination for Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-II) to examine students of the second year course.

Each examination may be held twice every year.

The first examination in a year shall be the annual examination and the second examination shall be supplementary examination of the Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-I) or Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-II), as the case may be.

The examinations shall be of written and practical (including oral) nature, carrying maximum marks for each part of a subject, as indicated in Table III and IV below: -

Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-I) Examination  

Sr. No.

Subjects of Study

1

Pharmaceutics I

2

Pharmaceutical chemistry I

3

Pharmacognosy

4

Bio- chemistry & Clinical pathology

5

Human Anatomy & Physiology

6

Health Education & Community Pharmacy

Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-II) Examination 

1

Pharmaceutics II

2

Pharmaceutical chemistry II

3

Pharmacology & Toxicology

4

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

5

Drug Store and Business Management

6

Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy

 

Eligibility for appearing at the Diploma in Pharmacy Part-I examination

Only such candidates who produce certificate from the Head of the Academic institution in which he /she has undergone the Diploma in Pharmacy Part-I course,  in proof of his /her having regularly and satisfactorily undergone the course of study by attending not less than 75% of the classes held both in theory and in practical separately in each subject shall be eligible for appearing at the Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-I) examination.

Eligibility for appearing at the Diploma in Pharmacy Part-II examination

Only such candidates who produce certificate from the Head of the academic institution in which he/she has undergone the Diploma in Pharmacy Part-II course, in proof of his /her having regularly and satisfactorily undergone the Diploma in Pharmacy Part-II course by attending not less than 75% of the classes held both in theory and in practical separately in each subject shall be eligible for appearing at the Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-II) examination.

Mode of examinations

  1. Each theory and practical examination in the subjects mentioned in Table-III & IV shall be of three hours duration.
  2. A Candidate who fails in theory or practical examination of a subject shall re-appear both in theory and practical of the same subject.
  3. Practical examination shall also consist of a viva-voce (Oral) examination.

Award of Sessional Marks and Maintenance of Records

A regular record of both theory and practical class work and examinations conducted in an institution imparting training for diploma in Pharmacy Part-I and diploma in Pharmacy Part II courses, shall be maintained for each student in the institution and 20 marks for each theory and 20 marks for each practical subject shall be allotted as sessional.

There shall be at least two periodic sessional examinations during each academic year. The highest aggregate of any two performances shall form the basis of calculating sessional marks.

The sessional marks in practicals shall be allotted on the following basis:-

(i) Actual performance in the sessional examination = 10 Marks.
(ii) Day to day assessment in the practical class work = 10 Marks.

Minimum marks for Passing the Examination

  • A student shall not be declared to have passed Diploma in Pharmacy examination unless he /she secures at least 50% marks in each of the subject separately in the theory examinations, including sessional marks and at least 50% marks in each of the practical examinations including sessional marks.
  • The candidates securing 60% marks or above in aggregate in all subjects in a single attempt at the Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-I) or Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-II) examinations shall be declared to have passed in first class the Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-I) or Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-II) examinations, as the case may be. Candidates securing 75% marks or above in any subject or subjects shall be declared to have passed with distinction in the subject or those subjects provided he/she passes in all the subjects in a single attempt.

Eligibility for promotion to Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-II)

All candidates who have appeared for all the subjects and passed the Diploma in Pharmacy Part-I examination are eligible for promotion to the Diploma in Pharmacy Part-II class. However, failure in more than two subjects shall debar him/ from promotion to the Diploma in Pharmacy Part-II class.

Improvement of Sessional Marks

  • Candidates who wish to improve sessional marks can do so, by appearing in two additional sessional examinations during the next academic year. The average score of the two examinations shall be the basis for improved sessional marks in theory.
  • The sessional of practicals shall be improved by appearing in additional practical examinations. Marks awarded to a candidate for day to day assessment in the practical class cannot be improved unless he /she attend a regular course of study again.

Certificate of passing examination for Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-II)

Certificate to having passed the examination for the Diploma in Pharmacy Part II shall be granted by the Examining Authority to a successful student.

Period and other conditions for Practical Training

(1) After having appeared in Part-II examination for the Diploma in Pharmacy, conducted by Board/University or other approved Examining Body or any other course accepted as being equivalent by the Pharmacy Council of India, a candidate shall be eligible to undergo practical training in one or more of the following institutions namely:

  • Hospitals/Dispensaries run by Central/State Govt.
  • A Pharmacy, Chemist and Druggist licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 made under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 (23 of 194)
  • Drugs manufacturing Unit licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 & rules made there under.

(2) The institutions referred in sub-regulation (1) shall be eligible to impart training subject to the condition that number of student pharmacists that may be taken in any hospital, pharmacy, chemist and druggist and drugs manufacturing unit licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 made under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 shall not exceed two where there is one registered pharmacist engaged in the work in which the student pharmacist is undergoing practical training, where there is more than one registered pharmacist similarly engaged, the number shall not exceed one for each additional such registered pharmacist.

(3) Hospital and Dispensary other than those specified in sub-regulation (1) for the purpose of giving practical training shall have to be recognised by Pharmacy Council of India on fulfilling the conditions specified.

(4) In the course of practical training, the trainee shall have exposure to

(i) Working knowledge of keeping of records required by various Acts concerning the profession of Pharmacy, and

(ii) Practical experience in-

  • The manipulation of pharmaceutical apparatus in common use.
  • The reading, translation and copying of prescription including checking of doses;
  • The dispensing of prescription illustrating the commoner methods of administering medicaments; and
  • The storage of drugs and medical preparations.

(5) The practical training shall be not less than 500 hours spread over a period of not less than Three Months, provided that not less than 250 hours are devoted to actual dispensing of prescriptions.

Procedure to be followed prior to commencing of the training

  • The head of an academic training institution, on application, shall supply in triplicate 'Practical Training Contract Form for qualification as a Pharmacist' (hereinafter referred to as the Contract Form) to candidate eligible to undertake the said practical training. The Contract Form shall be as specified in Appendix-E to these regulations.
  • The Head of an academic training institution shall fill section I of the Contract Form. The trainee shall fill Section II of the said Contract Form and the Head of the institution agreeing to impart the training (hereinafter referred to as the Apprentice Master) shall fill Section III of the said Contract From.
  • It shall be the responsibility of the trainee to ensure that one copy (hereinafter referred to as the first copy of the Contract Form) so filled is submitted to the Head of the academic training institution and the other two copies (hereinafter referred to as the Second copy and the third copy) shall be filed with the Apprentice Master (if he so desires) or with the trainee pending completion of the training.

Certificate of passing Diploma in Pharmacy Part-III

  • On satisfactory completion of the apprentice period, the Apprentice Master shall fill SECTION IV of the second copy and third copy of the Contract Form and cause it to be sent to the head of the academic training institution who shall suitably enter in the first copy of the entries from the second copy and third copy and shall fill SECTION V of the three copies of Contract Form and thereafter hand over both the second copy and third copy to the trainee.
  • This, if completed in all respects, shall be regarded as a certificate of having successfully completed the course of Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-III).

Certificate of Diploma in Pharmacy

A certificate of Diploma in Pharmacy shall be granted by the Examining Authority to a successful candidate on producing certificate of having passed the Diploma in Pharmacy Part I and Part II and satisfactory completion of practical training for Diploma in Pharmacy (Part-III).

Few of the Institutes providing D.Pharm. Course

How is D.Pharma. Beneficial?

  • D.Pharm. is the minimum qualification required to be a registered Pharmacist in India.
  • One can go for higher academic degree courses like - Master of Pharmacy where one can specialise in a preferred field.
  • It also enables a candidate to go for higher studies abroad.
  • It also enables one to study Ph.D. (Pharmacy) in Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management.

Diploma in Pharmacy Employment Areas

  • Health Centres
  • Hospitals
  • Chemist Shops
  • Drug Control Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Home Tuition
  • Sales and Marketing Department
  • Research Agencies
  • Food and Drug Administration 

Diploma in Pharmacy Job Types

There are a variety of Pharmacy jobs available for candidates who have completed their M.Pharm. The scope of employment goes higher as one can go for jobs which are only research based.

  • Technical Supervisor
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Pharmacist
  • Quality Analyst
  • Scientific Officer
  • Tutor
  • Production Executive
After completing D.Pharma. you can become:
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