Ensure the quality, safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products accessed by the population.
A health professional with a strong basic training in chemistry and biology, committed to the production, distribution, research, development, control, supervision and monitoring in the entire field of drugs, cosmetics, food used for medical purposes and medical *supplies.
He has knowledge of how the body normally works, how the body works when it is affected by a disease, the chemical structure of medicines and how these act on the body.
His work is with natural products which have a healing action on organisms, by extracting them from nature or obtaining them by synthesis, which is the artificial formation of the compound through the combination of its elements.
His vast knowledge of drug manufacturing allows him to advise in this work, determine policies and restrictions of acquisition for the public and lead the national pharmaceutical system.
Specific tasks or activities carried out in the profession
He treats biologically active substances, such as drugs, food, *toxics, etc., carrying out their *synthesis, isolation, purification, identification, production, manufacturing, distribution, dispatch and supply, control and assessment of its *pharmacodynamic properties, its beneficial effects, its adverse or toxic effects both for man and any living organism.
He advises prevention campaigns and detection of diseases.
He takes part of *immunization programs, working in the laboratory, applying standard analysis tests on some *vaccines entering the country.
He participates actively in public health teams, as the medicine professional.
He performs scientific research in the different areas of *biomedicine.
He offers highly sophisticated clinical trials to complement the diagnosis of the most complex *pathologies.
He has an active role in the orientation of patients in primary health care.
He performs information dissemination and advice on medications and their *prescription.
He is part of the administrative departments for the procurement of medications in hospitals, sanatoriums and similar places.
He assumes the Technical Management in pharmacies.
He exercises control of the production, storage and distribution of chemical products in the pharmaceutical industry.
He performs Quality Control in chemical and biological substances industries in general.
He manages the direction, planning and organization of institutions in the area.
He conducts the Management and Commercialization of chemical and pharmaceutical products.
He performs university teaching.
Centers of Pharmacological and Toxicological Information
Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Industries
Natural Products Industry, herbal and homeopathic products
Estimated time of College years
Around 5 years
Main courses considered in the syllabus
Basic Training Courses
Mathematics (1 year)
Physics (1 year)
*Organic Chemistry (1 year)
*Physical Chemistry (1 year)
*Analytic Chemistry (1 year)
Professional Training Courses
Introduction to Medications (1 year)
Complementary Training Courses
Vocation, Skills and Interests required in the candidate to this career
-Appreciation for Science.
-Interest and curiosity for biology, especially microbiology and organic systems.
-Curiosity for organic chemistry.
-Motivation for Research.
-Manual dexterity in the rigorous and methodical laboratory work.
“Since I was a child, I liked mixing liquids; I spent hours watching how some mixtures changed their color or split in two”.
-Special curiosity for the properties of medications and how these act on the human body.
-Mathematical ability enough to be able to overcome any problem, even when it is difficult.
-Visual acuity and fine motor skills.
-Ease in the understanding of chemistry.
-Curiosity strong enough to retain terminology and nomenclature.
-Curiosity to know the root, the origin of diseases and to be able to intervene to restore the proper functioning of the organism, achieving the health of people.
Or any specific dream or longing which feels involved or oriented towards this direction.
Engineering or Technology in:
- Chemical Laboratory
-Nutrition and Dietetics
-Medical Laboratory Technology
*Glossary of Terms
*Anatomy: Study of the general structure of the body and its constituent organs.
*Cell Biology: Study of the life of cells.
*Molecular Biology: Biology of the molecules.
*Biomedicine: Science based on biology or biochemistry.
*Biochemistry: Chemical processes that take place in the cell.
*Biopharmacy: Study of the absorption, fixation, transformation and elimination of ingested medications.
*Botany: Study of plants, which is where medicinal substances are extracted.
*Pharmacology: Formulation and development of medications/drugs and their use.
*Pharmacognosy: Recognition of medicinal substances.
*Pharmacodynamics: Study of the absorption, fixation, transformation and elimination of ingested medications.
*Physical Chemistry: Molecular interactions produced due to physical changes, such as temperature changes, pressure, volume, heat and in any of its states, solid, liquid and gas.
*Physiology: Organic operation.
*Immunizations: Immunize: Make a person, an animal or a plant resistant, against the attack of an illness or damage.
*Supplies: All the human, technical, technological, financial, information elements required in an activity.
Send or order a patient to take a medication or follow a certain treatment.
*Pathology: Study of diseases and/or abnormalities.
*Molecular Pathology: Implementation of techniques for the diagnosis at molecular level, such as tumors.
*Analytical Chemistry: Quantitative and qualitative examinations of certain compounds or substances of the organism to deliver a diagnosis.
*Inorganic Chemistry: Chemistry of minerals.
*Organic Chemistry: Study of molecules found in living beings, for instance: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, etc.
*Public Health: Organization and direction of collective efforts to protect, promote and restore the health of the inhabitants of the community.
*Synthesis: It is the artificial formation of the compound by combining of its elements.
*Pharmaceutical Technology: Means and procedures for the manufacturing of medications/drugs.
*Cosmetic Technology: Means and procedures for the manufacturing of cosmetics.
*Toxics: Plant, animal or mineral poisons that produce intoxication to the organism or that are used as a treatment.
*Vaccines: Introduction of microorganisms in order to induce active immunity against infectious diseases.GO BACK