Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

Program Overview

The Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four-year professional program designed to prepare graduates for the current and future scope of pharmacy practice in healthcare settings such as community, primary care, ambulatory care, and hospital practice; and for industry, government, and other specialized fields. The Program embraces a patient-centered approach to healthcare delivery and trains pharmacists who will ensure that drug therapy is safe and effective for patients to optimize their health outcomes.

Our competency-based curriculum integrates foundational pharmaceutical sciences with advanced pharmacotherapeutic problem-solving and hands-on learning through integrated activities, interprofessional education, community service learning courses, and practicums. During the program, students will be exposed to a variety of curriculum delivery methods including independent study, large and small group work, practice simulation, online learning, reflective practice, and experiential learning.

The program is designed for students to build upon their learning as they progress through the courses and modules. The majority of didactic learning takes place within the first three professional years of the program, followed by practicum rotations and online coursework in the final fourth year. Given the curriculum structure, the program is completed on a full-time basis and part-time studies cannot be accommodated. More information on program policies, academic regulations, and technical standards can be located here.

The program meets the academic qualifications for registration with the College of Pharmacists of BC, and the standards set by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs.

The Curriculum

Professional Year 1 (PY1)
PHRM 100: Foundations of Pharmacy
PHRM 111: Medication Management I
PHRM 131: Study Design and Interpretation I
PHRM 141: Seminar: Pharmacists in Practice I
PHRM 161: Technology in Healthcare
PHRM 171: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience - Outpatient I (4 weeks)

Professional Year 2 (PY2)
PHRM 211: Medication Management II
PHRM 212: Medication Management III
PHRM 221: Nutrition for Pharmacists
PHRM 231: Study Design and Interpretation II
PHRM 241: Seminar: Pharmacists in Practice II
PHRM 251: Institutional Practice Skills
PHRM 270: Community Service Learning II
PHRM 271: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience - Outpatient II
PHRM 272: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience - Inpatient

Professional Year 3 (PY3)
PHRM 311: Medication Management IV
PHRM 312: Medication Management V
PHRM 341: Seminar: Pharmacists in Practice III
PHRM 351: Practice Management and Leadership
PHRM 361: Clinical Skills: Administration of Injections
PHRM 371: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience - Outpatient III
Pharmacy Approved Electives (9 credits)

Professional Year 4 (PY4)
PHRM 441: Seminar: Advanced Topics in Pharmacy Practice (online)
PHRM 471: Outpatient Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PHRM 472: Inpatient Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PHRM 473: Selected Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience
PHRM 481: Healthcare Quality Improvement (online)

*Courses taken prior to entry to the program and repeat courses will not be credited toward elective requirements.

Practicum Courses

The Program provides students with 42 weeks of experiential learning through practicum rotations. Practicums take place in a variety of experiential education sites including, but not limited to, inpatient and outpatient pharmacy practice settings, governmental agencies and institutions, manufacturers in the pharmaceutical industry, academic institutions, and selected pharmacy organizations. During practicums, students are able apply their acquired knowledge and skills to real world work environments.

Practicum courses are completed in the summer after the prior academic term. Students should expect to be placed at practicum sites anywhere throughout British Columbia and should include the travel and accommodation costs for all practicum experiences in estimating their total program-related expenses.

Interprofessional Education

Throughout the program, students take part in a series of interprofessional learning activities to gain a deeper understanding of collaborative team-based, patient-centered approach to healthcare delivery. Students must meet the interprofessional education requirements of the program, which include activities embedded in the program’s required courses.