PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists

Part-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 courses in the part-time program pathway are delivered primarily in an online format, which means that practicing pharmacists can complete their coursework while maintaining their employment and current residence. For the first two years of the program, two part-time pathway courses will be delivered in-person during week-long “Spring Institutes” held on campus each May. The experiential placements must also be completed in-person. 

Pharmacists admitted to the program have up to 5 years to complete all of the program requirements. The coursework in the part-time pathway is generally completed over the first 17 months. Students can then complete the experiential requirements to be finished the entire program in as little a 2 years. However, the experiential component can also be completed more gradually toward the 5 year completion limit.

Courses


Online Courses


The online courses total 18 credits.


PHARM 521 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 522 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 523 Advanced Pharmacotherapy - Part 1
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. Prerequisites: PHARM 521 and 522, or consent of the Faculty. Corequisites: PHARM 524. (3 credits)

PHARM 533 Advanced Pharmacotherapy - Part 2
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. Prerequisites: PHARM 523, or consent of the Faculty. Corequisites: PHARM 534. (3 credits)


PHARM 524 Frameworks for Teams, Collaboration and Education in Pharmacy Practice - Part 1
Provides students with the theoretical foundations to prepare them for practice in an interprofessional team environment. Corequisites: PHARM 523. (1 credit)

PHARM 534 Frameworks for Teams, Collaboration and Education in Pharmacy Practice - Part 2
Provides students with the theoretical foundations to prepare them for practice in an interprofessional team environment. Corequisites: PHARM 533. (1 credit)

PHARM 544 Frameworks for Teams, Collaboration and Education in Pharmacy Practice - Part 3  (2nd Spring Institute)
Provides students with the theoretical foundations to prepare ongoing learning of professionals, and education of patients and groups of patients. (1credit)


PHARM 525 PharmD Seminars - Part 1  (1st Spring Institute)
This capping course is designed to evaluate students’ ability to integrate knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice. Provides a forum for students to integrate experience gained through coursework taken to date with their professional practice. (1 credit)

PHARM 535 PharmD Seminars - Part 2
This capping course is designed to evaluate students’ ability to integrate knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice. Provides a forum for students to integrate experience gained through coursework with their professional practice and experiential learning. Corequisites: PHARM 511 or 512 or 513 or 514 or 515. (1 credit)

PHARM 545 PharmD Seminars - Part 3
This capping course is designed to evaluate students’ ability to integrate knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice. Provides a forum for students to integrate experience gained through coursework with their professional practice and experiential learning. Corequisites: PHARM 511 or 512 or 513 or 514 or 515. (1 credit)
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.