Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Approved

On January 23, 2013, the University of Toronto’s application for approval of the entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program was granted by the government of Ontario. As a result of this approval, students graduating from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in 2015 will graduate with the Doctor of Pharmacy designation.

The decision to seek government approval of a program change from a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BScPhm) degree to an entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy degree was made in 2009 following extensive consultation with pharmacists, pharmacy organizations, students and other healthcare disciplines. This change in designation reflects the impact of a new undergraduate curriculum that supports the enhanced scope of practice for pharmacists in the healthcare system and the important role that pharmacists play in the well-being of communities across the country.

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is currently in the second year of implementing the new entry-to-practice PharmD curriculum. Over the course of this 4-year professional program, students will participate in 44 weeks of hands-on clinical training and graduate with extensive knowledge of pharmacotherapy and medication therapy management. Ultimately, the new entry-to-practice PharmD program will better prepare graduates to participate as members of an increasingly interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Current BScPhm students at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy are eligible to apply to the Combined BScPhm-PharmD program at the end of their third year in the BScPhm program. The Faculty also offers a post-baccalaureate PharmD program that allows practicing pharmacists with a BScPhm degree to complete a PharmD curriculum. Admission information for each professional program is on the Faculty website at www.pharmacy.utoronto.ca.

“As the Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, I extend my appreciation and gratitude for the encouragement and assistance of the many supporters of our Faculty that has allowed us to reach this significant milestone for pharmacy education in Ontario,” noted Professor Henry Mann. “I also greatly appreciate the careful and detailed analysis conducted by the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care and of Training, Colleges and Universities prior to approval of our application.”