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Pharmacy major

About the specialty of pharmacy

Pharmacy is generally defined as the technology, or science of manufacturing, preparing new drugs, and making appropriate adjustments to old drugs. As for the specialty of pharmacy, it is a medical and health specialty, whose function is to link health with pharmacology, and it also aims to ensure, provide and secure the use of medicines in a safe, healthy, appropriate and effective use. 

What does it mean to study a specialty in pharmacy?

Includes study specialization the pharmacy Or in English ”Pharmacy“The pharmacist should provide the patient with a description of the medicine, and guide him on how to use it as well. This will increase patients’ awareness and provide them with sufficient knowledge regarding public health.

     It is worth noting that the specialty of pharmacy is considered a sensitive discipline, in addition to being humane, as it includes caring for patients and providing advice to them.

What is the appropriate definition of pharmacy?

Pharmacy is meant to provide the necessary treatment, medicines, and medical assistance to patients. The field of pharmacy also includes the administration of pharmacies, clinics, medical institutions, and hospitals.

In general, the academic stage for the pharmacy major includes the following:

  • Medical terminology related to pharmacology.

  • Prescribe medications.

  • Provide prescriptions for patients.

  • Educating patients, and continuing to communicate with them.

  • Keeping records and files of patients, and following up on their cases.

This is in addition to logistical, administrative, and financial operations that take place within medical institutions as well.

Personal traits of pioneers in pharmacy


  • The ability to memorize and have a strong memory; Because the pharmacy majors depend on the student’s memory mainly to memorize medical terms.

  • Love to help, and be kind to the sick.

  • Scientific excellence, and practical talent.

  • Focus and attention.

  • The ability to simplify the explanation so that you can understand medical terms.

  • Accuracy, honesty and accountability.

  • Ability to show empathy for patients.

  • Love to work in a team spirit.

  • Love to help.

  • Always ready to provide assistance at any time.

  • Good background in scientific subjects such as Chemistry, AndBiology, AndMaths.

  • mastering English language.

  • Analytical skills.

  • Logical thinking skills.

  • Memory measure, and memorizing power.

  • Arranging and organizing skills.

  • Attention to the last detail.

  • Precision.

  • Love charitable work, and humanitarian.

  • Patience, calm, and discretion.

  • Good listening skills.

  • Ability to work under pressure.

  • Ability to work at night.

  • Enjoying good physical health, when this specialization requires standing a lot.

It is not recommended that those students whose level is not considered good in chemistry, biology, mathematics and English are not recommended. They cannot memorize, and they do not have a strong memory.


Pharmacy majors

The College of Pharmacy in most universities includes the following departments:

  1. Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Technology - Pharmaceutical Technology.

  2. Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy - Medical Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. 

  3. Department of Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences - Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences.

  4. Department of Nutrition - Nutrition.

     Knowing that the specialty of pharmacy does not branch into other specialties because it is originally considered a branch of medical specialties. However, it contains only two specializations at the bachelor's level:

First: a bachelor's degree in pharmacy.

Second: Doctor of Pharmacy.

And there could be some side topics in the graduate field of pharmacy!

Examples of some graduate studies in pharmacy:

  • Clinical Pharmacy.

  • Pharmacology and Toxicology.

  • Medical Chemistry.

  • Industrial Pharmacy.

  • Drug Development.

  • Pharmacology.

  • Pharmacy Administration.

  • Biotechnology.

  • Cosmetic Sciences - Cosmetic Sciences.

Pharmacy study plan


It is difficult to enumerate all study plans for this major, due to the difference in subject names from one university to another, and from one country to another. So, we will mention some of the subjects and the main courses taught in it. The specialty of pharmacy is also related to many fields, especially the scientific fields that pharmacy is indispensable for, as they complement each other, and these areas are as follows:

  • Chemistry.

  • Biology.

  • pharmacology.

  • Pharmacology.

Subjects and courses taught in the major:

  • Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry.
    It includes a practical course and a theoretical course.

  • Physical Pharmacy.
    It includes a practical course and a theoretical course.

  • Pharmacology - Pharmacognosy.

  • Medical Chemistry.

  • Pharmacochemistry - Phytochemistry.

  • Pharmaceutical legislation - Pharmaceutical and Jurisprudence.

  • Calculations and compositions of pharmaceutical forms - Pharmaceutical form and Compounding.
    It includes a practical course and a theoretical course.

  • Pharmacology - Pharmacology.

  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis.
    It includes a practical course and a theoretical course.

  • Pharmacokinetics - Pharmacokinetics.
    It includes a practical course and a theoretical course.

  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology.
    It includes a practical course and a theoretical course.

  • Non Prescription Drugs.

  • Pharmaceutical Marketing.

  • Communication Skills in Pharmacy.

  • Drug Delivery Systems.

  • Clinical pharmacy.

  • Toxicology.

  • Anatomy and Histology.
    It includes a practical course and a theoretical course.

  • Pathophysiology of pharmacology - Physiology.

  • Clinical Biochemistry - Clinical Biochemistry.

  • Pathology and Immunology.


Number of years of studying pharmacy specialization


In general, and in most countries, pharmacy majors comprise 165 credit hours, which take 5 years of study. In some countries, the academic stage for the pharmacy specialization lasts 6 years, 5 years of study and the last year is applied.

These years are distributed as follows:

  • 3 school years.

  • Two years preparatory.
    Where it includes a year called "Prepharma" in which a subject of additional specialization is taught and students must pass it. This year is also devoted to taking the basic terms related to pharmacy to prepare students for their specialization. That is why it is called the preparatory year.

  • Internship year:

It is the year that includes training for graduate pharmacists in order to enable them to enter the labor market.

The percentage of demand for the specialty of pharmacy and the rate of stagnation

The future of pharmacy specialty

Before stopping at the rate of demand or stagnation in the specialty of pharmacy, it must be remembered that this specialty is humane, and that people always need medical knowledge, assistance, and treatment.

The specialty of pharmacy ranges from saturated and sought-after in Arab countries, even European countries. It is difficult to become idle; Because medical specialties are difficult to become stagnant because we always need treatments, medications, follow-ups, reviews, as well as prevention. Vdrhm from them is better than a pound of cure!

The state of demand for specialization means that the labor market needs it, and therefore, its graduates can find a job.

The state of saturation and stagnation means that the labor market in the country has reached the sufficiency of graduates of this specialization and there is no need for this major during that period. Thus, it is difficult for its graduates to find a job.

Specialization is not widely required in the Gulf countries, regardless of the fact that it is taught a lot in them, especially in Iraq, but these countries are in urgent need of some disciplines related to pharmacy such as nursing, and health sciences in general.

As for career prospects, specialization is classified as stagnant in the Jordanian labor market, according to the Civil Service Bureau and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In addition to the lack of demand for specialization in Egypt.

As for European countries, this specialization is required and is required in hospitals and pharmacies, more than in companies, and in the commercial field.


Pros and cons of studying pharmacy



First:  Gain theoretical and practical knowledge about the pharmaceutical industry.

Secondly: Gain communication skills with patients, clinicians and experts in an effective way.

Third: Have a relatively good income.

Fourthly: Work in a safe environment compared to other majors.

Fifthly: The suitability of the specialty for women.

Sixthly: Get a high position in society.

Seventh: job stability.


First:  Working long hours.

Secondly: The school stage for the pharmacy major is long, difficult, and somewhat complicated.

Third: High daily routine.

Fourthly: It is possible that there is limited room for progress in this work.

However, what are the main reasons for you to study pharmacy?

  1. Opportunity to work abroad: Pharmacy graduates are more likely to work abroad.
  2. Acquiring important and international knowledge in the field of pharmacy:The knowledge of the discipline of pharmacy is considered universal. That is, it can be applied anywhere, anytime, and in any country of the world.

  3. Rising wages:Pharmacists' wages are often high, but in European countries.

Areas of work of the specialty of pharmacy

Future jobs and career opportunities for the pharmacy major include:

  • Retail pharmacy: The work of pharmacists in a retail pharmacy includes many tasks, such as checking medicines, distributing them, and providing them to patients, in addition to providing advice to patients, giving injections, and supervising the treatment process for people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes.

  • Independent pharmacy: It includes the same previous tasks, in addition to supervising financial matters, and for pharmacists.

  • Al Mashfa Pharmacy.

  • Clinic pharmacy.

  • Medical Representative: His job includes promoting certain medicinal products, diagnosing people’s conditions, and writing treatments for them.

In addition to the following functions:

  • Work in the pharmaceutical industry; Ie in factories.

  • Work in mental and psychological health institutions, and rehabilitation centers, where pharmacists can supervise patients' cases, follow up on their cases, and provide advice to them.
    What are the destinations in which pharmacists work?
    Pharmacists work in hospitals, pharmacies, and the Ministry of Health, as well as pharmaceutical companies.
    How much are the pharmacists' wages?

The median annual income for pharmacists is about $ 29,330 per year.

There are many companies that are considered among the best companies that provide salaries to pharmacists, and they are major international companies such as:

  1. Bristol-Myers CorporationThe average income of pharmacists is 111,000 dollars annually, and this company specializes in making medicines to treat AIDS and heart patients.

  2. Johnson & Johnson,The average income in this company is $ 107,000 per year.

  3. Biogen, The average annual income in this company is roughly $ 93,400 annually.

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