Pharmacy is a field in medicine which links health science with chemical science. Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm) is an under graduate diploma programme in the medicinal field of Pharmacy which enables a candidate to know the basic concepts of pharmaceutical science. After the completion of D.Pharm course, the candidates become a registered pharmacist and have a huge career scope both in government as well as private organizations.

Eligibility for Admission

Candidate who have passed the Higher Secondary Exam (+2) of the Kerala State with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Mathematics as optional Subjects and equivalent thereto are eligible to apply.

                    OR

V.H.S.C of Kerala from 1994-95 session with Group A and B only are considered as equivalent exam for admission to D.Pharm course.  (Group A - N.C.E.R.T syllabus in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.  Group B - N.C.E.R.T syllabus in Physics, Chemistry and Biology)

Selection Criteria:

Out of 60 seats available, 50% of seats will be merit seats and it will be filled up according to rank as per the merit list prepared on the basis of marks obtained for Physics & Chemistry at the qualifying examination. The remaining 50% will be management seat. Selection & Admission to Management Quota for D.Pharm course 2011-12 will be done according to rank as per the merit list prepared on the basis of marks obtained for Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Mathematics of the qualifying examination.

Duration

The course will extend over a period of two academic years with each academic year spread over a period of not less than one hundred  and eighty working days. There shall be an examination in the first year on the subjects of Part-I and an examination in the second year comprising the Part-II subjects. The course of study for D.Pharm Part-1 and D.Pharm part-II shall include the subjects as given in below.

Part – I Subjects

  1. Pharmaceutics – I
  2. Pharmaceutical Chemistry – I
  3. Pharmacognosy
  4. Biochemistry & Clinical Pathology
  5. Human Anatomy & Physiology
  6. Health Education & Community Pharmacy

Part – II Subjects

  1. Pharmaceutics – II
  2. Pharmaceutical Chemistry – II
  3. Pharmacology & Toxicology
  4. Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
  5. Drug Store and Business Management
  6. Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy.

 

Practical Training

On successful completion of the course, the candidate will have to undergo 500 hours of practical training spread over a period of not less than 3 months in a Govt. Hospital or recognized institute approved for the purpose by Pharmacy Council of India.

NB: - Al Shifa Hospital, Perinthalmanna, is a recognized center for practical training for the students.

 

After D.Pharm?

After finishing diploma successfully in pharmacy, one will be registered as pharmacist by PCI (pharmacy council of India). One will receive a license to open a medical store & one can practice as registered pharmacist.

 In the country, there are a lot of companies in the pharmaceutical sector which provides job opportunities to the D.Pharm candidates. They can work as medical transcriptionist / technical supervisor / chemist / pharmacist / quality analyst / medical representatives / production executive / scientific officer in these private firms.