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Academic year 2023/2024
Master's Degree (MSc) on PHARMACY

Coordinator Prof. Patrizia Diana
5 years
PALERMO
Number of seats in local planning: 146
Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies
Course Code
2018

Course info
Consistent with the EEC Directive 85/432, the 2nd cycle degree course in Pharmacy provides the theoretical and practical training needed to carry out the profession of Pharmacist. Consistent with Ministerial Decree 1147/2022, graduates in Pharmacy qualify for the profession, when taking and passing the final examination. Pharmacists must be prepared to perform the duties of a health professional with multi-disciplinary scientific competences (chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, pharmacological, toxicological, and technological) within the national health service and consistently with its objectives. The course also provides adequate skills in the technological-regulatory and economic-managerial fields, considering the evolution of professional educational needs of graduates in the class Lm-13 Graduates in Pharmacy are authorized to carry out the following professional activities: professional expert of drugs and health products (including medical devices, diagnostic products and health products, dietary products, herbal products and cosmetics); expert in the quality control, storage, preservation and distribution of drugs in the wholesale and pharmacies open to the public and hospital pharmacies, information and advice in the field of drug and over-the-counter products, in direct relationship with the public. Mandatory professional training, in a public pharmacy or in a hospital under the supervision of pharmaceutical services for not less than six months is awarded with 30 credits (equivalent to 750 hours). Course outline. The first four years of the course provide core, class specific, related, and integrative educational activities, as well as "other educational activities" and further skills, through the autonomous choice of educational activities among the ones suggested by the Degree Course and the ones offered by the University. The fifth course year is mostly devoted to practical professional training and to the preparation of the final dissertation. The structure of the course provides students with a gradual and constant progression of their competence level. The specific learning outcomes of the degree course will be achieved through: a) Core activities (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine) useful for a sound scientific background, introductory to the understanding and advancement in class specific subjects. b) Class specific activities (chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, pharmacological and technological competences), needed to acquire command of the chemical and structural features of active ingredients, pharmaceutical forms and raw materials used for the formulation of therapeutic preparations, as well as of the pharmacological bases of their action, including pharmaco-therapeutic, toxicological aspects, etc., and activities providing economics-business issues, consistent with the new educational needs of graduates in class L-13. c) educational activities aiming at the knowledge of laws and deontological norms useful for the various aspects of professional activity. d) Class related and integrative activities with respect to biology and food chemistry, completing their professional education. Elective activities for 12 credits in total will be also provided, integrating the above-mentioned activities. The degree course aims at providing graduates with a good knowledge of English language. All scientific sectors are covered by and adequate number of credits, both at theoretical and experimental level, divided in more course years, thus providing graduates with advanced knowledge and competences in the pharmaceutical sector.
Profile: Pharmacist, Chemist and similar professions, Researcher and Industrial Operator in Pharmaceutical Sciences Functions: The graduate in Pharmacy possesses the solid theoretical and applicative cultural bases of a professional capable of managing the entire sequence of the complex multidisciplinary process which, starting from the design, leads to the production, formulation, control and dispensation of the drug. After obtaining the professional qualification of Pharmacist, he/she can perform all the functions required by law for this profession and in particular: - preparation of the pharmaceutical form of medicines in industry; - control of medicines in a public or private medicine control laboratory; - storage, preservation and distribution of medicines at the wholesale stage; - preparation, control, storage and distribution of medicines in pharmacies open to the public; - preparation, control, storage and distribution of medicines in public or private hospitals (hospital pharmacies); - dissemination of information and advice in the field of medicines, cosmetic, dietetic and nutritional, herbal products, for the maintenance and protection of health status; - formulation, production, packaging, quality and stability control and toxicological evaluation of cosmetic products; - production of pesticides, pesticides and medical aids; - analysis and control of the physical-chemical and hygienic characteristics of mineral waters; - analysis and quality control of food products, including products destined for a particular diet; - production and control of medical devices and medical-surgical devices; - transformation, mixing, concentration and fractionation of parts of plants and their derivatives, both for therapeutic and herbal purposes. Furthermore, graduates in Pharmacy have the possibility, according to the D.P.R. 5.6.2001 n.328, to take the State Examination for the registration to the section A of the Professional Register of Chemists, which allows the exercise of the relative professional activities. The functions that graduates may have in these working areas are mostly related to: planning, research and development; biological analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis of substances having biological or toxicological activity; production and formulation; quality control; patenting, registration and marketing; promotion, distribution and marketing; management positions of laboratories; everything required by the profession of pharmacist and the profession of chemist. Skills: The skills associated with the pharmacist function are: - knowledge of medicines and substances used for their manufacture; - knowledge of pharmaceutical technology and physical, chemical, biological and microbiological control of medicines; - knowledge of the metabolism and effects of medicines, as well as the action of toxic substances and the use of the medicines themselves; - knowledge enabling to evaluate scientific data concerning medicinal products to be evaluated so that appropriate information can be provided on this basis; - knowledge of the rules and conditions governing the exercise of pharmaceutical activities. Professional opportunities: Graduates in Pharmacy carry out their professional activity at: public or private pharmacies; hospital pharmacies; chemical-pharmaceutical, biotechnological, food, cosmetic and health products industries; CRO (clinical research monitoring company); service company for the pharmaceutical and life science sector; public and private laboratories of chemical-toxicological, environmental and biochemical clinical analysis; industries that operate in the toxicological-environmental field; regulatory agencies; schools, universities and other public and private research institutions.
The final exam of the single-cycle degree course in pharmacy and industrial pharmacy - class LM-13 qualifies to practice the profession of pharmacist. To this end, the final exam includes a practical evaluation test of the professional skills acquired with the practical evaluation internship, aimed at ascertaining the level of technical preparation of the candidate for the qualification to practice the profession, and the discussion of the thesis. The practical evaluation internship is a training course of a professional nature aimed at providing the skills necessary for carrying out the activities of the pharmacist within the National Health Service, both in a pharmacy open to the public and/or in a hospital pharmacy or at the territorial pharmaceutical services under the supervision of the pharmaceutical service. The final test consists of the preparation of a written dissertation related to the gathering and critical processing of bibliographic materials or other data related to the course cultural and professional content (compilatory dissertation), or an experimental activity about an original (mono- or multidisciplinary) topic, carried out in a research laboratory in which a member of the Faculty works, or in other public or private facilities, under specific agreements (experimental dissertation). The original dissertation, prepared by the student under the guidance of a supervising professor is publicly discussed in front of a Board of Professors, and final mark will be awarded out of 110.

course outline
Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
00133 - GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY Details RUBINO (RU) 10.0 1 V A CHIM/03
01650 - PLANT BIOLOGY AND PHARMACOGNOSIS - INTEGRATED COURSE Details SPADARO (PA) 9.0 1 V
PLANT BIOLOGY SPADARO (PA) 3.0 C BIO/02
PHARMACOGNOSIS VENTURELLA (RU) 6.0 B BIO/14
20692 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS - EQUIVALENT TO LEVEL B1 Details 3.0 1 G E
21257 - ANIMAL BIOLOGY Details ARIZZA (PO) 6.0 1 V A BIO/05
01115 - COMPUTING SKILLS 4.0 2 G F
01286 - HUMAN ANATOMY Details CAMPANELLA (PO) 6.0 2 V A BIO/16
18247 - MICROBIOLOGY Details SCHILLACI (PA) 7.0 2 V A BIO/19
19181 - PHYSICS WITH ELEMENTS OF MATHEMATICS Details D'OCA (PA) 10.0 2 V A FIS/07
20691 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS - EQUIVALENT TO LEVEL B2 Details 3.0 2 G E
Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01799 - ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY Details BONGIORNO (PA) 6.0 1 V A CHIM/01
01933 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY Details BUSCEMI (PO) 10.0 1 V A CHIM/06
09065 - PHARMACEUTICAL ANALYSIS OF DRUGS I Details MONTALBANO (PA) MONTALBANO (PA) 10.0 1 V B CHIM/08
19178 - GENERAL AND MOLECULAR BIOCHEMISTRY Details TESORIERE (PO) 12.0 2 V B BIO/10
23360 - GENERAL AND NUTRITION PHYSIOLOGY - INTEGRATED COURSE Details BALDASSANO (PA) 12.0 2 V
GENERAL PHYSIOLOGY BALDASSANO (PA) 8.0 A BIO/09
PHYSIOLOGY OF NUTRITION 4.0 C BIO/09
23361 - HYGIENE, PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH Details COSTANTINO (PA) 6.0 2 V A MED/42
Teachings third year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01215 - PHARMACEUTICAL ANALYSIS OF DRUGS 2 Details DIANA (PO) RAIMONDI (PA) 10.0 1 V B CHIM/08
01873 - PHARMACEUTICAL AND TOXICOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 1 Details BARRAJA (PO) 10.0 1 V B CHIM/08
19170 - GENERAL AND CLINICAL PATHOLOGY AND MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY Details VASTO (PA) 8.0 1 V A MED/04
19173 - GENERAL PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACOTHERAPY Details POMA (PA) 10.0 2 V B BIO/14
19174 - DIETARY FOOD AND PRODUCTS Details DI STEFANO (PA) 6.0 2 V B CHIM/10
19179 - PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY Details PITARRESI (PO) 8.0 2 V B CHIM/09
23359 - APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY FOR SERVICE PHARMACY Details PINTAUDI (RU) 10.0 2 V B BIO/10
Teachings fourth year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01870 - MEDICINAL AND TOXICOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 2 Details PARRINO (PA) 10.0 1 V B CHIM/08
19171 - PHARMACEUTICAL FORMS Details PITARRESI (PO) 8.0 1 V B CHIM/09
19175 - DRUG AND BIOMOLECULE ANALYSIS Details MARTORANA (PA) MARTORANA (PA) 8.0 1 V B CHIM/08
07645 - TOXICOLOGY Details VENTURELLA (RU) 10.0 2 V B BIO/14
19172 - DRUG REGULATIONS AND GALENICAL PREPARATIONS LABORATORY Details PALUMBO (PO) CRAPARO (PA) 10.0 2 V B CHIM/09
23398 - PRACTICAL EVALUATION INTERNSHIP (TPV) I 15.0 2 G S
Teachings fifth year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
23368 - DRUG SURVEILLANCE, DRUG ECONOMICS AND PHARMACY MANAGEMENT - INTEGRATED COURSE Details CRAPARO (PA) 12.0 1 V
PHARMACY MANAGEMENT 6.0 B SECS-P/08
DRUG SURVEILLANCE AND PHARMACOECONOMICS CRAPARO (PA) 6.0 B CHIM/09
23397 - PRACTICAL EVALUATION INTERNSHIP (TPV) II 15.0 1 G S
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 18.0 2 G E
19168 - BIOTECHNOLOGICAL DRUGS Details DIANA (PO) 6.0 2 V C CHIM/08
Free subjects (suggested) 12.0 D
Elective activities
Free subjects (suggested) credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
16467 - BIOCHEMISTRY OF ORGANS AND SPECIALISED TISSUES Details TESORIERE (PO) 6.0 2 V D BIO/10
19167 - COSMETIC PRODUCT TECHNOLOGY Details DE CARO (PA) 6.0 2 V D CHIM/09
23354 - MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION IN PHARMACY Details 6.0 2 V D SECS-P/08
Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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