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
Phone: 306-966-6327

College Office Staff (Undergraduate)

Simone Downer (Reception) 
Jessica Knoop (Undergraduate Academic Advisor) 
Diane Favreau (Administrative Officer, Undergraduate Affairs) 
Erin Wrubleski (Administrative and Program Support) 
Sandy Knowles (Executive Assistant to the Dean) 
Jason Belhumeur (Communications and Alumni Relations Specialist) 

Other Administrative Personnel

Dr Jane Alcorn (Dean) 
Dr Charity Evans (Associate Dean Academic) 
Dr David Blackburn (Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies) 
Dr Gordon Zello (Assistant Dean, Nutrition and Dietetics) 
Dr Anas El-Aneed (Assistant Dean, Pharmacy) 

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.

Campus Supports

College Student Supports

  • College office staff
  • Individual course instructors
  • Dr. Charity Evans, Associate Dean Academic:
  • Diane Favreau, Administrative Officer, Undergraduate Affairs:
  • Jess Knoop, Undergraduate Academic Advisor:
  • 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.

Student Loans

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 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.

Student Conduct

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.

There are three types of student matters that are facilitated by the Office of the University Secretary: academic misconduct, and non-academic misconduct, and appeals in academic matters.

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.

Academic Policies

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition have approved Academic Policies

Pharmacy Program Specific Information

The current Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is located on the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition website.

Experiential Learning

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.

Second Degrees

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 licensed dietitians.

Second Degrees

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.