Tuesday, March 11, 2008

COMPLETE GUIDE FOR Pharma (M.S/PhD) ASPIRANTS

M.S GUIDE: COMPLETE GUIDE FOR M.S ASPIRANTS
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STUDY IN U.S.A
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LIST OF COURSES FOR PHARMACY STUDENTS WHO WISH TO PURSUE THEIR FURTHER STUDIES IN U.S.A
1) Pharmaceutics
2) Pharmaceutical Chemistry
3) Medicinal Chemistry
4) Pharmacology
5) Toxicology
6) Pharmacognosy
7) Pharmaceutical Analysis
8 ) Analytical Chemistry
9) Biochemistry
10) Organic Chemistry
11) Inorganic Chemistry
12) Physical Chemistry
13) Pharmaceutical Administration
14) Health Administration
15) Biotechnology
16) Cosmeticology
17) Drug Regulatory Affairs
18) Microbiology *
19) Medical Microbiology
20) Immunology *
21) Neurobiology *
22) Neurosciences *
23) Molecular and Cell Biology
24) Bacteriology *
25) Virology *
26) Molecular Genetics *
27) Medical Biology
28) Cancer Biology *
29) Epidemiology *
30) Nuclear Pharmacy *
31) Botany
32) Medical Informatics *
33) Cardiovascular Sciences *
34) Pharmaceutical Engineering
35) Pharmacotherapeutics
36) Hospital Pharmacy
37) Sports Medicine
38) Drug Discovery and Development
39) Clinical Pharmacy
40) Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practices ( PMP )
The courses marked with ‘ * ’ may/ may not require a background other than pharmacy .
List of Courses for Pharmacy Students who wish to pursue their further studies in Canada
Most of the universities in Canada offer 2 years M.Sc ( Master of Science ) in
the following fields:
1) Pharmaceutics
2) Pharmaceutical Chemistry
3) Medicinal Chemistry
4) Pharmacology
5) Toxicology
6) Pharmacognosy
7) Drug Metabolism
Drug Metabolism and Drug Analysis
9) Clinical Pharmacy
10) Radiopharmacy
11) Nanotechnology
12) Molecular Biology
13) Pharmacoepidemiology
14) Physical Pharmacy
15) Pharmaceutical Administration
16) Pharmacokinetics
17) Biopharmaceutics
18) Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
19) Pharmaceutical Microbiology
20) Neurochemistry
21) Bionucleonics
22) Pharmacy Practice

PLEASE NOTE :
1) There are very few Universities in Canada as compared to USA.
2) Canadian universities offer quality education comparable to US universities.
3) The work permit in Canada is 2 years except for cities like Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver which give a work permit of 1 year after completion of the course.
4) The work permit out there in the USA is 1 year after completion of the course.
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http://www.petersons.com/
for list of US universities.
6) The State universities in USA are relatively cheap , very competitive
7) The private Universities are costly as compared to State Universities.
Standardized Exams for getting Admissions in the USA Universities-
GRE – Graduate Record Examinations …..for further info …. http://www.gre.org/
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language… for further info….www.toefl.org
9) Standardized Exams for getting Admissions in the Canadian Universities-
GRE – Graduate Record Examinations …..for further info …. http://www.gre.org/ (for some Universities only)
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language… for further info….www.toefl.org
IELTS - International English Language Testing System.. for further info ….www.ielts.org
10) Getting admission in the USA and Canada is very very competitive , hence the candidate is expected to
maintain minimum GPA (Greater Point Average ) of 3.0 on scale of 4.0 ( preferably FIRST CLASS / DISTINCTION ).
11) Getting ATKT or a YEAR – DROP can affect admission in the Universities.
12) Apart from maintaining a good GPA in the undergraduate course, the student is expected to get a very good score in the GRE ( 1300 + out of 1600) and TOEFL ( 100 + out of 120 ) for getting admit to a good university .
13) The student may get scholarships provided he/she has exceptional GRE score, TOEFL score, Academics and extra-curricular activities.
14) An admit is given to the student on the basis of overall performance …every detail is taken into consideration.

A TYPICAL APPLICATION PACKET CONSISTS OF FOLLOWING:
1) Completed Graduate Application Form ( Online / Paper)
2) Application fees (dollar draft in the name of the university / online)
3) Statement of Purpose ( SOP )
4) 3 letters of Recommendations.
5) Attested Grade Transcripts from the university / College attended
6) Attested Grade Mark sheets from the University / College attended
7) Attested Mark sheets of Std 10th and 12th from the school / college attended
Photocopy of the GRE and TOEFL scores
9) Photocopy of the Passport ( First and Last page )
10) Education Summary ( to show that the candidate has completed 16 years of education )
11) Bankers Letter – ( to show that the sponsor has sufficient funds to support the education of his son/daughter )It should be an Original letter signed by the concerned authorities.
12) Affidavit of financial Support - ( the Affidavit should be on a 20 or 100 rupee Non judicial Stamp Paper indicating that the sponsor has sufficient funds for his son/daughter’s education abroad.) The affidavit is often made by a NOTARY requiring the presence of the sponsor to sign the affidavit in presence of the NOTARY.
13) Achievements Profile – list of achievements with certificates to support the same.
14) Photocopy of Degree Certificates ( attested ) – indicating that the candidate has completed the course – ( if the candidate is in the final year he may not have it )
15) Curriculum Vitae

IMPORTANT:
— When a student applies to a US University, one of the important things in the application packet are the
. TRANSCRIPTS:The transcripts are mandatory for each university without which the application is
considered to be incomplete.
— The Transcripts are usually issued by the college. The Student has to make an application and submit
his/her mark sheets along with the application to the concerned authorities in the college.
— The US universities usually convert your percentage into GPA (GREATER POINT AVERAGE) from the
Transcripts.
— For almost all universities, the transcripts issued by the college are considered to be VALID.
— Some US universities require ORIGINAL UNIVERSITY STAMPED TRANSCRIPTS & DEGREES COMPLETED FOR EXAMPLE: If a candidate from Prin K.M.Kundnani College of Pharmacy has applied to LONG ISLAND
UNIVERSITY ( BROOKLYN CAMPUS or C.W.POST CAMPUS) for pursuing his/her post
graduation, then LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY requires transcripts from MUMBAI UNIVERSITY and
not the college affiliated to the MUMBAI UNIVERSITY ( Prin K.M.Kundnani College of Pharmacy is
affiliated to the MUMBAI UNIVERSITY)
Hence, If a candidate sends transcripts from the college (in this case – Prin K.M.Kundnani College of
Pharmacy), his application WILL NOT BE TAKEN into consideration, unless he/she sends the
transcripts stamped from MUMBAI UNIVERSITY.
— In addition to the transcripts, this university also requires Degree completed – with the degree certificates
attested from Mumbai University without which the application wont be taken into consideration.

FOR EXAMPLE:
If a candidate wishes to get enroll for the FALL 2007, he/ she usually starts applying 8 months prior
i.e. in the month of December 2006 / January 2007 when the candidate is in the final year.
While applying, he/she sends only 6 semesters (SEM 1- 6) transcripts to the university since he/she
will be completing his/her graduation in the month of June / July/ August (depends whenever the result is
declared)
7th Semester and 8th Semester transcripts are usually sent after a student completes his/her graduation and
once he/she is given an admit to the US universities to the graduate international admissions office after
going to the USA.
A provisional degree certificate is given once a candidate has completed his/her graduation.
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY requires all 8 semesters transcripts from the Mumbai University signed
and stamped by the Registrar along with the degree certificates ( CONVOCATION / PROVISIONAL )
signed and stamped by the registrar without which the candidates application wont be taken into
consideration.
Hence, if a candidate is in the final year and has applied to LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, then his/her
application wont be taken into consideration since he/she will send only 6 semesters transcripts and not 8
semesters transcripts & he/she wont be having the DEGREE CERTIFICATE.
— AS PER THE RULES, MUMBAI UNIVERSITY DOES NOT MAKE / ISSUE TRANSCRIPTS FOR ANY STUDENT IRRESPECTIVE OF ANY FIELD.
— Hence in such a situation, the candidate is supposed to make photocopies of the transcripts issued by the
College and give it for ATTESTATION to the University to the concerned authorities.
— LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY also requires original university stamped mark sheets. and not attested
from the college attended.
— SOME OF THE US UNIVERSITIES WHICH REQUIRES ALL 8 SEMESTERS MARKSHEETS,
TRANSCIPTS & DEGREE CERTIFICATES ARE LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY ETC. EVALUATION OF THE TRANSCRIPTS
— Every US university converts candidates percentage into GPA (Greater Point Average) using their own
grading system.
— Some Universities give the job of converting candidate’s percentage to GPA to EVALUATION
AGENCIES like WES (WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES), CED – CENTER OF EDUCATIONAL
DOUCMENTATION etc
—FOR EXAMPLE:
If a candidate has applied to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), then
the candidate is suppose to send his/her mark sheets, transcripts and other application materials to
MCPHS and separately send his/her marks sheets and transcripts at the same to CENTER OF
EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTATION (CED), since MCPHS requires an evaluated copy of the
transcripts from the CENTER OF EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTATION which will convert the
candidate’s percentage from the transcripts/mark sheets to GPA and send it to MCPHS.
CED is the only evaluation service which MCPHS accepts.
—Without the evaluation of mark sheets / transcripts from CED, the candidates application at MCPHS wont
be forwarded from the International Graduate Admission to the Department to which he/she has applied.
—Some of the Universities which require evaluation of transcripts from evaluation agencies include –
LONG ISLAND UNIIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF OKHALOMA AT TULSA , MASSACHUSSETS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY
OF CALIFORNIA AT STOCKTON etc.
—Hence while applying to the US university, the candidate is expected to visit the websites of the
Respective universities and see the requirements of the university, failure to which can delay/affect their
Application / admission process.
THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS COLLECTED FROM THE BOOK “ROAD TO U.S.A”
BY SANKET SHAH -- RX NON IMMIGRANT ALIEN

U.S NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RANKINGS OF THE BEST PHARMACY SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES
Averagereputation score(5 = highest)
1. University of California–San Francisco 4.5
2. University of Texas–Austin 4.2
3. University of Kentucky 4.0
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 4.0
5. Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN) 3.9
University of Minnesota 3.9
7. Ohio State University 3.8
University of Arizona 3.8
University of Florida 3.8
University of Maryland–Baltimore 3.8
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill N 3.8
University of Tennessee–Memphis 3.8
13. SUNY–Buffalo 3.7
University of Illinois–Chicago 3.7
University of Washington 3.7
16. University of Utah 3.6
University of Wisconsin–Madison 3.6
18. University of Southern California 3.5

19.university of Iowa 3.4
Virginia Commonwealth University 3.4
21. University of Kansas 3.3
22. Medical University of South Carolina 3.2
Philidelphia College of Pharmacy & Science 3.2
University of Georgia 3.2
25. University of Mississippi 3.1
University of Nebraska Medical Center 3.1
27. Rutgers College of Pharmacy (NJ) 2.9
St. Louis College of Pharmacy 2.9
University of Oklahoma 2.9
Washington State University 2.9
31. Auburn University (AL) 2.8
Creighton University (NE) 2.8
Mercer University (GA) 2.8
University of Colorado Health Sci 2.8
Univeristy of Missouri–Kansas 2.8
Wayne State University (MI) 2.8
List Of Pharmacy Schools Through Out the World:

http://www.pharmacy.org/schools.html

PHARMA SCHOOLS IN U.S.A
http://programs.gradschools.com/east/pharmaceutical_science.html
http://www.aacp.org/site/tertiary.asp?TRACKID=&VID=2&CID=71&DID=6094
http://www.a2zcolleges.com/medical/Pharmacy/usa/index.html

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF PHARMACY SCHOOS IN U.S.A

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