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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program

Memorial University’s School of Pharmacy is moving towards a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree as the first professional degree for pharmacists in NL.

This is in response to a Canada-wide recognition for the need of an advanced degree at the entry-to-practice level. The increasing complexity of medications with the concurrent expanding scope of pharmacy practice requires enhanced and expanded learning opportunities for students to meet the future needs of the profession. In an entry-to-practice PharmD program, students will have the opportunity to more fully develop practice skills through the mentorship of pharmacists in practice for a significantly longer duration.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are other Canadian Universities offering an entry-to-practice PharmD program?

In 2010, the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada and the Association of Deans of Pharmacy of Canada committed to replacing the baccalaureate pharmacy curricula with a comprehensive doctor of pharmacy curricula by 2020. Four of the ten Canadian pharmacy programs are currently offering entry-to-practice PharmD programs (University of Montreal, Laval University, University of Waterloo and University of Toronto). A fifth program at the University of British Columbia has been approved and will begin enrolling students in 2015. The other five pharmacy programs, including Memorial's program, are in the process of developing entry-to-practice PharmD curriculum.

What will Memorial's entry-to-practice PharmD program look like?

Memorial's program is in the early planning stages. A new curriculum will be designed to meet the changing needs of the profession. There will be an increase in experiential learning of the students, with a minimum of 40 weeks of practice experience before students graduate.

When will enrolment start for Memorial's entry-to-practice PharmD program?

The anticipated start date for enrollment is the fall 2017 semester. This date is dependant on many factors, and thus may change. 

Will there be a bridging program at Memorial for practicing pharmacists who wish to obtain a PharmD?

Memorial is planning on offering a bridging program for current pharmacists who wish to receive the additional education provided in an entry-to-practice PharmD. It is anticipated the bridging program will include a combination of online distance and experiential learning. 

Feedback Welcome

As we embark on advancing the education of pharmacists, we welcome feedback from all stakeholders - including alumni, pharmacy practitioners, pharmacy managers/owners, government, industry, regulatory bodies, advocacy representatives, researchers, teachers, students, and the wider university community. 

We invite pharmacists to complete a survey on the entry-to-practice and bridging PharmD programs at Memorial.

Please complete our feedback form if you if you have questions or comments, or contact Dr. Lisa Bishop (Director, entry-to-practice PharmD program).


Pharmacy Matters (for pharmacists) 
Sharing ideas for Memorial University's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Health Sciences Centre Auditorium
The event will also be webcast live at Off-site attendees can participate in the conversation via Twitter (@schoolofpharm) or Facebook, using the hashtag #MUNPharmD. 

Please note: this session has been approved for one CE credit through the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board (NLPB).

View the presentation.

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Pharmacy Matters (for current & prospective pharmacy students)
Sharing ideas for Memorial University's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program

Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Health Sciences Centre Auditorium

PANL Annual Conference Presentation: "Pharmacist training in Canada: The Entry-to-Practice PharmD at Memorial"

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, Fort William Ballroom Salon B

This session has been approved for one CE credit through the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board (NLPB).