Creating Next - Generation Pharma Professionals
The Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy, an institution run by Al-Ameen Educational Society from 1983, is situated at Al-Ameen Campus (Near Lalbagh Main Gate), Hosur Road, Bangalore. The College is a nurturing ground for pharmaceutical professionals. In recognition of the excellence of its educational standards, the Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy has been accredited for 5 years by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), AICTE.
In keeping with its objective of providing the best possible Pharmaceutical education, the College has built up a strong infrastructure. This comprises of highly knowledgeable and experienced faculty, and facilities that enable students to gain a contemporary education. Continuous interaction with industry is maintained to ensure that the learning program remains relevant to the changing trends in pharmaceuticals. The College is constantly seeking to upgrade the quality of its education and actively participates in research to remain on the cutting edge. Collaborations with foreign universities are also being planned with this objective.
Pharm. D and Pharm. D (Post Baccalaureate) Course
Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) is a course in Pharmacy which was approved by Govt. of India in the year 2008 with Pharmacy Council of India being the apex body governing it. This course was developed with an objective of developing pharmacists to play an important role in patient care as members of the health care team. Pharm.D is a 6 years program during which 5 years is academic session and sixth year is completely bound to internship in hospital. Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate) is a three years program including two years study and one year internship in the hospital.
Role of Pharm. D
At the end of the course, the clinical pharmacists develop and acquire competencies (knowledge, skill and attitude) to provide pharmaceutical care services, drug and poison information services, patient counseling, identify drug-drug interactions, monitor adverse drug reactions, carry out therapeutic drug monitoring, help in drug dosage adjustment in special population and renal/hepatic patients, assist/co-ordinate in the conduct of clinical trials, promote rational use of medicines and ultimately contribute to better patient care.
There is a huge need of a Pharm D course in a country like India where there are huge drug related problems, irrational drug use and non-compliance to therapy among patients suffering from various chronic diseases Pharmaceutical Care by a physician along with the technical expertise of clinical Pharmacist is the ultimate and best way of achieving better patient care.
These professionals write information related to healthcare, the medical profession and medical science in general for industry professionals, as well as general audiences. Not everyone has the skill set required to do this type of work and Pharm.D graduates are ideally suited for these lucrative jobs.
Hospitals and Healthcare Centres
As society's health care needs have changed and expanded, there has been an increased emphasis on provision of care through drug information and poison information and Pharmacovigilance activities. Pharm.D graduates will find placement in hospitals as Drug Information Pharmacist or Clinical Pharmacist providing pharmaceutical care.
With a large number of Pharmaceutical companies opting for clinical trials the industry is heading towards a business worth 1.4 billion by way of clinical trials. Pharm.D graduates here have a scope to work as clinical research associates and data managers.
Community Pharmacy and Consultant Pharmacists
Pharmacists can serve patients and the community by providing information and advice on health, providing medications and associated services, and by referring patients to other sources of help and care, such as physicians, when necessary. Likewise, advances in the use of computers in pharmacy practice now allow pharmacists to spend more time educating patients and maintaining and monitoring patient records. Pharm.D graduates have opportunities to be entrepreneurs by starting their own community pharmacy.
As faculty members work in pharmacy colleges involved in teaching, research, public service, and patient care.
Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety
There is no shortage of jobs in this field as high-quality pharmacovigilance practice makes for good business
dealing. Students in this field can get jobs in various pharmaceutical companies and earn attractive and
handsome salary packages.
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION TO THE COURSE
Pass in B.Pharm from PCI approved institution
DURATION OF THE COURSE
The duration of the course shall be three academic years (two years of study and one year of internship or residency) full time with each academic year spread over a period of not less than two hundred working days. The period of three years duration is divided into two phases:
Phase I : consisting of First and Second, academic year.
Phase II : consisting of internship or residency training during third year involving posting in speciality units. It is a phase of training wherein a student is exposed to actual pharmacy practice or clinical pharmacy services and acquires skill under supervision so that he or she may become capable of functioning independently.
A candidate is required to put in atleast 80% attendance in theory and practical subjects separately. The candidates should complete the prescribed course satisfactorily to be eligible to appear for the examination. 75% attendance is compulsory to be eligible to take up sessional examination.
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION
Medium of instruction will be English
COURSE OF STUDY
The course of study for Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate) shall include the subjects as given below.
First year :
Second year :
Sixth Year :
Internship or residency training including postings in specialty units. Student should independently provide the clinical pharmacy services under supervision of a preceptor to the allotted wards.
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT MARKS
Three sessional examinations (evenly spaced) will be conducted during the academic year. The average marks of best two examinations shall be computed out of a maximum of 30 marks and will constitute the sessional award in theory. Further, the college may conduct one special theory sessional examination towards the end of the academic session for those who might have missed any one of the regular sessional examinations on genuine grounds. For special theory examination, the portion prescribed shall be entire syllabus of the subject.
Students are expected to perform the number of experiments listed in respective syllabi. Marks will be awarded out of a maximum of 20 to each of the practical exercise and 10 marks are allotted to viva and record work. A total of these shall be computed out of a maximum of 30 marks. This will constitute the sessional award in practical. While awarding the sessional marks for practical experiments, following consideration will be taken into account.
A regular record of both theory and practical class work and sessional examinations conducted will be maintained for each student in the institution.
MODE OF EXAMINATION
Award of sessional marks and maintenance of records :
30 marks for each theory and 30 marks for each practical subject shall be allotted as sessional marks. The sessional marks in practicals shall be allotted on the following basis :-
CRITERIA FOR PASS
A student shall not be declared to have passed examination unless he or she secures at least 50% marks in each of the subjects separately in the theory examinations, including sessional marks and at least 50% marks in each of the practical examinations including sessional marks. The students securing 60% marks or above in aggregate in all subjects in a single attempt at the Pharm.D. or as the case may be, Pharm. D. (Post Baccalaureate) course examination shall be declared to have passed in first class. Students securing 75% marks or above in any subject or subjects shall be declared to have passed with distinction in the subject or those subjects provided he or she passes in all the subjects in a single attempt.
ELIGIBILITY FOR PROMOTION TO NEXT YEAR :
All students who have appeared for all the subjects and passed the first year annual examination are eligible for promotion to the second year and, so on. However, failure in more than two subjects shall debar him or her from promotion to the next year classes.
Internship is a phase of training wherein a student is expected to conduct actual practice of pharmacy and health
care and acquires skills under the supervision so that he or she may become capable of functioning independently.
CERTIFICATE OF PASSING EXAMINATION :
Every student has to undergo one year internship as per the regulations.
Every student who has passed the examinations for the Pharm. D (Doctor of Pharmacy) or Pharm. D (Post
Baccalaureate) (Doctor of Pharmacy) as the case may be, shall be granted a certificate by Rajiv Gandhi University
of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
a. Hospital Posting :
Each student will be posted in the hospital for a period of not less than 50 hours to be covered in not less than 200 working days in each of second, third & fourth year course. Each student shall submit report duly certified by the preceptor and duly attested by the Head of the Department or Institution as prescribed. In the fifth year, every student shall spend half a day in the morning hours attending ward rounds on daily basis as a part of clerkship. Theory teaching may be scheduled in the afternoon.
b. Project Work :
To allow the student to develop data collection and reporting skills in the area of community, hospital and clinical pharmacy, a project work shall be carried out under the supervision of a teacher. The project topic must be approved by the Head of the Department or Head of the Institution. The same shall be announced to students within one month of commencement of the fifth year classes. Project work shall be presented in a written report and as a seminar at the end of the year. External and the internal examiners shall do the assessment of the project work.
Project work shall comprise of objectives of the work, methodology, results, discussions and conclusions.
c. Objectives of Project Work :
The main objectives of the project work is to
d. Methodology :
To complete the project work following methodology shall be adopted, namely:
Student working on the project shall submit jointly to the Head of the Department or Head of the Institution a project report of about 40-50 pages. Project report should include a certificate issued by the authorized teacher, Head of the Department as well as by the Head of the Institution
Project report shall be computer typed in double space using Times Roman font on A4 paper. The title shall be in bold with font size 18, sub-tiles in bold with font size 14 and the text with font size 12. The cover page of the project report shall contain details about the name of the student and the name of the authorized teacher with font size 14.
Submission of the project report shall be done at least one month prior to the commencement of annual or supplementary examination.
Established under the aegis of the Al-Ameen Educational Society in 1983, the College has been a nurturing ground for pharmaceutical professionals. Has been accredited for 5 years by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), AICTE.
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