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.
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)
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 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.
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
- Pharmaceutics - I
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry - I
- Biochemistry & Clinical Pathology
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Health Education & Community Pharmacy
Part - II Subjects
- Pharmaceutics - II
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry - II
- Pharmacology & Toxicology
- Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
- Drug Store and Business Management
- Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy.
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 our 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.