PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists

Full-time Pathway

Overview

Currently, there are two distinct pathways available to complete the PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists program. Both the full-time and part-time pathways include coursework (18 credits) and supervised experiential learning (up to 36 weeks).

The full-time program pathway involves a combination of traditional classroom courses and supervised experiential learning. Pharmacists enrolled in the full-time pathway generally complete the program in 12 to 14 months. The coursework is completed over the first semester.

Courses


Classroom Courses


The classroom courses total 18 credits.  With the exception of the PHARM 505- PharmD Seminars course (which may occur in the winter, spring, and summer terms), the classroom courses are offered in the Fall term of the program.


PHARM 501 Critical Analysis of Evidence in Practice
Focus is on the synthesis of evidence from various sources and addresses complex issues in pharmacy practice to build on the student’s understanding of study design, evidence-based clinical practice, and critical appraisal. Students will gain experience by using a variety of information sources to discuss drug information assignments and practice enhancement issues. (3 credits)


PHARM 502 Advanced Patient Care Skills and Health Assessment 
Features health assessment, the patient care process, care planning, and documentation as fundamental elements of a framework for patient-centred care. Incorporates lab-based simulations and assignments to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required for practice. (3 credits)


PHARM 503 Advanced Pharmacotherapy 
Explores selected pharmacotherapy topics and provides an opportunity for students to integrate knowledge and skills. Topics will be explored using the primary literature to critically evaluate emerging controversies and therapeutic dilemmas and addresses advanced skills and knowledge required for monitoring outcomes of drug therapy including interpreting drug levels and adjusting therapy. (6 credits)


PHARM 504 Frameworks for Teams, Collaboration and Education in Pharmacy Practice
Provides students with the theoretical foundations to prepare them for practice in an interprofessional team environment and the preparation of and ongoing learning of professionals, and education of patients and groups of patients. (3 credits)


PHARM 505 PharmD Seminars
This capping course is designed to evaluate students’ ability to integrate knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice. Provides a forum throughout the program for students to integrate experience gained through coursework with experiential learning. A conference style presentation, poster, paper and professional portfolio are required. (3 credits)
Experiential Courses/Placements


Up to 36 weeks of supervised experiential training is required. Students who entered the BSc (Pharmacy) program at the University of Alberta BSc (Pharmacy) in 2004 and onward will receive 6 weeks of transfer credit from PHARM 425- Experiential Learning. 


PHARM 511 PharmD Experiential Learning Part 1
The PharmD student will be expected to demonstrate professional competencies in the provision of patient care. Direct patient care activities will include health assessment, therapeutic drug monitoring, provision of drug information, and contributing to patient care as part of an interprofessional team.


PHARM 512 PharmD Experiential Learning Part 2
The PharmD student will be expected to demonstrate professional competencies in the provision of patient care. Direct patient care activities will include health assessment, therapeutic drug monitoring, provision of drug information, and contributing to patient care in an acute care setting.


PHARM 513 PharmD Experiential Learning Part 3
The PharmD student will be expected to demonstrate professional competencies in the provision of patient care. Direct patient care activities will include health assessment, therapeutic drug monitoring, provision of drug information, and contributing to patient care in an ambulatory or community setting.


PHARM 514 PharmD Elective Rotation
The PharmD student will complete an experiential learning rotation in a patient care practice setting as outlined in PHARM 511, 512, or 513. Credit may be obtained more than once.


PHARM 515 PharmD Specialty Elective Rotation
PharmD students are required to design and complete a practice-based placement including objectives, activities and an evaluation mechanism. The proposal is subject to approval by the preceptor and the Director of the PharmD Program. Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the student. Credit may be obtained for this course more than once.