Why Study at UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences?
The Flex PharmD grew out of our desire to create a program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy for professionals who are simultaneously working and delivering health care to their patients. We understand that you have family, community, volunteer and professional obligations. We've designed the program to be flexible, so that you can work your didactic coursework and experiential responsibilities around your family and professional schedules. It's why we call it the Flex PharmD.
Developing Expertise as Medication Therapy Experts
UBC PharmSci delivers the Flex PharmD curriculum through a real-world-friendly blend of learning approaches. The program combines best practices in adult and distance learning, including tech-enabled (online), face-to-face, and experiential learning. It's a terrific fit for those learners who consider themselves to be motivated and self-directed.
The Flex PharmD incorporates two components:
- 34 credits of didactic course work, most of which is completed online; and
- 26 weeks of rotation-style experiential learning.
The competency-based curriculum provides students with a core of up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in the biomedical, pharmaceutical and clinical sciences to ensure a strong educational base for the clinical component of the program. The emphasis of the coursework in the Flex PharmD is on advanced pharmaceutical sciences, with advanced pharmacotherapeutic problem-solving and experiential learning. You'll also take courses in critical appraisal, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics, as well as patient assessment and practice management.
For more information about the degree requirements, please refer to the Flex PharmD Curriculum Outline.
Some learners may already have met a number of the program learning outcomes through prior work-related training and/or experience. We've developed a system of granting credit for this kind of prior learning.
Visit the PLAR page for more details about this process.
We've also designed the program to ensure you get the necessary hands-on experience to develop your skills to the highest level. Your core experiential rotations will include community, inpatient, advanced practice and ambulatory primary care. During your clinical rotations, you'll be able to apply the knowledge you acquired in the classroom to the practice of pharmacy in a variety of patient care settings, and gain confidence in applying evidence-based principles to drug treatment decisions.
UBC's Flex PharmD program also trains you in leadership, communications, management, primary and hospital care, and chronic disease management. In addition, you will be exposed to innovative practice roles.
Completion of the Flexible Doctor of Pharmacy program is optional; it is not required for continued registration as a pharmacist in BC.