The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) recently awarded the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy a status of Full Accreditation for our PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) program. This accreditation status is valid for a six year term, from 2015 to 2021.
In the letter from CCAPP to University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur, evaluators noted that "there is a culture of excellence and continuous innovation. The faculty and staff are enthusiastic and committed to producing graduates who will ably meet the challenges within the profession and offer optimal patient-centred care."
The School of Pharmacy admitted its first pharmacy students in 2008 and has from the beginning offered an innovative curriculum that emphasizes communication skills, problem-solving and independent learning. The PharmD program features a unique combination of co-op placements and clinical rotations that provides Doctor of Pharmacy students with 18 months of real-world experiential learning prior to graduation.
David Edwards, Hallman Director of the School of Pharmacy stated "The award of full accreditation by the CCAPP Board recognizes the efforts of our talented faculty, staff and students at the University of Waterloo over the past several years. We look forward to continuing to work hard to prepare pharmacists who will assume the role of medication therapy experts within the Canadian health care system."