Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico (Single cycle degree/Combined Bachelor and Master - 300/360 ECTS) in Pharmacy

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico (Single cycle degree/Combined Bachelor and Master - 300/360 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 9219
Degree Programme Class LM-13 - Pharmacy and industrial pharmacy
Years in which the programme is being held Only 1st and 2nd year
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Patrizia Hrelia
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission to the single cycle degreeprogramme in Pharmacy requires possession of a secondary school diploma awardedafter five years of study or a foreign qualification recognised as suitable.

Additionally, knowledge and skills in thefollowing areas is required:
· biology
· chemistry
· mathematics
· physics
· logical reasoning
· English language proficiency minimumlevel A2

The Single Cycle Degree Programme adopts arestricted access policy at a local level (pursuant to Italian Law 264/99 art.2) according to the available resources.
The number of students eligible forenrolment and the selection procedures will be published each year in therelevant call for applications.
The required knowledge and competencies areassessed through a minimum mark set for passing the admission test for therestricted access degree programme; the sole purpose of the test is to assesswhether the candidate possesses the knowledge required for admission.

Students admitted to the degree programmewith a lower mark than the set minimum mark will be assigned an additionallearning requirement; completion of the additional learning requirement will beassessed through a specific test.

Details of the additional learningrequirement and relevant testing method are set out in the Teaching Regulationfor the degree programme.

Students who do not complete the additionallearning requirements by the date established by the competent bodies and, inany case, by the end of the first year of the degree programme, will berequired to repeat their enrolment for that year.

Programme profile

The Single Cycle Degree Programme inPharmacy is a five year programme whose main goal is to provide the theoreticaland practical knowledge to graduates who will have sound scientific foundationsenabling them to practice as professional pharmacists and work in healthcare asexperts in pharmaceutical drugs and health products (cosmetic products,dietetic products and food supplements, herbal products, medical devices,sanitary goods, etc.).

The degree programme also aims to trainprofessionals with knowledge that will enable them:

a) to perform the role of health educatorsand participate in institutional campaigns run in collaboration with the publicadministration in various areas of healthcare;

b) when dispensing pharmaceutical drugs, toprovide the patient with qualified information, instructions, warnings, adviceand assessment before and after the use of such drugs; to play a key liaisonrole between the patient, the doctor and national health service facilities. Inaddition, Pharmacy graduates must possess the necessary learning abilities tocontinue their training at specialisation schools in the Pharmaceutical area byenrolling in Doctoral or 2nd Level Master programmes.

The learning outcomes of the single cycledegree programme comply with the guidelines set by Italian legislation andEuropean Union directive 2005/36/EC. The pharmacist is authorised to practiceprofessional activities, such as: procurement, storage and dispensing ofmedicines containing active chemical, natural or biotechnological substances,galenic preparations, quality controls, pharmacovigilance, health promotion,health education, information on medicinal drugs and medical devices,monitoring and analysis of consumption/cost of drugs and medical devices(particularly hospital pharmacists), inspection of the management of narcoticdrugs, and pharmacoepidemiology (particularly hospital or communitypharmacists). Additionally, the community pharmacist participates in themonitoring of pharmaceutical expenditure, the supervision of distributionactivities, the planning of direct distribution activities, and the supervisionof the proper administrative management of pharmacies.

In setting the learning outcomes of thesingle cycle degree programme careful consideration has been given to the newprofessional functions already outlined at the national and European Unionlevels and which have also been identified through consultation with therepresentative organisations of the production of goods and services and of theprofessions. These include: integrated home care, initial analysis,appropriateness of medicine use, continuity of medicine supply for cases ofongoing treatment, alongside specific in-depth studies on: pharmaceutical care,pharmacotherapy, pharmacovigilance, health promotion, information on medicinaldrugs and medical devices, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics andbiostatistics.

To achieve the learning outcomes set outabove, the single cycle degree programme in Pharmacy is structured in a waythat allows progressive learning by the student. It starts out with the studyof the basic disciplines during the first two years and is completed over thesubsequent three years which focus on specialist disciplines and include asuitable professional internship. This structure allows a gradual and ongoingprogression in the student's acquisition of multidisciplinary knowledge withthe aim of training single cycle graduates in Pharmacy for a professional role.The disciplinary areas studied during the first two years are:

1) basic physics-mathematics, statistics-ITand chemistry areas;
2) basic biology and physiology areas;

During the subsequent three years, studentscontinue their specialist training with courses grouped under the followinglearning areas:

3) physiopathology area;
4) pharmacology and toxicology areas;
4) chemistry-pharmaceutics area;
5) technological-legislative andprofessional training areas.

On completion of the teaching activities,the students acquire at least 9 CFU credits through the independent choice ofteaching activities from among those offered within the degree programme ordelivered by the University. Finally, to complete their practical-professionaltraining, the single cycle degree programme gives students the opportunity toapply the interdisciplinary knowledge they have gained during the degreeprogramme through a professional internship carried out in a pharmacy that isopen to the public (community pharmacy) or located within a hospital (hospitalpharmacy), under the guidance of a pharmacist acting as their contact person.The internship is full-time and lasts for a period of at least six months. Theinternship is full-time and lasts for a period of at least six months. At theend of the programme, students will take a final exam involving the discussionof a written library-based dissertation of a practical-professional orexperimental nature.

New Pharmacy graduates, in accordance withapplicable legislation, can carry out a six-month post-graduate internship inpharmacies open to the public or with companies operating in the chemical,pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors, as a pathway for entering the profession.

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master courses of second degree.

Career opportunities

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