Doctor of Pharmacy

School: Pharmacy Campus: St. John's
Length: Six years (One year of prerequisite courses + five years in entry-to-practice Pharm.D. program)
Practical experience: Total of 44 weeks of pharmacy practice experience throughout the program
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The entry-to-practice doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is designed to prepare students who are beginning their pharmacy education for careers primarily in community and hospital settings, as well as pharmaceutical industries, pharmacy organizations, and educational environments.

A graduate of the program will be eligible to apply to be licensed as a pharmacist across Canada after successful completion of provincial and national examinations.

Admission requirements

Admission to the university

Direct admission from high school into the entry-to-practice Pharm.D. program is not available.

Admission from high school into Memorial University is subject to meeting the general admission requirements, including appropriate courses in mathematics and a laboratory science. To easily access the 10 prerequisite courses required for admission to the entry-to-practice Pharm.D. program, it is recommended that you select bachelor of science as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission.

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Sample first year 

Check out a sample program of the 10 prerequisitie courses required for students planning on applying to the doctor of pharmacy.

Admission into entry-to-practice Pharm.D.

IntakeApplication deadlineDocument deadline
Fall (September) semester Feb. 1 Feb. 15 Feb. 15 March 1

To be eligible for admission to the entry-to-practice Pharm.D. program, you must complete five courses (15 credit hours) per semester in at least one semester and successfully complete the following 10 prerequisite courses or their equivalent:

  • Biology 1001 and 1002
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (St. John's campus) or Chemistry 1200 and 1001 (Grenfell campus)
  • six credit hours in English or three credit hours in English and three credit hours in a Memorial University critical reading and writing (CRW) course.
  • Mathematics 1000 and 1001
  • Physics 1020 or 1050 and Physics 1021 or 1051 (for fall 2024 admission); six credit hours of electives (starting for fall 2025 admission)

Offers of admission take into account academic grades and personal and professional characteristics. Assessment of interpersonal characteristics involves completion of an online test and may include an interview. Priority for admission is given to applicants who are residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. One seat is reserved for an Indigenous student from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Further admission details are available on the School of Pharmacy website.

Application fee

In addition to the University’s general application fee, Canadian applicants are also required to pay an additional pharmacy application fee of $125 CAD and international applicants $175 CAD. Current Memorial students will not be charged the general application fee.

Sample Pharm.D. courses

PHAR 2250 - Pharmacy Practice I
PHAR 3270 - Pharmacotherapy I
PHAR 3410 - Leadership and Health Promotion

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Pharm.D. program, pharmacy graduates have many exciting opportunities for beginning their careers, including a variety of practice settings. Some career choices include:

  • Community pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Academia
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Government
  • Pharmacy associations