Public VS Private Pharmacy Schools

October 28, 2018

Written by:  Miral Ishfaq, Forman Christian College, Lahore.


Pharmacy is a recognized healthcare profession. When students decide to become pharmacists, the most common question that comes into their mind is whether to get admission in public or private pharmacy school. The question in itself is a big problem to solve because you have to keep in mind many aspects before finalizing your decision. You need to check what is the most suitable and feasible option for you. Described below is the comparison of public and private pharmacy school:

  1. Fee structure

This is one of the deciding factors for the choice of a pharmacy school. This factor depends on the affordability of the student. Private schools demand more fee than an ordinary public pharmacy school.

                          Fee structure in public school:                        Fee structure in private school:
·         Public schools do not have much fee which a layman can easily afford.

·         There’s no annual fee increment.

·         Private schools have much more fee as compared to public school.

·         Usually private schools have fee increment annually and add taxes in their fee which is difficult to be paid by everyone.



  1. Location of school

It must not be wrong to mention here that

Students should use their time wisely.

Pharmacy profession requires diligent and hardworking students. For this you need to attend each and every class of the school attentively. So your school should be nearest to your house as possible. If you have a public school in your house, that is well and good, but if you don’t have one then you should go for a school which suits your location. Explore other cities if you plan on moving to that city in future.

  1. Curriculum

The element which should be kept in mind while getting admission into a pharmacy school is that the school follows the curriculum decided by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan.

                             Curriculum in public school:                               Curriculum in private school:
·         Mostly public schools follow the criteria and train their students according to the curriculum ·         Private schools also add some extra courses which are necessary for the students to opt besides the main curriculum. (elective subjects)



  1. Internship

Many schools offer internship programs for the students. Internship is a way of exploring and learning practically what a pharmacy graduate is required to do on his job. It gives an initial work experience to the student and helps make him comprehend his duties well.

                          Internship in public school:                                Internship in private school:
·         Public schools offer fewer opportunities for the internship program to the students.


·         Private schools mostly offer internship to the students either in summer or winter break.


  1. Seats available:

The number of seats available in an institute varies greatly depending upon the total facilities it can afford.

                     Seats available in a public school:                   Seats available in a private school:
·         Generally the seats in a public school are greater as the government control’s the school’s budget. ·         Seats available in a private school are fewer as compared to a public school. But no doubt, most of them facilitate their students with a good standard service.


  1. Placement cell:

A placement cell is a department in the institute which invites different companies to market their brand as well as recruit students from the final year of education. These students are likely to graduate in the following academic year so the institute equips the capable students with on-hand jobs.

  1. Facilities:

One should also consider the facilities offered by the school. These facilities include sports basics, promoting extra-curricular activities, transport facilities, library, and essential technologies for educational purposes, cleanliness of surroundings and an able staff.


                  Facilities in public schools:                               Facilities in private schools:
·         Public sector offers fewer facilities as they have more number of students to accommodate as compared to private sector.


·         Free transport facilities are sometimes provided in public schools.

·         The private sector offers more facilities as the amount of students are less. The labs are in good condition in comparison to public schools.

·         Mostly heavy charges are imposed for transport facility.



In the end, I would like to conclude this topic by saying that no matter which school type you go into, it is the effort that counts which makes you in vogue!