In India, Diploma in Pharmacy (often shortened as DPharm or DPharma) is an entry-level tertiary pharmacy credential. It is obtained following two-year of training. Students can enrol in the course after successfully completing higher secondary education in science stream with physics, chemistry and either biology or maths as subjects. After obtaining the diploma, registration with the pharmacy council is required to be a registered pharmacist. A D.Pharm holder can also enrol for a professional (undergraduate) degree course of Bachelor of Pharmacy via lateral entry scheme.
DURATION: 2 Years
APPROVAL BODY: All India Council for Technical Education
APPROVAL BODY: Pharmacy Council of India
APPROVAL BODY: Board of Technical Education, Uttar Pradesh
COURSE LEVEL: Undergraduate Diploma
ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: UP Joint Entrance
A diploma holder can be employed as a registered pharmacist in a hospital or pharmacy dispensing drugs and pharmaceuticals. It is mandatory that at least one person employed in a pharmacy be a qualified and registered pharmacist.
The career path of pharmacy graduates takes them to assume the roles like
Industrial pharmacist (Manufacturing, Packaging, Quality Control and Quality Assurance)
Hospital and Community Pharmacist (Dispensing of Medicines and Counselling of Patients)
Sales and Distribution executive (Detailing to Doctors and Bulk Distribution of Medicines)
Academic Pharmacist (Training Diploma in Pharmacy Students).