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Pharmacy (for practicing pharmacists)

Doctor of Pharmacy

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Why get a Doctor of Pharmacy degree?

Why take the PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists program?

This program is intended for graduates of a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree. If you do not hold that degree, please see Doctor of Pharmacy (entry-to-practice).

The PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists program combines coursework and practical experience to help position you to practice to a full scope as part of an interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary care and family care clinics, and community practice. You’ll also be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and leadership qualities to work in various healthcare settings, organizations, or government agencies.

Why study Pharmacy at the University of Alberta?

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers one of the leading entry-to-practice pharmacy programs in Canada, drawing from a tradition of excellence in pharmacy education, research, and practice dating back to 1914. We are the only school of pharmacy in Alberta, which enables us to provide diverse experiential placement opportunities across the province. We are also the only school in Canada to offer a dual Pharmacy/MBA degree, and one of the few schools to offer a post-professional PharmD program for practicing pharmacists who wish to complete advanced education in patient care.

Possible Careers

  • Consultant
  • Pharmacist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Professor
  • Researcher

"My favourite quote is, 'You are what you repeatedly do.' You have to continually uphold what you want to see in yourself." -Tyeren is a Pharmacy student, the president of the University of Alberta First Aid Responders student group, and an ultramarathoner.

Non-Direct Entry

This program does not allow admission directly from high school. See requirements below for more details.

Important information about admission to the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The minimum requirements for admission to the PharmD program are a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from a recognized institution. Normally, an overall GPA of at least 3.0 or equivalent in a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is required.

Additional Requirements:

  1. An entry to practice pharmacy degree from a recognized institution
  2. Normally, an overall GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in the entry to practice pharmacy degree
  3. *Proof of current licensure or eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist in the jurisdiction where direct experiential patient care placements will be completed
  4. *Authorization to administer drugs by injection where legislated
  5. Official transcripts from the entry to practice pharmacy program and any other post-secondary education completed
  6. Spoken English Requirement: Applicants must meet a spoken English requirement. See Spoken English Requirement in the University of Alberta CAlendar
  7. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  8. Cover Letter
  9. Letters of Reference
  10. Personal Interview

*Note: Item 3 and 4 can occur after admission to the program, but must occur prior to commencing the first placement.

For further details on the above requirements, please see PharmD on the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies website.

Admission Selection:

  • The admissions committee has the responsibility of selecting from among the applicants those individuals who have the highest levels of professional and academic achievement, and a demonstrated promise to successfully complete the program. The number of applicants is expected to exceed the number of available spaces and therefore not all qualified candidates will be selected for an interview or offered admission.
  • Applicants are ranked on academic achievement, professional experience, cover letter, letters of reference and a personal interview.

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