Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

1. 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. All pharmacy programs in Canada must offer the  Entry-to-Practice PharmD program by 2020 and many already do.   

2. What does Memorial's entry-to-practice PharmD program look like?

A new curriculum has been designed to meet the changing needs of the profession. There will be an increase in experiential learning with the final year comprised primarily of pharmacy practice experiences

3. Does the PharmD program completely replace the Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) at Memorial?

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. 

4. How long will it take to complete the PharmD program?

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.

The School 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. The first class to be admitted will be in September 2018.

Admission Questions

It normally takes one year of post-secondary study to complete the 10 specific prerequisite courses.

8. How many students are admitted to the PharmD program?

The School of Pharmacy  admits 40 students each September. 35 seats are reserved for Newfoundland and Labrador residents, with one of those seats being reserved for an eligible Aboriginal person from NL.

9. Do I have to take a full course load (i.e. five courses per semester) during the pre-Pharmacy year(s) to be considered for admission?

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.

10. Is there a wait list?

Yes, a waitlist is created for both interviews and offers of admission. Placement on the waitlist will not be disclosed. 

11. Is the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) used for admission purposes?

No, we do not consider PCAT scores in our admission decisions.

12. Are applicants who have completed more than the one year of university study given preference?

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.

13. Which courses can I complete before getting into the Pharmacy Program that can be used for credit later when admitted to the program?

Courses that can be completed before being admitted to the program that would be eligible for credit once in the program include:

  • Biochemistry 2202 (formeraly 2101) (Pharmacy 2004)
  • Biochemistry 3106 (Pharmacy 3111)
  • Biochemistry 4105 or Biology 4200 (Pharmacy 3006)
  • Chemistry 2400
  • Chemistry 2401
  • Statistics 2550

If these courses are completed prior to being admitted 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 earn credits for courses required for the Pharmacy degree should keep in mind that in order to qualify for student loans, bursaries or scholarships, students are required to take 30 credit hours per academic year. Therefore, taking additional elective courses (which do not count towards the degree) may be desireable.

14. Can I apply directly to an upper year if I have already completed several years of university or have completed one or more degrees?

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.

15. Can I apply directly to an upper year if I am transferring from another Faculty of Pharmacy?

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.

Prerequisite Questions

16. What are the prerequisite requirements for the  Entry to Practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program?

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

17. I got a transfer credit for successfully passing the Calculus Placement test. How does the school factor that into the Academic Score Calculation? 

The alpha grade is converted to a numeric grade:
A=87, B= 75, C=65, D= 55

18. I already have a Bachelor’s degree, do I still need to complete all the prerequisites for admission to the PharmD program?

Yes, all applicants regardless of degree or major must complete all of the  required prerequisites courses before they eligible for admission. 

19. Is there a minimum grade requirement for the prerequisite courses?

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.

20. Can I take prerequisite courses in the spring/summer semester and be considered for admission in September that same year?

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 and submit their final grades by May 1. 

21. How do I know if a course taken at another university/college is equivalent to the prerequisite courses at MUN?

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.

22. Are applicants who complete the prerequisite requirements at Memorial University given preference over those who attend another post-secondary institution?

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

23. How much pharmacy practice experience will be required in the Entry to practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program?

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.


School of Pharmacy

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