Diploma in Pharmacy

Diploma in Pharmacy

3 years
  • Fee:NPR 423,660

Pharmacy or Pharmacology is one of the main disciplines under Biomedical Science and the pharmaceutical industry. It is the profession responsible for the preparation,dispensing and appropriate use of medication and which provides services to achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes. Pharmacy is a scientific profession requiring a high level of education and training.

Pharmacy degrees including Diploma in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Assistant level) are approved by the Nepal Pharmacy Council (NPC), to ensure that students have received appropriate education for their professional registration and subsequent development and careers.

Nepal Pharmacy Council has adopted NPC Guidelines for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Degree Programmes in 2003 and NPC Norms for Establishment of New Pharmacy Degree College for First Year (to start with) and Approval Process of the New College in 2004.

In addition NPC has adopted approval criteria and guidelines for 3 year Diploma Level (Pharmacy Assistant level) colleges in Nepal. There are 21 such colleges under the affiliation of Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT). The entry for this level is after the completion of 10 years of formal schooling.

Diploma in Pharmacy is a three year course after SEE. The students after passing the SEE securing a minimum of 45% result in aggregate and willing to seek their future career in the field of pharmacy profession can join the course.

The main objectives of this program are:

  1. To prepare a supportive technical human resource for pharmaceutical industry, laboratories and capable manpower for quality control and drug control and rational use of drugs
  2. To develop leadership quality in pharmacy professionals who can manage rational supply of pharmaceuticals and to promote rational use of drugs within the health care service and private sector.

Salient Features

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction will be in English and/or Nepali.

Course Duration

The diploma in Pharmacy program extends over three academic years. One academic year consists of maximum of 39 academic weeks and one academic week consists of maximum of 40 hrs. 

Pattern of Attendance

Minimum of 80% attendance is required to appear in final examination. 

Pass Marks

The pass marks for theory and practical examinations are:

  • 40% in theory examination
  • 60% in practical examination  

Grading System

The following grading system will be adopted:

  • Pass division: Pass aggregate to below 60%.Second division: 60% to below 65%. 
  • First division: 65% to below 80% 
  • Distinction: 80% or above.

Certificate Award

The council for technical education and vocational training will award the certificate of "Diploma in Pharmacy" to the candidate who successfully completes the requirements as prescribed by the CTEVT.


Secured at least grade C in C. Mathematics, C. English and C.Science in School leaving Certificate (SLC) examination from recognized academic institution and an average GPA of at least 2.

Admission Criteria

Passed entrance examination organized by CTEVT.

Applicant should submit along with the following documents at the time of application:

  • SLC pass certificate or equivalent certificate
  • Character certificate
  • Citizenship certificate (for the name, parents name, age, date of birth and address verification purpose only).
  • Medical fitness certificate (at the time of admission)

Note: Student quota for different category of students as per the policy of Nepal Pharmacy Council and CTEVT.

Fees for Diploma in Pharmacy



First Installment

Rs 169,464

Second Installment

Rs. 127,098

Third Installment

Rs. 127,098


Rs.  423,660

* Total fees include student registration fee and exam application fee.

** Except food and lodging

Job Prospects

Scopes and opportunities

Pharmacy is a very dignified and highly respectable profession, which is directly related to the proper use of medicine and health care system. A Diploma in Pharmacy graduate will be called pharmacy assistant as per pharmacy council Act 2057 with the following career opportunities:

  1. Continuing education in different universities in the country and abroad.
  2. Opening retail pharmacy in municipality areas.
  3. Getting job in government and private hospital pharmacies.
  4. Working in the community pharmacy, drug manufacturing industries and different health related NGOS and INGOS.
  5. Working as instructors in Pharmacy educational institutions.

Curricular Structure

First Year

Second Year


Pharmaceutics I


Pharmacology and Therapeutics I

Social Studies

Pharmaceutical Chemistry I

Anatomy and Physiology



Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pathology


Pharmaceutical Management


Health Education, Helath Care System and First Aid



Math, Statistics and Computer Application


Third Year

Pharmaceutics II

Pharmacology and Therapeutics II

Pharmaceutical Chemistry II

Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy

Forensic and Community Pharmacy

Pharmacoepidemiology and Environmental Health

Comprehensive Professional Field Practice



Diploma in Pharmacy Curriculum Second Year and Third Year.pdf