Pharmacology courses in Sri Lanka – be a Pharmacist

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Update 2013: You can apply Diploma in Community Pharmacy 2013 course upto 10 Januray 2013

Do you want to become a pharmacist? Pharmacists distribute prescription drugs to individuals. They also advise their patients, physicians, and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Nowadays the world is more attentive about the pharmaceuticals, therefore it would be a lucrative business opportunity if you can start your own Pharmacy.

In Sri Lanka there are four major types of pharmacists
• Community pharmacists
• Hospital pharmacists/ government pharmacist
• Pharmacists for special forces
• University B.Pharm degree holders

Community pharmacists – start your own pharmacy:
Most private sector pharmacists found in Sri Lanka are generally produced by the private institutions around the country. One who possesses a good apprentice with two years of professional experience under the supervision of any medical council approved community pharmacist may earn the privilege to acquire the registration of the Sri Lanka Medical Council to practice as a pharmacist. Then he should follow a course work of pharmacology through any recognized institute (see details below for such institutions) which is oriented to the National Medical Council placement examination. After receiving the charter form the Medical council then you can start your own pharmacy and follow on.

Internal Pharmacy course and External Pharmacists’ Apprenticeship and Examination conducted by Medical Faculty of University of Colombo

Diploma in Community Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka conducts this 1 year course, conducted on Sundays. Course Fee is Rs. 25,000/= (Payable in Installments)
For More Details & Applications- Please contact
Administrative Manager, Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka, Professional Centre, 275/75, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Telephone: 011·2598826 E mall: Website:
Applications will be accepted for 2013 batch until 10 January 2013

Hospital pharmacists are the direct government servants who have the institutional bond with the government health sector. Applying according to the government gazette you can enter the pharmacology field by selecting to the short listed pharmacists to be trained in fulfilling the local health service needs. Two years of academic education followed by a one year practical experience will be given to such students and they will be recruited to the government hospitals and other affiliations. Pharmaceutical chemistry, forensic pharmacology, pharmacognocy are some of the subfields that these students might learn, where they will obtain an in grain practice in the field. However these government servants are strictly prohibited in practicing as community pharmacists while working in a government body.

Pharmacists for Special Forces is one of a less known way of being a pharmacist. Security forces such as Sri Lanka Army and Police services, specially recruit some selected number of pharmacists to cater their own pharmacological needs. Such pharmacists will select under the authorization of the health ministry and directly affiliated to the government training sector and finally let in to the army and police hospitals.

B.Sc. Pharmacology University Degree: The other way of being a pharmacist is to follow a university or a private institutional degree specialized for pharmacology, which even recognized as much as the other governmental ways. Almost all the medical faculties of the local universities provide pharmacology courses, as B.Sc pharmacology (Bachelor of Pharmacy degree). If you fulfill the basic requirements as a bio student with three passes in A/L are eligible for the course, where you can follow this degree for three academic years along with a recognized training period as well. These degree holders are also capable in researching pharmacology where they can draw new knowledge to the field of study. Apart from the professional aspects, these university courses have more outspread research aspects which motivate students in experimenting new pharmaceuticals etc.

Private Institutes that Conduct Pharmacology courses
Aquinas college Colombo; a leading private institution in Sri Lanka, provides some good pharmacy and pharmacology courses to the students through its Diploma in Pharmacy Management and Practice course. Students who have three passes in A/L bio stream are eligible for the study.

PATHE academy, offers a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Pharmacy which is said to be one of the precious gift to local students to get the pharmacology qualifications. School leavers who are looking to enter in to the medical professional sector, those working in a Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical related organization, any person in the Healthcare Service looking for career development are welcome to this diploma where it will provide the students a deep knowledge and a practice in following fields of study.

• Basic Pharmaceutical English Forensic
• Pharmacy Pharmaceutics
• Human Anatomy & Physiology
• Pharmacology Pharmacognocy
• Pharmaceutical Management Pharmaceutical Ethics
• Pharmaceutical Marketing Practical and Internship

Affiliated to reputed Indian universities PATHE will offer this diploma for a sum of 36,900 LKR for all two years of both academic and professional study. For pharmacology numerous foreign study opportunities are also available.

Sri Lnaka Medical Council

According to the Medical Ordinance No. 26 of 1927, Pharmacists are registerd by Sri Lanka Medical Council. To get the appropirate forms and details visit SLMC.
SLMC Office.
31, Norris Canal Road ,
Colombo 10.
Tel:- 2691848 Fax :- 2674787

Therefore in studying and practicing pharmacology in Sri Lanka, you might consider these details and facts which we believe essential to you in choosing the correct path.

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  1. fathima March 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    iam css in bio stream .i would like to join @pharmacical cu
    ourse. can u gv the in4mation about course and how toapply
    plz guide me

  2. fathima March 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    iam ccs in bio stream .i would like to join @pharmacical cu
    ourse. can u gv the in4mation about course and how toapply
    plz guide me

  3. asiri February 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    I have 3 ‘s’ passes in a/l bio stream,can i follow this pharmacy cource,please give me all details to be a pharmasist

  4. fathima January 29, 2016 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    I will sit for external pharmacy exam this march but i don’t have answer for 2015 mcq paper,can i have the answer plz…..

  5. A.A.P.Suranjith November 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    I flowing a pharmacy courses.but i don’t detail pharmacy courses.please tell me course details to kurunagala number,address,codification,please help me i hope to this

  6. heshan tharaka jayakody October 26, 2015 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Please tell me How i register in srilanka medical counsil for pharmacy course.

  7. Menu August 22, 2015 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    I want to follow a pharmacy course.but I have no idea about a class.Can you please tell me who is the best sir around Rathnapura to pharmacy course..Thank you…

  8. muzamel July 6, 2015 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Ialready have completed my2 nd year in medical labratory and iwould like to complete in biotechnology course so Whats required eg .fees .documents etc.thank you for your suggestion.

  9. Thilini Madushika February 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Sir,I have css passes in Biology stream.I like 2 be a pharmacist.Plz guid me 4 that.

  10. Janaka January 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    please send me more details about slmc registration and classes

  11. shalika athukorala January 5, 2015 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    I passed A/L bio scheam in B,C,s.I will sat on pharmacy exam thiz year.I want to following pharmacy degree in ur institute.plz give all informations about thiz.tanx

  12. Eashani January 2, 2015 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    I hv 3 c passes in biology stream.plz guide me to be a pharmasist .

  13. sanduni December 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Can I download the application for pharmacist course at medical council… plz give me the link..

  14. srinivas April 19, 2014 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    I have god experience in parmacology.but i canot study for external pharmacist. Because i have only one pass in biology of biostream. Can i registered In community pharmacist ? Plz help me and guide me sir.

  15. althaf March 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    I need the answr of 2013 december external pharmacis exam

  16. s.sivapatham February 12, 2014 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    we are a pioneer institutions offering pharmacy related courses for last 48 years. many of our students who had qualified as pharmacist are employed in leading hospitals such as Nawaloka,Lanka hospital and osusala and leading pharmacies such as Union chemist.

    current we provide the following courses.

    – Pharmacists external examination course
    -Certified Medical Representative training programme ( CMR)

    For details contact siva suppiah 0771694834

  17. hasan February 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    8 yrs before I registered as a aprentice pharmacist and also one time I sat the external pharmacist exam then I leave from ceylon now I need to open a pharmacy how can I do it plz help

  18. Sharma Perera February 4, 2014 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    i am pharmacist but did not practice for the last 15 years therefore I would like to have a refresh course in Pharmacy could you please help me to find a suitable class for this purpose. Thanks

  19. Sabeer January 25, 2014 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    I am looking for a pharmacist to get a licence to open a pharmacy in Sammanthurai. Please contact 0757365950.

  20. Anjali December 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    I have credit pass for bio@s pass for chemistry in a/l can I do this pharmacy course plz inform me

  21. fathima November 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    IAm studied a/l in bio streem in 3 years but lam set in arts stream & also I have b2c in arts streem ,can i rejister under medical council as a communicating pharmasist

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