School of Pharmaceutical
Sciences of Ribeirão Preto

University of São Paulo


Educational proposal

The FCFRP educational proposal is recorded in the Political Pedagogical Project and is based on a critical conception of the relationship among science, society and technology, and involves transformative educational practice based on participation, dialogue and questioning the reality experienced by professionals in the pharmaceutical area. The FCFRP develops an educational program for the purpose of preparing biochemical-pharmacists not only for professional practice, but also to take on management, supervision, research and teaching responsibilities in pharmaceutical and related areas. 
As undergraduate education in the 21st century should include a wide range of knowledge in order in understand a more complex world; it is essential to invest in valuing undergraduate teaching activities.

The course pays close attention to the student while transforming their relationships with their knowledge and their work. The guiding strands of the pedagogical process are:

- The concept of health as quality of life;

- Constant multi-disciplinary and applied approach, bringing the student closer to the realities of pharmaceutical practice and preparing them for changes and advances in science, Society and technology;

- Sensitivity towards the whole of human existence;

- Education as a period of professional experience, avoiding separating the education and operating periods;

- Constant articulation between theory and day-to-day practice;

- Appreciation of the student's previous knowledge;

- Critical, reflexive and contextualized approach to content and practice;

- Aiming at learner autonomy in the students as co-responsible for their learning process and professional education.

In order to effectively achieve the objectives of the FCFRP educational proposal, in addition to traditional lecture activities, undergraduate students do extra activities within and outside of the USP, namely technical and scientific visits, undergraduate research internships at university and in pharmaceutical companies, internships abroad in universities and companies, participating in research and extension projects, participating in and organizing events in the pharmaceutical field, among others.

In the aspect of internationalization, students are also encouraged to participate in and coordinate student organizations connected with Pharmaceutical Associations abroad. Entrepreneurship and innovation are important proposals for the pharmacist of the future, and through curriculum subjects and the Empresa Júnior ENFARP Jr, the FCFRP is working on this aspect of student education. As a result, several FCFRP alumni operate as entrepreneurs, founding start-ups, spin offs and micro-enterprises in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, representing about 15% of companies in the Technology-Based Companies Incubator, Ribeirão Preto (SUPERA).

Profile of Undergraduate Alumni

The FCFRP seeks graduates with an innovative profile, prepared for the challenges of scientific and technological advances in the Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences. Specifically, as called for in the FCFRP Pedagogical Policy Project, the aim is to form professionals able to perform following activities:

- Research and development of drugs from any source;

- Prepare different types of medicines, according to good standards of manipulation in pharmacy;

- Dispense and provide guidance on drug use;

- Interpret and evaluate requirements;

- Expertise in regulatory and supervisory bodies in the fields of competence;

- Develop and use pharmacological, toxicological, disease prevention and health promotion guidance systems and information;

- Plan, administer and manage pharmaceutical establishments;

- Participate in formulating health policies and for specific drugs;

- Consulting, advisory and expertise related to the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences;

- Plan and execute scientific research projects;

- Application of scientific methodology and analysis and critical interpretation of scientific articles;

- Identify various markers for diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic monitoring;

- Conducting, interpreting and quality assurance of clinical and toxicological analysis;

- Evaluating food and medicine interference in laboratory tests;

- Guide the proper choice of laboratory tests for diagnosing various diseases including poisoning;

- Developing, producing and selecting reagents and methods for clinical and toxicological analysis;

- Management, technical responsibility or exercising specialized functions in Clinical and Toxicological Analysis Laboratories and related;

- Guide and train work teams in laboratories;

- Conduct forensic expertise;

- Develop, select and produce inputs, synthetic, recombinant and natural drugs, drugs, cosmetics and related;

- Warranty and quality control of pharmaceutical ingredients, drugs, cosmetics and food;

- Develop and produce products for biotechnological processes;

- Assess drug-drug and medication-food interactions;

- Management, technical responsibility or exercising specialized functions in industrial establishments in areas related to the profession.

Number of places in the FCFRP undergraduate course:

50 places in full-time course (5 years);

30 places in night-time course (6 years).

How to study at USP?

- Regular admission
- Foreign students