Doctor of Pharmacy

Effective September 2017.

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition will launch a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) four-year program in fall 2017 to replace the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy as the first professional degree required to practice as a licensed pharmacist. The new degree program has been passed by the Board of Governors, University Council and confirmed by University Senate.

Candidates for admission must have completed 60 credit units (or equivalent) by April 30 of the year admission is desired. The coursework must include 24 credit units taken at least one academic year (September to April).

The following courses (or equivalent) are included in the 60 credit units:

  • Biology : 6 credit units (BIOL 120.3 and BIOL 121.3 at U of S)
  • Chemistry : 3 credit units General and 6 credit units Organic (CHEM 112.3, CHEM 250.3, and CHEM 255.3 at U of S)
  • English : 6 credit units (ENG 110.6 or two of ENG 111.3, 112.3, 113.3, 114.3 at U of S)
  • Biochemistry : 3 credit units Biomolecules and 3 credit units Metabolism (BMSC 200.3 and BMSC 230.3 at U of S)
  • Physiology : 6 credit units (human body systems) (PHSI 208.6 at U of S)
  • Mathematics (Calculus) : 3 credit units (MATH 125.3 at U of S)
  • Statistics : 3 credit units (STAT 246.3 at U of S)
  • Microbiology : 3 credit units (BMSC 210.3 at U of S)
  • Nutrition : 3 credit units (NUTR 120.3 at U of S)
  • Electives : 15 credit units : 6 credit units from psychology, sociology, native studies, or philosophy; and 9 credit units any electives

Other Admission Requirements: 1) Test of Critical Skills (can only be written in Canada); 2) Personal video interview

Year 1

Term 1

PHAR 190.0 Introduction to the College/Program
PHAR 121.3 Foundational Sciences I: Foundational Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
PHAR 122.3 Foundational Sciences 2: Medicinal Chemistry and Physical Pharmacy
PHAR 153.4 Self Care I: Non-prescription Pharmaceuticals and Supplies
PHAR 110.3 Introduction to Pharmacy and the Health Care System
PHAR 162.3 Pharmacy Practice I: The Patient Care Process
PHAR 170.3 Pharmacy Skills Development I
PHAR 181.1 Introductory SPEP I
PHAR 183.1 Service Learning I
PHAR 191.1 IPE Activities

Term 2

PHAR 123.3 Foundational Sciences 3: Foundational Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
PHAR 124.3 Foundational Sciences 4: Introduction to Pharmaceutics
PHAR 152.6 Pharmacotherapeutics I
PHAR 154.3 Self Care II: Non-prescription Pharmarceutics and Supplies
PHAR 112.1 Pharmacy Law and Introduction to Ethics
PHAR 111.1 Foundations for Practice: Pharmacy Mathematics & Calculations
PHAR 171.3 Pharmacy Skills Development 2
PHAR 182.1 Introductory SPEP 2
PHAR 184.1 Service Learning 2
PHAR 192.1 IPE Activites

PHAR 185.4 Introductory Community Pharmacy Practice Experience (spring/summer)

Years 2, 3, and 4: Under development.

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

For current students and those admitted in 2016 ONLY

The College offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S.P.). The program provides a high quality, challenging education with significant clinical practice experience, increased integration and application of material throughout, and delivered in a way that actively involves students in the teaching-learning process and develops self-directed habits for lifelong learning.

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Pharmacy are encouraged to review the following document that outlines the requisite skills and attributes for completion of the program leading to registration as a licensed Pharmacist.

Essential Skills for Students in Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan

First-Year Pharmacy

Biomedical Sciences 200.3 (Biomolecules)
Biomedical Sciences 230.3 (Metabolism)
Chemistry 255.3 (Organic Chemistry II)
Physiology 208.6 (Human Body Systems)
Mathematics 125.3 (Mathematics for the Life Sciences)
Nutrition 120.3 (Basic Nutrition)
Pharmacy 200.1 (Pharmacy Skills I)
Pharmacy 201.5 (Physicochemical Principles of Drugs)
Pharmacy 203.5 (Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Dispensing I)
Pharmacy 216.2 (Introduction to Pharmacy and the Health Care System)
Pharmacy 280.2 (Structured Practice Experience I)
Total Credit Units: 36

Second-Year Pharmacy

Microbiology 224.3 (Microbiology for Pharmacy & Nutrition)
Pathology 205.3 (Elementary Pathology)
Pharmacology 350.6 (Pharmacology)
Pharmacy 300.1 (Pharmacy Skills II)
Pharmacy 303.4 (Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Dispensing II)
Pharmacy 307.2 (Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics)
Pharmacy 365.5 (Patient Care I)
Pharmacy 372.2 (Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice)
Pharmacy 310.3 (Introduction to Drug Discovery and Design)
Statistics 246.3 (Biostatistics)
Pharmacy 380.4 (Structured Practice Experience II) – in Spring & Summer Session
Total Credit Units:  32 plus 4 cu in Spring & Summer Session

Third-Year Pharmacy

Pharmacy 400.1 (Pharmacy Skills III)
Pharmacy 408.3 (Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Dispensing III: Sterile Dosage Forms)
Pharmacy 409.3 (Pharmaceutical Biotechnology)
Pharmacy 417.4 (Management in Pharmacy)
Pharmacy 418.2 (Issues in Pharmacy I)
Pharmacy 455.7 (Pharmacotherapeutics I)
Pharmacy 456.7 (Pharmacotherapeutics II)
Pharmacy 465.2 (Patient Care II)
Pharmacy 472.2 (Evidence-Based Practice)
Pharmacy 480.4 (Structured Practice Experience III) – in Spring & Summer Session
Total Credit Units:  31 plus 4 cu in Spring & Summer Session

Fourth-Year Pharmacy

Pharmacy 500.1 (Pharmacy Skills IV)
Pharmacy 518.2 (Issues in Pharmacy II)
Pharmacy 557.6 (Pharmacotherapeutics III)
Pharmacy 565.2 (Patient Care III)
Pharmacy 580.16 (Structured Practice Experience IV) – all of Term Two
Pharmacy Elective (3 credit units)
Total Fourth-Year Credit Units:  30

  • First Aid and CPR Certificates. At the time of graduation, B.S.P. students must hold a valid Class A First Aid Certificate and must have been certified for CPR (Level C including AED training) by the Heart and Stroke Foundation within 12 months prior to graduation. A combined course will be made available to students during their final year.
  • A Public Speaking program (Speechcraft) is arranged through Saskatoon Toastmasters Clubs and is made available to students during their second year.

The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) defines the core requirements for licensure as a pharmacist in Canada. These are:

  • Degree program in Pharmacy – accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) – our B.S.P. program has full accreditation status.
  • Language Fluency Requirements – please see NAPRA’s Language Fluency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada for more information.
  • Pharmacy Jurisprudence Requirements – this involves practicing within legal requirements, demonstrating professional integrity and upholding professional standards of practice and codes of ethics. See NAPRA’s Pharmacy Jurisprudence Competencies for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada.
  • Practical Experience/Training – this experience is included within the B.S.P. degree at the University of Saskatchewan in the "Structured Practice Experiences Program" (SPEP). Pharmacy students must register with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists (SCP) in order to participate in the SPEP.
  • National Licensing Examination – the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s (PEBC) Qualifying Examination consists of two parts: a written portion and an OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination), which are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and performance of NAPRA’s Professional Competencies.

More Information

We welcome your inquiries. For more information on undergraduate programs, please call (306) 966-6327 or e-mail Undergrad-Pharmacy-Nutrition@usask.ca