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.

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: admln@psslnet.org Website: www.psslnet.org
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.

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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Achintha Bandara

Achinthya Bandara is a final year B.A. Sinhala Special degree undergraduate of University of Colombo. He also studied in La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia.

38 Comments

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

    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.

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

    I need the answr of 2013 december external pharmacis exam

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

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

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

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

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

    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

  9. Md Ali November 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm - 

    I am diploma pharmacy I got from India how I register in Colombo and get licence for to setup private pharmacy
    What is the procedure for foreign pharmacist who want to work in private pls replay thanks

  10. jeeva October 29, 2013 at 12:26 am - 

    Can use A /L join results for pharmacy course registration? Help me please.

  11. Jiffry October 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm - 

    I am jiffry from anuradhapura. I set al in 2012(bio streem). Result 2B,C{Chemistry}. My index 5457122. And i have desire to do pharmacy course. But don know about that. Can you help me?. This is my phone number 0750318170.

  12. Hiran September 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm - 

    Thanks Mahesh for your tips on How to become a pharmacist in Sri Lanka. This advice by a qualified pharmacist like you is valuable for those who wish to enter into this sector. StudentLanka admim

  13. mahesh September 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm - 

    Simple to become a pharmacist.if you have done Science stream for AL s (maths also),need 3 simple passes .Go to the medical council that is in infront of the The central Hospital .Have a external pharmacist registration form.Then u have to find a comunity pharmacist.He should register you under him.there is mentioned in the form a day to come and a list of document you should bring.you have to go again to medical council with that form and document.then you will be received another form .after filling that you have to pay some rupees then you received a registration date.after 2 years you can write the exam.any help send me an email.mahesh1989aloka@gmail.com

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