D Pharmacy or Diploma in Pharmacy is an undergraduate Diploma Course in the medical field of Pharmacy. Pharmacy is a medical field involved in the preparation, dispensing and appropriate use of medication meant for therapeutic purposes. The course provides the minimum qualification to become a Registered Pharmacist in India. It is also offered as D.Pharm. in various medical institutes which is one and the same thing. Pharma.D./Pharm.D is another course which might sound similar but it is not; Pharma.D. is Post Graduate Course. Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) is the regulatory body of Pharmacy education in India and as such only the institutes approved by the PCI under sub-section (1) of Section 12 of the Pharmacy Act, 1948 can offer it. There is no specialisation in D.Pharma. and the course only provides the basic concepts of pharmaceutical science.

Eligibility as per PCI Regulations

Minimum qualification for admission to Diploma in Pharmacy Part-I course -A pass in any of the following examinations with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Mathematics.

D.Pharma. Course of Study and Other Regulations – Pharmacy Council of India, 1991

The duration of the course is 2 Academic Years with each academic year spread over a period of not less than 180 working days in addition to 500 hours practical training spread over a period of not less than 3 months.

The course of study for Diploma in Pharmacy Part-I and Diploma in Pharmacy Part-II shall include the subjects as given in the Tables I & II below. The number of hours devoted to each subject for its teaching in Theory and Practical, shall not be less than that noted against it in columns 2 and 3 of the Tables below.

Diploma in Pharmacy (Part- I)
Sr. No.Subjects of Study
1Pharmaceutics I
2Pharmaceutical Chemistry I
3Pharmacognosy
4Biochemistry & Clinical Pathology
5Human Anatomy & Physiology
6Health Education & Community Pharmacy
Diploma in Pharmacy (Part- II)
Sr. No.Subjects of Study
1Pharmaceutics II
2Pharmaceutical Chemistry II
3Pharmacology & Toxicology
4Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
5Drug Store and Business Management
6Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy