The PharmD for Pharmacists (PFP) program is designed for experienced pharmacists and recent graduates who have a Bachelors’ (or equivalent) Pharmacy degree and wish to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. 

PFP students undertake experiential education in a flexible format throughout the duration of their program. Students will provide patient care in institutional (hospital), community, ambulatory, and other settings over the course of their studies. They will also be involved in other activities such as: 

  • the provision of drug information

  • antibiotic stewardship

  • drug use evaluation

  • research

We want to emphasize the importance of pharmacy science facilitated by knowledge and research, and delivered with professionalism and compassion. Our graduates will deliver the enhanced scope of practice called for by the Canadian healthcare system. 

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (Required Courses)

Students must successfully complete a minimum of four (4) rotations

  • 3 Direct Patient Care (DPC)
  • 1 Elective

Students may complete an optional elective rotation in place of a 6th pharmacotherapy course. Rotations can be completed concomitantly or interspersed with didactic course work, only once a student has completed the following 3 courses:

  • Foundations for Advanced Pharmacy Practice
  • Critical Appraisal
  • One (1) Pharmacotherapy course

The final two (2) DPC rotations can only be undertaken once all didactic work is completed.

In each rotation, students are guided, supervised, and assessed on a day to day basis by a preceptor. 

Students are supported by a team of Experiential Course Coordinators, Office of Experiential Education (OEE) staff, the Director of the OEE, and related Program Directors. This team provides academic oversight on all aspects related to experiential course delivery, and monitoring and assessment of students during rotations.

Note: PFP students must achieve the same learning outcomes (AFPC 2017) and objectives as PharmD students while on their rotations. Students are encouraged to use the Learning Contract to help achieve personal and professional learning outcomes. 


Students in APPE rotations are assessed according to the educational outcomes of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) for First Professional Degree Programs in Pharmacy. These educational outcomes are care provider, communicator, collaborator, leader-manager, health advocate, scholar and professional. Please visit the website for more information.

Preceptors are encouraged to review the student’s resume to maximize learning opportunities based on their past experiences.