Your Career: What Can I Do with My Degree?
UBC's Flex PharmD guides your development as a medication therapy expert who is focused on improving your patients' health. Upon graduation, you will be competent to practice pharmacy across its fullest scope. You'll be equipped to adapt as the profession changes—and you'll be ready to lead the way in reshaping the profession.
Where Your Degree Can Take You
The practice of pharmacy has become more complex in recent years. Nowadays, we have many more drugs available, and people are living longer with more complex medical conditions. At the same time, governments and regulatory authorities have increased the scope of pharmacy practice in order to meet the rising demands from both patients and the health care system alike. Pharmacists now have an enhanced role, with greater focus on patient outcomes. Expanded activities include: giving vaccinations; performing clinical consultations with patients to optimize their medications; prescribing medications; monitoring drug therapy; adapting prescriptions; performing medication reviews; administering medications; ordering and interpreting lab tests; managing chronic diseases; collaboratively managing drug therapy; educating patients and health professionals; and collaborating with other professionals in the health care field. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your role as a pharmacist.
As a graduate of the program, you'll also be equipped to pursue post-graduate training programs such as (but not limited to):
- accredited Canadian pharmacy residency programs;
- MSc and PhD programs for which an entry-level pharmacy degree suffices for admission;
- an MBA, MPH or MHA; and
- JD, MD and other professional programs.
Completion of the Flex PharmD program prepares you for immediate entry to professional practice in community pharmacy settings, primary care clinics, and inpatient and ambulatory care settings in health authorities.