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OPEN to be a Pharmacy Professional with B.Pharm Honors Degree

Pharmacy is one of the highly recognised and reputed health disciplines in the world. Its professional service covers the areas of pharmaceutical sciences; involves the manufacturing of medicines in the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy practice; provides the clinical service in the health sector. In many countries, the role of the pharmacist goes beyond its traditional role of issuing drugs to a patient. Sri Lanka still strives to achieve that evolution in pharmacy professions where it is essential to have graduate and postgraduate education in pharmacy.
With that requirement in aim, the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) has taken a challenging step in 2012 and became the first State University which offers Graduate Studies in pharmacy through the “Distance Learning Mode”. The Department of Pharmacy was also established under the Faculty of Health Sciences at OUSL in advance to fulfill this objective. It opens up the opportunity to get the standard degree qualification at any age while working and even with other commitments at any age through dedication.
Currently, the Department of Pharmacy is offering the Bachelor of Pharmacy Honors (BPharm Hons) Degree Program aligned with the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF) standards. It is a four-year degree program with a 120 credit value which is conducted in the English medium.
It consists of course work, practical sessions, field visits, and a research project. Students will be provided with written course material and online course with activities to support the Distance Learning Mode.
Students are provided with facilities to access these online courses at all the regional and study centers located throughout the country. Limited numbers of face-to-face contact sessions (eg: lectures/ discussions) are conducted by qualified lecturers in the field to support students in clarifying subject matter and problems.
Attendance for practical classes, conducted in well-equipped and facilitated laboratories, is compulsory.
Pharmacists who were registered with the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) with a Diploma in Pharmacy or Certificate of Proficiency in Pharmacy or Certificate of Efficiency in Pharmacy can follow the degree program after passing a selection test for competency.
There are hundreds of BPharm students who study in a calm and supportive learning environment with modern technology at OUSL. They are trained to work as developers and manufacturers of medicines, hospital/clinical pharmacists, community pharmacists, regulatory pharmacists and researchers at any area in pharmacy with updated knowledge, favorable attitudes and skills.
These students may qualify in following postgraduate degrees in pharmacy, such as the Master in Pharmacy (MPharm), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) at local or foreign universities after completing the degree since the OUSL BPharm degree has been designed to meet the local and international standards and requirements.
OUSL has opened up the opportunity to be a competent BPharm graduate, and now it is your turn to be a part of OUSL and take the best choice in your life.

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