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PharmD or Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional degree in pharmacy stream. Pharm D course duration is six years in total inclusive of 5 years of learning and one year of internship for practical learning. The only doctoral degree that can be pursued right after passing 10+2 qualifying examinations. Moreover, PharmD can also be pursued by BPharm graduates by seeking admissions to lateral entry course i.e. Pharm D (Post Baccalaureate).

Table of Contents
  1. Pharm D Eligibility and Entrance Exams
    • 1.1 For 6 year Pharm. D course –
    • 1.2 For 3-year Pharm. D course (Post Baccalaureate) –
    • 1.3 Top PharmD Entrance Exams
  2. Pharm D Skillset
  3. PharmD Syllabus 
  4. PharmD Jobs and Career Opportunities
    • 4.1 Pharma Top Recruiters
  5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Pharm D Eligibility and Entrance Exams

The Pharm. D course is offered as a 6- year degree inclusive of five years of education and one year internship and, as a Post Baccalaureate course of three years duration. To pursue either of the courses, candidates should fulfill the eligibility criteria as mentioned below –

For 6 year Pharm. D course –

  • Candidates must have completed 10+2 level of education from any state/national education board. They must have studied Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects with Mathematics or Biology as additional subjects. They must have completed 17 years of age in the year of admission. Or

  • Candidates holding a diploma in pharmacy are also eligible for Pharm. D course provided they fulfill all other conditions as well.

For 3-year Pharm. D course (Post Baccalaureate) –

  • Candidates passed in Bachelor of Pharmacy course from an institute recognized under Pharmacy Council of India are eligible for Pharm. D course.

  • They must have completed higher secondary education i.e. 10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or Biology subjects.

Top PharmD Entrance Exams


Bharati Vidyapeeth Common Entrance Test

Dayananda Sagar University Admission Test

NIMS Entrance Exam

VELS Entrance Examination


Maharashtra Common Entrance Test

Integral University Entrance Test

Pharm D Skillset

Communication skills and Interpersonal skills

Medicinal and scientific research skills

Curiosity and Persuasive skills

Business skills like marketing, organizing

Science wizard and technical skills

Sharp memory and wicked knowledge

Therapeutic and counselling skills

Medical writing and ethics

Determinant and consistency skills

Adaptation ability to dynamic situations

PharmD Syllabus 

As per regulations of PCI, the PharmD course curriculum is as under –

PharmD Phase I – Theoretical learning

PharmD Phase II – Internship or residency training during sixth year involving posting in speciality units.

PharmD Syllabus for First Year

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry


Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry

Medicinal Biochemistry

Remedial Mathematics/ Biology


PharmD Syllabus for Second Year



Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Community Pharmacy

Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals



PharmD Syllabus for Third Year


Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Medicinal Chemistry


Pharmaceutical Formulations


PharmD Syllabus for Fourth Year


Biostatistics & Research Methodology

Hospital Pharmacy

Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics

Clinical Pharmacy

Clinical Toxicology


PharmD Syllabus for Fifth Year

Clinical Research


Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics

Project work (Six Months)

Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring


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PharmD Jobs and Career Opportunities

Students holding PharmD degree get wide opportunities such as research and development, quality assurance and improvement, technical advancements in healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Below are some of the top job profiles and companies for PharmD:

Job Profiles

Average Salary

Research Scientist

Rs. 6 Lakh and above

Regulatory Affairs Manager

Rs. 9.60 Lakh and above

Quality Assurance Manager

Rs. 10 Lakh and above

Medical Writer

Rs. 3 Lakh and above

Clinical Pharmacist

Rs. 3.40 Lakh and above


Rs. 2.30 Lakh and above

Pharmacy Manager

Rs. 4.90 Lakh and above

Pharmacy Technician

Rs. 3 Lakh and above

Disclaimer: The average salary data has been obtained from Payscale.com

Pharma Top Recruiters

PharmD degree holders get opportunities in R&D, Product Development, Technical and Marketing departments of Pharmaceutical companies. Some of the top pharmacy companies are:

PharmD Recruiters






Johnson & Johnson

Sun Pharmaceuticals


Aurobindo Pharma


Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories


Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Meijr Inc.

Zydus Cadila

Walgreen Pharmacy

Glenmark Pharma


Abbott Laboratories


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is D Pharm and Pharm D the same?

A: Diploma in Pharmacy is abbreviated as D Pharm. It is a pharmacy degree course of less prestige than a Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Q: Is Pharm D degree holder a Doctor?

A: PharmD stands for Doctor of Pharmacy. It is a doctorate-level degree earned by aspiring pharmacists in pharmacy school, equivalent to an MD earned by physicians. Other countries have different qualifications for being a registered pharmacist, such as Canada, where a bachelor's degree in pharmacy is required.

Q: Pharm D or B Pharmacy, which is better?

A: Pharm.D is superior to B.Pharmacy because Pharm.D is a specialised doctoral programme, while B Pharmacy is a pharmacy undergraduate programme.

Q: Pharm D and PhD in Pharmacy, what’s the difference?

A: Pharm D is a specialised doctoral programme in pharmacy that focuses on work placement, while PhD in Pharmacy is a doctoral programme that focuses on science.

Q: What Does a PharmD graduate do?

A: PharmD graduates working in the area of pharmacy dispense drugs like intravenous antibiotics, pain relievers, dietary supplements, and chemotherapy. Pharmacists often keep track of their patients' progress and make adjustments to their medications as appropriate.

Q: Is it possible for me to open a medical store after getting my Pharm D?

A: A licensed pharmacist is required to operate a medical shop, so after earning your Pharm.D., you must register with your state pharmacy council and obtain a certificate (which takes about 45 days after registration), after which you can open a medical shop.

Q: What is the average fee for the Pharm D (Doctor of Pharmacy) course?

A: The average fee for PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) is Rs 4,50,000 per annum.

Q: What is the duration of the Pharm D (Doctor of Pharmacy) programme?

The Pharm D (Doctor of Pharmacy) programme is a six-year programme.

Popular Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) Colleges in India

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Popular Private Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) Colleges in India

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Popular Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) Specializations in India

Following are the most popular Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) Specializations . You can explore the top Colleges offering these Specializations by clicking the links below.

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) at PSG College of Pharmacy .


Sarath S

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2 weeks ago


How to fill up entrance exam form 2022 for Pharma.D?


What is the admission process for Pharma.D course at Sri Aurobindo College, Indore?

Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 15

a month ago

Hello!Eligibility Criteria for the sane is-Aspirants seeking admission must have studied Physics Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics in 12th class with minimum 45% marks for general category and 40% marks for SC/ST/OBC. The Fee structure is INR 45000 first year feeinstitute which is ranked as one ...Hello!
Eligibility Criteria for the sane is-
Aspirants seeking admission must have studied Physics Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics in 12th class with minimum 45% marks for general category and 40% marks for SC/ST/OBC.
The Fee structure is INR 45000 first year fee
institute which is ranked as one of the best pharmacy colleges in Indore and SAIP was the one. The admission process was so smooth and the counsellors were supportive and informative. Admission criteria were counselling based. Thank you.


What is the College for Pharmacy in Goa, Panaji? What are the admission process and fee details?

Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 15

3 weeks ago

Dear aspirant
It's great connecting with you. Kindly checkout the below link for information related to your query. https://www.shiksha.com/college/Goa-college-of-pharmacy-panaji-65099/admission
Hope it helps.


What is the procedure to get admission for pharmacy D 2022 SGT University?

Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 15

4 weeks ago

Admission to all the UG and PG courses is merit-based. The final seat is confirmed on the basis of a counseling round conducted by the university. JEE Main qualified candidates are also eligible for admission. Hope it helps.


Which are the colleges for integrated B.Pharma?

Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 15

a month ago

Lovely to meet you
Some of the top colleges offering B.Pharma MBA courses are listed below
1. Jaipur National University, Jaipur
2. Assam DownTown University, Guwahati
3. RIMT University, Gobindgarh
4. Apex University, Jaipur
5. Shyam University, Dausa
Thank you.


I want to know about the latest cutoff information for Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) at SAL Education.


Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

Refer to the link given below to know about the Pharm.D Courses & Fees at SAL Education, Ahmedabad for 2022.

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