Inventory of the employment possibilities for Bachelors of Pharmacy in the Netherlands

Authors

  • Irma Meijerman Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Utrecht, Sorbonnelaan 16, 3584 CAUtrecht, the Netherlands.
  • Hetty Grunefeld VLOS Institute of Education, University of Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 8, 3584 CS Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  • Fred Schobben Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Utrecht, Sorbonnelaan 16, 3584 CAUtrecht, the Netherlands.
  • Andries Koster Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Utrecht, Sorbonnelaan 16, 3584 CAUtrecht, the Netherlands.
  • Paul Belliveau Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Manchester Campus 1260 Elm Street, Manchester, NH

Keywords:

Bologna declaration, Bachelors of Pharmacy, job market

Abstract

By signing the Bologna declaration 29 countries agreed to adopt a higher education system based on two main cycles, with the degree awarded after the first cycle being relevant to the European job market as an appropriate level of qualification. This study was performed to investigate the existence of job opportunities for Bachelors of Pharmacy in the Netherlands and to establish the desired learning outcomes for the bachelor programme. The results show that Bachelors of Pharmacy can be employed in the Dutch market, particularly within the pharmaceutical industry, hospital pharmacy, and drug registration. However, the expectations of the job market do not fully coincide with the knowledge and skills of the current Bachelors of Pharmacy. In addition changes in the curriculum, academic and governmental policies will determine whether a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree will be considered as an entrance to the job market.

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Research Article