What is Pharmacy?

The science and practice of preparing and dispensing medicines/ drugs is known as pharmacy. It involves ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. The professionals who specialise in use of medicines, composition, effects and other modalities are the pharmacists or druggists. To be a pharmacist or drug inspector, an aspirant must undergo an undergraduate degree to build a career in Pharmacy. At an initial stage, Class 12 candidates have two most sought after options to pursue Pharmacy - B.Pharm (Bachelor in Pharmacy) and D.Pharm (Diploma in Pharmacy). However, most young candidates are in a dilemma to choose one. The table below is an overview of B.Pharm and D.Pharm courses.

D.Pharm vs B.Pharm overview


Diploma in Pharmacy D.Pharm

Bachelor of Pharmacy B.Pharm

Name of the course

Diploma in Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Level of education



Course type

Diploma course


Duration of course

2 years

4 years




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Passed class 12 with 55% marks

Qualified class 12 with at least 55% marks

Subjects studied

Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Physics, Chemistry, Biology

Admission criteria

State entrance exams, University entrance tests, counselling based, merit based admission

National/State level entrance tests


D.Pharm vs B.Pharm course curriculum

The table below discusses the course structure of D.Pharm and B.Pharm. The major subjects which are included in the curriculum of D.Pharm and B.Pharm are mentioned below.


Diploma in Pharmacy

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Subjects included in the course curriculum

Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Biochemistry & Clinical Pathology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Health Education & community pharmacy, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence, Drug store and Business Management, Hospital & Clinical Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Analysis, Remedial Mathematical Biology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Basic Electronics & Computer Applications, Pharmaceutics, Mathematics, Anatomy, Pharmaceutical Microbiology,Pathophysiology of Common Diseases, Pharmaceutics,Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence & Ethics, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology,
 Pharmaceutical Industrial Management

Career options after D.Pharm V/S B.Pharm

Career options for both D.Pharm and B.Pharm graduates are similar in nature. However, being a degree course, B.Pharm graduates are often given preference over D.pharm students. Check the career opportunities after completing B.pharm or D.Pharm below.

  1. Pharmacist in a hospital
  2. Drug inspector at a hospital
  3. Work as a drug inspector or pharmacist in government sector
  4. Open a medicine retail shop
  5. Work at a pharmacy store
  6. Work in a drug manufacturing company
  7. Work in the education sector
  8. Pursue higher studies, that is, B.pharm

  1. Drug inspector
  2. Food inspector
  3. Researcher
  4. Analyst
  5. Pharmacist
  6. Government/ Defence sector
  7. Pharma consultant
  8. Public testing lab
  9. Pharmaceutical firms
  10. Faculty in a pharmacy college
  11. Pursue M.Pharm or MBA