Bachelor of Pharmacy or B Pharm is a four-year course offered by Tribhuvan University (TU) under the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The program was introduced in TU in 2000 AD. It aims to produce highly qualified pharmacists who can serve as community and hospital pharmacists, technology and research specialists, pharmaceutical service managers, and experts in various scientific aspects of pharmacy.
The curriculum of B Pharm provides comprehensive knowledge in the field, making it as competent as courses offered by other universities. In the first year, students go through seven papers with a total of 1295 hours allocated for theory and practical sessions.
The second year consists of six papers, with a total of 1260 hours allocated for theory and practical sessions. Similarly, the third year involves the study of seven theory papers with a total of 1120 hours for both theory and practical sessions.
In the fourth year, there are four theory papers and corresponding practical sessions, totaling 700 hours. Additionally, the fourth year includes a thesis that spans three months, as well as a two-and-a-half-month plant training for graduates.
The cost of studying B Pharm course in IOM is NRs. 2,30,765 for subsidized students and NRs. 6,01,030 for full-paying students. Please note that the fee structure may vary in private colleges, and it is generally more expensive than that of IOM.
The objectives of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program are as follows:
A minimum of 50% or 2.4 CGPA/GPA in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology subjects from a recognized educational institution at the secondary level or equivalent is required to qualify.
Alternatively, in other programs that follow the A-level or similar grading system, studying Physics, Chemistry, and Biology subjects and obtaining a minimum of 50% or 2.4 CGPA/GPA is required to pass.
For qualifications related to health sciences, a minimum of 50% pass mark (in subjects such as Ayurveda, Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Ophthalmic Science) is required for programs like B Pharm (Diploma in Pharmacy), and registered with the relevant council.
For Health Science-related proficiency certificate level or diploma in General Medicine, Medical Lab Technology, Ophthalmic Science, Dental Science, Pharmacy, Radiography, Ayurveda, or Physiotherapy, students must have passed with a minimum of 50% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and also registered in the respective council.
In today's world, we cannot imagine life without medicines. Our volatile bodies are susceptible to various diseases, requiring us to take lifesaving drugs. The proper composition of elements in medicine plays a crucial role in curing diseases. Hence, the field of pharmacy is incredibly important.
Graduates of Bachelor of Pharmacy programs have various career opportunities. They can work as production managers, marketing managers, and quality control managers. They can also hold positions in hospital pharmacies, clinics, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities. The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry, offering diverse job roles with competitive salaries. Graduates can also pursue careers in renowned international organizations as advocates or specialists in healthcare, among other lucrative positions. They can work as drug assessment officers, GMP superintendents, manufacturing practitioners, communication officers, supervisors, and more.
Furthermore, Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates can pursue careers in academia, research institutes, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) in the healthcare and pharmacy sectors. Additionally, there are extensive opportunities for Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates in developed countries, where they can pursue further studies while working in high-paying jobs.