Other Courses and Examinations conducted by the Department
- Internal Pharmacy course
- External Pharmacists’ Examination
The Internal Pharmacy is another academic program conducted by the Departments of Pharmacology and Pharmacy for Ceylon Medical College Council (CMCC) and the Ministry of Health. On successful completion of the course the students are granted the “Certificate of Proficiency in Pharmacy” by the Ceylon Medical College Council and registered by Sri Lanka Medical Council as pharmacist. All candidates who successfully complete the course of study are absorbed in to the Ministry of Health to serve as pharmacists in the government hospitals.
The students for this course are selected from the results of the GCE A/L Examination. They are divided into two groups by the Ceylon Medical College Council. The department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy conducts the course for the Ceylon Medical College Council at the Department of Pharmacy premise for one group while the National Institute of Health sciences (NIHS) in Kalutara for the other group. This course is a full time curriculum covering academic activities spanning two years, including a six months period of internship in hospital pharmacy. The curriculum includes Pharmaceutics 1 and 2, Pharmacy Law and Ethics, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. Although the teaching activities are carried out in two separate institutions, the exams are held by the Ceylon Medical College Council at the Faculty of Medicine, with the participation of all the Academic staff of the by Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy.
The 1½ years of teaching activities are divided into 6 terms and at the end of the 3rdterm a continuous assessment which is a theory exam, is held and at completion of 6 terms the End of Course Evaluation is held which includes theory, practical and viva components. The students who pass the assessment will get their internship appointment in a teaching hospital or a base hospital according to their merit rank. At the completion of the internship a viva voce examination is held in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy.
The program provides a foundation for studies in the professional aspects of pharmacy and prepares the trainees for the contemporary role of a pharmacist in the government sector ensuring optimized medication usage by the patients.
External Pharmacists’ Apprenticeship and Examination
The “External Pharmacists’ Examination” is conducted by the Ceylon Medical College Council (CMCC). To be eligible for the apprenticeship the candidates must possess a Pass in General English at the GCE O/L with a Pass in Chemistry and two more Passes in subjects of the Science stream, also candidate who already possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Science can register as an apprentice pharmacist at the Sri Lanka Medical Council. The candidates are eligible to sit for the examination after completing their apprenticeship for two years under a master pharmacist in a registered pharmacy.
The External Pharmacy examination is held once or twice a year as determined by the CMCC. The Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy conducts all the theory, practical and viva voce components of the examination. The candidates who pass the exam will receive the “Certificate of Efficiency in Pharmacy”, and are eligible to obtain their registration as a pharmacist from the Sri Lanka Medical Council to practice as pharmacists in the private sector in the country, mainly in privately owned retail pharmacies.
Other courses for which inputs are given in Pharmacology
- Ophthalmic Technology course
- Cardiography Training course
It is a three year training program conducted by School of Ophthalmic Technology at the eye hospital Colombo under the Ministry of Health. Students are selected by their A/L Z-score rankings. Our department contributes to teaching of Pharmacology component of the curriculum and the assessment.
The School of Cardiography of National Hospital of Sri Lanka trains cardiographers (Diploma holders of Cardiography). Students are selected by their A/L Z-score rankings. Our department contributes to Pharmacology component of the curriculum and the assessment.