PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists


Advance your patient care, management, and critical thinking skills with the PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists program.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) for Practicing Pharmacists is an undergraduate, professional doctorate degree for pharmacists who wish to update their education.

Unique in Canada, this program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Or take a more gradual approach to coursework, up to 5 years.

Keep working while you study online. Core courses are 100% online so you never have to step foot on campus. Experiential courses take place in-person at a variety of diverse placement sites.

Gain experience in new settings through experiential placements in Alberta, which offers the largest scope of practice in the country. Or, you can identify placement sites within your home province.

Receive credit for prior practice experiences to reduce the experiential component.

Upgrade your skills and knowledge with advanced courses in patient assessment, pharmacotherapy, evidence-based practice, frameworks for working in teams, and educating diverse audiences. 

The landscape of pharmacy is changing in Canada. Advance your career, update your training, and become more competitive in the job market.

By completing your PharmD, you will:

  • Develop advanced skills and knowledge in patient care
  • Be equipped to provide up-to-date education for both patients and other healthcare professionals
  • Become a stronger practitioner and lead the profession by engaging in the full scope of practice
  • Utilize evidence-based information and clinical judgment to make better decisions
  • Contribute to collaborative decision-making for patients with complex pharmacotherapy
  • Develop strategies for continued learning throughout your career
  • Build new relationships and expand your network of pharmacy professionals throughout Canada
  • Have a competitive advantage when applying for unique and interesting positions


Why apply to this program? Watch to learn more ⇓ 

The scope of practice for pharmacists in Alberta is the broadest in the world.

Many services that once required an appointment with a family doctor can now be provided by an Albertan pharmacist, including the provision of health advice, precision medicine, disease screening, injections and vaccinations, prescriptions and referrals.

In Alberta, pharmacy is much more than dispensing pills. Our faculty serves a transformative role with research and education that drives policy decisions, implementation, and support for an integral new approach to healthcare as we educate future pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. 

What our graduates say

barnes.jpgDr. Damion Barnes, PharmD, PPP Graduate

Dr. Barnes was a pharmacist in Jamaica before moving to Canada. He chose Edmonton on the strength of the PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists program. (He passed Canadian professional exams before beginning his PharmD).

"This PharmD program strengthened my assessment skills in managing disease conditions, which I incorporate into both my patient and student teaching."

1652140272628.jfifDr. Joey Ton, PharmD, PPP Graduate

"The PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists program increased my knowledge in various therapeutic areas, taught me valuable skills and made me a stronger practitioner."

"I'm better equipped to practice in Alberta's expanded scope."


katie.jpgDr. Katie Haubrich, PharmD, PPP Graduate

"This program helped me to grow in all aspects of my clinical skills. I improved my ability to communicate verbally and in writing, increased the quality of my documentation, and vastly increased my knowledge and evidence-based medicine skills."

"Most of all, this program strengthened my critical thinking skills and confidence as a practitioner and my ability to make tough decisions in clinical grey areas."

Applications and Email List

The application deadline for both the September 2023 and January 2024 intakes is February 1, 2023. For these intakes, the online portal is now open.

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Please review the Admissions, Courses, and FAQ web pages for more details. If you have additional questions about this program, please email Stuart Drozd, Program Manager at

Note: As per the Admission Requirements, please be aware that licensure to practice pharmacy in Canada is currently necessary for admission to this program. Also, If you do not already have a pharmacy degree, you are not eligible for this program. Please see our Entry to Practice PharmD program for more details and contact information.