Doctor of Pharmacy

This five-year program is designed to prepare graduates for careers primarily in community and hospital settings, as well as pharmaceutical industries, pharmacy organizations, health sciences research, governmental organizations, and educational environments. After successful completion of national examinations, a graduate of the program is eligible to apply to be licensed as a pharmacist in Newfoundland and Labrador and other provinces in Canada.

The pharmacist’s role has changed from a product-focused to a patient-focused approach. In response, the PharmD program will prepare students for the expanded scope of practice including providing immunizations, extending prescriptions, and prescribing for minor ailments. Students will graduate as practice-ready pharmacists prepared to embrace the full and expanding scope of pharmacy practice.

The program offers a number of pharmacy practice experiences, providing students with the experience of learning from practicing pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. The final year of the program consists of 30 weeks of advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

The School of Pharmacy prides itself on small class sizes, state-of-the-art classroom instruction, and a network of practicing pharmacists who offer invaluable experiential learning opportunities.


Admission requirements

Entry into the Pharm.D. program directly from high school is not available. Students are required to complete 10 specific prerequisite courses at the university level prior to being eligible for admission.

This program is competitive for a limited number of seats and priority is given to applicants who are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and who are Canadian citizens. One NL seat is reserved for a student of Aboriginal descent. Students must submit a School of Pharmacy application by Feb. 1 in the year admission is sought.

Application fee

In addition to the University’s general application fee, an application fee of $125 CAD for Canadian applicants and $175 CAD for international applicants is required by all applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

Sample courses

PHAR 2250 - Pharmacy Practice I
PHAR 3410 - Leadership and Health Promotion
PHAR 3810 - Microbiology of Infectious Diseases


Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Pharm.D., pharmacy graduates have many exciting opportunities, including a variety of practice settings, or they may choose to continue on to pursue graduate studies. Some career choices include:

  • Community pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Academia
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Government
  • Pharmacy associations
  • Pharmacy residency training
Program Information

School of Pharmacy




St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



6 years (1 year of prerequisite study + 5 years in the Pharm.D. program)


Fall semester only

Application Deadline:

February 1

Supplementary Application:




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230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552