Degree Requirements

To earn your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the PharmD for Pharmacists program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, you are required to complete sixteen (16) courses as follows:

1. Course Requirements (11 courses);
2. Experiential rotations (4 rotations); and
3. Elective (1 course or 1 rotation).

All requirements must be completed as defined in the following policies:

4. Minimal course requirements annually
5. Maximal time allowed to complete degree

 

1. Course Requirements

Students must complete a total of 11 didactic courses as specified below:

a. Foundations for Advanced Pharmacy Practice – 1 course

b. Critical Appraisal – 1 course

Foundations for Advanced Pharmacy Practice and Critical Appraisal are pre-requisites or co-requisites for all other degree requirements.

Foundations for Advanced Pharmacy Practice is offered as a hybrid course with 1 week intensive course on-site at Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, 144 College Street Toronto in January or September and additional work being done online throughout the semester. 

c. Pharmacotherapy/Contemporary Topics courses – 5 courses

d. Health Systems/Social Administration – 1 course

e. Physical Assessment – 1 course

f. Pharmacokinetics – 1 course

g. Teaching, Learning & Presentation – 1 course

 

2. Experiential Rotations

Students must complete a total of four (4) rotations, each rotation is five (5) weeks in length, as follows: 

a. Direct patient care rotations – 3 rotations

b. Elective rotation – 1 rotation

  • Students will have the ability to select from a variety of elective rotations, including: drug information, research, administration, education, consulting, industry, global health, and direct patient care

Rotations will be scheduled through the Office of Experiential Education (OEE) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Students must ensure all required documentation has been received by OEE prior to starting their rotations. 

Scheduling rotations

1. Rotations can completed concomitantly or interspersed with didactic course work, only once a student has completed the following 3 courses:

a. Foundations for Advanced Pharmacy Practice
b. Critical Appraisal
c. One (1) Pharmacotherapy course

2. Two (2) direct patient care rotations must be done once all didactic work is completed. 

Please note: Each rotation is approximately 200 contact hours in an experiential placement setting. Experiential rotations are Monday to Friday during business hours for 5 consecutive weeks. 

 

3. Elective

To satisfy this requirement, students must successfully complete one (1) of the following:

a. Pharmacotherapy course

     or

b. Experiential Rotation

 

4. Minimal Course Requirements Annually

 

In order to ensure all students are progressing through the PharmD for Pharmacists program at an adequate pace to complete the degree within the maximal time allowed, students are required to enroll in at least four (4) courses annually (defined as 3 consecutive terms – winter, spring/summer, fall). 

 

5. Maximal Time Allowed to Complete Program

In order to ensure that all students are progressing through the degree within an acceptable time frame for degree completion, the maximum time allowed to complete this program will be four (4) years.

 

Accessibility Services Exemption

Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in the PharmD for Pharmacists program. Students who are unable to meet the PharmD for Pharmacists program requirements for minimal course enrollment and/or maximal time allowed to complete program due to medical or other conditions which may be covered under Accessibility Services at the University of Toronto should contact accessibility services directly to discuss accommodations that may occur within the program.

 

 

Educational outcomes for PharmD for Pharmacists

Upon completion of the PharmD for Pharmacists program, students will have met the 2010 Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada educational outcomes for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (first professional degree):

  1. Care Provider – Graduates use their knowledge, skills and professional judgment to provide pharmaceutical care and to facilitate management of patient’s medication and overall health needs.
  2. Communicator – Graduates communicate with diverse audiences, using a variety of strategies that take into account the situation, intended outcomes of the communication and the target audience.
  3. Collaborator – Graduates work collaboratively with teams to provide effective, quality health care and to fulfill their professional obligations to the community and society at large.
  4. Manager – Graduates use management skills in their daily practice to optimize the care of patients, to ensure the safe and effective distribution of medications, and to make efficient use of health resources.
  5. Advocate – Graduates use their expertise and influence to advance the health and well-being of individual patients, communities, and populations, and to support pharmacists’ professional role.
  6. Scholar – Graduates have and can apply the core knowledge and skills required to be a medication therapy expert, and are able to master, generate, interpret, and disseminate pharmaceutical and pharmacy practice knowledge.
  7. Professional – Graduates honour their roles as self-regulated professionals through both individual patient care and fulfillment of their professional obligations to the profession, the community, and society at large.