Program Objectives

Biological Sciences:

Introduction to cell biology course provides a basic understanding of the structure and function of cellular organelles and components, and the functional interaction of the cell with its microenvironment. Human Anatomy and Physiology course provide the fundamentals of the organization and functions of the human body. Both courses lay a foundation for learning the patho-physiological concepts of diseases and their pharmacological interventions. Topics include anatomical terminology, structure and elaborated functions of cell, tissues, organs and organ system levels as well as cover the remaining parts of body systems. Biochemistry course is a general introduction to biochemistry with an emphasis on human biochemistry. The course includes detailed discussions of bio-molecules and their purification and identification, enzymes and enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, metabolic pathways, and regulation of biochemical processes in the cell. Pharmaceutical Microbiology course gives insight into pharmaceutical microbiology with special emphasis on microorganisms causing human disease, identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, host resistance, and immunity and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology course highlights the importance and applications of biotechnology in pharmacy and medicine.

Topics include central dogma of molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology, recombinant proteins, nucleic acid technology, gene therapy, monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, stem cell research and therapeutic use of biopharmaceuticals with examples.

Biological Sciences labs are equipped with all required instrumentations to conduct demonstrations and lab experiments for educational and research purposes. The lab serves the following courses: Cell biology, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and microbiology.

The demonstrations and experiments done in the lab are designed to:

  1. Study the structure and function of systems with models and tissue slides.
  2. Acquire the basic skills to pursue meaningful investigations into biological processes.
  3. Undergo simple biochemical detections of various biomarker constituents in body fluids using biological kits, UV spectrophotometer, and ELISA.
  4. Perform microbiological techniques like staining, phenol coefficient, sterility testing, antibiotic sensitivity as well as clinical interpretation of microbiological tests.

Pharmaceutical chemistry:

Pharmaceutical chemistry courses are integral part of pharmacy education as it enables the students to understand and correlate the chemistry of drugs with their actions/fate in the body. These courses aim to provide educational experience, skills and in depth integrated knowledge at the interface between chemistry and biology disciplines. These courses focus on several aspects of drug design, discovery and development from synthetic and natural sources besides imparting knowledge and understanding of drug stability, formulation into a dosage form, molecular interaction of drug with its receptors, mechanism of action, metabolism of the drug, behavior of drug inside body etc.

There are two well equipped state of the art laboratories which cater to the needs of the B. Pharmacy students. A separate research lab with essential analytical instruments is available to support the research activities of the faculty and students.

About this program: The College of Pharmacy offers a four year integrated program leading to the Bachelor degree in Pharmacy. The college is in academic partnership with West Virginia University USA and has been approved by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education. Our vision is to be recognized nationally and internationally for quality education in pharmacy and research in pharmaceutical and health-related areas. Our graduates are prepared to play a key role in improving the health of Omanis and other people by providing patient care and improving therapeutic outcomes. Our graduates are prepared to play a key role in improving the health of Omanis and other people by providing patient care and improving therapeutic outcomes.

Career Opportunities: The graduates of Pharmacy have a pivotal role in the healthcare system and are mostly employed as hospital pharmacists in the government and private sectors. There are also challenging job opportunities in community pharmacies, pharmaceutical marketing, and drug regulatory affairs. The Pharmacy graduates are appointed in the pharmaceutical industries as production chemists and quality control analysts. Most of the graduates pursue their higher education in specialized branches like clinical pharmacy, pharmacology, management, industrial pharmacy, biotechnology, and drug discovery to excel their career in health care sectors, research, academia and industry. The curriculum gives ample skills and knowledge to the graduates to evolve as entrepreneurs and start their own pharmaceutical businesses. 

Course components: The Pharmacy Curriculum has significant focus on active student learning strategies enabling the students to be good learners while they pursue their academic program. The program has a thrust on theoretical concepts for which a rigorous laboratory procedures adequate provision for communication skills are embedded in the curriculum and assessment methods.  Components on professional skills, ethics and values are imbibed during in program administration.

The courses in the biological and chemical sciences provide strong science fountain to learn advanced pharmaceutical and Pharmacological science courses. The program has more emphasis on clinical course like clinical pharmacy, clinical pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacology and Pathophysiological basis of Pharmaco-therapeutics. The clinical courses are spirally ingrate and the students are given clinical skill from model pharmacy and clinical skills lab (OSCE)

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program of the College of Pharmacy, National University of Science & Technology comprises 146 credits of coursework including, 6 credits of University common or Program specific  electives. After completion 146 credit each student has to undertake 600 contact hours of experiential training in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and /or industrial pharmacy for graduation.


Program Objectives:

  1. To impart knowledge, skills and values to practice the profession of Pharmacy anywhere in the globe
  2. To provide students with the basic knowledge of clinical science for patient centered pharmaceutical care
  3. To improve students’ knowledge in information technology and other soft skills to practice profession of pharmacy in any sector
  4. To help students become self-directed lifelong learners and display self-awareness and self-improvement
  5. To foster students curiosity and inquisitiveness to build their research capability in clinical pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences
  6. To prepare students to practice the profession with utmost dignity, integrity and ethics
  7. To inculcate professional competency to become leaders in practice setup and able to tackle the future challenges successfully
  8. To encourage the student's mindset for creativity and innovation for entrepreneurship.

 

Revised B.Pharm program from 2019-20
(First year courses -  28 credits )


BIOL1111
Introduction to cell Biology with Lab 4
CHEM1111 General Chemistry with Lab 4
PHAR1111 Orientation to Pharmacy 2
MATH1111 Introduction to Calculus 2
  University Elective  
BIOL1122 Human Anatomy and
Physiology-I
2
CHEM1122 Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry with Lab 4
PCEU1121 Physical Pharmacy with lab 4
PHAR1122 Communication Skills for Pharmacists 2
  University Elective  
NUCC0201 Oman history and Islamic culture 3
NUCC0103 Entrepreneurship workshop and seminars 1

Second year courses (37 credits)


BIOL1213
Human Anatomy and Physiology-II with Lab 4
CHEM1213 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I 3
BIOL1214 Biochemistry with Lab 4
PCEU1212 Pharmaceutics I with Lab 4
NUCC0202 University English 3
(Technical Writing Skills)
2
CHEM1224 Pharmaceutical Organic chemistry  II with lab 4
NUCC0203 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development 2
PCEU1223 Pharmaceutics II with lab 4
PCOL1221 Introduction to Pharmacology with lab 3
BIOL1225 Pharmaceutical Microbiology with lab 4
CHEM1235 Pharmacognosy and Complementary and Alternative Medicines with Lab 3
  University Elective  

Third year courses:(43 credits)


PCEU1314
Dosage Forms & Quality control with Lab 3
CHEM1316 Medicinal Chemistry -I 3
PCOL1312 Pharmacology –I 3
PTER1311 Pharmacotherapeutics -I 4
BIOL1316 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3
PHAR1313 Pharmacy Practice - I(Community Pharmacy) with Lab 3
PCEU1325 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics 3
CHEM1327 Medicinal Chemistry –II 3
PCOL1323 Pharmacology –II 3
PTER1322 Pharmacotherapeutics -II 4
BRES1321 Biostatistics and Research methodology 3
CHEM1328 Pharmaceutical Analysis with lab 4
PCOL1334 Toxicology 1
PHAR1334 Public Health and Epidemiology 2
PHAR1335 Pharmacy Rules 1

Fourth year course:(32 credits)

PCEU1416 Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
PCOL1415 Pharmacology-III 3
PTER1413 Pharmacotherapeutics -III 4
PHAR1416 Pharmacy Practice - II
(Hospital Pharmacy) with Lab
3
NUCC0401 Organizational behavior and management 3
BRES1412 Research Project –A 1
PHAR1426 Pharmacy Practice -III
(Clinical Pharmacy) with lab
3
PCEU1427 Pharmaceutical Management 1
BRES1423 Research Project Part: B 2
PCOL1426 Pharmacology IV 3
PTER1424 Pharmacotherapeutics -IV 4
PHAR1428 Clinical Practice Skills (OSCE) 2

Electives (Each student has to take 6 credits of University or Program specific electives University electives:


NUCC0101
University English 1 (English language skills) 3
NUCC0102 University English  2 (Academic English skills) 3
NUCC0205  Ethics at work place (Pharmacy) 3

Program specific electives :


ELIP1411
Industrial Pharmacy  (Elective) 3
ELCL1411 Pharmaceutical Care ( (Elective)
ELIP1422 New Drug Delivery Systems  (Elective) 3
ELCL1422 Pharmacovigilance

Each student has to take 600 hour training as per the electives

PPEX1131 Professional Practice Experience-I (Community Pharmacy) 50 hrs.
PPEX1232 Professional Practice Experience-II( Health center) 50 hrs.
PPEX1333 Professional Practice Experience-III (in Medicine store) 50 hrs.
EXPT1431 Experiential Training (Community Pharmacy) compulsory 200 hrs.
PPEX1434 Professional Practice Experience-IV ( Industrial Pharmacy) Elective 50 hrs.
PPEX1435 Professional Practice Experience-IV ( Hospital Pharmacy) Elective
EXPT1512 Experiential Training (Hospital Pharmacy ) (Elective) 200 hrs.

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