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Overview

The main principles of pharmacy are knowledge from chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and medicine. Based on this, procedures are developed, researched, applied and taught according to which drugs are found, developed, manufactured, tested and stored. In addition, in accordance with the legal mandate, pharmacy is concerned with the safe and proper supply of the population with pharmaceuticals, in particular with the controlled dispensing of pharmaceuticals to doctors and patients, the collection, evaluation and communication of information about pharmaceuticals as well as advice on health care and health education.

Pharmacy is divided into Pharmaceutical Biology, Pharmaceutical / Medicinal Chemistry, Biopharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Technology.

Pharmaceutical biology is primarily concerned with biogenic drugs, but also with their fundamentals from biology, microbiology, biochemistry and botany as well as with the special biological knowledge that is important for pharmacy. In contrast, pharmaceutical / medicinal chemistry thematizes the chemical properties, synthesis, extraction, analysis, stability and bioreactivity (molecular mechanisms of action) of the substances used in pharmaceuticals (active ingredients and auxiliary substances). The field of biopharmaceuticals deals with the relationships between the physico-chemical properties of drugs as well as their dosage forms and biological effects.

Clinical pharmacy builds on knowledge of the pharmaceutical and natural sciences and optimizes drug therapy for humans. In pharmacology, the interaction between drugs and organisms is studied. As a branch of pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology deals with processes for the production of drugs that have the best possible preparation (e.g. optimal tolerance) for use in humans.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The pharmacy course is divided into a basic and main course (2 years each).

After the students have successfully passed all courses of the basic course (1st to 4th semester) and the clinical internship, they complete the 1st section of the pharmaceutical examination. At the end of the main course (5th to 8th semester), the 2nd section of the pharmaceutical examination is taken. This is followed by a practical training of 12 months, followed by the third section of the pharmaceutical examination, whereby after successful completion, the license to practice as a pharmacist can be applied for.

The clinical traineeship has to be completed before the registration for the 1st section of the pharmaceutical examination. At least four of the eight prescribed weeks must be spent in a public pharmacy. The rest of the time can optionally be spent in a hospital or military pharmacy, in the pharmaceutical industry or in a drug testing center or a comparable facility.

The practical twelve-month training takes place after passing the second section of the pharmaceutical examination. At least six months of this must be spent in a public pharmacy and the rest of the time in a hospital or military pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, a university institute or another suitable scientific institution, a drug testing center or a comparable facility.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the study regulations based on the license to practice medicine for pharmacists (AAppO) in the version dated December 6, 2011. The study regulations contain detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual course and an exemplary study schedule. The AAppO defines the type and requirements of the examinations. In the study regulations, the weekly semester hours (SWS) for the individual courses and the entire course are specified.

 

Pharmacy, state examination

Undergraduate studies1st semester

  • General and analytical chemistry of inorganic pharmaceuticals, auxiliaries and pollutants
  • Mathematical and statistical methods for pharmacists
  • Pharmaceutical and medical terminology
  • Chemistry for pharmacists
  • Physics for pharmacists
  • Basics of physical chemistry
  • General Biology for Pharmacists I
  • History of the natural sciences with a special focus on pharmacy

2 semesters

  • Chemistry including the analysis of organic pharmaceuticals, auxiliary substances and pollutants
  • Physico-chemical exercises for pharmacists
  • Physical exercises for pharmacists
  • Cytological and histological foundations of biology
  • Stereochemistry
  • Chemical nomenclature
  • Systematic classification of pathogenic and drug-producing organisms
  • Chemistry and medicinal chemistry for pharmacists

3rd semester

  • Instrument-based analytics
  • Dosage form theory
  • Pharmaceutical Biology I
  • Toxicology of auxiliary substances and pollutants I
  • Medicinal plant excursion, identification exercises
  • Systematic classification of pathogenic and drug-producing organisms
  • Basics of anatomy and physiology I
  • Introduction to instrumental analysis
  • Basics of drug form theory

4th semester

  • Medicinal plant excursions, identification exercises
  • Quantitative determination of pharmaceuticals, auxiliaries and pollutants
  • microbiology
  • Toxicology of auxiliary substances and pollutants II
  • Physiology course
  • Basics of anatomy and physiology II
  • Pharmaceutical Biology II
  • Basics of biochemistry
  • Basics of nutrition
  • General Biology for Pharmacists II
  • General Biology for Pharmacists III
  • Pharmaceutical / Medicinal Chemistry  

Main course5th semester

  • Drug analysis with special consideration of the pharmacopoeia
  • Pharmaceutical / Medicinal Chemistry: Principles and Methods of Drug Control
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Biochemical investigation methods including clinical chemistry
  • Basics of clinical chemistry and pathobiochemistry
  • Pathophysiology / pathobiochemistry
  • Disease theory
  • Pharmaceutical technology including medical devices I, II or III / biopharmaceuticals I, II or III including drug form-related pharmacokinetics
  • Immunology, vaccines, sera
  • Clinical Pharmacy I

6th semester

  • Pharmaceutical Biology III
  • Pharmacological-toxicological demonstration course
  • Biogenic drugs I, II or III
  • Pharmaceutical / Medicinal Chemistry I, II or III
  • Pharmaceutical Biology I, II or III
  • Pharm. Technology including medical devices I, II, III
  • Biopharmaceutical I, II, III including drug form-related pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology I, II or III
  • Pharmacotherapy I, II or III
  • Pathophysiology / pathobiochemistry
  • Clinical Pharmacy II

7th semester

  • Pharmaceutical technology
  • Biogenic drugs I, II or III
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Quality assurance in the manufacture and testing of pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmaceutical technology including medical devices I, II or III
  • Pharmaceutical / Medicinal Chemistry I, II or III
  • Pharmaceutical Biology I, II or III
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology I, II or III
  • Pharmacotherapy I, II or III

8th semester

  • Elective subject
  • Drug analysis, drug monitoring, toxicological and pharmaceutical environmentally relevant investigations
  • Biogenic drugs I, II, or III
  • Pharmaceutical / Medicinal Chemistry I, II or III
  • Pharmaceutical Biology I, II or III
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology I, II or III
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Pharmacotherapy I, II or III
  • Special areas of law for pharmacists

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

After completing their studies in pharmacy, graduates of the pharmacy degree need to be granted a license to practice as a pharmacist in order to be able to work independently as a pharmacist.

Different areas come into question, in particular in the pharmacy, in the hospital, in industry, in state investigation offices, in the armed forces, in administration, at universities, technical colleges or technical colleges as well as in environmental protection.

Possible fields of activity are advisory activities (including provision of information) on pharmaceuticals, but also advice on health promotion, the development, manufacture, quality assurance, testing, dispensing and risk assessment of pharmaceuticals as well as the search for new active ingredients and dosage forms.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

Admission mode 1st semester
Selection process by hochschulstart.de (for high school graduates with an older higher education entrance qualification,
 
Admission mode higher semester
Local admission restriction


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