The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition aims to positively impact the health of individuals and communities by developing skilled and caring pharmacy and nutrition professionals and creating knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, outreach, and engagement. This handbook is intended to help guide students during their time at the College. It contains valuable information related to resources, policies, and procedures.
All readers and students are advised that the matters dealt with in the handbook are subject to continuing review and revision. This handbook does not supersede the College Academic Policies Document or the University Catalogue, which is the University’s major regulatory publication. The University Catalogue includes admission procedures and deadlines, academic regulations, programs of study, academic standards, degree requirements, and general University policies and codes.
College Contact Information
College Office: 2A20.01 A-Wing Health Sciences
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:15 am to 12:15 pm; 1:00 to 4:30 pm
College Office Staff (Undergraduate)
TBA (Reception) HLTH 2A20.01
Jessica Knoop (Undergraduate Affairs) HLTH 2A20.03
Diane Favreau (Administrative Officer, Undergraduate Affairs) HLTH 2A20.06
Erin Wrubleski (Administrative and Program Support) HLTH 2A10.15
Sandy Knowles (Executive Assistant to the Dean) HLTH 2A10.12
Jason Belhumeur (Communications and Alumni Relations Specialist) HLTH 2A10.7
Other Administrative Personnel
Dr Jane Alcorn (Dean) HLTH 2A10.14
Dr Charity Evans (Associate Dean Academic) HLTH 2A20.08
Dr David Blackburn (Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies) HLTH 2A20.20
Dr Brian Bandy (Assistant Dean, Nutrition and Dietetics) HLTH 2A20.16
Dr Anas El-Aneed (Assistant Dean, Pharmacy) HLTH 2A20.12
Student Support Services
Students come to the University of Saskatchewan with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and resources. Because the demands at university are high and study terms short, challenges or difficult circumstances (academic or non-academic) have the potential to interfere with studies. Students are encouraged to access the services available to help them address difficulties that are compromising their ability to succeed at university.
- 24-hour Emergency Assistance 5555
- Student Central – ground floor, Administration Building: 306-966-1212
- Student Wellness Centre – 4th floor, Place Riel Student Centre: 306-966-5768
- Campus Safety (Protective Services): 306-966-5555
- Discrimination and Harassment Prevention: 306-966-4936
- Aboriginal Students Centre (Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre): 306-966-5790
- Access and Equity Services – E1, Administration Building: 306-966-7273
- Study Skills (Student Learning Services): 306-966-2886
- Student Affairs and Outreach – 3rd floor, Place Riel Student Centre: 306-966-5757
College Student Supports
- College office staff
- Individual course instructors
- Dr. Charity Evans, Associate Dean Academic: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diane Favreau, Administrative Officer, Undergraduate Affairs: email@example.com
- Saskatchewan Pharmacy and Nutrition Students’ Society (SPNSS) representatives
- medSask (medication information service)
Other Important Student Information
- Academic Calendar: be aware of important dates and deadlines throughout the academic year
- Student Cards: register for student cards online
- Become familiar with the USask PAWS Web Portal and the Canvas Learning Management System. This is where you will receive important communications and course materials.
- Student lockers are coordinated by the SPNSS
- The College communicates with you via your USask NSID email only
- Read your email and PAWS announcements regularly
- Solve problems early, and seek help when needed
Access and Equity Services (AES)
Access and Equity Services (AES) is responsible for providing, along with faculty, reasonable accommodations for students who experience barriers to their education on the basis of a prohibited ground(s), including disability, religion, family status and gender identity.
Students are encouraged to contact AES for advice and referrals. In order to access AES programs and supports, students must follow AES policy and procedures.
The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition has approved accommodation procedures and policies. The purpose of these are as follows:
- To outline the procedures for students requiring accommodation during application to, or registration in, the Doctor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program.
- To outline the process for providing accommodation in the classroom, laboratory and/or experiential learning or practicum settings.
Financial Aid, Loans, Bursaries, and Student Awards
Various forms of financial aid and awards are available to undergraduate students in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.
Government student loans and grants can help you finance your education. They are interest-free while you are in school full-time. Information and application forms can be found on the USask Loans webpage.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Scholarships are based on academic performance (e.g. averages) from the previous academic year, plus any additional criteria as listed. Bursaries are based on financial need for the current academic year, plus any additional criteria as listed. For more information, please consult USask Scholarships and Bursaries.
In addition to USask awards, the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition offers several undergraduate awards, scholarships, and bursaries for those students in the Pharmacy or Nutrition programs. The College awards process differs slightly from the University process. General information is sent to all students in early fall regarding the application process. The deadline to apply for College awards (not University awards) is November 15 of each year.
The University of Saskatchewan advances the aspirations of the people of the province and beyond through interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to discovering, teaching, sharing, integrating, preserving, and applying knowledge, including the creative arts, to build a rich cultural community. An innovative, accessible, and welcoming place for students, educators, and researchers from around the world, we serve the public good by connecting discovery, teaching, and outreach, by promoting diversity and meaningful change, and by preparing students for enriching careers and fulfilling lives as engaged global citizens. The pursuit of this mission requires an adherence to the principles and values of the University which include academic freedom, collaboration, commitment to community, different ways of knowing, learning and being, diversity, equality, and human dignity, excellence, a healthy work and learning environment, innovation, curiosity, and creativity, openness, transparency, and accountability, reconciliation, sustainability, collegiality, fairness and equitable treatment, inclusiveness, integrity, honesty, and ethical behaviour and respect.
The University is a key constituent of the broader community and has a role to prepare students as global citizens, role models and leaders. The university expects students to exhibit honesty and integrity in their academic endeavours and to behave responsibly and in a manner that does not interfere with the mission of the university or harm the interests of members of the university community.
Students should become familiar with the USask Learning Charter which outlines the learning vision, core learning goals and student, instructor and institution commitments.
Professionalism in the College
The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition has Procedures for Concerns with Professional Behaviour specifically for Pharmacy and Nutrition students. Students should read and be familiar with this document.
- A grade of <50% will be counted as "one failure" regardless of the unit value of the course for the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program. A grade of <60% will be counted as “one failure” regardless of the unit value of the course for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. All failed courses are reviewed by the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee (UAAC) which will determine if any additional remediation is required prior to the student reattempting the failed course.
- Students with a failing grade will be dealt with on an individual basis using the faculty actions in the Academic Policies as a guide. The actual grade awarded will be decided by the individual instructor, or using the University grade of 49%, along with a grade comment of INF (Incomplete Failure).
- All admission deficiencies must be removed before a student will be allowed to register in second year of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program. Students cannot progress to the next year of the program without completing all the necessary requirements for that academic year unless special approval is granted by the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee. For students in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program, the cutoff date is June 30.
- A student must complete all Term 1 prerequisite courses in order to take Term 2 courses. Failure to do so will require the student to drop Term 2 courses. If a student fails a single course in Term 1, as long as the grade is between 40 and 49% (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition), or between 50 and 59% (Doctor of Pharmacy), they will be granted a special supplemental exam in order to potentially allow them to move on to Term 2 (see Supplemental Exams)
- Doctor of Pharmacy Program – If a student fails two or more classes in Term 1, the student will not be permitted to continue to Term 2. If the weighted average is 60% or greater for Term 1, they will be permitted to return the following year. They will be required to repeat all failed courses. The Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee may also advise a repeat of specific courses (e.g., Skills Labs course which is pass/fail).
- A student who re-enters the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition after being "Required to Discontinue" will not retain credit for any course taken during the year in which the student was required to discontinue unless a grade of at least 60% had been obtained in that course. The Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee may also advise a repeat of specific courses (e.g., Skills Labs course which is pass/fail)
- A student wishing to graduate must complete the courses for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition or Doctor of Pharmacy within a period of seven years after first registration in the respective programs in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. In exceptional circumstances permission may be granted to continue study beyond the seven-year limit. The student must meet the degree requirements in place when the extension is granted.
- Students who wish to take an equivalent course through another institution for credit towards the Doctor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program must submit their request through the Associate Dean Academic or designate. The course(s) must be completed by April 30 in the year of the student's program (i.e., a required course offered in year 2 must be completed April 30).
Policy on Absences and Missed Assignments
Students are expected to attend all mandatory course components, laboratory sessions and all scheduled examinations and complete course assignments by the deadlines specified. Mandatory course components should be specified by the instructor in the course syllabus.
If due to illness, or other legitimate reason, a student is unable to attend a mandatory course component, laboratory, examination or submit a course assignment by the stated deadline, the student must notify the instructor prior to the event or deadline or within 48 hours after the exam/deadline. A Declaration of Absence form must be completed and submitted to the instructor. Medical documentation is not required, unless a final or “module” exam has been missed.
Individual arrangements must be made with the instructor regarding the missed mandatory course component, laboratory, midterm exam or assignment and documented on the Declaration of Absence form. In the case of a mandatory course component, an alternate activity may be assigned, if appropriate. This is not always possible, and instructors are not required to set make-up assessments/experiences such as laboratories or examinations. If arrangements cannot be made, the student will be awarded a “0” for the missed mandatory course component, laboratory, examination, or assignment (in the case of late assignments, there may be a different kind of penalty assessed). In the case of laboratories, the marks assigned for the missed laboratory may be reassigned to the overall laboratory mark or an alternate laboratory-related assignment may be required. For missed midterm examinations, a makeup examination will not be provided unless it is considered a “module” exam (i.e., the final exam is not a comprehensive exam and material from the “module” will not otherwise be assessed). The marks assigned for the missed midterm examination will be reassigned to the final examination or other course components as determined by the instructor. The reallocation of marks must be documented on the Declaration of Absence form.
A report of absence will be kept in the student's record. Repeated absences of mandatory course components or failure to notify the instructor will be recorded as a failing grade with a grade of 49% and "INF" (Incomplete - failure) on the grade report for the course. The above process will provide a way to detect abuses of the regulations. However, more importantly, it will alert instructors to patterns of concerns and potential timely intervention, assistance or referral for the student concerned. The information contained on the forms is also very important should there be a subsequent faculty action and appeal by the student.
Procedures in Considering Student Requests
When a Declaration of Absence form is submitted to an instructor for a missed/late assignment or absence from a mandatory course component, the instructor indicates their recommended decision and submits the form to the Associate Dean Academic for approval. Instructors should complete the appropriate form for each occurrence.
There may be cases where a student is hesitant to indicate details of the reason for the request. In such cases, the student should indicate “serious personal difficulties” or “serious health difficulties” on the form that goes into the student’s file. On a separate form or letter, the student will provide details of the difficulties, and this would be placed in a confidential file in the office, where access would be limited to the Dean and the Associate Dean Academic. The Associate Dean Academic will take action as they feel is appropriate (e.g., further discussion with instructor, contacting the student, referral to Student Services for assistance).
In cases where a mandatory course component is missed or late, and the instructor is not informed by the student, the instructor should complete the Declaration of Absence form and Informal Discussion Form (see Procedures for Concerns with Pharmacy and Nutrition Student Professionalism Behaviour). The Declaration of Absence form will be kept in the student’s file. The Informal Discussion Form is submitted to the Associate Dean Academic. The instructor may also wish to keep supplementary notes of their own regarding the matter.
Guidelines for Instructors in Evaluating Special Requests
Illness. Students who are ill before or become ill during a midterm exam are strongly advised not to write or finish writing the exam. Students who are absent due to illness or incapacitating distress must complete a Declaration of Absence form and submit to the instructor. Absence from the program of greater than one week must be discussed with the Associate Dean Academic (who will consult with course instructors) to determine the impact of the absence on the student’s academic program. If possible, all such absences should be brought to the attention of the Associate Dean Academic well in advance.
Personal Circumstances. Credence should be given to the pressures students encounter in their personal lives, as the ability to function academically can be affected by personal circumstances (e.g., the illness of the child or spouse of the student, breakup of a relationship). In these cases, and also for compassionate reasons (below), it may not always be to the student’s advantage to avoid writing a midterm exam, or completing other aspects of the program, and this can be discussed with the student.
Compassionate Grounds. This is a valid consideration and does not necessarily depend on the relationship to the student. One student can overcome the trauma of the death of a relative or friend while another may be stressed considerably by the illness of another student. In the case of a death, the College will require the student to provide a funeral program.
Sports Teams. Absences and special writings of exams are permitted for students who are on USask teams, or the equivalent of University teams (e.g. provincial team). The student must submit a Student Permission to Travel for University Business form to the instructor; the instructor may also request confirmation from a coach.
Canadian Armed Forces. Students who are reservists in the Canadian Armed Forces and are required to attend training courses or military exercises, or deploy for full-time service either domestically or internationally, may be granted special accommodation with regard to attendance, availability of study materials, and assessment requirements (including mid-term and final examinations).
Vacation or Social Events. These are not considered adequate reasons for missing mandatory course components, laboratories, re-scheduled midterm exams, or having an assignment deadline extended.
Professional Development Activities. In the case of professional development activities (e.g. PDW Conference), special requests are warranted and considered as long as they are reasonable (i.e. do not extend substantially from the conference dates). Students must submit a Student Permission to Travel for University Business form to the instructor.Unusual Circumstances. Examples include the student oversleeping or breakdown of a vehicle. This may be considered valid once, but if these occurs more frequently, the instructor should not give special consideration to the student.
Students are encouraged to consult the USask Academic Courses Policy on Class Delivery, Examinations, and Assessment of Student Learning for full details.
Students who are ill before or become ill during a final exam are strongly advised not to write or finish writing the exam. A student who is absent from a final examination through no fault of their own for medical or other valid reasons must submit a Request for Deferred or Special Deferred Examination form to the College within three days of the missed examination. The College may also require supporting documentary evidence for the missed exam, including a Declaration of Secrecy.
A student who has sat for a given final examination and submitted the exam for marking will not be granted a deferred final examination.
The College will approve regular deferred exams in the case of illness with a medical certificate, serious personal distress with a medical certificate, compassionate grounds (with documentation such as a funeral program), member of a provincial or national sports team (University teams would not schedule events during the exam period) and certain other special circumstances (such as a student oversleeping or being involved in an accident). In cases where a student oversleeps, the student should not go to the exam but rather contact the College Office. In these instances, a special deferred exam may be scheduled. Regular deferred exams are scheduled through the USask Exams Office.
The College will only authorize special deferred exams (i.e. written at a time other than the regular deferred exam period) in the following circumstances:
- A continuing illness or other valid consideration prevents the student from writing during the regular deferred
- The exam must be written in time to permit the student to be eligible to meet Convocation deadlines or to begin an experiential learning or practicum
- It is a course offered outside the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and the course instructor agrees to a special deferred exam.
Students are responsible for any costs associated with writing deferred exams.
Since the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition does not offer courses at Spring or Summer Session and since the timetable does not permit students to carry failed courses in the subsequent year of the program, the College will normally consider granting a supplemental examination to students registered in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.
Supplemental exams will only be granted if the student:
- achieves a weighted average of at least 60% in the year
- achieves a final grade between 40% and 49% (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition) or between 50% and 59% (Doctor of Pharmacy)
- has failed no more than two courses (regardless of the unit value of the course).
Students eligible for supplemental privileges will be notified after approval by the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee.
The College may grant, under extenuating circumstances, a special supplemental examination to a student who submits satisfactory evidence of his or her inability to be present at the regular supplemental period or to begin an experiential learning or practicum placement.
A student who receives an overall final grade between 40% and 49% (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition) or between 50% and 59% (Doctor of Pharmacy) in a Term 1 course, which is also a prerequisite to a Term 2 course, will be granted a special supplemental examination prior to the start of Term 2 if no other failures of Term 1 courses have occurred. If the student is unable to write the special supplemental on the allotted day and time, they will be allowed to write the special supplemental during the first week of classes in Term 2.
If the student passes the supplemental exam or special supplemental exam, a final grade of 50% (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition) or 60% (Doctor of Pharmacy) will be entered on the student’s record.Students are responsible for any costs associated with writing supplemental and special supplemental exams.
To be included on the Dean's Honour Roll, a student must have a Sessional Weighted Average of 80% or greater and must have completed a minimum of 30 credit units in the Regular Session.
Pharmacy Program Specific Information
The current Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is located on the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition website.
As part of the PharmD experiential learning (EL), there are a number of requirements which must be completed prior to placements.
- Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search
- Proof of Immunization
- Registration with Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals
- WHMIS Training
- WAVE Training
Students registered in the pharmacy program must register as interns with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals in order to participate in the required experiential learning courses.
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)
USask graduates having the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy may apply to write the Qualifying Examinations of the PEBC. Passing of the examinations set by the Pharmacy Examining Board will satisfy the academic requirement of other provincial pharmacy licensing bodies who participate in the PEBC.
The PharmD/MBA Program is a 4-year program administered jointly by the Edwards School of Business and the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. Students will leave USask prepared to practice either in a career in pharmacy and/or a career in business. Once a student is admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, they can apply for admission into the MBA program. The program of studies must be approved by the Joint PharmD/MBA Admissions Committee. Contact the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition for additional information.
Taking courses towards the completion of a second degree (other than the PharmD/MBA) must be approved by the College. The courseload in the PharmD program is generally heavy and taking additional courses is not typically recommended or approved.
Nutrition Program Specific Information
The current Bachelor of Science in Nutrition curriculum is located on the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition website.
As part of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program, there are some requirements which must be completed at admission and prior to placements.
- Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search
- Proof of Immunization
- WHMIS Training
- WAVE training
Requirements for the Dietetics Profession
Qualification for registration as a professional dietitian includes the following components: a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition or related area and specific undergraduate courses, professional experiences and a national examination. For USask students, the professional experiences are included within the degree.
On successful completion of the national examination, graduates are eligible for professional registration through their provincial dietetics regulatory body, for membership in the national association (Dietitians of Canada) and for positions as professional dietitians.
Students in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition who wish to complete their studies toward the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science in addition to the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition are advised to consult the Arts and Science Undergraduate Office to determine the requirements.
Food Safety Training
Students are required to complete basic and advanced online food safety training courses during their program. Basic food safety will be offered in first year and advanced food safety in third year (following NUTR 366). Both online courses are approved by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.
Students who have already completed food safety training, either independently or as part of employment in a food service operation, may present their certificate(s) to the College for consideration of equivalency. Please note that basic food safety certificates completed greater than three years prior to program entry will not be accepted, and these students will be required to re-take basic food safety training.