The Right Choice | B.Sc Nursing and B.Pharma: Experts outline key differences: There is more interest among students to study medical courses. Students who do not get MPBS prefer to pursue paramedical courses. BSc Nursing and BSc Pharmacy are the most preferred courses among these paramedical courses. But the big confusion among most of the students is whether to opt for BSc Nursing or B.Pharm. In order to avoid confusion among the students, let us now take a look at the eligibility criteria, syllabus, structure and job opportunities offered by these courses.
B.Sc Nursing is a four-year undergraduate course that focuses on knowledge and skills related to the field of nursing. It prepares students to care for patients.
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B. Pharm is a four-year undergraduate course that trains students to manufacture and distribute pharmaceuticals.
“B.Sc. Nursing students work with patients, while B.Pharm students learn about medicines,” said Lakshmamma Tadakara, Principal, GITAM School of Nursing, GITAM University.
For B.Sc Nursing, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are compulsory subjects in class 12th.
For B.Pharm, Physics or Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics are compulsory subjects in 12th standard.
Topics in B.Sc Nursing Syllabus: English, Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Fundamentals of Nursing, Psychology, Introduction to Computers, Sociology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Genetics, Medical Surgical Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Child Health Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Communication and Educational Technology, Midwifery and Obstetric Nursing, Nursing Research and Clinical Services and Educational Management.
In the B.Pharm course, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Analysis, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacology, Biotechnology, Pharmacology and Ethics, Industrial Pharmacology, Basic Medicine Key topics include management computer applications, communication skills, and environmental science.
B.Sc. Nursing graduates can work as nurses in public and private hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and health departments, as well as become medical coders, medical writers, and medical researchers. There is also an opportunity to work as a nurse abroad.
B. Pharm graduates can work as pharmacists in government and private hospitals, clinics and health departments. In addition, they may also be a pharmaceutical analyst, chemist or pharmacist, and quality control and production chemist. This course also gives you an opportunity to open your own manufacturing company.
Talking about the demand in this field, College Principal Tadagara said, “The demand for B. Pharm related jobs has increased since the start of the Corona epidemic, due to which students are now showing more interest in it.”
How to make final selection?
Both programs have different curricula and offer different skills. So, you cannot switch from one to the other when it comes to job opportunities. So, the choice mostly depends on their interest.
Navneet Khurana, Coordinator, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Lovely Professional University, said, “Compared to B.Pharm students, B.Sc. Nursing students acquire different knowledge and skill-sets while studying. So, we cannot switch from one to the other when it comes to job opportunities,” he said.
Also, ” B.Sc. Nursing is about patient-care and the student should choose this course only if he/she is interested in bedside patient care. If the student is more interested in manufacturing and distributing drugs, they will b. Opt for Pharm,” said Dr Khurana.
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