About the School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy was designed to be different. As Canada’s most innovative pharmacy school, we develop pharmacists, scientists and healthcare leaders through a strategic integration of experiential learning, impact-driven research, entrepreneurship, and teaching and academic excellence.

Born out of collaborative partnerships and rooted in community, we build connections, solve real-world challenges, and actively engage the diverse communities we serve.

Training exceptional pharmacists and scientists

The best and brightest are drawn to Waterloo for renowned academic programs, world-leading co-operative education, and teaching and research excellence. This strategic integration equips our students to become exceptional pharmacists, scientists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators in healthcare.

We offer the following programs:

Canada's only co-op pharmacy program

As Canada’s only co-operative education pharmacy program, we train engaged, practice-ready medication experts who are evolving the role of the pharmacist in healthcare.

Our unmatched experiential learning program gives students the confidence to work within diverse communities across Canada to deliver equitable and exemplary patient care.

PharmD students receive:

  • 18 months of practical experience in three co-op terms and six months of clinic rotations
  • Exposure to a wide range of practice experiences: community pharmacy (independent and chain), hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, long-term care, government and more

Research that creates a healthier world

We drive real-world impact through leading-edge research and pharmacy practice that tackles complex challenges – from drug discovery to patient care to population health.

Our vibrant research programs, thought leadership, community-engaged learning and collaborative partnerships create solutions that improve health for individuals, communities and the world.


The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for the six year term 2021-2026.