Before applying for re-admission to the School of Pharmacy to participate in the Pharm D Bridging Program, you should be aware that this program includes some online courses and elements quite different from your BScPhm curriculum. High motivation and self-discipline can be very important determinants of your success and prior to applying, you should assess your readiness for this type of program.
To help determine if this program is for you, please answer the following questions:
- Are you strongly motivated to achieve your educational goals?
- Are you good at time management and setting deadlines for yourself?
- Are you comfortable working on courses with limited or no face-to-face interaction?
- Can you devote an average of 8 to 10 hours per week per course to your school work?
- Can you commit to completing the degree requirements within the 3 year time limit?
- Will you have access to reliable technology throughout the duration of the program? The Centre for Extended Learning provides system requirements suggestions.
- Will you be able to log in to your course at least twice each week?
- Do you find it easy to understand written instructions and complex material without direct explanation? Can you easily express your ideas in writing?
- Can you work collaboratively, even when communication is via email or course discussion boards? You may not interact with your fellow students in person but online learning requires good social skills and "netiquette."
- Do you have a variety of documented post-graduation clinical experiences?
Total up your “yes” answers. If you answered “yes” to most or all of these questions, then you may be a good candidate for the Waterloo PharmD Bridging Program. If you answered “no” to 3 or more of these questions (or are unsure of any of your responses), we strongly advise you to contact Rosemary Killeen to discuss your specific situation prior to applying for re-admission to the School of Pharmacy.