Growing numbers and increasingly advanced pharmaceuticals have changed the professional role of the prescriptionist in recent years.
The prescriptionist programme provides you with extensive knowledge in chemistry, physiology, pharmacology and pharmaceutics, which is required to understand how pharmaceuticals act in the body.
The prescriptionist programme is arranged in cooperation between the Sahlgrenska Academy and the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Gothenburg.
The prescriptionist programme in Gothenburg is a modern professional programme with pharmaceuticals and information on pharmaceuticals in focus. It is a three-year programme comprising 180 higher education credits that lead to the degree as a graduate prescriptionist, which is a professional qualification, and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. There is also an opportunity to continue at the master's level, which is required to qualify for doctoral studies.
Prescriptionists work at pharmacies as well as the pharmaceutical industry, at authorities and bioscience research laboratories. Areas that are partially new to prescriptionists are self care and preventive healthcare.
The prescriptionist programme comprises six main blocks. The programme includes courses in chemistry, cell biology, integrative biomedicine, pharmaceutics and social pharmaceutics as well as on-the-job training.
The introductory course provides an overall view of the opportunities that choosing the profession of a prescriptionist has to offer and of the prescriptionist's role in the chain of care. The professional role builds extensively on searching for, assimilating and conveying information on pharmaceuticals. Interpretation of scientific research, biostatistics, mathematics, information searches and the ability to present and convey information are therefore key elements of the introductory course.
The course Pharmaceutical advice and communication ties back into this later in the programme. The first year is otherwise primarily devoted to basic knowledge in chemistry and cell biology, which is of major importance to how a pharmaceutical works in the body.
Integrative biomedicine encompasses several different courses and extends over one and a half semester. Knowledge is initially provided about the anatomy of the human body, the physiological processes and the regulation and coordination of the entire organism. This forms the basis of pharmacology where the active mechanisms of the pharmaceuticals are studied. The block also covers basic pathology, medical microbiology and tumour biology.
In semester four, the origins, structure, manufacture and toxicology of pharmaceuticals are studied, as well as the use of pharmaceuticals from a social perspective. The fifth semester addresses European pharmaceutical legislation and pharmacokinetics, which describe how pharmaceuticals are taken up, distributed, metabolised and secreted from the body.
The programme is concluded with an opportunity for specialisation in the form of optional courses in topics such as clinical trials, pharmaceutical production and veterinary pharmaceuticals. The theoretical knowledge is converted into practice through a degree project and pharmacy work placement.
Admission to the prescriptionist programme takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.
General entry requirements are:
If you have an IB degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish and mathematics.
For general admission, you must have:
And specific entry requirements:
Selection: grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).