Doctor of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy

Effective September 2017.

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition launched 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.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan has been awarded Accreditation status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term ending June 30, 2026.

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

The College has approved accommodation procedures and policy documents. The purposes of these documents are as follows:

  1. To outline the procedures which students who require accommodation, who are applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program or who are accepted into one of those programs, are to follow regarding the registration.
  2. To outline the process for the provision of accommodation in the admission process as well as the provision of accommodation in the classroom, laboratory and experiential learning or practicum settings. 

Policy (PDF)
Procedures (PDF)

Candidates for admission must have completed 60 credit units (or equivalent) by April 30 of the year admission is desired. The coursework must include at least 24 credit units taken in 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) (BMSC 207.3 and BMSC 208.3** at U of S)
  • Mathematics (Calculus) : 3 credit units (MATH 125.3 or MATH 104 [Math 104 taken effective 2020 or later] 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) a Test of Critical Skills; 2) Personal video interview

Effective May 2024

Year 1

Term 1
PHAR 110.3 Introduction to Pharmacy and the Health Care System
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 162.3 Pharmacy Practice I: The Patient Care Process
PHAR 170.3 Pharmacy Skills Development I
PHAR 190.0 Introduction to the College/Program
PHAR 191.1 IPE Activities

Term 2
PHAR 111.1 Foundations for Practice: Pharmacy Mathematics & Calculations
PHAR 112.1 Pharmacy Law
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 171.3 Pharmacy Skills Development 2
PHAR 192.1 IPE Activites

Terms 1&2
PHAR 188.2 Experiential Learning 1
PHAR 189.2 Service Learning
PHAR 193.0 Capstone Year 1

Spring and Summer Terms
PHAR 185.4 Experiential Learning Introductory Community Pharmacy Practice Experience 

Year 2

Term 1
PHAR 224.3 Science of Pharmacotherapy 1: Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
PHAR 226.3 Foundational Sciences 5: Pharmacokinetics
PHAR 253.6 Pharmacotherapeutics 2
PHAR 262.1 Pharmacy Practice 2
PHAR 271.3 Evidence Based Medicine
PHAR 272.3 Pharmacy Skills Development 3
PHAR 290.0 Introduction to Year 2
PHAR 291.1 IPE Activities

Term 2

3 credit unit elective, as approved by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
PHAR 212.1 Pharmacy Ethics
PHAR 213.3 Management 1
PHAR 225.3 Science of Pharmacotherapy 2: Clinical Applications
PHAR 255.6 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
PHAR 263.1 Pharmacy Practice 3
PHAR 273.3 Pharmacy Skills Development 4
PHAR 292.1 IPE Activites

Terms 1&2
PHAR 288.2 Experiential Learning 2
PHAR 293.0 Capstone Year 2

Spring and Summer Terms
PHAR 285.4 Experiential Learning: Hospital Pharmacy Practice Experience 

Year 3

Term 1
PHAR 324.3 Science of Pharmacotherapy 3: Toxicology
PHAR 350.3 Applied Pharmacotherapy in Older Adults
PHAR 358.6 Pharmacotherapeutics 5
PHAR 367.1 Pharmacy Practice 5
PHAR 374.3 Pharmacy Skills Development 5
PHAR 390.0 Introduction to Year 3
PHAR 391.1 IPE Activities
3 credit unit elective, as approved by the Collee of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Term 2
PHAR 315.3 Issues in Health Care and Pharmacy Practice
PHAR 359.6 Pharmacotherapeutics 6
PHAR 368.1 Pharmacy Practice 6
PHAR 375.3 Pharmacy Skills Developemnt 6
PHAR 392.1 IPE Activities
PHAR 395.3 Preparing for Patient Care/Complex Cases Capstone
3 credit unit elective, as approved by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

Terms 1&2
PHAR 388.2 Experiential Learning 3

Year 4

PHAR 481.8 Experiential Learning Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 1 Hospital
PHAR 482.8 Experiential Learning Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 2 Community
PHAR 483.8 Experiential Learning Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 3 Other Direct Patient Care
PHAR 484.8 Experiential Learning Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 4 Elective Practice OR PHAR 485.4 Advanced Practice Experience 5: Elective APPE 5 AND PHAR 486.4 Advanced Practice Experience 6: Elective APPE 6
PHAR 490.0 Introduction to Year 4
PHAR 493.0 Capstone Year 4

More Information

We welcome your inquiries. For more information on undergraduate programs, please call (306) 966-6327 or e-mail

The deadline to apply to our Doctor of Pharmacy program is March 15 in the year of anticipated admission.