FARM5120 – Clinical and hospital pharmacy

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course will provide students with in-depth knowledge of and experience from different aspects of hospital pharmacy, as well as knowledge of the different roles of pharmacists in the health care system. The course includes problem solving in connection with the production, advanced therapy, quality assurance (drug administration errors and patient injuries), clinical pharmacy methods, and optimization of drug treatment for the individual patient, health literacy and adherence. The course will provide students with in-depth knowledge of how to solve complex challenges in advanced drug therapy, focusing on vulnerable patients, comorbidity, frailty or severely ill patients in all age groups.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you will have advanced knowledge of the importance of shared decision making, health literacy and adherence to drug treatment
  • you will have in-depth knowledge of how to solve complex challenges in advanced drug therapy, focusing on vulnerable patients such as comorbidity, frail or seriously ill patients in all age groups
  • you will have advanced knowledge of pharmaceutical compounding, drug administration and systems for safe medication practice.
  • you can collaborate with other students and suggest initiatives for optimizing treatment for patients receiving complex drug therapy, including pharmaceutical ex tempore compounding
  • you can communicate about professional challenges and possible interventions with other health care professionals and patients
  • you will have broad knowledge of the use of relevant modern technology in hospital pharmacy (including electronic curves, pharmaceutical compounding and medicines management).
  • you can analyze challenges within a chosen area of specialization (pharmaceutical compounding/ex tempore production, safe medication practice or clinical pharmacy), and autonomously suggest evidence based answers

Admission to the course

The course is primarily open to students who have been admitted to the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo. If there is space available then others may also apply to take the course as long as their academic background is adequate.

The course is open to a limited number of students, depending on available spesialization internships. On admission to the course, students are ranked by their average grade on semester 1-6 (until and including FARM3130 – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)).

The course has a common module as well as specialization in one of three parallel elective areas: production, safe medication practice and clinical pharmacy. Students, who already has clinical practice in FARM4100 – Personalised Drug Therapy, will not have priority for specialization in clinical pharmacy in FARM5120 – Clinical and hospital pharmacy. The module in clinical pharmacy is held in Norwegian and can therefore only be chosen if you are fluent in Norwegian.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

For students admitted to the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy until and including 2016 and who have been transferred from the old study plan, separate formal prerequisite knowledge apply. These are in professional compliance with the formal prerequisite knowledge that apply to the course, but may be replaced by courses from the old study plan, as well as transitional courses. Students on transitional arrangements may contact the study administration for å complete overview of the formal prerequisite knowledge required.

The course is only available to students who have passed their pharmacy apprenticeship and have passed all previous pharmacy courses or have the equivalent academic background.


Lectures and student active teaching such as seminars, group work and peer reviews. Internships in the health care service, in one of three areas of specialization: pharmaceutical compounding, safe medication practice and clinical pharmacy.

Participation in internships and group work is compulsory.

  • Lectures: 8 hours
  • Student active teaching: 8 hours
  • Internships: 16 hours

Compulsory participation in the course must be completed and mandatory submissions must be approved to pass the exam.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Compulsory participation and approved assignments are valid for 3 years.

The course may be cancelled if the number of enrolled students are low.


Final oral exam which counts 100 % towards the finale grade.

Presentation of prepared group work and subsequent individual oral exam, 30 minutes.

Dette emnet har obligatoriske øvelser som må være godkjent før avsluttende eksamen.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Norwegian. English on request.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 28, 2021 12:10:56 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)

There is room for 21 students on the course V21.