The goal of our entry-to-practice programs is to graduate competent, caring pharmacists ready to enter the rapidly evolving environment of pharmacy practice and manage patients’ medication therapy. This requires graduates to integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the educational outcomes listed on this page. But there’s more to it than that – beause the goal of university education is to go beyond mere preparation for entry into the professional world. At UBC Pharm Sci, our grads are educated to be flexible and forward-thinking, and to fulfill roles beyond those required of pharmacists.


Practice Experience Objectives

Throughout their practicum experience, UBC Pharm Sci students are educated to meet objectives within seven areas of competency, as required of Canadian pharmacists and as described by the profession:

Care Provider: Pharmacy graduates use their knowledge, skills and professional judgment to provide pharmaceutical care and to facilitate management of their patients' medication and overall health needs.

Communicator: Pharmacy graduates communicate with diverse audiences, using a variety of strategies that take into account the situation, the intended outcomes of the communication and the target audience.

Collaborator: Pharmacy graduates work collaboratively with teams to provide effective, quality health care and to fulfill their professional obligations to the community and society at large.

Manager: Pharmacy graduates use management skills in their daily practice to optimize the care of patients, to ensure the safe and effective distribution of medications, and to make efficient use of health resources.

Advocate: Pharmacy graduates use their expertise and influence to advance the health and wellbeing of individual patients, communities and populations, and to support the professional role of pharmacists.

Scholar: Pharmacy graduates have and can apply the core knowledge and skills required to be a medication therapy expert, and are able to master, generate, interpret and disseminate pharmaceutical and pharmacy practice knowledge.

Professional: Pharmacy graduates honour their roles as self-regulated professionals through both individual patient care and fulfillment of their professional obligations to the profession, the community and society at large.

If you want to read more deeply about the educational outcomes for pharmacy grads as outlined by the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, you can do that here.

Graduates should also recognize the four domains of the Model Standards of Practice (MSOP) for Canadian Pharmacists developed by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities. These domains encompass standards against which a pharmacist's performance is evaluated when the pharmacist is undertaking the activities imperative for safe and effective practice in his or her daily work. The four domains of MSOP for Canadian Pharmacists are:

  1. Expertise in medications and medication use
  2. Collaboration
  3. Safety and quality
  4. Professionalism and ethics

If you want to read more about the Model Standards of Practice (MSOP) as outlined by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities, you can do that here.