• Targeted level of study

    BAC +2

  • ECTS

    120 credits

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Pharmacy


The aim of the DEUST training is to enable the qualified pharmacy assistants entering the job market to be a more effective support for the pharmacist and to be real collaborators accompanying him in the evolution of the missions.

To achieve this level of requirement, a level 5 diploma such as a DEUST is very much in demand by all the partners in the dispensing pharmacy sector, since it will provide a real level of higher education, while possibly allowing students to enrol in a professional degree with a hospital, dispensary or technical focus.

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The advantages of the course


The pharmacy technician carries out his or her duties in a pharmacy, a mutualist pharmacy and a mine rescue pharmacy.

He/she works under the responsibility and effective control of a Pharmacist.

The objective of the training is that the pharmacy technician can perform the following tasks

  • Analysis of the prescription or request for health, dietary, cosmetic and personal care products.
  • Dispensing requested health products and advising patients/clients.
  • Stock management.
  • Participation in prevention, information and vigilance of patients/clients.
  • Reception of the public and sales.
  • Administrative functions necessary for the reimbursement of medicines and materials.
  • Participation in the quality assurance process.
  • Preparations, packaging, labelling and pricing.
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Know-how and skills

Skills to be acquired :

  • Managing the request for pharmaceutical products and accompanying the person in their care.
  • Work in a multi-professional team and process information related to pharmaceutical activities.
  • Take action on prevention.
  • Manage the flow of pharmaceutical products.
  • Positioning yourself as a health professional.
  • Acting responsibly within a professional organisation.
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Control of knowledge

DEUST 1st year

     Semester 1

  • UE 1 From the molecule to the cell 40 Hours (4 ECTS)
  • UE 2 from the molecule to the cell : Biochemistry § Cellular biology 50 Hours (5 ECTS)
  • UE 3 General Pharmacology 25 Hours (2.5 ECTS)
  • UE 4 Botany and natural substances 30 Hours (3 ECTS)
  • UE 5 Communication, expression, English, office automation 30 Hours (3 ECTS)
  • UE 6 Management 25 Hours (2.5 ECTS)
  • Thematic learning: discovery of the pharmacy/management/stock... (10 ECTS)

        Semester 2

  • UE 7 Physiology of large systems and appliances 60 Hours (6 ECTS)
  • UE 8 Immunology and General Infectiology 20 Hours (2 ECTS)
  • UE 9 Ethics, regulation and legislation of medicines and other health products 30 Hours (3 ECTS)
  • UE 10 Pharmacotechnie 1 30 Hours+ 16 Hours TP (4 ECTS)
  • UE 11 Communication, expression, English, office automation 30 Hours (5 ECTS)
  • Thematic Learning: Regulation (10 ECTS)

DEUST 2nd year

     Semester 3

  • UE 1 Non-medicinal management 30 Hours (3 ECTS)
  • UE 2 Pharmacotechnie 2 and medical devices 45 hours + 16 hours TP (6 ECTS)
  • UE 3 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated disorders: Affections of the nervous system 22 Hours (2 ECTS)
  • UE 4 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated ttp: Affections of the cardiovascular system and haemostasis disorder 39 Hours (4 ects)
  • UE 5 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated ttp: Inflammatory pathologies 20 Hours (2 ECTS)
  • UE 6 Communication, expression, English, office automation 30 Hours (3 ECTS)
  • Thematic learning: thematic choice of UE1, UE3, UE4, UE5 (10 ECTS)

     Semester 4

  • UE 7 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated disorders: Digestive system and annexes 40 Hours (4 ECTS)
  • UE 8 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated disorders: Urological/gynaecological disorders, pregnancy and contraception 20 Hours (2 ECTS)
  • UE 9 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated tttt: Toxicology and addictions 20 Hours (2 ECTS)
  • UE 10 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated tttt: Oncology 20 Hours (2 ECTS)
  • UE 11 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated ttc: CTE REPORT 20 Hours (2 ECTS)
  • UE 12 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated ttp: Respiratory system diseases 10 Hours (1 ECTS)
  • UE 13 Coordinated teaching pathology/associated disorders: Dermatology/allergy/ophthalmology 20 Hours (2 ECTS)
  • UE 14 Labour Law 12 hours CM+ 3 hours TD (2 ECTS)
  • UE 15 Communication, expression, English, office automation 30 Hours 3 ECTS
  • Thematic learning: thematic choices from EU 7 to EU 13


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Open in alternating years

Type of contract

Apprenticeship contract, Professionalization contract

2 days on the training site and 3 days on the learning ground.

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Alternation arrangements

Students alternate between their training site and their learning site during the week (2 days/3 days).

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Internships, tutored projects




The DEUST training will be organised on a sandwich course basis (apprenticeship or professional training contract). Most of the teaching will be given by the instructors of the partner CFAs (Greta-CFA Montpellier Littoral, PURPLE CAMPUS CCI Occitanie, Greta-CFA Pyrénées Orientales, FORMACOPEE) in the partner institutions. However, some of the lessons can be held remotely, synchronously or asynchronously, when the teachers of the UFR of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences of Montpellier are mobilized.

Pedagogical principles :

  • Training of the CFA trainers by the disciplinary referents identified by name within the UFR of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences of Montpellier;
  • Provision of a common education based on a reference system developed in co-construction based on the blocks of competences of the RNCP sheet of the DEUST Preparer/Technician in Officine.
  • Development of inter-professional teaching (pharmacists, doctors of pharmacy, holders of scientific masters, etc.).
  • Educational progression articulated around blocks of Fundamental UEs (semester 1 § 2), transversal UEs of coordinated teaching "physiology, pathology, associated treatments" including specific technical comments on prescriptions (CTE), UEs with a professional vocation (management, ethics, law, communication, English...).
  • Simulation teaching (bank of "clinical cases" and "counter situations" in a simulation room).
  • Teaching in professional simulation: co-acquisition of knowledge and skills in the training centre and in the place of learning according to defined themes. The progress of the acquisitions is monitored in close collaboration with the apprenticeship master by evaluating the objectives to be reached, defined jointly by the training organisations and the professionals (methodology and evaluation).
  • Students are assessed by examination at the end of each semester.
  • Evaluation of teaching.

Student support can take several forms:

  • A minimum of 4 company visits over the two years of the DEUST. The first visit will take place at the beginning of the first year and will be followed by a follow-up visit in the first and second years.
  • Students with disabilities will be able to benefit from all the resources available at the University and in the training centres (Handiversity unit, disability advisors, etc.).
  • Guidance and social support for any student with problems or questions on social issues.
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Conditions of access

Access DEUST 1

  • Selection via ParcourSup

      The course is open to all new graduates (general and technological baccalaureates, professional baccalaureates, etc.) and to all students who have completed a year of L1 and who have not validated 60 ECTS credits and who wish to reorient themselves. To be able to access the course, the student must have signed an apprenticeship contract.

     Candidates will be selected via the ParcourSup platform. The applications will be examined by a pedagogical committee chaired by a university professor from the UFR of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences of Montpellier. Particular attention will be paid to the academic quality of the file and in particular the prior acquisition of the prerequisites which seem indispensable for the student to be able to follow the DEUST courses as comfortably as possible and to succeed in their studies.

  • Selection outside ParcourSup

     - Post-baccalaureate training.

    - Holders of any other diploma considered equivalent according to the regulations in force.

    - In the context of continuing education: to people returning to school under a professionalization contract.

    In order to access the course, the student must have signed an apprenticeship contract or a professionalization contract.

    Applications will be examined by a pedagogical committee chaired by an academic from the pharmacy component.

Access DEUST 2

   - Students with a DFGSP2 after the opinion of the pedagogical commission chaired by an academic.

   - Students with the DFGSP3: direct entry.

    In order to enter the course, the student must have signed an apprenticeship contract.

Access by VAE

 The DEUST Preparer/Pharmacy Technician diploma is open to holders of the Brevet Professionnel de Préparateur en pharmacie (Professional Preparer's Certificate) through the validation of acquired experience (VAE) from September 2024


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  • Greta-CFA Montpellier Littoral: 80 students
  • PURPLE CAMPUS CCI Occitanie: 235 students (55 in Perpignan, 38 in Carcassonne, 53 in Nîmes-Marguerittes, 60 in Béziers, 29 in Alès)
  • Greta-CFA des Pyrénées-Orientales: 10 students
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Necessary pre-requisites

The student must have a basic knowledge of science and/or technology. They must be autonomous in their work, have good interpersonal skills and adaptability, as well as an ability to invest themselves and get involved in the work required. These skills will be the key to success in this course.

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Recommended prerequisites

Expected skills :

Attraction to the health professions/Empathy/Sense of teamwork/Digour/Contact skills/Curiosity

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And then

Further studies

  • Professional degree (L3)
  • Training of Hospital Pharmacy Preparers
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