Why study pharmacy?

The pharmacy program is designed for highly motivated students who seek a career as a pharmacist. The program will deliver practice-ready pharmacists who are prepared to embrace the full and expanding scope of pharmacy practice.

Pharmacy graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings including: community pharmacy and hospital environments, pharmaceutical industries, government and pharmacy associations, or to undertake advanced training in clinical practice and research.


Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Memorial’s undergraduate Pharmacy program has changed from a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) to an entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) as the first professional degree for pharmacy students.

The PharmD is comprised of five years in the Pharmacy program in addition to 10 prerequisite courses (30 credit hours) prior to admission.

A graduate of the program will be eligible to apply to be licensed as a pharmacist in Newfoundland and Labrador and other provinces in Canada after successful completion of provincial and national examinations.


Admission requirements

Students are admitted to the first year of the Pharmacy program in the Fall semester of each year. Applications must be received by February 1 of any year.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have completed 10 prerequisite courses (30 credit hours) by the end of the Winter semester for the year in which admission is being sought.

The 30 credit hours are:

  • Biology 1001 and 1002
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 at St. John’s Campus or Chemistry 1200 and 1001 at Grenfell Campus
  • 6 credit hours in English (A Critical Reading and Writing course is recommended)
  • Mathematics 1000 and 1001
  • Physics 1020 or 1050, and Physics 1021 and 1051

The School of Pharmacy admits 40 students each September. The admissions process includes a review of academic grades and a face to face interview. Priority for a number of seats is given to students who are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. One seat per year is available for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador First Nations or Aboriginal ancestry who have met the required criteria for this seat.

Sample program for first year

Students interested in applying to the School of Pharmacy should take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall Semester*Winter Semester
Mathematics 1000Mathematics 1001
Physics 1020 (1050)Physics 1021 (1051)
Chemistry 1050**Chemistry 1051**
Biology 1001Biology 1002
three credit hours in English at the 1000 level***three credit hours in English at the 1000 level***


*If a student is not eligible to take one or more of the required Fall semester courses, they should contact the Academic Advising Centre.

**Students attending Grenfell Campus would normally complete Chemistry 1200/1001 in their first year.

***A Critical Reading and Writing course is recommended.

For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre,


Contact information

For additional information please contact:


Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000