Pharm D vs B Pharm: Differences Between The Two Courses

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.


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  1. Saurabh Bhavate April 5, 2016

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