Approved by Pharmacy council of India (PCI), New Delhi

Approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi

Affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R Medical University, Chennai.


Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy)

Established by

Karpagam College of Pharmacy is one of the group of Karpagam Educational Institutions was established by Karpagam Charity Trust, Coimbatore.

Approved by

  • Pharmacy council of India (PCI), New Delhi (50-363/2016 - PCI dt: 20/12/2017) and

Affiliated to

  • The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai (Univ. Affln. No. - l(5)/58593/2016 dt: 5/9/2017)
Duration: Six years (06)
No.of Seats: 30

Admission Eligibility:

As per the rules and regulations of The Tamilnadu Dr M.G.R Medical University, Chennai/ Directorate of Medical Education, Chennai, Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai.

  • Candidate shall have passed HSC examination with English as one of the subjects and Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Botany & Zoology or Mathematics subjects.
  • Candidate shall have passed D.Pharmacy from an institution approved by Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act 1948.
  • Vocational stream & National open school certificate is not eligible for admission.
  • Candidate should have completed 17 years of age on the date of admission or should complete the age of 17 years on or before 31st December of the year of admission.

Scope and Career Oppurtunities for Pharm.D

Pharm.D course is unique because it combines the development and application of advanced clinical pharmacy skills with contextual research. Pharmacists are becoming more actively engaged in drug therapy decision-making and pharmaceutical care. Following are some of the numerous and diverse career options available to Pharm.D graduates.

Clinical Pharmacy Practice:

Clinical pharmacy relates to the safe, effective and economic use of medicines and contributes to the "patient care journey" at all stages. It is the practice of pharmacy in a multidisciplinary healthcare team directed at achieving patient treatment goals by ensuring: The maximization of the effectiveness and tolerability of drug treatment and minimization of drug toxicity in individual patients, Monitoring of medicine therapy and Involvement in educating prescribers.

Community Pharmacy:

Community pharmacists are considered to be the most accessible health professional to the public, as they are available to provide personalized advice about health and medicine.Community pharmacists provide important counseling services in the choice of over-the-counter medications, checking for drug interactions, making sure that the medications and doses are appropriate for the patient considering health factors and other medications, Dispensing medications, labeling the medication correctly with instructions for the patient about how to take the medication.

Pharmacy Regulators:

State and Central Government Agencies such as State Pharmacy Councils, Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) requires skilled pharmacists as regulators.

Hospital Pharmacy:

Hospital pharmacies are pharmacies usually found within the premises of a hospital. Hospital pharmacies may provide a huge quantity of medications per day which is allocated to the wards and to intensive care units according to a patient's medication schedule. Pharmacist manages operations and play a decisive role in Pharmacy administration. It is the responsibility of the hospital pharmacist to oversee the complete medicine distribution cycle, starting from the prescription according to the diagnosis, choice of medicine, dispensing, preparation and administration of the medicines.Therefore, the pharmacist can fulfil an essential role in ensuring medicine safety within a hospital facility

Pharmaceutical Industry

The pharmaceutical industry offers pharmacists many opportunities to use their specialist skills in a variety of roles, from drug research and development through to sales and marketing. Pharm Ds are actively recruited by major pharmaceutical manufacturers for managing pharmacovigilance, clinical trials, medical writing, medical affairs etc.


Pharmacoeconomistsanalayze the social, administrative and economic costs and benefits of pharmaceuticals and health care. Demand for experts in pharmaco-economics is steadily increasing. Pharmaceutical companies are likely to recruit more experts in pharmaco-economics.


Pharm.D graduates can seek employment are WIPRO, Accenture, Cognizant, Quintiles, TCS, PPD, I Gate Patni Computers, ICON Solutions and Quantum Solutions, etc. Central drug standards control organizations (CDSCO) has also made it mandatory for all pharma companies those are working in India to establish a pharmacovigilance department and submit pharmacovigilance reports time to time. These firms work for both clinical trials and post marketing surveillance. Government of India has already launched the National pharmacovigilance program of India (PvPI) which encourages pharmacovigilance reporting from time to time from different health care organizations.8 Pharm.D graduates can be hired for pharmacovigilance reporting because they have good knowledge about pharmacovigilance, clinical and medical terminologies.

Medical writing / medical science liaison / medical advisor:

Medical writer or medical science liaison or medical advisor is a health care professional who works for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and managed care companies. Currently, it's the largest employer for Pharm.D graduates. Medical writing or medical liaison involves producing scientific documents by a specialized writer. Medical writer works with physicians, medical scientists and other subject experts. Medical advisors also answer queries asked by physicians providing consulting to pharmaceutical companies.


Academia is one of the biggest employment sources for Pharm.Dgraduates .PharmD students can find academia jobs abroad in countries such as Malaysia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern and African countries for teaching .

Contract research organizations (CRO)/ industry:

Contract research organizations work for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device industry to perform research and developmental work on a contractual basis. For pharmaceutical companies, CROs provide consultation for services such as development of medications, biologic assay development, commercialization, preclinical research, clinical research, clinical trials, and pharmacovigilance. In pharmaceutical industry as well, newly hire PharmD graduates mostly work as clinical research coordinators (CRC) and after 1-2 years of experience, are promoted to clinical research associates (CRA).

Product Management Team (PMT):

Product Management Team (PMT) is a core team of marketing development in a pharmaceutical organization, which oversees the overall marketing plan for a specific product and is responsible for profit or loss generated by that particular brand. PMT also trains the marketing executives that are newly hired by the company or for any new product launch. Pharm.D graduates have a good knowledge base about clinical research, management and communication skills.

Corporate Hospitals:

Many PharmD graduates work in corporate hospitals as clinical pharmacists and prescription analysts. For getting international hospital accreditation in India, it is necessary to maintain or establish clinical pharmacy services. Employing PharmD graduates therefore, has become very important for Indian hospitals seeking such accreditation. Many corporate hospitals in India such as Apollo Hospitals, Wockhrdt, Rock land, and Asia Columbia are hiring Pharm.D graduates.

Research and Postdoc Opportunities:

Pharm.D graduates are eligible to join for Ph.DProgramme in National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research(NIPER) and Various Medical Institutes (AIIMS, JIPMER, NIMHANS, and PGIMER Chandigarh) through Qualifying PhD EntranceExams. International M.S/ Ph.D. Admissions are based on Academic excellence, Letters of recommendation, Researchexperience, Personalinterview, Graduate record examination scores (GRE).Postdoctoral fellowships are also available in foreign countries after completion of Ph.DPrograms.

Foreign Pharmacy Licensure Examinations:

Pharm.D graduates are eligible to write various foreign pharmacy licensure examinations including in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries - Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, It is one of the mandatory component of the licensure process of most of the Western/ Gulf countries and is used by the boards of pharmacy as part of their assessment of a candidate's competence to practice as a pharmacist.


Pharamcogeneticsis the application of genetics and genomics to drug action and disposition in individual patients for precision medicine. It Promotes the optimal use and timings of pharmacogenomics tests, including advocating for routine use of testing, which aid in the process of drug and dosage selection, design patient specific pharmacotherapy regimens. Most Pharmacogenomicists work in research laboratories using knowledge of genetics to design new drugs, and second, investigating the effects of existing drugs according to a person's genetic makeup.

News & Events

A long road to justice for First Nations children

New study helps pediatrician advocate for improved children's pain management across India.

View More

Empowering pediatric pain medicine

New study helps pediatrician advocate for improved children's pain management across India.

View More

The Mactaggart Art Collection: Beyond the Lens

New study helps pediatrician advocate for improved children's pain management across India.

View More

Students Corner


Keep in touch with

Karpagam College of Pharmacy © All rights reserved

Design & Developed by Veradis Technologies - 2018