Flexible Doctor of Pharmacy (Flex PharmD) Program

Program Overview

The Flex PharmD curriculum is a part-time program that combines best practices in adult and distance learning. The curriculum includes a variety of learning opportunities from onsite, hands-on learning sessions to case-based learning to interactive video conferencing, online examinations, and numerous experiential learning sites. Students can work at their own pace by scheduling course load per term and selecting courses that are of interest and importance to their practice. It's a terrific fit for learners who are motivated and self-directed.

Program Roadmap

(1) Course includes mandatory onsite sessions at the UBC-Vancouver campus.
(2) Courses are prerequisites to any Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) course 

(3) Course is available after successful completion of all other coursework

Students are permitted up to six (6) years to complete the degree requirements, however, the actual program length for each student will vary based on the student’s experience, prior learning assessment decisions, course availability, and personal and work schedules. We anticipate that most students will complete the program within three (3) to five (5) years. Flex PharmD students are encouraged to discuss their course schedules with an advisor in the Faculty in the first year of the program.

Sample 3-year & 5-year program maps are available for individual consideration here.

The Curriculum

The emphasis of the coursework is on advanced clinical practice, with advanced pharmacotherapeutic problem-solving and experiential learning. We've designed the program to ensure students receive the necessary hands-on experience to develop their skills to the highest level. The curriculum incorporates two components:

  1. 34 credits of didactic course work, most of which is completed online; and
  2. 26 weeks of practicum courses.

Principles

  • PHRM 451: Critical Appraisal of Pharmacotherapy Literature (1)(2)
  • PHRM 452: Patient Assessment Skills (1)(2)
  • PHRM 453: Applied Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenomics (2)
  • PHRM 454: Practice Management
  • PHRM 450: PharmD Seminar
  • PHRM 499: Comprehensive Examination (3)

Pharmacotherapeutics

  • PHRM 461: Pharmacotherapeutics 1, Therapeutic Foundations (2)
  • PHRM 462: Pharmacotherapeutics 2, Respirology, dermatology, and ears, eyes, nose, and throat
  • PHRM 463: Pharmacotherapeutics 3, Cardiovascular disorders
  • PHRM 464: Pharmacotherapeutics 4, Infectious diseases
  • PHRM 465: Pharmacotherapeutics 5, Neurology and psychiatry
  • PHRM 466: Pharmacotherapeutics 6, Gastroenterology and musculoskeletal disorders
  • PHRM 467: Pharmacotherapeutics 7, Genitourinary disorders, reproductive health, endocrinology, and nephrology
  • PHRM 468: Pharmacotherapeutics 8, Oncology, hematology, and toxicology
  • PHRM 469: Pharmacotherapeutics 9, Acute and critical care of nephrology, neurology, cardiovascular disorders, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, and respirology

(1) Course includes mandatory onsite sessions at the UBC-Vancouver campus.
(2) Courses are prerequisites to any Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) course 

(3) Course is available after successful completion of all other coursework

Practicum Courses

During practicums, students will be able to apply the knowledge they have acquired through the Program, and gain confidence in applying evidence-based principles to drug therapy decisions. All practicums are full-time and 4-weeks in duration with the exception of PHRM 496, which is a 6-week practicum.

  • PHRM 491: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – Inpatient
  • PHRM 492: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – Outpatient
  • PHRM 493: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – Specialized Outpatient
  • PHRM 494: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – Ambulatory / Primary Care
  • PHRM 495: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – Selected Direct Patient Care
  • PHRM 496: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience – Selected Direct Patient Care or Non-Direct Patient Care

Students can begin to take practicum courses after successful completion of PHRM 451, PHRM, 452, PHRM 453 & PHRM 461. There is no required order that students must follow to complete the practicums. 

 The Faculty’s Office of Experiential Education (OEE) oversees and schedules all practicums for Flex PharmD students.