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The PharmD program at the University of British Columbia, Canada's first, is a two-year full-time post-baccalaureate professional degree providing advanced education in clinical pharmacy practice. Individuals completing this program will be capable of fulfilling advanced clinical pharmacy practice roles in hospitals, ambulatory care or community-based sites, primary care, academia, managed care, government, consulting, industry and in health care agencies.
The PharmD program is comprised of two components: 8 months of didactic coursework followed by 12 months of clinical rotations. The didactic curriculum provides the student with a core of professional knowledge and skills in the biomedical, pharmaceutical and clinical sciences. This ensures a strong educational base for the clinical component of the program. The emphasis in the coursework is on pharmacotherapeutics and pathophysiology. Other courses include pharmacokinetics, physical assessment, clinical trials, statistics, pharmacy management, and immunopathology.
The clinical rotations provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to the practice of pharmacy in a variety of patient care settings. In addition to refining advanced pharmacy practice skills, students gain confidence in applying evidence-based principles to drug treatment decisions. Core rotations in adult internal medicine, ambulatory/primary care, cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, are required for all students. The clinical year is supplemented by a number of elective rotations that may be selected by the student, including infectious diseases, pediatrics, clinical research and other specialty rotations.
Applicants to the PharmD program must hold a Bachelors degree in pharmacy and current registration as a pharmacist with the College of Pharmacists of BC or hold registration (qualifying examination) with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. Please note that only individuals with Canadian Citizenship or PR in Canada are eligible to apply.
Applicants must have also earned at least 80% in 12 credits of coursework and an overall average of 74% in their remaining required pharmacy coursework in the last two years of their entry-to-practice pharmacy program.
Other criteria considered in the selection process for admission to the PharmD program include professional pharmacy practice experience or residency training, letters of reference, a written statement of professional and career goals, and an interview.
The online application for the Graduating Class of 2016 (commencing August 2014) will open on November 15, 2013.
For detailed information regarding the program (including application procedures), please click on the Program Summary navigation button.
If you cannot find the answer to specific questions on this website, further information can be obtained by contacting:
The Doctor of Pharmacy Program
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of British Columbia
2405 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3
Phone: (604) 822-4645
Fax: (604) 822-3035