What do you learn in pharmacy school


North Rhine Chamber of Pharmacists

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Professional code of conduct for pharmacists of the North Rhine Chamber of Pharmacists.


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What does the abbreviation “PTA” stand for?

You will learn everything you need to know about medicines, their correct use and mode of action.

You will learn the relevant techniques for the correct manufacture and precise testing of drugs, active ingredients and excipients.

You work largely independently under the responsibility of a pharmacist and support him in delivering prescriptions, giving advice on how to take medication correctly or informing patients and customers about non-prescription drugs.
You are also familiar with general health issues and can pass on your knowledge, for example, about skin care, cosmetics and healthy nutrition.

Profile & personality
For a responsible job as a PTA you need extensive specialist knowledge as well as empathy, friendliness and patience when dealing with sick people or people seeking advice.

Talents & Deeds
Your favorite subjects come from the field of natural sciences. You are particularly interested in chemistry and biology. You trust yourself to learn, retain and put into practice extensive amounts of material.

Activity & charisma
PTA is an extremely interesting and diverse profession. Your activities range from patient counseling to laboratory and formulation to IT and organization. A positive charisma is important in every situation.

As a PTA you are at the same time ...

  • ... consultants
  • ...Organizer
  • ... laboratory assistant
  • ... confidant

They need your empathy
Your knowledge and your experience.

We often work with several PTAs in a team and support the pharmacist. Usually we are given a lot of responsibility. Your balance, your flexibility and your cool head are particularly in demand when things get hectic.

Pharmacists are responsible for giving patients advice and correct dispensing of medicines.

The pharmacy space that is accessible to customers and patients is called an Offizin. Here you advise patients and take care of all areas related to health.

The future patients are parents and children, adolescents and seniors, poor and rich, healthy and sick. Animals are also sometimes included.

Test methods
We are proficient in various test methods. With these we can ensure that the raw materials meet the highest quality standards so that we can manufacture highly effective, individual drugs.

We advise on various self-tests, such as pregnancy tests, check blood sugar and cholesterol levels and take blood pressure measurements.

Medicines come in many different forms. Our tasks include the production of ointments, capsules, suppositories, solutions or teas.

In addition to the pharmacy, a laboratory, recipe, storage room and night duty room also belong to a pharmacy.
Things get really interesting in the laboratory and in the recipe. Because here we can manufacture medicines for our patients ourselves. For example, ointments with active ingredients in certain dosages.

Programs & Patients
You have to be able to use your pharmacy software safely so that you can devote your time to the patient. You will be made fit with qualified training by the software provider or by colleagues.

The determination of the correct drug price, the so-called appraisal, is also one of our tasks. It is important to know and observe the relevant legal and contractual provisions.

Medicines & billing
Doctors write thousands of prescriptions every day. We need to ensure that medicines are dispensed to patients and that they are properly billed.

Information technology and processes
Every day, it is important to provide patients with the necessary medication as quickly as possible. Modern information technology helps you to keep the warehouse well stocked and to be able to cope with the large number of recipes.

During the six-month internship you will get to know the work and life in a pharmacy up close. You will put the knowledge and skills you have learned in the PTA school into practice. You will advise patients, test and manufacture medicines yourself and take on other tasks in the field of health.

The training is demanding and very varied. It consists of a mixture of theory and practice. Theoretical lessons teach the basics that are implemented during the internship and later in pharmacy practice.

Training locations
In Germany there are over 80 PTA schools that offer this training. Six of these schools are in North Rhine-Westphalia.

A prerequisite for training at a PTA school is the secondary school leaving certificate.

The training lasts 2.5 years. After two years of schooling, you will do a six-month internship in a public pharmacy or in a hospital pharmacy.

After the two-year school education and after the six-month internship, you will take state exams.

Your subjects include pharmaceuticals, galenics, diets, chemistry, physics and IT.

After passing the state examinations, you can use the job title “Pharmaceutical-Technical Assistant”.

Training content
The qualified theoretical and practical training makes you fit for your future work in the pharmacy.

After successfully completing the two-part state examination, recognition as a PTA and two years of professional experience, there is the opportunity to participate in IHK certificate courses, e.g. to become a specialist in dermopharmacy, dermocosmetics, nutrition or pharmacy management.

Part time
PTA is one of the few future-oriented and interesting professions in which work and family can be easily reconciled. Many PTAs take advantage of the opportunity to work part-time.

Hardly any profession has more potential employers! In Germany there are more than 20,000 public pharmacies and around 400 other hospital pharmacies. The chance to find a job close to home is excellent.

Most PTAs work in public pharmacies after their training. Other employers include hospital pharmacies, laboratories, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical wholesalers and the pharmaceutical industry.

Choosing the right career is not easy. If you decide to work as a PTA, you should meet a very important requirement: responsibility.

People's health depends on whether we carry out our profession with knowledge, experience and, above all, diligence.
If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you should apply.

  1. Am I interested in pharmacy, science and health?
  2. Can I explain and express myself well?
  3. Am I sociable, do I enjoy dealing with people and am I good at empathizing with others?
  4. Am I sent manually?
  5. Do I like to work precisely and carefully?
  6. Do I enjoy working in a team?
  7. Would I like to take on responsibility and work as independently as possible?

You decide!
The PTA training is demanding.
But it's worth it.

Being a PTA is a varied and personally fulfilling task. You are dealing with grateful patients and customers.

“Career people” who only strive for high salaries should, however, opt for a different profession.

  1. Pharmaceutical-technical training institute Region Aachen e. V.
    Grabenstrasse 1 52499 Baesweiler
    Telephone: (0 24 01) 80 13 28
  2. Bernd Blindow Schools
    Plittersdorfer Str. 48 53173 Bonn
    Telephone: (02 28) 93 44 90
  3. PTA training institute in Duisburg at the Gertrud Bäumer vocational college
    Kloecknerstrasse 48 47057 Duisburg, Germany
    Telephone: (02 03) 3 17 33 27 00
  4. State-recognized training institute for pharmaceutical-technical assistants
    Klosterstrasse 12 45127 Essen
    Telephone: (02 01) 22 62 59
  5. Training institute for pharmaceutical-technical assistants Cologne Rheinisches Bildungszentrum gGmbH Cologne
    Vogelsanger Str. 295 50825 Cologne
    Telephone: (02 21) 5 46 87 15
  6. State-recognized training institute for pharmaceutical-technical assistants Walter-Bremer-Institut
    Burgstrasse 65 42655 Solingen, Germany
    Telephone: (02 12) 2 33 13 00

Only those who can provide evidence of at least a secondary school diploma or other training recognized as equivalent (Section 5, Paragraph 2 of the Act on the PTA Profession) can be admitted to PTA training.

Applicants can only be accepted if they have a very good command of written and spoken German.

A school-leaving qualification obtained abroad must be equated by the Ministry of Culture of the responsible federal state with at least an intermediate educational qualification obtained in Germany (certificate).

Since this is a science-oriented education, applicants should focus on chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics.

Start of training
Every year at the beginning of September

Duration of training
Two-year school education
Six months of practical training
in the pharmacy

Training content

  1. Pharmaceutical science
  2. General and pharmaceutical chemistry
  3. Galenics (drug production)
  4. Botany and drug science
  5. Hazardous substances, crop protection and environmental science
  6. Medical devices
  7. Nutrition and Dietetics
  8. Personal care
  9. Physical device science
  10. Mathematics (subject-related)
  11. Pharmaceutical law, occupation
  12. General subjects (German, English, economics and social studies)
  13. Chemical-pharmaceutical exercises including examination of body fluids
  14. Drug science exercises (microscopy)
  15. Galenic exercises (drug production)
  16. Pharmacy practice including IT

The profession of PTA, pharmaceutical-technical assistant, may only be practiced with state approval.

After successfully passing the exam, the job title is awarded by the state.

Career prospects
Hardly any profession has more potential employers! In Germany there are more than 20,000 public pharmacies and around 400 other hospital pharmacies. The chance of finding a job near you is excellent.
Other employers are e.g. the pharmaceutical industry, laboratories, health insurance companies and pharmaceutical wholesalers.

A complete application includes:

  1. letter of application
  2. Handwritten CV with passport photo
  3. Registration form of the selected PTA school
  4. Birth certificate (copy)
  5. Testimonies
    • Real school students
      Secondary school leaving certificate with a certificate of grades in the subjects chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics and German.
    • High school graduates
      Abitur certificate and a grade certificate that the above-mentioned subjects were taught at least up to the 10th grade.
    • Foreign certificates
      Translation and certificate from the Ministry of Education that the school-leaving qualification obtained abroad is equivalent to at least an intermediate qualification obtained in Germany.
  6. Proof of training that has started or has already been completed (if available).
  7. Pharmacy helpers / PKAs
    Result of the intermediate examination, final certificate from the vocational school, helper's letter or certificate about the PKA examination (if already available).
  8. If the school education has not yet ended, the last certificate must be presented in any case. The diploma must be submitted as soon as possible.

"Trial day" in your pharmacy
Just ask in your pharmacy. Maybe you can try half a day and test whether PTA could be something for you.

usefull links
Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations

Federal Association pta