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Diploma of Doctor of Pharmacy

The diploma of general training in pharmaceutical sciences sanctions the first part of the studies for the State diploma of doctor of pharmacy; it includes six semesters of training validated by the obtaining of 180 European credits, corresponding to the licence level.

The first two semesters of training correspond to the first year of common health studies.

The courses set up must allow students to progressively develop their training project and, for those who wish to do so, to reorient themselves through the implementation of bridges.

Foreign languages are taught, as well as training for the level 1 emergency care certificate, computer skills and an introduction to research.

The diploma of general training in pharmaceutical sciences is delivered to students who have validated all the teaching units allowing them to acquire the 180 European credits corresponding to the training provided.

  • Objectives of the training

    The objectives of the training provided allow the acquisition of :

    • basic knowledge in the field of exact and biological sciences;
    • a specific knowledge of the disciplines necessary for the study of medicines and other health products;
    • the skills necessary for the proper use of this knowledge;
    • the elements useful for the orientation of the student towards the various professions in pharmacy, particularly in the fields of pharmacy and pharmacies for internal use, medical biology, industry and research.

    The items corresponding to these objectives are listed in the annex to this order.

    This training must also provide an introduction to research, as well as the acquisition of knowledge that can be taken into account in another course of study.

    The courses include theoretical, methodological, applied and practical courses and the completion of internships. Their organisation is defined by the university authorities, after consulting the council of the training and research unit providing pharmaceutical training.

    The training makes use of information and communication technologies applied to teaching; it is given on site or by distance learning, or in a combination of these two modes.

    The teaching is organized by pedagogical objectives and in part in an integrated manner, in the form of teaching units articulated between them in coherence with the objectives of the training. They include

    • the teaching units of the common core which must represent at least 80% and at most 90% of the total teaching;
    • teaching units freely chosen by the student and, if necessary, free teaching units, defined in the appendix to this order;
    • internships.

    The sharing of teaching between the first year common to health studies is encouraged.

    During the last two semesters, the student must complete a training course of a maximum duration of two weeks with the objective of putting into practice thematic teaching

  • Internships

    The following internships are organized:

    • an optional internship to discover the world of work in the health sector (outside the pharmacy and internal use pharmacy) lasting one month before the beginning of the third semester;
    • in the second year (DFG SP2), a compulsory introductory pharmacy internship, lasting four weeks, full-time, in one or two periods, before the start of the fifth semester, in the same pharmacy open to the public, or in the same mutualist pharmacy, or in the same pharmacy of a mining relief society. Exceptionally, the director of the training and research unit providing pharmaceutical training may authorise a candidate to carry out the training period in a pharmacy located abroad, when the owner of this pharmacy holds the French State diploma of pharmacist or the State diploma of doctor of pharmacy or a diploma allowing the practice of pharmacy in France;
    • in the 3rd year (DFG SP3), a 15-day internship to discover the hospital world;
    • an optional research internship.

Students holding a general training diploma in pharmaceutical sciences may register for the advanced diploma in pharmaceutical sciences.

  • Objectives and skills to be acquired

    The training leading to the DFA SP has for objectives, according to a competency-based approach:

    • The acquisition of scientific, medical and pharmaceutical knowledge completing and deepening that acquired during the previous cycle; this knowledge concerns the fields of sciences applied to drugs and other health products, biological sciences, medical semiology, public health and therapeutics.
    • The acquisition of practical knowledge: internships and training for professional practice, the purpose and organization of which are adapted to the student's curriculum.
    • The acquisition of skills to ensure the role of listening and accompanying the patient
    • Training in the scientific approach
    • Learning to work in a team and acquiring communication techniques, which are essential for professional practice.
    • The development of the ability to evaluate oneself and to ask the right questions in a situation
    • The introduction to continuous professional development including the evaluation of professional practices and the continuous deepening of knowledge.

    The common core training allows the acquisition of knowledge and skills in order to

    • Communicate with the patient and other health professionals, promoting an interprofessional approach.
    • Understand the pathologies and clinical and biological investigations as well as the related therapeutics
    • Study drugs and other health products from the point of view of design, synthesis, mechanism of action, toxicology and proper use
    • To participate in the therapeutic education of the patient
    • To ensure first aid procedures
    • Understand the objectives of public health
    • Apply the legal, deontological and ethical rules.
  • Cursus

    The training includes :

    • semesters one and two which include a common core and specific teaching;
    • semesters three and four, which constitute the university hospital year.

    From the second semester onwards, specific teaching is organised for the training course chosen for the next two semesters. It allows the student, by relying on teaching units in the field of the chosen professional orientation, to deepen or complete his knowledge and skills in a field of pharmaceutical sciences. From the third semester onwards, the courses specific to the chosen course of study enable students to deepen their knowledge and skills in the field of their chosen professional orientation.

  • Internships

    The following internships are organized :

    • in the 4th year (DFA SP1), a compulsory internship in a pharmacy or in a hospital department under the responsibility of a pharmacist carried out during semesters one or two of the advanced training diploma and having for objective the practical application of thematic teachings. Its duration is of one week minimum according to the duration of the training course carried out during semesters five and six of the diploma of general training in pharmaceutical sciences;
    • in the 5th year (DFA SP2), a compulsory hospital internship lasting between five and six months full-time equivalent, during semesters three and four of the training, the purpose and organisation of which are adapted to the student's training course. The duration of this hospital internship will be defined in such a way that the total duration of the compulsory internships in a pharmacy and in a hospital under the responsibility of a pharmacist is not less than six months full-time equivalent at the end of the second year of training;
    • one (or more) optional internship(s) to discover the professional environment in the field of health, carried out within the framework of the student's professional orientation project.
  • Objectives and skills to be acquired

    The third short cycle is accessible to students who have obtained the diploma of in-depth training in pharmaceutical sciences and who have validated the certificate of pharmaceutical synthesis (CSP). The short third cycle lasts two semesters. It allows the student :

    • to deepen the knowledge and skills related to the chosen professional orientation and training course and possibly to engage in a particular pharmaceutical specialization, specific to this professional orientation;
    • The short third cycle includes theoretical, supervised and practical courses as well as a six-month continuous full-time professional internship. Optional courses may be offered by the universities. The educational recommendations relating to the short third cycle are set out in Annex II of this decree. The teaching and training courses are adapted to the chosen professional orientation.
  • Professional practice internship

    The period of professional practice shall be completed :

    • either in a pharmacy, a mutual benefit pharmacy or a pharmacy of a mining relief society, whose proprietor or managing pharmacist is approved under the conditions laid down in article 21 below, or, exceptionally, in a pharmacy for internal use in a health establishment. This training period may, following the opinion of the training advisers provided for in Article 22 of this Order, be completed in two pharmacies in two three-month periods
    • or in a pharmaceutical establishment referred to in article L. 5124-1 of the public health code, or in an industrial or commercial establishment whose activities are likely to contribute to the training of pharmacists. This training period may, exceptionally, be completed in any other structure which has been approved by the board of the training and research unit providing pharmaceutical training. The trainee receives a monthly allowance from the pharmacy, industrial establishment or structure which hosts him.

    Students may, at their request and with the agreement of the director of the training and research unit concerned, complete their training period in an establishment located outside France, subject to approval by the president of the university, on the proposal of the director of the training and research unit providing pharmaceutical training and after signing an agreement between the university and this establishment defining the conditions for organising this training period with a view to its validation.When this training period is carried out in a pharmacy located abroad, it must be completed by a training period of at least three months in France carried out in a pharmacy whose holder is approved under the conditions laid down in article 21 of this decree.

  • Obtaining the State Diploma of Doctor of Pharmacy

    The State Diploma of Doctor of Pharmacy is awarded to students who have successfully completed the three cycles of study and defended their thesis.

Galen's Oath

I swear, in the presence of the Masters of the Faculty, the Advisors of the Order of Pharmacists and my fellow students

Tohonour those who have instructed me in the precepts of my art and to show them my gratitude by remaining faithful to their teaching.

Topractice, in the interest of public health, my profession with conscience and to respect not only the legislation in force, but also the rules of honour, probity and disinterestedness.

To never forget my responsibility and duties towards the patient and his human dignity, and to respect professional secrecy.

In no case will I agree to use my knowledge and my state to corrupt morals and encourage criminal acts.

May men esteem me if I am faithful to my promises, and may I be covered with opprobrium and despised by my colleagues if I fail to keep them.


Claudius Galenus

Born in Pergamon around 292, and died around 200/216, was a Greek physician of antiquity.

Considered one of the fathers of pharmacy, he had a lasting influence on Christian, Jewish and Muslim medicine in the Middle Ages.

His theories dominated the medical knowledge of Western civilization for more than a millennium.

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