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All you Need to Know About PharmaD Courses

Over the past decade, the pharmaceutical industry has seen unprecedented growth in India, and there has been an increase in the demand for pharma graduates in the healthcare industry. From researching, developing and distributing new drugs, this industry has opened up many more avenues for students to explore and career paths to choose from.
The Government of India, along with the Pharmacy Council of India, introduced PharmD in 2008 for aspiring pharma students.
However, what exactly is this course all about? In this blog, we are going to cover everything you need to know about the PharmD degree and help you understand its scope for your future.

What is PharmD?

PharmD or Doctor of Pharmacy is a six-year doctoral course recognized which is a prerequisite for students aspiring for a PhD in pharmaceuticals. The curriculum includes five years of classroom training and a year-long internship or residency program. During the internship period, students get hands-on training in clinical research, medicinal biochemistry, and pharmaceuticals.
Post completion of this course, students gain in-depth knowledge in respect to patient diagnosis, treatment procedures, and therapeutic usage of clinical drugs, among others. In Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, students also get hands-on training in different software solutions like SPSS, Micromedex, and Winnonlin.
Unlike BPharm, this course is not restricted to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry only. The main objective of PharmD is to prepare the aspirants with the skills of managing patients’ medication, clinical pharmacy, and therapy procedures, which, in turn, improves the health of a patient. This makes it a more comprehensive and versatile course when compared to BPharm.


At Manipal, PharmD admissions are carried out on the basis of the rank acquired by the prospective student in the All India Manipal Entrance Test (MET). To be eligible for PharmD admissions 2020

● Birthdate on or before 31.12.2003
● Should have completed 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board and have a minimum pass percentage of 50% or above in Physics, Chemistry, Maths/Biology
● Should hold a Diploma in Pharmacy from an institute recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India
● Must have procured the required PharmD entrance exam rank cut-off

Future Prospects

Students pursuing this course have a lot of scope and job opportunities in the European and Western countries. With the recent boom in the healthcare and pharmaceutical domain in India, there are a plethora of career opportunities for PharmD students in India as well.

Following are some of the most popular career paths that PharmD students can opt for, after completing this course:

● Clinical Pharmacy
● Chemical Analysis
● Drug Inspection and Pharmacovigilance
● Retail Pharmacy
● Medical Writing, Teaching, and Research
● Medical Affairs
● Marketing and Insurance

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences under Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) is one of the leading colleges offering this curriculum course for pharma aspirants. It is one of the premier institutes for aspiring PharmD students, boasting an excellent team of teaching faculty and exceptional hands-on training; pertaining to various subjects. Here, you get practice-based pharmacy education coupled with an excellent post-completion placement facility. Choosing a profession that has a great career path, work-life balance, growth potential, and an excellent pay scale can not get easier than this. Join MAHE and kickstart your life with this enriching and life-changing professional course.

About Manipal

Manipal Academy of Higher education (MAHE) is a global institute of repute. Besides courses in various other fields, here are some of the popular ones that students opt for. Click on the course of your interest to find out more about it.

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