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Prescriptionist Programme

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.

Extensive range of courses offered

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.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

Admission to the prescriptionist programme takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

General entry requirements are:

  • Swedish 3 or Swedish course B or Swedish as second language 3, with at least a Pass grade, or the Test i svenska för universitetsstudier, Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education). For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is necessary to have at least Swedish B.
  • English course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge.
  • Mathematics course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge. For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is not necessary to have Mathematics A.

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:

  • Swedish A1 or A2. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades in Swedish B. You can also meet the requirement of Swedish with the Swedish upper secondary school courses: Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3. Swedish B or Swedish as Second Language B issued before 2013-07-01 or Test in Swedish for University Studies (Tisus).
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010 mathematics is not required for general admission.

And specific entry requirements:

  • Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D or Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 (field-specific entry requirements 11/A11).

Selection: grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

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  Josefin Johansson

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