Pharm D and B Pharm are job oriented medical courses available in India, related to the field of pharmacy. In this article, you will be reading about differences between Pharm D and B Pharm courses. The article is titled “Pharm D VS B Pharm” and highlights the main differences between these two professional courses.
1 Type of course
- Pharm D– Pharm D stands for Doctor of Pharmacy. It is a Post Graduate Doctorate Degree program.
- B Pharmacy– It stands for Bachelor of Pharmacy. It is an undergraduate level Bachelor’s Degree course.
2 Course duration
- Pharm D– Course duration is 6 years. Academic period lasts for 5 years. 1 year is dedicated towards internship.
- B Pharmacy– Course duration is 4 years. All four years consists of academic program only. Internship is not present in this program.
3 Degree and Title obtained after course completion
- Pharm D– After completing this course, successful graduates will get title of Doctor (Dr).
- B Pharmacy– After completing this course, successful candidates will get Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy.
4 Course content and structure
- Pharm D– It focuses on fundamental concepts of pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, healthcare studies, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical care.
- B Pharmacy– It is a research and industry oriented course. It focuses on drug manufacturing, research, quality control and general pharmacy studies.
5 Course formats
- Pharm D– In India, two formats of Pharm D courses are available- Pharm D (6 years long course) and Pharm D (Post Baccalaureate) course (3 years long). B Pharmacy graduates may pursue 3 years long Post Baccalaureate Pharm D program after graduation.
- B Pharmacy– Only one format of this course is available (Degree program). 3 years long Diploma version of this course is available too (Diploma in Pharmacy).
6 Job profiles and prospects
- Pharm D– After completing the course, one may find work in Hospitals, Clinical research organizations and pharmacy colleges. Job profiles available are- pharmacist, healthcare professional, consultant, research professional and clinical scientist.
- B Pharmacy– After completing the course, one may find work in medical shops, Colleges, pharmaceutical companies and research firms. Job profiles available are- pharmacist, teacher/instructor, shop owner, marketer and research professional.
7 Scope abroad
- Pharm D– Has got good ‘work abroad’ scope associated with it. Pharm D is the minimum degree required to practice as a pharmacist in many developed countries.
- B Pharmacy– Though it has decent work scope in India, it is not so widely accepted in developed countries (Pharm D is the minimum qualification there). In case you want to work abroad, you may pursue Post Baccalaureate Pharm D program and improve your chances of landing a job!
8 PG courses
- Pharm D– Since this is a doctorate degree, the best available PG course would be PhD.
- B Pharmacy– Graduates may go for M Pharmacy or Pharm D (Post Baccalaureate) after completing Bachelor’s course.
Note: In both cases, one may go for management course (like MBA) after completion of the course.