Program structure

We are the only co-operative education pharmacy program in Canada. The entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program includes 8 academic terms and 3 co-op work terms in the following sequence:

Year Term Date
Year 1 Winter Academic (1A) January–April
Spring Academic (1B) May–August
Fall Academic (2A) September–December
Year 2 Winter Work Term 1 January–April
Spring Academic (2B) May–August
Fall Work Term 2 September–December
Year 3 Winter Academic (3A) January–April
Spring Work Term 3 May–August
Fall Academic (3B) September–December
Year 4* Winter Academic (4A) January–April
Spring Academic (4B) May–August
 
*Year 4 includes 2 months of academic study at the School of Pharmacy and 6 months of experiential learning at pharmacy practice sites throughout Ontario.
 

Review the Degree Requirements for the PharmD professional program to see the breakdown of courses by year.

Careers in pharmacy

We are living in one of the most dynamic and exciting periods in the history of pharmacy. Graduates of the program will have a wealth of career opportunities open to them, including clinical patient care, public policy, regulatory agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, research, academia, and clinical specialties such as infectious disease or pediatrics.

Employment prospects

With an aging population, the importance of medication management for chronic diseases, and the expanding scope of practice for pharmacists in every province, the demand for pharmacists' services is expected to increase.

As of January 1, 2019, there are over 44,600 licensed pharmacists in Canada. Over 16,000 practise in Ontario, of which approximately 60% are female. The average age of a pharmacist in Ontario is 44. [source: National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities and Ontario College of Pharmacists Annual Report]

Potential careers

Graduates will have a solid foundation for a range of career options including clinical patient care (general or specialist) in a variety of practice settings (community pharmacies, family health teams, hospitals, long term care institutions), health informatics, research, public policy, regulatory agencies, professional associations, the pharmaceutical industry, and academia. As pharmacy technicians become a regulated profession (in provinces like Ontario), and governments enhance their payment systems beyond dispensing, the clinical (direct patient care) role of pharmacists will undoubtedly increase. This includes more involvement in patient health management, chronic disease prevention and management, prescribing, physical assessment, immunization, and other types of services for which pharmacists are trained. The Canadian Pharmacists Association provides an overview of the expanding scope of practice across Canada.

Awards and special financial services

*Qualifying candidates who have accepted their offer of admission are contacted during the fall before pharmacy school begins and are invited to submit an application.

Frequently asked PharmD program questions

Further questions?

Contact us at pharmacy@uwaterloo.ca or (519) 888-4848

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