Frequently Asked Questions
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. All pharmacy programs in Canada must offer the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program by 2020 and many already do.
Yes the Entry to Practice PharmD program replaces the Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) program. The last class admitted to the Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) was in fall 2016. The first class to be admitted to the new PharmD program was September 2017.
The PharmD program takes five years to complete. In addition, the program requires completion of 10 specific prerequisite courses (30 credit hours) prior to being admitted.
Students who enter the program prior to 2017 will graduate with a BSc(Pharmacy). It will not be possible to change programs. Students will have the option of applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy PharmD for Working Professionals program after they graduate if they wish to obtain their PharmD credentials.
Memorial has developed a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program for Working professionsals; it is aimed at practicing pharmacists who wish to receive the additional education provided in an entry-to-practice PharmD. The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) for Working Professionals program consists of a combination of online distance courses and an experiential learning component.
First admission to the Entry to Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) was in fall 2017.
It normally takes one year of post-secondary study to complete the 10 specific prerequisite courses.
The Pharmacy program is academically challenging; therefore, successful candidates should demonstrate their ability to handle an academically challenging program by taking five courses per semester in at least two semesters. Given the competitive nature of the admissions process, the Admissions Committee may consider factors such as course loads taken throughout university, and the number and frequency of repeat course attempts in making their recommendations for admission.
Yes, a waitlist is created for both interviews and offers of admission. Placement on the waitlist will not be disclosed.
No, we do not consider PCAT scores in our admission decisions.
No, preference is not given to applicants who have completed more than the one year of university study. Many applicants have completed several years of university or have already completed one or more degrees.
Courses that can be completed before being admitted to the program that would be eligible for credit once in the program include:
- Biochemistry 2101 (Pharmacy 2004)
- Biochemistry 3106 (Pharmacy 3111)
- Biochemistry 4105 (Pharmacy 3006)
- Chemistry 2400
- Chemistry 2401
- Statistics 2550
If these courses are completed prior to being admiited to the program, students will carry a lighter course load during the academic year. It is not possible for students to reduce the total number of years of study. Students who have earned credits for courses required for the Pharmacy degree should consider taking additional elective courses (which do not count towards the degree) if they want to qualify for student loans, bursaries or scholarships. Students are required to take 30 credit hours per academic year to qualify.
All students will be admitted to the first year of the program. Students who receive transfer credit for courses in the program will have a reduced course load in the years in which exemptions are granted. Since the program includes a number of courses (for which equivalent courses are not offered elsewhere) and the previous year of the program always serves as a pre-requisite year, it is not possible for successful applicants to be eligible for direct entry to an upper year of study.
It is not possible for students from other schools of Pharmacy to be admitted directly to an upper year of study largely because of differences in program structure and requirements.
The following courses are prerequisites for admission:
- Biology 1001 and 1002
- Chemistry 1050 and 1051 at St. John's campus or Chemistry 1200 and 1001 at Grenfell Campus
- English - 6 credit hours (an English Critical Reading and Writing course is recommended as one of the required courses)
- Mathematics 1000 and 1001
- Physics 1020 or 1050, and Physics 1021 or 1051
Yes, all applicants regardless of degree or major must complete all of the required prerequisites courses before they eligible for admission.
A passing grade (i.e., 50%) is required for all prerequisites and applicants should recognize that it is important to have a strong background in these courses to be successful in the program.
Unfortunately not. Spring and summer session final grades are issued too late to be considered for September admission of the same year. Applicants must complete the required prerequisite courses by the end of the winter semester and prior to September admission.
For students who have completed courses outside of Memorial and would like information about potential transfer credits, please contact the Registrar's Office.
You must provide the following information:
• Name of the post-secondary institution
• Course name(s) • Course number(s)
• Course title(s)
If the information is available in the Registrar's database, it will be made available to you. If not, your application will proceed through the normal channels at which time courses will be assessed for transfer credit.
No, as long as you have completed courses that are equivalent to those at Memorial University you will be eligible for admission.
Pharmacy Practice Experience Questions
In order to meet accreditation standards, the program must include a total of 40 weeks of pharmacy practice experience. Memorial's program offers a total of 44 weeks: 14 weeks early to mid-program and 30 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) in the final year of the program. The final year rotations include experiences in community, institutional, and other pharmacy practice settings.