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​Gain a solid foundation with an integrated curriculum that combines pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science applications

Widen your career choices with electives in Complementary Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nutrition & Dietetic Science

Strengthen industry readiness through internships at community & hospital pharmacies, and pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical organisations


Discover what it is like to work at the forefront of drug discovery and development, and their roles in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases when you venture into the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (PHARM).​

This course will equip you with a solid foundation in biological, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences in your first year. In your second year, you will learn more advanced topics that include the biomedical aspects of drugs such as clinical trials, drug manufacturing, pharmaceutics and pharmacology.

In your final year, you will get to go on a six-month internship in community and hospital pharmacies at healthcare institutes such as the National Healthcare Group polyclinics and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, or pharmaceutical companies such as Lonza. You will be involved in projects and tackle real-world issues. In addition, you will learn clinical knowledge and pharmacy skills from practising pharmacists in your third-year modules.

Plus, you will get to take electives to widen your future career choices. Choose the Complementary Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine elective if you want to learn how to evaluate the evidence behind alternative therapies and traditional Chinese medicines. Alternatively, you can opt for the Nutrition & Dietetic Science elective if you are interested in learning about how nutrients, supplements and weight management can impact one’s health.

To prepare you for the future, you will get a chance to learn 3D printing and prototyping skills that will help you to develop innovative solutions that can improve patients’ healthcare journeys. You can also explore the inner workings of a pharmacy through our interactive 360 virtual community pharmacy, and immerse in this 3D experience from the comfort of your home.​

Real-World Learning

Exciting internship opportunities in community and hospital pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies

Myriad Opportunities

Enjoy a wide range of career opportunities with broad-based training in healthc​are and applied science

Diverse Career Paths

Final-year electives in Complementary Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nutrition & Dietetic Science offer wider career choices


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  • Anatomy & Physiology

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces the anatomy and functions of the human body. It equips students with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, neuromuscular, skeletal, endocrine and reproductive systems.

  • Biosafety & Risk Management

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module is designed based on the curriculum of the WSQ “Follow Good Biosafety Practices” course. This module aims to equip students with essential knowledge and skills for safe handling of chemicals and biological agents as well as fundamentals of decontamination and waste management. Topics such as follow biosafety and biosecurity principles and practices, risk assessment and mitigation, national and international biosafety guidelines and legislation, and emergency response programme will also be covered.

  • Career & Professional Preparation 1

    (1 Credit Units)

    This module is part of the Education and Career Guidance framework to provide students with the tools and resources necessary for their career and/ or further education. In this first module, students will undergo personal discovery and exploration of industry and career prospects. Students will learn how to plan and set achievable goals in preparation for their future. Students will also learn the importance of passion and professionalism, along with basic teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Fundamentals in Pharmaceutical Science

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to pharmaceuticals and the roles, responsibilities, job scopes and future of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The module provides a foundation for subsequent modules in the course. Introductory topic in pharmacology, pharmaceutical science, pharmacy laws and pharmaceutics will be covered. Students will also learn how to perform pharmaceutical calculations to determine dosage.

  • Organic & Biological Chemistry

    (5 Credit Units)

    In this module, students are introduced to the chemistry of hydrocarbons, alcohols, amines, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives. The structures, functions and chemical reactions of biological molecules, including carbohydrates, lipids and proteins and their derivatives are also covered.

  • English Language Express*

    English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.

  • Innovation Made Possible^

    (3 Credit Units)

* This module is only offered to students who are weaker in the English Language.

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

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  • Biostatistics

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module is designed to provide students with basic statistical skills to analyse and interpret simple biological, pre- clinical and clinical data. The basic statistical skills covered are descriptive statistics, data distribution, set sample size, measurement of central tendency, scatter diagram, cluster analysis, and simple linear correlation and regression analysis for linear data. Students will learn about the presentation of data in graphical forms using Microsoft Excel, including selection and preparation of different types of graphs, how to write titles and legends, and interpretation of results and draw conclusions.

  • Cell Biology

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module provides fundamental overview of cellular systems specifically eukaryotes and prokaryotes. There will also be an introduction to pathogenic microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. The topics include the fundamental chemicals of life, structure and function of cells and organelles, cell division, cytogenetics, DNA structure, cell communication, principles of hereditary, apoptosis and cancer.

  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry

    (5 Credit Units)

    The module covers the structure of matter, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, chemical equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry and redox reactions, transition metal chemistry, and chemistry of solutions, including acids, bases and buffers, polarity and solubility.

  • Mathematics

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module provides students with a fundamental analytical knowledge of mathematics essential for the study of pharmaceutical and life science. The rules of conversion of one unit of measurement to another as well as basic mathematical operations will be covered. Students will also learn the properties governing the operation of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and understand their applications in chemistry and biology.

  • Communication Essentials^

    (3 Credit Units)
  • Health & Wellness^

    (1 Credit Unit)

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
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  • Current Good Manufacturing Practice

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module aims to equip students with an understanding of current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations for pharmaceuticals and related products. Various aspects, such as attributes of materials, labelling, materials in process, finished pharmaceuticals, manufacturing validation, quality control, personnel and facilities are covered.

  • Pathology

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module helps students to understand the causes and mechanisms of disease. Students will learn about disease processes affecting common organ systems. The mechanisms of disease, natural history and progression and implications for treatment and prevention will be discussed.

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module studies modern analytical techniques that are used for the detection, identification and quantitative determination of drugs and related substances. Techniques for the evaluation of analytical data and validation of analytical methods will be discussed.

  • Pharmaceutics

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module focuses on the design and formulation of two-phase pharmaceutical products, including suspensions, emulsions and solid pharmaceutical products, and how they relate to absorption and drug delivery routes. Topics include drug formulations, preparation and dispensing of pharmaceuticals, introduction to biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, bioavailability, specialised dosage forms, prodrugs, liposomes, targeted drug delivery, drug stability of various formulations and shelf life.

  • Pharmacology

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module covers the basic principles of pharmacology, the mechanism of drug action, dose response relation, adverse reaction, pharmacokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination) and major drug classes.

  • Applied Biostatistics

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module covers advanced statistical skills to analyse and interpret a wide range of biological, pre-clinical and clinical data, and preparation of data for scientific presentation. The statistical skills covered are biological experiment design, hypothesis testing, quantitative data analysis by parametric and non-parametric methods, qualitative data analysis by Chi-square and Fisher tests, and simple correlation and regression analysis for non- linear data. The scientific presentation section covers how to organise data, prepare and incorporate statistical results on graphs and interpretation of results.

  • Career & Professional Preparation 2

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module is part of the Education and Career Guidance framework to provide students with the tools and resources necessary for their further career and/or education. In this module, students will explore basic job search strategies, practise writing effective resumes and cover letters, and learn interview skills. Students will also learn professional and intercultural communication skills to prepare them for a dynamic and diverse workplace.

  • Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery

    (3 Credit Units)

    The first part of this module highlights the drug discovery process and how compounds are identified and developed into drugs. The second part of the module introduces students to the chemistry of drugs and drug systems, with particular emphasis on heterocyclic chemistry and the major drug classes. They will also learn about the relationship between activity and functional group chemistry, and drug design.

  • Microbiology & Immunology

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module covers fundamental knowledge regarding the role of microbial pathogenesis and the role of immune cells in protective immunity against bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections. Topics include mechanisms of disease production, antibiotic resistance, contamination, sterilization and disinfection, infection control, methods of treatment and prevention of disease, innate and adaptive immune system. Students will gain an understanding in medical microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, functions of the immune system and immunological concepts for the understanding of drugs that target components of the immune system.

  • Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module builds upon knowledge covered in foundation modules and encompass molecular biology, protein structure, and cell function with a focus on cellular metabolism. Students will learn not only how molecules function in healthy cells but also how disruption of their function leads to disease. This module equips students with an understanding of molecular biology, cellular metabolism and biochemical techniques.

  • World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^

    (2 Credit Units)

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

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  • 6-Month Internship (Local/Overseas)

    (20 Credit Units)

    The six-month internship provides students with exposure to the real work environment, providing opportunities to relate and apply the knowledge acquired during the course to work situations and enable the transition into the workplace. Clear learning outcomes, close mentorship, meaningful and real work activities allow for structured learning throughout the duration of the internship. Students will be attached to companies in various healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Students will also have the opportunity to go for overseas internships.

  • Clinical & Pharmacy Practice

    (4 Credit Units)

    In this module, students will study foundational concepts in patient care, pharmacy law and professional ethics. They will develop effective communication skills for interacting with patients, caregivers and other healthcare professionals. The application of clinical data in interpreting results and the optimization of drug therapy in a clinical setting will be the focus of the clinical component. The module will also review medication safety and error prevention.

  • Pharmacotherapeutics & Good Dispensing Skills

    (6 Credit Units)

    In this module, students will study the therapeutic effects of drugs, their mechanisms of action, common doses for disease states, and the concept of rational drug selection. This will be simultaneously integrated with the fundamentals of good dispensing practice. Students will learn how to dispense medications in a safe, timely and effective manner and further develop their competencies in counselling through role play.

  • Pharmacy Management & Logistics

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module focuses on business aspects relating to the operation of hospital and retail pharmacies. Topics include procurement, logistics and inventory management, business automation, marketing and principles of finance pertaining to the operations of a pharmacy.

  • Project ID: Connecting the Dots^

    (4 Credit Units)
  • ^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

    For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
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  • Electives (Choose any 1)

    (2 Credit Units)

    Complementary Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine

    This module describes how philosophies of alternative medicines and therapies are used to complement those of conventional medicine. The mechanism of action, dosage forms and pharmacological aspects of selected complementary medicines and traditional Chinese medicines will be covered, including the responsibilities associated with the sale and marketing of complementary medicines.

    Nutrition & Dietetic Science

    This module provides students with a basic understanding of nutritional and dietetic concepts, including the role of micro and macronutrients in the diet and their effects on health. Principles of clinical nutrition and dietary requirements for special medical conditions and at different life stages will also be covered. Students will also learn to evaluate the evidence behind the use of common nutraceuticals and functional foods for health benefits as well as the regulations associated with the sales and marketing of such therapies.

Your PHARM diploma will open doors to many careers. You can look forward to roles such as healthcare product executive, pharmacy sales executive, quality assurance analyst and research technologist.

As a Pharmaceutical Science graduate, you can apply for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Science) at the National University of Singapore. Besides, you can apply for related degrees in allied health, biological science, chemistry, life sciences, dentistry and medicine. You may enjoy exemption when applying for related degree programmes at overseas universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Pharmaceutical Science (4)

Song Meow Ying

Diploma in Pharmacy Science*, Class of 2021

Meow Ying was a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Award and Ngee Ann Polytechnic Outstanding Achievement Award. She is pursuing a degree in Pharmacy at the National University of Singapore.

​*now renamed as Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

My years in NP were vibrant and enriching. The course provided me with strong pharmaceutical knowledge and allowed me to explore the pharmacy profession in different settings. I am grateful to my lecturers as their guidance has helped me to secure MOHH’s Healthcare Merit Award to pursue my dream course in NUS Pharmacy. In the future, I plan to take part in the National Collaborative Prescribing Programme and pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical Science (5)

Vernice Vee

Diploma in Pharmacy Science*, Class of 2020

Vernice was a recipient of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Outstanding Achievement Award. She is pursuing a degree in Pharmacy at the National University of Singapore.

​*now renamed as Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

I had the opportunity to assist pharmacists to prepare and dispense medications to patients during my internship at the National University Hospital’s Pharmacy Department. These hands-on experiences allowed me to gain a deeper appreciation of the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry.

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Candidates must have the following GCE 'O' Level examination (or equivalent) results.

  • English Language

    1 - 7

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    or Biotechnology
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    or Food & Nutrition
    or Physical Science

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FAQs

Is studying pharmaceutical science hard? ›

pharmacy is a difficult degree, it brings in many different topics into one, from pharmacology to medicinal chemistry to even stats at times. from your grades, im sure you'll be fine. Most people if they work hard can get through it. Your course adviser is correct in saying its more demanding rather than difficult.

Does pharmaceutical science involve math? ›

Pharmaceutical math combines math formulas with chemical equations to create content that's vital to a pharmacist's role and job responsibilities. Pharmacy students must perform calculations that involve measurements, fractions, decimals, conversions and ratios.

What grades do you need to become a pharmaceutical scientist? ›

Typically, higher-level roles require at least a bachelor's degree in science, specifically chemistry, biochemistry or biology, or a related degree such as medicine or medical engineering.

How can I memorize drugs quickly? ›

6 Tips for Pharmacists to Memorize New Drugs Quickly
  1. Memorize no more than one per day. ...
  2. Repeat what you memorized. ...
  3. Memorize new drugs in order of class. ...
  4. Memorize new drugs with acronyms. ...
  5. Memorize new drugs with picture association. ...
  6. Memorize new drugs with a memory palace (advanced technique)
10 May 2017

What is the most easiest course in college? ›

That being said, here's a look at some college classes that tend to be easier than some core classes.
  1. Film History. ...
  2. Creative Writing. ...
  3. Physical Education. ...
  4. Psychology. ...
  5. Public Speaking. ...
  6. Anthropology. ...
  7. Art History. ...
  8. Acting.

Is Gphc exam hard? ›

It's not as hard as you think - we have purposely made the questions in our subscriber courses harder than the exam you are about to take, to make you just that little bit more prepared. If you have passed all the questions in our subscriber course with a 70% average, should expect 80% on the actual exam.

What kind of math is on the pharmacy tech test? ›

The four main components in Pharmacy Math are: Weight, Volume, Temperature and Time. To prepare for the PTCB or ExCPT exam, it's recommended to know math enough to work out complex word problems and some algebra. Additionally, conversions are referred to in nearly all pharmacy tech math calculations.

What are basic pharmaceutical calculations? ›

The master formula is for 100 g, the prescription is for 50 g, therefore the multiplying factor is 50/100, i.e. each quantity in the master formula is multiplied by 50/100 = 0.5 to give the scaled quantity.
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Calculating quantities from a master formula.
IngredientMaster formulaScaled quantity
Waterto 10 mLto 200 mL
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24 Jun 2016

Can I study pharmacy without maths? ›

Hello dear student, No you don't need to have mathematics if you want to pursue pharmacy after your class 12th. As the course that you can peruse is b pharma which is a four years bachelors course in pharmacy. D pharma which is a diploma in pharmacy and it is a two years duration course.

Is pharmacy a lot of math? ›

While we mentioned that you do not need an advanced degree to work as a pharmacy technician, you will need to have a good grasp on math. There are many math concepts that are used in this career role such as addition and subtraction, fractions, determining percentages, weights, and even measurements.

Is pharmacy school a lot of math? ›

Although both basic and advanced mathematics are used in most pharmacy curricula, basic math skills predominate. Basic math skills have been shown in some studies to be related to academic performance among pharmacy students; however, different methods have been used to evaluate this relationship with varied results.

Why do people study pharmaceutical science? ›

To begin with, a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences teaches you about medicines, salts, and chemicals. The skills you learn will make you versatile allowing you to choose from diverse career prospects. Pharmaceutical scientists create products right from paints to cosmetics, drug development to food manufacturing.

How much money does a pharmaceutical scientist make? ›

Salary Ranges for Pharmaceutical Scientists

The salaries of Pharmaceutical Scientists in the US range from $18,895 to $505,210 , with a median salary of $91,238 . The middle 57% of Pharmaceutical Scientists makes between $91,238 and $229,216, with the top 86% making $505,210.

What is the difference between pharmacy and pharmaceutical science? ›

Pharmaceutical scientists focus on the research and testing of new drugs and treatments. Pharmacists deal with the safe and effective administration and distribution of existing medications and ensure patients have the appropriate medications.

Why is pharmacology so hard? ›

Pharmacology is a tough subject simply because it can be so broad. Memorizing drugs and understanding their mechanisms of action, can take a lot of time. You'll need to put in strong effort to pass.

How do I survive the first year of pharmacy school? ›

Ask A Student Diplomat: 10 Tips For Surviving Pharmacy School
  1. Get a planner! ...
  2. Don't worry about how much others are studying or how well they are doing in classes. ...
  3. Take time out to do something you enjoy and relax. ...
  4. Get a job in pharmacy. ...
  5. Get involved in organizations within the pharmacy school.
28 Mar 2016

What is the most prescribed drug in the world? ›

The Top 300 Drugs of 2020
RankDrug NameTotal Prescriptions (2020)
1Atorvastatin114,509,814
2Levothyroxine98,970,640
3Metformin92,591,486
4Lisinopril88,597,017
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12 Sept 2021

Which course has no math? ›

8 Career Options Without Worrying About Maths: BBA (Marketing, Human Resource Management, Sports Management, Travel and Tourism, Event Management)

What is the world's hardest degree? ›

What are the hardest degree subjects? The hardest degree subjects are Chemistry, Medicine, Architecture, Physics, Biomedical Science, Law, Neuroscience, Fine Arts, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Education, Computer Science and Philosophy.

What happens if you fail the GPhC exam 3 times? ›

If you are taking your third attempt at the assessment, you will no long need to undertake a further six-month placement. The GPhC has now removed this requirement from the regulations, so if you are sitting for a third time in 2022 you will not be required to complete an additional placement.

Are pharmacists well paid in UK? ›

Pharmacist Salary in the UK

The average salary for a Pharmacist is £40,250 gross per year (£2,580 net per month), which is £10,650 (+36%) higher than the UK's national average salary. A Pharmacist can expect an average starting salary of £26,500. The highest salaries can exceed £85,000.

How many times can you sit the GPhC exam? ›

you must pass the registration assessment (you can have only three attempts at this)

Is Pharmaceutical math hard? ›

For many students, pharmacy math is one of the most challenging parts of the PTCB exam. There is a lot of ground to cover, and getting your ahead around the many types of questions can prove difficult. Here, we have put together some core math questions for the PTCB exam that you need to know.

How hard is it to pass the pharmacy tech test? ›

According to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, in 2021, 71% of test-takers passed the certification exam.

Can you self study for pharmacy technician? ›

Many people can, and absolutely love the flexibility that self-study or an online pharmacy tech program offers. So, if you're simply looking to pass the pharmacy tech national exam and can go through everything on your own and study it, then you could probably pass the PTCB or ExCPT, yes.

What is master formula in pharmacy? ›

Master formula record (MFR) is a master document for any pharmaceutical product. It contains all information about the manufacturing process for the product. MFR is prepared by the research and development team of the company and all other documents like BMR and BPR are prepared using MFR by the manufacturing units.

What is drug in pharmacy? ›

(drug) Any substance (other than food) that is used to prevent, diagnose, treat, or relieve symptoms of a disease or abnormal condition. Drugs can also affect how the brain and the rest of the body work and cause changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings, or behavior.

What are the 3 systems of measurement used in pharmacy? ›

Several systems of measurement are employed in pharmacy: the common house- hold system, the avoirdupois system, the apothecary system, and the metric system.

Can I do pharmacy without Biology? ›

Yes, you can do B. Pharmacy without biology. For admission to the pharmacy courses, a student must have passed class 12th with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics/Biology with a minimum of 50% marks in the qualifying examination.

What subjects are needed for pharmacy? ›

Admission requirement(s):

A Senior Certificate or a relevant qualification, with at least a D symbol at Higher Grade, or a B symbol at Standard Grade for English, Mathematics, Physical Science and Biology. Applicants with Botany and/or Physiology in place of Biology will also be considered.

Which course is best in pharmacy? ›

Which course is best for Pharmacy? Bachelor of Pharmacy is one of the most preferred degree options at the undergraduate level. It opens the door to multiple career options like Drug Inspector, Hospital Drug Coordinator, Drug Therapist, Chemical Technician, and more. Graduate students with a degree in B.

Which is more difficult pharmacy or nursing? ›

When it comes to comparing the difficulty level of the path to get a job in nursing vs. as a pharmacist, pharmacy school is considered harder. Although you need commitment for both options, studying to become a pharmacist is characterized by a more intense workload and a longer duration.

Is pharmacy a good career? ›

A career in pharmacy is still seen as a viable option. It is a great job if you enjoy helping people. Even if you have little or no prior job experience, you will be able to find work that pays well if you meet the necessary academic criteria and, of course, have a license to practice.

Do pharmacists use calculus? ›

Calculus reinforces algebra skills and gives the student the tools necessary for physics and higher level sciences. Pharmacy colleges such as the one at The Ohio State University require at least one semester of calculus as a prerequisite.

Is physics needed for pharmacy? ›

To ensure you will be meeting all admission requirements and pre-requisite requirements for Pharmacy and the relevant first year university courses, you should include English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Calculus (MCV4U Calculus and Vectors) as well as a second Math (MHF4U Advanced Functions) in your Grade 12U ...

How long does it take to become a pharmacist? ›

What is the duration of the curriculum? The curriculum extends over four years. After obtaining the Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree, an internship of one year (in community, hospital or industry) or two years (academic) ensues.

How much math do you have to take to be a pharmacist? ›

Math for Science

Pharmacy students need a solid grounding in chemistry and physics and may need to complete coursework in microbiology, sociology and microeconomics. Mathematics is essential to science courses, so two semesters of college mathematics are also often required for acceptance into a pharmacy program.

Is pharmaceutical scientist a doctor? ›

Clinical pharmaceutical scientists are a type of clinician scientist, analogous to physician-scientists.
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Clinical pharmaceutical scientist.
Occupation
Education requiredDoctor of Pharmacy, often with an academic research certificate, master's or doctorate degree
Related jobsscientist, pharmacist, physician-scientist
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Is studying pharmacy hard? ›

With required topics such as pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacokinetics, there can be no doubt that pharmacy school is hard. According to the American Associations of Colleges of Pharmacy it is estimated that more than 10% of people who make it into pharmacy school do not make it through to graduation day [1].

What can I study after pharmaceutical science? ›

What sort of careers do graduates pursue? Graduates can find work in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries (production development, analytical science, quality assurance and information science), research and development, teaching, forensic science, environmental pollution and health and safety.

Who invented drugs? ›

The first modern, pharmaceutical medicine was invented in 1804 by Friedrich Sertürner, a German scientist. He extracted the main active chemical from opium in his laboratory and named it morphine, after the Greek god of sleep.

What is the highest paid pharmacy job? ›

High Paying Pharmacist Jobs
  • Pharmacometrician. Salary range: $143,000-$162,500 per year. ...
  • Pharmacy Informaticist. Salary range: $57,000-$159,500 per year. ...
  • Clinical Pharmacologist. ...
  • Inpatient Pharmacist. ...
  • Pharmaceutical Physician. ...
  • Clinical Staff Pharmacist. ...
  • Hospital Pharmacist. ...
  • Chief Pharmacist.

What does a Pharmaceutical Scientist do everyday? ›

Roles and Responsibilities

Collecting and analyzing data. Collaborating with interdisciplinary team members. Testing and optimizing compounds for safety and efficacy. Running experiments to determine how a drug functions.

Can I be a pharmacist with pharmaceutical science degree? ›

Do you need a Pharmaceutical Science course to become a pharmacist? No, to become a pharmacist you need a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree.

Is a pharmaceutical scientist a pharmacist? ›

While pharmacists are directly involved in patient care and work with existing drugs, it's pharmaceutical scientists who create new drugs, therapies, and approaches to maximize benefit established therapies.

Is pharmacy under pharmaceutical science? ›

What is Pharmaceutical Science? Constratingly, Pharmaceutical Science is known to be a subfield of Pharmacy. Pharmaceutical Science in comparison to Pharmacy are like Aviation Engineers in comparison to Pilots. Pharmaceutical Science focuses on the foundation of drug discovery and development.

Is being a pharmaceutical scientist worth it? ›

Even further, pharmaceutical scientists also typically enjoy job security, competitive pay, and a positive career outlook. According to data from PayScale, these professionals earn an average of $80,974 per year.

Is pharmaceutical science a good career? ›

Promising Career Opportunities

Demand for pharmacists is not only high in the medical or hospital industry but in the retail industry as well. Besides functioning as a pharmacist after pursuing Pharmaceutical Sciences, aspirants can work as a lecturer and share knowledge with students.

Is pharmacy harder than nursing? ›

When it comes to comparing the difficulty level of the path to get a job in nursing vs. as a pharmacist, pharmacy school is considered harder. Although you need commitment for both options, studying to become a pharmacist is characterized by a more intense workload and a longer duration.

Is pharmacy harder than engineering? ›

Nothing is difficult and nothing is easy. If you find mathematics and physics interesting go for engineering, if you find biology and chemistry interesting, go for medicine or pharmacy.

Is pharmaceutical scientist a doctor? ›

Clinical pharmaceutical scientists are a type of clinician scientist, analogous to physician-scientists.
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Clinical pharmaceutical scientist.
Occupation
Education requiredDoctor of Pharmacy, often with an academic research certificate, master's or doctorate degree
Related jobsscientist, pharmacist, physician-scientist
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Who Earns More pharmacist or pharmaceutical scientist? ›

Salary. Pharmaceutical scientists average more than $93,000 annually, while pharmacists enjoy higher pay with an average annual salary of more than $128,000. The higher salaries are typically a reflection of the increased educational requirements.

Do pharmaceutical scientists make medicine? ›

While pharmacists are highly trained to evaluate medication use; communicate with other health care providers; prepare and dispense medications; and educate patients about those medications, pharmaceutical scientists are expertly trained to discover, develop, test and manufacture new medications.

Why is pharmaceutical science important? ›

Pharmaceutical scientists help discover and develop new drug therapies that save lives and improve quality of life. There are opportunities to make a difference in a lab setting, or working for government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health or Food and Drug Administration.

What can I do with pharmaceutical sciences degree? ›

Graduates can find work in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries (production development, analytical science, quality assurance and information science), research and development, teaching, forensic science, environmental pollution and health and safety.

How much money does a pharmaceutical scientist make? ›

Salary Ranges for Pharmaceutical Scientists

The salaries of Pharmaceutical Scientists in the US range from $18,895 to $505,210 , with a median salary of $91,238 . The middle 57% of Pharmaceutical Scientists makes between $91,238 and $229,216, with the top 86% making $505,210.

Who earns more nurse or pharmacist? ›

Nursing provides more diverse career opportunities, but a career in pharmacy pays more. Also as Bsc nursing is an undergraduate degree ( 4 years) it has more value than d pharma which is a diploma (2 years ). Further, Pharmacists can earn good salaries and the hours are often very flexible .

Which course is better than pharmacy? ›

The undergraduate level has two options for students - Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) and Diploma in Pharmacy (D.
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Do pharmacist earn more than nurses? ›

Financially, pharmacists generally earn more than nurses. Both involve shift work and covering weekends and evenings (hospital pharmacists more so than community pharmacists). Both may involve longer than eight hour shifts. Both also involve differing levels of autonomy.

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