at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Pharmacists have specialized knowledge of medicines, ranging from their discovery, chemistry, synthesis, and manufacture to how they work in the body, how they can improve or cure disease, and how to determine if they are working well for a patient. Upon graduation, you'll be able to choose from a wide range of career opportunities working as an integral member of health-care teams.

Why this program?

  • UBC is one of the world’s Top 30 pharmacy schools, and the only one in British Columbia.
  • Innovative modular curriculum with integrated activities, practicums, and inter-professional learning opportunities.
  • Award-winning learning and research facility.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Degree: Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Pharmacy practice involves the understanding of medications, their uses and interactions, and patient-centred care. Students admitted to the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program will learn about pharmacy practice, therapeutics, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pathophysiology, pharmacy management, drug safety, and the Canadian health-care system in classroom and practice-lab settings.

You can apply for admission into Pharmacy after a minimum of two years, or 60 undergraduate credits, including specific course requirements. The program satisfies the requirements of the College of Pharmacists of BC for academic qualification for licensing in the Province of British Columbia. Entry is restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Experiential learning and research

Students are required to complete 46 weeks of experiential learning, which includes practicum rotations in a variety of pharmacy practice settings across British Columbia.

Campus features

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is home to the Pharmacists Clinic, Canada’s first university-affiliated, pharmacist-led patient care clinic that offers services to patients as well as teaching and learning space for students and pharmacists. Link:

The faculty is housed in a superb new state-of-the-art teaching and research facility.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Study at one of the world’s top ranked schools for pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in our award-winning, state-of-the-art learning and research facility

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Your future

UBC’s Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program prepares students for a rewarding career in pharmacy practice, teaching, and research. As the pharmacist’s scope of practice continues to expand, so will the career opportunities. Pharmacy graduates find careers in community pharmacy, inpatient and outpatient care settings, public and regulatory bodies, pharmaceutical industry, research, and academia.

Program graduates

  • Medical information resident, Eli Lilly Canada Inc.
  • Associate owner, Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Medical science liaison – Respiratory, Glaxosmithkline
  • Clinical pharmacist, Surrey Memorial Hospital
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