Introduction to Pharmacy
Pharmacy is a scientific profession requiring a high level of education and training. At present, there are 4 universities running the undergraduate (4 Year BPharm) programme in pharmacy in Nepal. The total number of institutions that offer Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) and are approved by the council is 15. Pharmacy degrees including Diploma in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Assistant level) are approved by the Nepal Pharmacy Council (NPC), to ensure that students have received appropriate education for their professional registration and subsequent development and careers. The entry for degree level courses in pharmacy is after the completion of 12 years of formal schooling in science stream or its equivalent.
Nepal Pharmacy Council has adopted NPC Guidelines for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Degree Programmes in 2003 and NPC Norms for Establishment of New Pharmacy Degree College for First Year (to start with) and Approval Process of the New College in 2004.
In addition, NPC has adopted approval criteria and guidelines for 3-year Diploma Level (Pharmacy Assistant level) colleges in Nepal. There are 29 such colleges under the affiliation of Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT). The entry for this level is after the completion of 10 years of formal schooling.
Source: Nepal Pharmacy Council (NPC)
Course Title: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Course Duration: 36-48 months (3-4 years)
Academic Progress: Yearly or Semester (2 semesters per year, a total of 8sem.)
Estimated Cost: N/A
Qualification required for Bachelor of Pharmacy
The selection for Pharmacy is done through different institutions examination and the qualification required for entrance is 10+2 or equivalent with Science(Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) subjects. The student intending to study this course must score a combined score of 50% or above in PCB for the 4 year BPharm course.
Scope of Bachelor of Pharmacy in Nepal
The medical industry is one of the booming industries in the country. This is a great sign for the B.Pharma students. There are few of Pharmaceutical companies in the country which is having research and development. All these companies are in urgent need for B.Pharm graduates. The other sector where these candidates can work is in Laboratories. There are plenty of labs in every nook and corner of the country.
One should study the following broad topics during the entire course:
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Remedial Mathematics
- Basic Electronics & Computer Application
- Communication Skill
- Advance Mathematics
- Chemistry of Natural Products
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Public Health Pharmacy
- Biopharmaceutics & pharmacokinetics
- Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
- Pharmaceutical Management and Entrepreneurship
- Engineering Drawing
- Clinical Pharmacy and Drug in
- Hospital Pharmacy
- Social Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
- Quality Assurance & Instrumental analysis
- Project Work