Welcome to the Department of Pharmacy at Oman Medical College, Bousher Campus. The
department is offering a four year program leading to the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree after
completion of the foundation program. The college is in academic partnership with West Virginia
University, USA and has been approved by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher
Education. Our vision is to be recognized nationally and internationally for quality education in
pharmacy and research in pharmaceutical and health-related topics. Our graduates are prepared
to play a key role in improving the health of Omanis and other people by providing patient care
and improving therapeutic outcomes.
In the final year after the completion of all required courses, the students spend 15 weeks of professional training which
involves 7 weeks in a community pharmacy, 7 weeks in a hospital pharmacy and 1 week of industrial training. Before
beginning their clinical rotations the students are given a white coat and recite the Oath of a Pharmacist during a
traditional White Coat Ceremony. In academic year 2013-2014. an students exchange program was initiated with West
Virginia University./ In October of 2013, 4 students from Oman Medical College spent 4 weeks training in pharmacy
practice in the WVU hospital. In January 2014, 3 Pharmacy Doctorate students from WVU spent four weeks at OMC
training in the Royal Hospital and the Directorate General of Pharmaceutical Affairs of the Ministry of Health to learn
about pharmaceutical care in Oman.
The Pharmacy department has successfully organized Pharmaceutical conferences in 2009, 2010 and 2013 and is planning
to host the next conference in 2015. These conferences involve presentations by internationally known
pharmacist/scientists as well as local pharmacists and provide an opportunity for our faculty and students to interact with
pharmacists from many countries.
All students in the Pharmacy program complete a research project under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Each
project is summarized in a bound thesis followed by an oral presentation of the results along with background and
discussion. Often the studies performed in the research projects have been presented at pharmaceutical conferences both
in Oman and abroad. The research conducted by several students on a project has often resulted in the publication of
these results in well-recognized scientific journals.
Excellent administrative support and encouragement from the management and deans has enabled the department to
progress. Furthermore, the department is planning to start a Masters Program in Clinical pharmacy to provide clinical
pharmacists that are needed in Oman.
I am very optimistic that the department of pharmacy will develop into a College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
encompassing other health science programs.
P. Jayasekhar Nair Ph.D., F.I.C
Professor and Head