Highlights of the courses offered in Pharm-D program

First profession (First & Second Semester; 22 + 20 Credit hours)

Preliminary foundation courses are taught during the first year, which helps in the orientation of students to pharmacy profession and prepare them for understanding the basic principles of drug synthesis, formulation and mechanism of action. Physiology, histology, anatomy and biochemistry taught during the first year give students the background necessary for understanding pharmacology, clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical preparations and pathology taught in the following years. The subjects of physical pharmacy and pharmaceutical organic chemistry imparts basic about drug synthesis and physiochemical properties. Moreover, English course included in the first professional helps the students to develop writing, communication and critical thinking skills.

Second profession (First & Second Semester: 22 + 21 Credit hours)

This professional year covers three fundamental core subjects of pharmacy (e.g., Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Pharmaceutics (dosage form and calculation of doses) and Pharmacognosy. During this year, students learn about how various drugs affect human body and how the body deals with drugs. Students also learn about the natural products (plants and other) its isolation, traditional uses and therapeutic uses. The pharmaceutical dosage form taught during this year gives the initial know-how about some important types of dosage forms and its small scale laboratory preparation. To strengthen the practical knowledge of student there is a scheduled tour of collection of medicinal plants from the medicinal plants rich areas such as Swat, Dir, Galyats etc. In this year, the students also get the opportunity to have frequent visits to nearby pharmaceutical industries to observe the process of formulation of tablets, capsules, syrups, injectable and other pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.

Third profession (First & Second Semester; 20 + 19 Credit hours)

Two core subjects (i.e. Pharmacology, & Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy) are continued in the third year to broaden student knowledge in these areas. Students are also taught about analytical instruments and techniques employed for drug testing and analysis. Additionally, dispensing, community, social & administrative pharmacy is also taught during this year

Fourth profession (First & Second Semester; 19 + 19 Credit hours)

During fourth year, students learn about important pharmacy practice areas including hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy and also about industrial pharmacy, quality control of drugs and the release and bioavailability of drugs from different dosage form. In this year, the students pay scheduled visits to hospital for practical clinical observations.

Final profession (First & Second Semester; 18 + 18 Credit hours)

In final year, pharmaceutical technology, medicinal chemistry, advanced clinical pharmacy, forensic pharmacy and pharmaceutical marketing and management are taught. It is during this year that students are required to undertake clinical clerkship project in hospital setting for a period of about three months. Upon completion, students are required to complete a report/thesis on their observations made in the hospital about the patients’ condition and prescribed drugs. An industrial trip to various pharmaceutical industries is also an integral of the Pharm-D curriculum.

Department of Pharmacy, CECOS University has adapted the curriculum of Pharm-D as prescribed jointly by HEC and Pharmacy Council of Pakistan.

Semester 1st
S. No.Course CodeCourse NomenclatureCredit HoursLabTotal
0ENG 300English- A (Functional-A)202+0
1PHARM-310Pharmaceutics-IA (Physical Pharmacy)313+1
2 PHARM-311Pharmaceutical Chemistry -IA (Organic)313+1
3PHARM-312Pharmaceutical Chemistry-IA (Biochemistry)313+1
5PHARM-314Anatomy & Histology313+1
  Total Credit Hours17522
Semester 2nd
1ENG-301English-B(Communication & Writing skills)404+0
2PHARM-315Pharmaceutics-IB (Physical Pharmacy)313+1
3PHARM-316Pharmaceutical Chemistry-IB (Organic)313+0
4PHARM-317Pharmaceutical Chemistry-IIB (Biochemistry)313+1
  Total Credit Hours16420
Semester 3rd
1IS 402Islamic Studies302+0
2PHARM-410Pharmaceutics-IIA (Dosage Form Science)
Pharmaceutics-IIIA (Pharmaceutical)
3PHARM-411Microbiology & Immunology)
Pharmacology and Therapeutics-IA
4PHARM-422Pharmacognosy-IA (Basic)313+1
5PHARM-413Pharmacy Practice-IA (Pharmaceutical313+1
6PHARM-414Mathematics)3 1
  Total Credit Hours18422
Semester 4th
1PS403Pakistan Studies2 2+1
2PHARM-415Pharmaceutics-IIB (Dosage Form Science)
Pharmaceutics-IIIB (Pharmaceutical)
3PHARM-416Microbiology & Immunology
Pharmacology and Therapeutics-IB
4PHARM-417Pharmacognosy-IB (Basic)313+1
5PHARM-418Practice-IB (Bio-statistics)313+1
6PHARM-419Pharmacy3 3
  Total Credit Hours17421
Semester 5th
1PHARM-510Pharmacy Practice-IIA(Dispensing Pharmacy)313+1
2PHARM-511Pharmaceutical Chemistry-IIIA(Pharmaceutical Analysis)313+1
3PHARM-512Pharmacology and Therapeutics-IIA313+1
4pharm-513Pharmacognosy-IIA (Advanced)313+1
Semester 6th
1PHARM-515Pharmacy Practice-IIB (Community,
Social & Administrative Pharmacy)
2PHARM-516Pharmaceutical Chemistry-IIIB (Pharmaceutical Analysis)313+1
3PHARM-517Pharmacology and Therapeutics-IIB313+1
4PHARM-518Pharmacognosy-IIB (Advanced)313+1
5PHARM-519Pharmacy Practice-III
(Computer and its Applications in Pharmacy)
Semester 7th
1PHARM-610Pharmacy Practice-IVA (Hospital Pharmacy)303
2PHARM-611Pharmacy Practice-VA (Clinical Pharmacy)313+1
3PHARM-612Pharmaceutics-IVA (Industrial Pharmacy)313+1
4PHARM-613Pharmacognosy-IIA (Advanced)313+1
5PHARM-614 Pathology313+1
Semester 8th
1PHARM-615Pharmacy Practice-IVB (Hospital Pharmacy)3 3
2PHARM-616Pharmacy Practice-VB (Clinical Pharmacy)313+1
3PHARM-617Pharmaceutics-IVB (Industrial Pharmacy)313+1
4PHARM-618Pharmaceutics-VB (Bio pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics)313+1
5PHARM-619Pharmacy Practice-III
(Computer and its Applications in Pharmacy)


Semester 9th
S. No.Course CodeCourse NomenclatureCredit HoursLabTotal
0PHARM 710Pharmaceutics-VIIA (Pharmaceutical Technology)313+1
1PHARM 711Pharmacy Practice-VIA (Advanced Clinical Pharmacy-II)313+1
2PHARM 712Pharmacy Practice-VIIA (Forensic Pharmacy)3 3
3PHARM 713Pharmacy Practice-VIIIA
(Pharmaceutical Management & Marketing)
3 3
4PHARM 714Pharmaceutical Chemistry-IVA(Medicinal Chemistry)313+1
  Total Credit Hours15318
Semester 10th
1EPHARM 715Pharmaceutics-VIIB (Pharmaceutical Technology)313+1
2PHARM 716Pharmacy Practice-VIB (Advanced Clinical Pharmacy-II)313+1
3PHARM 717Pharmacy Practice-VIIB (Forensic Pharmacy)3 3
4PHARM 718Pharmacy Practice-VIIIB
(Pharmaceutical Management & Marketing)
3 3
5PHARM 719Pharmaceutical Chemistry-IVB (Medicinal Chemistry)313+1
  Total Credit Hours15318