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History of School of Pharmacy

Female pharmacist fills prescription at the School of Pharmacy

On August 29, 1985, funding for a new School of Pharmacy was announced by the Provincial Government, and its first Director, Dr. G.R. Duncan from the University of Toronto, was appointed part-time for 1985-86.

During that year, admission requirements and a curriculum were established, together with general regulations for the new school, which led to the admission of the first students for the 1986-1987 session.

For the next 2 years funding was sought from the Canadian pharmaceutical companies and sufficient funds were donated to allow construction of the new School.

Phase I, the student laboratories, was completed in January 1988, just as the second year students needed their first pharmacy laboratory.

The next two phases, which completed the research space, were finished by April of 1989 and the last phase, that of lecture rooms and offices was completed in April 1990, just prior to the graduation of the first class.

From its modest beginning in 1986 with one faculty, it now has about 40 faculty & staff, and occupies approximately 13, 000 sq. ft. in the Health Sciences Centre. The student body numbers 160 and is recognized nationally for its capabilities.